Here are some tips for re-modelling your bathroom. Re-modelling a bathroom is an undertaking that may look quite simple on the surface, but the job can be full of unexpected pitfalls. The problem is that you can only see what is on the surface and not what is underneath or behind walls.
The first thing to do is to set your budget and then add 10% – 15% on top in order to deal with the unexpected. This is particularly the case if you are going to move the bath, shower, or hand basin as it involves taking up the floor, and maybe knocking down a wall to create more space. Indeed, anything that involves moving plumbing around is going to be considerably more expensive than leaving items in situ and simply installing a new bath or shower in the same place as the old one. By adding 10% – 15% on top of the budget you will have covered yourself for any unexpected items: what’s more, if it turns out that there are none you have just created yourself a nice little bonus.
If you have allowed for new plumbing in your budget you may also want to consider adding underfloor heating, since the floor has to come up anyway. Under those conditions, adding underfloor heating is not going to make a very big impact on the overall cost.
While we are talking about underfloor heating, another very good option may be to install a heated mirror. This won’t cost a fortune, but you will get considerable pleasure from being able to see yourself rather than having a mirror that is covered in mist or condensation. While you can spend more, you can get a very good sized heated mirror for less than £100.
Low Level Access Showers And Baths
If you have a family member who suffers from lack of mobility you may want to consider installing a low level access shower or walk in bath. A walk-in shower can have a seat installed that folds up to the wall when not in use, but is ideal for a family member who cannot stand up for very long. This makes the whole showering experience a pleasure even for the less mobile.
Walk-in baths also offer a solution for those unable to climb over the wall of an ordinary bathtub. They do have a disadvantage in that you have to walk in and sit down before turning on the taps, and you also have to sit there while the water drains away before exiting again. However, today’s walk-in baths come with fast draining facilities.
One way of saving money on remodelling your bathroom and yet still achieving a “brand new” effect is to change all the hardware – taps, shower heads, drawer handles, and so on. Make certain to keep everything the same – stainless steel, brushed nickel, or aged bronze taps for instance.
If you are laying a new tiled floor it is a good idea to use large tiles – up to 18” x 18” for example – so that there is far less grout used which has the effect of minimising the upkeep.
Don’t underestimate the vital importance of good lighting. A shaving or vanity mirror for instance can have a light over the top of it so that you can really see what you are doing when shaving or applying makeup, but make certain that it has its’ own switch so that you can relax in the tub with gentle lighting should you wish to do so. Adding more lighting to your bathroom, such as a couple of wall lights for instance, will have the effect of making a small bathroom seem larger.
One other thing that is a must for any bathroom is good ventilation. A fan that runs at 50 cubic feet per minute is the minimum, but for a bathroom over 100 sq. ft. you may need double that. You can get fans that have a humidity sensor that will switch on and off depending on the amount of moisture in the air.