What Not to Forget While Remodeling Your Bathroom

29 Jan

Bathroom renovation is one of the most thrilling ways to transform your home. Though it’s only a small space in the house, the bathroom is very important both in functionality and design.bathroom makeover

When remodeling your bathroom, your house can change from a drab nightmare to a fashionable utopia. However, before you send your wildest designs to your contractor, consider the following elements of a well-styled bathroom that are often forgotten.

Height of Fixtures

If you bought an older house or one that was last remodeled decades ago, you might find yourself bending over to use countertops and appliances around the house. For much of the 20th century, the preferred counter height was 30” tall because it allowed for an easy reach by children without forcing adults to sacrifice too much.

However, this height has recently gone out of style, as adults have reclaimed the comfortable use of their counter spaces. Now, the preferred height for counter tops around the house, including the bathroom, is 36 inches, which is accommodating for most.

Most cabinet and counter makers for bathrooms are now only producing the 36” tall variety.  If you dislike this standard height, you can still find shorter models, or else select a custom counter height by floating a vanity in your bathroom.

Amount of Storage

So much attention is paid to the type of shower or tub, the sink style, and the brand of toilet that often remodelers forget about storage necessities in the bathroom. However, bathrooms require more discreet storage solutions than you might realize.

Most homeowners don’t want to clutter their new countertops so accessories need to be tucked away.   Storage is incredibly important for a functional bathroom, so investigate different storage solutions before finalizing your remodeling plans.

Quality of Lighting

Because of the inherent need for privacy, a bathroom usually lacks the luxury of big, open windows to let in light. Thus, remodelers must closely consider what kind of lighting they will need for their space. Generally, bathrooms require three different kinds of light to allow for the various tasks accomplished therein: task, accent, and decorative.

Task lighting is definitely the most important type of light in a bathroom. Placed around the mirror, effective task lights will illuminate your face and body providing perfect views for applying makeup, shaving, and any other delicate bathroom activities. Experts advise against placing lights above the mirror, as they will cast unattractive and unnatural shadows on the face.

Accent lighting brings light to dark areas of your bathroom that are untouched by useful task lighting. Remodelers who plan to decorate with pieces of art should use accent lighting, like recessed lights or directed wall lights, to bring attention to their favorite pieces while providing light in an otherwise dark space.

Decorative lighting will not necessarily provide any practical benefit, but it greatly increases the visual appeal of a space. A chandelier above a tub or candles twinkling in wall sconces will add life and sparkle to the remodeled room. It is easy to find the appropriate lighting fixtures for the bathroom from dedicated lighting professionals.

Selection of Shower Amenities

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No longer is the shower an afterthought added onto the wall of a bathtub. More and more extravagant features are popping up to make your shower experience a unique one.  Here are some extras that you might not have considered but absolutely must have:

  • Hand rail(s)
  • Seat(s)
  • Additional shower head(s)
  • Built-in shelving
  • Hand-held shower head
  • Curbless or barrier-free floor
  • Overhead shower head
  • Steamer

Style of Bathroom Accessories

You might be tempted to leave out the little things until the remodel is over, but that would be a mistake. Your preferred style of towels, curtains, knobs, dishes, and other seemingly micro details will eventually need to mesh perfectly with the macro features like the tile, tub, and sink. Think carefully about what you want the linens and accent décor to look like; you should have a clear picture of your finished bathroom in your mind before you approve any designs, big or small. Only then will you rest easy knowing your remodeled bathroom is exactly the room you want.

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20 Responses to “What Not to Forget While Remodeling Your Bathroom”

  1. Melvy April 3, 2016 at 2:32 AM #

    I really like the bathroom remodeling tips shared here. Bathroom renovation has become very important these days for every home owner. You spend very short time in bathroom but the at that short time if you want refreshment through taking a shower or other things, a good functionality and design is highly important.

  2. Scarlet November 10, 2015 at 9:22 AM #

    Good tips.Thanks! We are planning to add a bathroom in the basement so I will have to keep all of this in mind.

  3. Veronica Marks September 24, 2015 at 3:01 PM #

    I’m glad you mentioned storage! I agree, a lot of focus is given to the larger features of a bathroom, but in my opinion, a great bathroom is one with great storage! I’ve lived in so many apartments over the last few years, many with awful bathroom storage, and it’s made me decide that the storage features will absolutely be a deciding factor when I buy a home.

