10 Tips for Renovating Your Bathroom

Planning, fixture purchases, tile choice, , lighting and decoration: here are 10 tips for creating a bathroom as elegant as it is functional for years to come.

1.Planning, Planning, Planning...

1.Planning, Planning, Planning...

Whether you do-it-yourself or contract to professionals, renovations generate stress especially with a room you cannot do without: the bathroom. Wait until you have all the materials and required fixtures before starting work. This will avoid unnecessary work delays. Prepare a detailed budget and keep all invoices, inspirational photos and product information in a file to facilitate project management. Lastly, clearly display your plan so workers can refer to it at all times during the project.

2.Decorate for the Long Haul

2.Decorate for the Long Haul

Avoid fad-trend items and childlike-inspired themes in the kids’ bathroom. You can still have the look with a few accessories to personalize the decor but use classic tiles and fixtures.

3.Problem-solving

3.Problem-solving

Most renovations projects are the result of dissatisfaction. Keep priorities in mind when shopping. For example, it’s probably a bad idea to yield to that crush for a minimalist single plank and washbasin unit if your number one problem is lack of storage space.

4.Immerse Yourself in Bubbles

4.Immerse Yourself in Bubbles

An built-in bathtub has the advantage of being less expensive fits in restrained spaces. A freestanding bathtub brings a retro touch or a hyper-modern feel with contemporary models. This said, a bathroom should be spacious to be truly showcased. Lastly, a corner bath allows space gain and comfort, though now less on trend. This could be problematic when trying to sell the house.

5.Create a Spa Area

5.Create a Spa Area

Bathrooms have evolved over the decades. No longer only a place for grooming but also a place for recharging your batteries. A steam bath or whirlpool bathtub with chromotherapy will be true sources of well-being and will transform the bathroom into a relaxation area. A television or fireplace will turn the bathroom into a haven of luxury. Also, do not forget dimmers on the lights to make it cozy.

6.The Importance of Fixture Selection

6.The Importance of Fixture Selection

It is important to take time and try bath and toilet fixtures in the store even, if you’re shy. You need to evaluate comfort and make a selection appropriate to your size. Bring the bathroom plan to see if you have enough space. Lastly, keep in mind that a larger bathtub can complicate things with young children and can require replacing the water heater.

7.Store All Your Things

7.Store All Your Things

Functional storage spaces make everyday life easier. Take inventory of every bathroom users items before giving the work to a cabinetmaker or making the rounds to specialty stores to choose a vanity or linen closet. Do not forget toilet paper supplies, cleaning products, etc.

8.	Dare to Use Luxury Materials

8. Dare to Use Luxury Materials

There is less activity in the bathroom than there is in the kitchen. You can use luxurious, more delicate materials that wear well. You can go for quartz, marble or glass vanity tops, concrete or granite flooring, small retro terracotta tiles on the walls, subway tiles or XXL contemporary tiles.

9.Don’t  Forget Circulation Space

9.Don’t Forget Circulation Space

You need 30 inches spacing in front of the bathtub or shower for ease of access and 30 to 40 inches in front of the vanity and toilet. These are minimal requirement measurements. More circulation area provides a spacious, airy feeling.

10.What About the Shower?

10.What About the Shower?

Not sure whether to choose a 1-piece cabin or ceramic shower? Cabin showers have the advantage of affordability and ease of installation. A stone or ceramic custom model can be a dream design but requires a expert installation using proper materials. Another interesting option is a polymer base: watertight and easier to maintain than tiled surfaces but can blend with tile walls.

Source : Rénovation-Bricolage Author : Chantal Lapointe


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