It is pretty easy to decide the basics when remodeling a bathroom, as most have in their minds the final vision of what they would want it to look like. Unfortunately remodeling involves a lot of difficult decisions long before it can get to the finishing touches. Here are a few things every homeowner should keep in mind when they are working with their contractor to create the perfect bathroom.
Plan Windows Carefully
Light is important in a bathroom, but so is privacy. Nearly everyone has had the disconcerting feeling of using a private bathroom that included a window behind or beside the toilet, or more worrisome, in the shower itself. However, do not go overboard by avoiding windows or choosing one that is too small. Exhaust fans assist with removing moisture and odors, but a window is the only way to really fill the room with fresh, clean air.
Space Items Appropriately
Not every bathroom is large enough for a double vanity or lounging tub. Just because the measurements say it will fit, it is important to consider whether a specific item may overcrowd the space. No one wants to be in fear of falling in the tub when they back away from the sink or bumping their elbows on the wall when reaching for toilet paper. It is recommended there be at least 30 inches of clear space in front of every fixture in a bathroom to make movement comfortable. Local building codes may often dictate a specific distance as well, although they can be tighter than what is the most comfortable.
Include Plenty of Storage
A shelf or two is never enough in any bathroom. Even if the room is small, it is important to plan ahead for storage ideas. Under sinks, above toilets and behind doors are all common areas for built-in storage to be planned.
Consider its Use
Consider how many people use the bathroom each day and if there are more than one at a time in there during the early morning rush. If space allows, busy bathrooms can benefit from privacy walls between toilets and the remainder of the bathroom. Older homeowners may want to consider non-slip flooring and grab bars in the tub and near the toilet. Homes with young children should avoid door locks to prevent children from locking themselves inside.
A sparkling new bathroom can make the entire home feel more comfortable. To get the most out of their investment, homeowners should take the time to think through all of the details from start to finish. Luckily, home remodeling professionals (such as those from Patriot Construction) are familiar with the things that many homeowners will forget. By working closely with them, everyone can be certain they will get the bathroom of their dreams.