Remodeling your bathroom could be a daunting experience. Here are some nifty tips and tricks to help you out along the process!
Porcelain or glaze tiles are easy to clean and care for, unlike natural stone tiles. To avoid slippage, opt in for textured surfaces, matte finishes or sand-containing glazes. You could also get small sized tiles to offer better grip with more grout lines.
You can save a lot of money by buying a quality toilet, so you do not want to get the cheapest one on the market for saving’s sake. Make sure to do some research before you choose one, and most importantly – sit on it! Models with elongated bowls and seats are usually most comfortable.
While vessel sinks are elegant and leave more room for drawers and storage below, they may be tougher to clean and the surface has less usable space as the bowl is in the way.
A standard vanity with a sink takes up the most room, but offers more utility. It will require room to open cabinet doors or open the drawers, but on average, it provides around 15 cubic feet of storage and 10 inches of countertop on each side, which is easy to clean.
Natural stone is best for a high-end, luxury bathrooms as it is very pleasing to the eye. Polished granite is very stain and scratch resistant. However, it requires vigilant cleaning and is more expensive than the alternatives.
Resin-based countertops are great for unusual shapes as they can be formed into a single, seamless piece. They come in many different colours, do not need sealing and are cheaper than natural stone. However, they do not look as luxurious and smooth.
Laminate is likely the most affordable option available and is useful for tight renovation deadlines. It is stain and scratch resistant and can have various finishes, textures and colours. However, it does not provide as polished of a look as other options and may delaminate over time.
It may be a better idea to avoid wallpaper as it might deteriorate over time with the humidity and moisture typical for a bathroom. Tiles are a preferable option, while wainscoting is another alternative you may want to consider.
You definitely want to opt in for a fan in your bathroom to avoid humidity-caused trouble! A unit with mid-range noise level and power will save you some cash, though it is a good idea to get a quiet one for a master bath so you do not wake up your partner at night.
Try and make niches for toiletries by making recessed cubbies in the shower where you can place your shampoo and soap without using bulky and uncomfortable over-the-showerhead organizers. A recessed cubby will save you space and you can use leftover stone to make it!
You may want to hang acessories according to your own height or to the standard heights. The picture on the right may serve you well to get a general idea, though there are not any fixed rules of thumb as to how high to hang drawers, hooks or towel bars. It is best to decide where to put things early on, mark them with painter’s tape and adjust as you go before you set them in stone (or tile!).
Make sure to sit in your bathtub before buying it! You may find that a smaller one is more comfortable, or that you prefer a circular one rather than rectangular. A 60-inch tub is fine for most people, though your height matters. Make sure to assess the angled back and lip for back support, as well as neck support. If your bathroom is small, buy an extra-deep rather than long tub.
Team Riaz Ghani