Remodeling your bathroom is an excellent way for you to transform your space. You may have been planning your remodeling project in your head for several months or longer before you finally decide to act on your plan. However, before you get started with your project, you need to formalize a design plan, create a budget and start picking out your materials. This can be a fun aspect of the project, but it can also impact the finished result dramatically. These are some of the features to include in your new bathroom in order to enjoy the best outcome from your time, investment and effort.
Lighting is often an afterthought when homeowners remodel a bathroom, but this approach is a mistake. The lighting in a room can affect your mood, your functional use of the space and more. The best lighting strategy includes ambiance lighting as well as task lighting, and it may also take into account ample use of natural lighting when possible. Enlarging windows or adding a skylight can be a smart idea in some cases. Recessed lighting, such as over the shower or tub, is an effective way to illuminate these spaces. Consider using dimmer switches for these lights to maximize your comfort and functional use. A decorative light fixture that casts ample light over the vanity is also beneficial.
Ample Storage Space
In order for your newly remodeled bathroom to be as functional as possible, storage space must be properly planned out. Consider all of the items that you need to store in your bathroom. This includes cleaning products, extra toilet paper, towels, personal hygiene items, medications and more. Identify how much space you need for each of these and other items. Your design plan should include a storage feature for each of these and other items. Remember that smaller storage features can be just as beneficial as larger features when you are working with limited space. While you may need to make excellent use of cabinet space under the sink vanity, you also can consider shelves, a storage feature over the toilet, a medicine cabinet and other features.
A Private Toilet Area
A common goal of homeowners who are remodeling a bathroom is to make the space seem larger and more open. In order to accomplish this goal, there is a tendency to remove as many walls as possible and to create an open line of sight throughout the bathroom. This is an excellent strategy for most aspects of the bathroom, but the toilet area requires special consideration. Many couples are comfortable sharing the bathroom in various ways. For example, one person may use the shower while the other person brushes his or her teeth. However, using the toilet is another matter entirely for most couples. Commonly, individuals prefer to handle this aspect of their lives privately. Enclosing the toilet in a small water closet with a door gives you the privacy you need in this area.
Beautiful Tile or Stone
As part of your bathroom remodeling plan, the selection of your materials needs to be considered. You understandably want to choose the most aesthetically pleasing materials. However, your materials ideally will have timeless or classic appeal. After all, it may be another decade or longer until your bathroom is remodeled again. The materials also should be durable and easy to care for. When you analyze all possible materials for this space, tile and stone may be top contenders to consider. In some cases, these materials could cost slightly more than other materials that you may be thinking about using. A smart idea is to budget properly and even to save money for a few extra months so that you can afford to buy quality materials for your project.
At first glance, it may seem like creating a bathroom remodeling plan requires you to mostly focus on aesthetics. With a closer look, you will see that there is much more involved if you want to create a functional bathroom that is a joy to spend time in and that adds true value to your home. As you create your remodeling plan, turn your attention to these important factors to create the best plan possible.