Renovating your bathroom is an exciting time for any home owner, bringing you one step closer to your goal of living in your dream home. However, excited as you know doubt are to finally get rid of the dated avocado bathroom suite and grubby tiles, there are certain considerations to be aware of to ensure that you get the most out of your new bathroom. To help you out and give you a few ideas, here are five things to consider for your bathroom renovation.
What Type of Bathroom Do You Want?
Long gone are the days when the bathroom was a purely functional room with a suite consisting of toilet, wash basin and bath tub. There are now a range of bathrooms available on the market to ensure that your bathroom renovations provide you with a serene, stylish room in which you can relax away from the stresses of life. A wet room, for instance, is a modern and stylish design in which the floor of the shower is level with the rest of the bathroom floor, having a slight gradient to allow the water to flow into the drain. Alternatively, you might find nothing more relaxing than a soak in the bath, in which case you could opt for an opulent bath tub. Why not choose a claw foot bath for a classic regal look, or a minimalist tub for something sleeker and more modern? Keep an eye on maintaining an integrated aesthetic for a classy look.
Which Flooring Should You Choose?
The floor and wall coverings used in your bathroom require a bit more thought than the carpet and wallpaper used elsewhere in your house. Due to the frequent humidity and moisture experienced in your bathroom, this damp atmosphere will quickly take its toll on the usual floor and wall coverings. Look for coverings that are water-resistant, durable and easily cleanable, such as perennially stylish floor and wall tiles. Alternatively, linoleum is a more budget-friendly option for your bathroom renovation and comes in a range of modern designs to suit every taste. However, if you can’t resist adding some paintwork into your bathroom, make sure that you choose a specific bathroom paint. This has a high gloss finish and mildew resistant properties to help prevent moisture from affecting your paintwork.
How Will You Ensure Privacy?
Your bathroom is the one room in your house in which the utmost privacy is most probably a requirement – you don’t want to risk any nosy neighbors spotting you showering through the window. So, considering this, how do you make sure that your bathroom can’t be seen from outside? Adding blinds to your bathroom window might be a good option: they can be easily opened and closed when required, and are made from durable, waterproof materials that are suitable and hygienic in the moisture rich bathroom environment and can be easily cleaned. Another option might be to install frosted glass to your bathroom windows. This type of glass obscures the interior of the room from the outside, ensuring the utmost privacy, while also letting in natural light to your bathroom. Don’t forget this important detail during your bathroom renoation.
What Parts Can You DIY?
When carrying out a bathroom renovation, many people prefer to do as much of it themselves as they can as a way of saving money, particularly if there is a strict budget to stick to. While with a bit of DIY know-how, you can easily carry out renovation tasks such as putting up bathroom cabinets and painting a wall, there are certain tasks that require a bit more expertise in order to be done safely and provide a professional finish. For instance, any bathroom renovation tasks requiring plumbing or electrical skills, such as installing a toilet or plug sockets, should only be carried out by certified plumbers and electricians. You don’t want the horror of an overflowing toilet that you have not installed correctly, that can be both expensive and embarrassing to fix.
For your toilet, you can try installing a macerating toilet system. Macerating toilets, also called upflush toilets, are ideal for bathroom remodels. You can set this fixture in your home simply, cleanly, and inexpensively, without the need to rip out floors or dump thousands of dollars into the bathroom.
The Finishing Touches
Your bathroom suite is installed and your tiles are laid – what finishing touches can you add to complete your bathroom renovation? Accessories really do complete a look, and you could look for attractive ornaments with which to decorate your new bathroom. Nautical accessories such as sea shells are always a popular choice for a bathroom, or you could add some greenery with moisture-loving house plants, such as an air plant. Finally, don’t forget the indulgent coziness of a new set of fluffy, matching towels for your bathroom renovation.