Saturday, November 24, 2018

Quick Tips For Your Bathroom Remodel

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We all want a bathroom that’s convenient and accessible, but we also want it look nice and reflect our own individual style. It's easy to get caught up in the way it looks, but this important room of the home also needs to have the right fixtures and amenities, ones that are capable of providing function at a good value.

When undergoing this type of renovation, which provides one of the best returns on investment in the long run, there are certain things you need to keep in mind. First and foremost, if you’re going to use a contractor, make sure they're licensed and bonded. You can find a list of approved contractors by visiting the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). Here are a few tips to help you along with your next bathroom remodel project:

Initial Planning. 

Before you do anything else, it’s a good idea to sit down and talk with everyone in the home who will be using the bathroom. Ask them what they would like, or dislike, in the newly renovated space.

It’s also important that everyone keeps in mind this type of project is not done overnight, but will probably take between one and three months, on average, to complete. Every member of the family needs to be aware of and plan for this- you may have to make a few changes in everyday morning and evening routines, or plan ahead.

The Floor Plan. 

To keep costs down, it’s a good idea to keep the new bathroom’s fixtures and plumbing as close to the existing ones as possible. Research has also shown that adding a second bathroom can increase your home's value when it comes time to sell- that is, unless you or your contractor discovers outdated wiring or plumbing that could cause major problems. In this case, it’s recommended that you remove the old pipes and wires and install new ones. In that case, you’re free to change the locations of anything you like, because extra work will need to be done.

Lighting Design. 

Installing sufficient and sometimes luxurious bathroom lighting is never a bad idea. An ideal amount of light is required for things like shaving, styling hair, and applying makeup, so that's definitely a part of the new bathroom you should give some thought to. Choices include overhead, ambient and perimeter lighting, and it’s usually wise to include more than one type of lighting in your remodeling efforts.

Bathroom Ventilation Solutions. 

This is a part of the bathroom that many people overlook, but they definitely shouldn’t. Proper ventilation in a bathroom is extremely important, and will ensure that your renovation project lasts for years to come.

A bathroom that’s not properly ventilated can cause a number of problems, such as the buildup of mold and/or mildew. This can damage many items in the space, like the walls and even the cabinets. Eddie Sanchez, owner of NXS Home Remodeling San Antonio says, “So many people overlook the importance of ventilation, within one year, mold has settled in and they end up spending thousands of dollars to fix something that was never done right to begin with." Sanchez also says, “Track style homes are all built the same way, if there is one ventilation error in how the builder designed the bathroom, all the homes in the whole community will have the same problem.”

Maximize The Space. 

If possible, try to use all of the space available as you renovate the bathroom. Consider things like glass doors for tubs and showers that can open up the room, as well as pedestal sinks if your bathroom space is on the smaller side.

Pick The Right Type of Flooring.

Popular choices for bathroom flooring include porcelain, ceramic and stone tiles. All look beautiful and are also water-resistant, which is perfect for a space like a bathroom. If durability is the most important thing to you, consider baseboard tiles, which are also known for adding an elegant finishing touch.

Think About The Future. 

If you’re planning on living in your home for many years, keep that in mind when renovating this space. You want something that you’ll still be as happy with five years from now as you are today. And if you’re going to sell your home in the next few years, make sure you’re picking items that will stand the test of time and allow you to recoup your investment when you do sell.

Best of luck in your next remodeling adventure!



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