DO’S AND DON’TS FOR YOUR BATHROOM REMODEL
1. Do have a plan.
‘A goal without a plan is just a wish’. Home builders and remodelers say that planning is everything. Firstly, you need to define your goals. Are you transforming the master bedroom’s en suite, updating the kids’ bathroom, converting a half-bath or any other fixtures? Next, envision your updated bathroom. When you’re ready, schedule a consultation with a designer who can help you refine your ideas, select materials and coordinate the installation. An interior designer will assist you in creating an equally aesthetic and functional place that will address your personal needs and style preferences.
Another crucial part of the planning process is preparing for the potential of not having full access to the bathroom you’re remodeling. Depending upon the extensiveness of your remodel there can be times when your bathroom won’t be accessible or have full functionality. Professional remodelers and contractors are very good at limiting these pinch points and should readily communicate when and why your bathroom will be unusable.
2. Splurge on the shower.
Just like any other room in your home, the bathroom needs to have a focal point or a design element that’s meant to draw the eye. According to the design communities, sumptuous showers are one of the most popular features among home buyers, so it may be a good feature to highlight. Also, because of its functionality which is connected to water and water because of its rejuvenation. The shower is used much more frequently than the bathtub is, so it is not a bad idea to splurge a little on the shower. If you count how often you use your bathtub for a bath and not just because it is the tub/shower combination you will soon realize a walk-in shower is a solid and wise investment. Think of it this way, you’ll get to enjoy multiple shower heads and heated floors now, with the added benefit of knowing your investment will probably pay off down the road.
3. Do get quality surfaces/tiles
Budget constraints may pressurize you to settle for low-cost materials that aren’t as appealing. However, in the end, these compromises can decrease your ultimate satisfaction. Whenever possible, choose quality materials that fit your aesthetic. They’ll last longer and give your bathroom a high-end finish that can’t be replicated with builder basics. Sometimes, it’s better to do less and to do it right. If needed, decide which updates are most important to you.
4. Do set a realistic budget.
Even if you have unlimited resources, it’s good to have a financial plan in place to help guide you on your purchasing journey. This will help you narrow down your options for each aspect of your bathroom renovation, saving you significant time during the decision making process. Before you plan your dream bathroom, decide how much you want to spend.
Having a budget will also help you to make realistic plans that you’ll be satisfied with in the end.
5. Hire a Professional Contractor and Plumber
Older bathrooms may need completely new wiring. Additionally, you may need to replace regular outlets with those designed to function safely near water. One of the most dangerous and complicated aspects of bathroom remodels is electrical wiring. Don’t try to do this yourself — mixing water and electricity isn’t a risk you want to take.
Nowadays, people are more into online/instant geysers which requires 3-phase wire connection and 6 sq. mm wire which is not known by everyone. Hence, if you hire a qualified electrician you can rely on him for such things for your safety.
6. Technologically Innovations and Intelligent Functions
“The technology is much more than a method, it is a world in itself” – MIES VAN DER ROHE
Hi-tech modern bathrooms heighten the sense of convenience and comfort while adding to their aesthetic appeal. Of all the rooms in your house, the bathroom probably isn’t top of the priority list for splashing the cash on gadgets, seeing as most of your time is probably spent elsewhere unless you are an avid bubble bath fan.
But that’s not to say the bathroom doesn’t have its fair share of exciting gadgets and in fact, it has just as much potential to be as smart as the rest of your home.
There is so much betterment of the cutting-edge technologies that range from digitally-operated commodes to faucet sensors for creating an invigorating bathroom experience.
SMART TOILETS: Smart toilets these days are more in vogue. They have an in-bowl catalytic deodorizer and a cleansing technology that uses electrolyzed water with a slightly acidic pH value, as well as a coated bowl activated by an integrated UV light to ensure the bowl remains free of waste, lime scale, and mold. And if this is not enough, some smart toilets do come with in-built Alexa. Clever.
JET SPRAYS: What if you could experience that pleasant feeling after using the toilet too? When a soft, warm water jet cleans gently and leaves nothing but the purest freshness?
Cleaning with warm water is becoming the new standard in intimate hygiene. And no wonder, because it meets the very human need for cleanliness and freshness.
FOR EXAMPLE: TECEone. With its shower function, this jet spray brings you pure refreshment after using the toilet. Simple. Comfortable.
1. Don’t Forget About Lighting, Ventilation, and Storage.
The importance of lighting is usually overlooked or an afterthought altogether during bathroom renovation planning. Updating light fixtures is an easy and effective way to modernize your bathroom. Use a combination of direct and ambient light from ceiling fixtures, wall sconces or vanity lamps to create an inviting space. For lighting, consider creating layers of illumination in the room. Replace the exhaust fan for better humidity control. Ventilation helps your bathroom stay fresh. A poor ventilation system guarantees that your bathroom will eventually grow mold, which can be hazardous to your health. Finally, don’t underestimate the need for ample storage to accommodate towels and toiletries. Include at least one closet, vanity cabinet or built-in cupboard in your design.
2. Don’t Skimp on the vanity
The bathroom vanity is another feature where you can make a big statement. Options that feature double sinks, large mirrors and plenty of storage are on-trend. If possible, opt for one with a luxe top in a material such as granite or marble to add even more visual interest to space.
Keep in mind that you can always change up the look of your existing vanity if needed. You could also switch out the drawer pulls or even buy a new topper from a home improvement store to freshen up the bathroom’s aesthetic.
3. Don’t Cheap out on materials.
Items in your bathroom that are going to get used every day are not the ones you want to find the bargain materials on. Materials like the one you use for the vanity countertop are going to face daily wear and tear so take into consideration the quality of material you are using here. Same goes for the tiles you use for either your tub or walk-in shower. Materials you will touch daily will wear faster, so think about where you want to invest your money.
4. Don’t purchase products online before having a look at them.
Going online is an appreciable way of researching products and design ideas. But materials and finishes aren’t always as they appear on your screen as one swipe of filter is enough to improve or completely change the look of the product. That blue vanity top might be bluer than in real life, or the light fixtures that look understated online could overwhelm your actual space. Above all, what matters the most is the feel and touch factor. Lack of touch-feel factor creates concerns over the quality of the product on offer. That’s why it is always recommended to visit a showroom or design center before you buy. While you’re there, you may even get the showroom to meet or even beat the online price.