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10 Things to Consider Before Renovating Your Bathroom

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Bathrooms are one of the more expensive rooms to renovate in a home, next to kitchens. So before investing in a revamp, what are the most important things to consider before renovating your bathroom?

1. The Bath

Test them out. Assess the angled back and lip of the bath to ensure comfort and neck support. If the bath is slanted on both ends it is designed for two people to lie in together. Depth over length is more important if you do not have room for a big bath.

2. The Shower

'Open-concept' shower spaces are becoming increasingly popular. Smart placement of the shower head will determine how much water gets splashed outside the shower. There are many shower station options to choose from including showers on rail, hand showers, fixed showers or overhead rain showers. For open-concept shower spaces, ceiling mounted rain showerhead or high wall-mounted showerhead are ideal.

3. The Flooring

Your bathroom flooring should be water resistant and durable. Ceramic, marble and stone tiles are all ideal materials. If you don’t like cleaning grout, larger tiles make sense. Less grout lines, less cleaning! Don’t like walking on cold tiles during winter? Consider installing subfloor heating coils.

4. The Lighting

A bathroom should have ‘layers’ of lighting to create a well-lit space, particularly if you do not have much natural light entering the room. Besides halogen lights, wall sconces next to or directly above the mirror help to avoid shadows.

5. The Colour Scheme

Light, off-white and neutral colour schemes are ideal for bathrooms as these help provide the illusion of more space. You can easily add your favourite colour in accents with bathroom accessories.

6. The Quality of Materials

Even for budget renovations, many designers recommend splurging on one or two 'higher-end' materials to give your bathroom a luxurious feel. Consider your options for tapware, wall and floor coverings and countertops. Can one or more of these materials selected from the higher-end of the price spectrum be incorporated, even in a small way?

7. The Toilet

Believe it or not, buying the cheapest toilet on the market isn’t necessarily the smartest idea, neither is spending a fortune. Your priority when selecting a toilet should be based around how much water it uses and how well it flushes. You want a toilet that conserves water and generates enough power to clean the bowl in a single flush. Don’t expect a powerful flush from a cheap toilet.

8. The Sink

Height placement is important for washing hands and brushing teeth. The general guideline for bathroom countertops are 32-34 inches off the floor. If you have an above-counter sink, make sure your counter height is lower. For tight spaces, consider a corner sink. A side-mounted basin mixer on a compact vanity is also an effective space-saver.

9. The Storage

Storage for toiletries, electrical appliances, medicines, towels, cleaning products, even children’s bath toys is essential. Look at where you have space between wall studs to create recessed niches and consider mirror fronted wall cabinets for dual-use functionality.

10. The Towel Rail

Make sure to allow space for a towel rack, whether it is freestanding or mounted to the wall. And if in a cooler climate, a heated towel rack is a good idea.

In summary, start by listing the pros and cons of your current bathroom. What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it? What is important to you in a bathroom? Define your budget, bathroom’s purpose (eg. family bathroom, adult sanctuary, reno for profit), and ultimate wish list, then you’re ready to rumble!