  4. Meg Lund July 22, 2015 at 2:50 PM #

    I am doing my first bathroom remodel on my home, and all of the tips you gave here were really helpful for me to make sure my renovation goes well. The last tip, in particular, to not leave out the little things like the style of towels and knobs until the remodel is over, was very helpful! It definitely makes sense to do these things at the end because they are so small, however, as you suggest, your tile and your tub and your sink is reliant on the style of the micro details so that the whole bathroom meshes well together. I will definitely make sure that I am conscious of these small things during the renovation so that I get exactly the bathroom I want!

  5. Helen Simpson July 21, 2015 at 7:15 PM #

    Fantastic tips and ideas! We’ve been through a bathroom renovation in a 1950’s house, and these ideas would have saved us a lot of time. We selected the shower head from http://best-shower-head.com

  6. Sara Killinger July 20, 2015 at 4:14 PM #

    I have been considering remodeling my bathroom but wasn’t sure which little things I should consider during the process. I hadn’t considered how important discrete storage is in a bathroom. I have a lot of random accessories that don’t all fit in my current bathroom cabinet. I’ll be sure to take your suggestion to find a number of storage solutions before I start remodeling.

  7. Audrey Blakeney July 20, 2015 at 12:26 PM #

    Remodeling a bathroom can give a whole new feeling to your house, so it’s important to make sure you do it correctly the first time. The tip about installing bright lighting in your bathroom is very important. You do many things in your bathroom that require a lot of extra lighting such as doing make-up, cleaning up wounds, etc. This extra lighting can make you remodel extra special.

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  9. Melanie Wilson June 7, 2015 at 9:28 AM #

    Great tips. Quality of lighting is too often overlooked, but it’s one of the most essential things.

  10. Tom Shrill June 3, 2015 at 11:40 AM #

    Lighting is important, especially in the bathroom. I really like the idea of having dimming lights for the bathroom, so you can choose the light levels better. I say this because, personally, I like to shower in a medium light, and bath in dim.

  11. Julie Myers June 2, 2015 at 3:55 PM #

    I have been wanting to remodel one of my bathrooms for a while, since it is really worn out and doesn’t look very good anymore. One thing that I definitely want to work on is the lighting to be sure that it helps add to the overall look of the bathroom and also is bright enough to see well in. I will also start looking at shower fixtures to be sure that I have everything I might need. I would especially like to get built-in shelving and be sure that my shower head is really nice. Thanks for the great post!

  12. Jack White May 28, 2015 at 3:44 PM #

    I have always been a fan of the warm lighting in the house. I don’t like it when the bathroom has a hospital type of lighting. It just doesn’t feel like a home to me with those bright white bulbs.

  13. Lilly Sedrick May 15, 2015 at 4:32 PM #

    It is kind of overwhelming to see everything that goes into remodeling your bathroom. There are so many different things that you have to focus on and think about. I especially had no idea that there were are so many amenities for your shower that you can have installed. This is definitely one project that will be a lot of work, but it will be worth it.

  14. Gerald Vonberger May 13, 2015 at 6:36 PM #

    I definitely agree with you about the counter height. The counters seem to be pretty low in my house right now. I also like what you said about storage space. The worst thing is to have cluttered counters in a bathroom. Hopefully when I remodel the bathroom, I’ll be able to fix some of those problems with a good design.

  15. Guy Gardener May 13, 2015 at 8:34 AM #

    Indeed your shower shouldn’t just be an add on to your tub. I like having my shower and tub two different things. They need their own identities.

  16. Wood Wheelchair Ramps March 25, 2015 at 11:56 PM #

    Lovely story. Old houses really have some unique appeal. We renovated our house that was my parents house and we added some ramps for them.

  17. Delores Lyon March 19, 2015 at 4:12 PM #

    Thanks for sharing this! I would absolutely love to remodel my bathroom, but I also don’t want to make it an inconvenient place to be. I’ll be sure to take lighting and shower amenities into consideration the most. I think that having good lighting is really important, especially if you use the bathroom to put makeup on!

    • Roger June 20, 2015 at 5:17 AM #

      I write a lot about shower related products and your tips are bang on. Great job!

  18. Jess February 24, 2015 at 3:27 AM #

    Bathroom storage really does make all the difference! Get rid of the clutter 🙂 Great tips!

  19. Anne Campbell February 16, 2015 at 9:32 PM #

    Wonderful tips! We’ve been through a bathroom renovation in a 1930’s house, and these ideas would have saved us a lot of time.

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