no matter how big or small your main bathroom is in your house, a carefully planned renovation can add substantial value and comfort to one’s home. So it goes without saying that choosing the right tradesmen, materials and products for your renovation should take top priority.
Because the bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in the house, it’s important to make sure it is designed and laid out well.
Here are 10 top tips to consider for your bathroom renovation plan:
Choose a light coloured paint or wallpaper so that a small bathroom will appear significantly larger. This illusion can be pushed even further by painting a ceiling a shade lighter than the walls.
To help save you money, a neat trick is to mix some of the wall paint with some white paint and this will produce a lighter shade of paint – therefore you won’t have to buy any other special mix of paint.
Good lighting in your bathroom will not only add to the ambiance, but it will also make it appear larger than it is. Try a combination of dimmer spotlights along with your typical directional lighting to create a variety of moods.
Almost 100% of the time you visit the bathroom you will end up looking into a mirror of some sort. The right mirror for your design and layout in your bathroom will add to the visual appearance. To infuse some depth into your bathroom, add a second mirror in addition to the one above the hand basin/sink.
Make sure that you physically sit in a bathtub before you buy it. Why? Because if there’s not enough room to fully stretch out then this can be a problem that is spotted too late! Inspect it to see if it has adequate neck support and provides a safe foothold. If you have a small bathroom, then consider buying an extra deep bathtub.
It’s not necessary to spend huge amount of money on a toilet bowl. If it’s possible, try to get a “dual flush toilet”. These can mix air with water, thus less water is wasted but the pressure is the same.
6. Shower unit
Large walk in showers have become very popular as of late. However, if your bathroom lacks in the real estate field then using a clear shower curtain provides less of a cluster to the eye. Having a shower unit that’s easy to clean and helps prevent the lime scale formation is an important consideration to bear in mind.
If space is at an already bare minimum then a compact corner shower unit is the ideal solution.
Take advantage of vertical storage space by placing a tall cabinet on a wall instead of taking up valuable space on the floor.
Porcelain tiles are one of the best options along with ceramic tiles in the bathroom. A wide variety of colours and choices make them an attractive option. These are heavy duty as well as stain resistant.
If your bathroom seems a little bare, then a strategically placed piece of furniture like a decorative chair can help fill it out.
A bundle of vibrantly coloured bathroom towels on a shelf can create an appealing contrast against the light shades on the walls and ceiling.
10. Choose the right tradesmen
Last but not least, make sure you select your men for the job carefully. The cheapest option doesn’t always hold true. If you don’t know their background, then ask for references and go and look at their previous work if possible. Make sure you establish a good two way communication system with your team. A cheap, rushed job could end up costing you a lot more money in the long run.
When renovating a bathroom, it’s crucial to remember that you’re spending valuable money on a room that almost everyone who visits the house will use. Take your time on hiring the right tradesmen for the job, and then you’ll have a bathroom to take pride in.
I hope this helps some of you who are interested in renovating your bathroom and hopefully it has given you some ideas as well. If you do decide to go ahead with renovating your bathroom you can get a number of quotes from rated tradesmen by posting your job in our plumber section here
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17th May 2014
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