When you’re ready to start the renovation process, it is important to consider popular trends as well as your own family’s needs. First of all, you should consider how best to use the space you have. Think about what your family needs most, and then determine if that pedestal bathtub or larger vanity is worth the investment. Next, find ways to add more bathroom storage. Adding more cabinets and shelves to such a small space can be tricky, but it is often crucial for storing towels and beauty supplies. Finally, think about the overall feel of the space. With a creative use of materials, even a bathroom can have decorative elements.
As you remodel, you want to think about resell value and buyer preferences, but you also want to think about what you like. Having a bathtub is key when selling your home, but it might not be a great use of space if your family doesn’t take many baths. Instead, opt for more sink space with a larger vanity and double sinks. If several people use the same bathroom in the morning, try separating the toilet and shower area from the sink so multiple people can get ready simultaneously. Or if you like to have options, a bathtub and shower combination is the best of both worlds.
- How can I add more bathroom storage?
Since space is always needed, purchase an oversized vanity with plenty of cabinets and drawers. If that’s not enough, add a medicine cabinet, wall cabinets or floating shelves. Even something as simple as a shower caddy can make a difference. Organization can also save you space. Straighten up deep drawers by using handy trays and dividers.
- What materials should I include in my bathroom?
Because the layout and storage options are pretty standard, picking interesting materials is key for helping your bathroom stand out. Tile offers a wide variety of colors and styles, which makes it a popular flooring choice, while mosaic tiles are common in showers. The grout can be challenging to clean though, so stone or granite might be better shower alternatives. Just like in a kitchen, implementing a fun tile backs plash or counter top color can help liven up an otherwise dull space. And last but not least, don’t forget the hardware! Cabinet pulls, shower heads and faucets come in a variety of finishes, which allows you to add bits and pieces of personality.
In older houses especially, the bathroom is usually the first thing that bugs its new occupants and a bathroom renovation is soon on the cards.
Whether its a full bathroom remodeling or just updating the accessories, the options are almost limitless – the design options of fixtures, the vanity, cabinet, shower, mirror, bathtubs, tiles and more have only grown over the years.
Maybe you want a contemporary bathroom or Victorian style; large, modern tiles or discount tiles for the budget-conscious. A less fancy consideration is your exhaust fan, or try a heated towel rail for added luxury.
Alongside the kitchen, your bathroom remodeling will be a costly process. When I first started designing it was about bath, shower, basin and toilet (bidets were there but more a novelty than a necessity). You had a basic tile on the floor and wall and decisions were more about whether you went for plain white china or the exciting dove grey or salmon. Glad those trends have gone! But now the choices and the challenges are even greater.
Our bathroom is a lifestyle and the square meter age allocated to the area is now double, even triple. Most homes today have an en-suite, main bathroom and powder room. An en-suite to your master bedroom is almost a necessity when selling your home in today’s market.
So what are the main points for designing a bathroom of today?
Bath – There must be a bath in at least one bathroom. Whether you consider a bath for bathing young ones or as a luxury statement (think oval bath in the centre of the room) not putting one in when renovating means you will be kicking yourself when it comes time to sell. Spa baths were once the luxury tag but with looming water shortages and energy consumption you are better off putting that money elsewhere.
Natural light and lighting – most bathrooms get forgotten for natural light but this is where your morning begins to freshen up, do your make-up and prepare yourself for the day. So, it makes sense to make natural light a priority. If wall space is an issue, look at ceiling wells and ventilated skylights.
Have more than one source of ceiling light and have multi-switching lights so you don’t have to light the whole bathroom all the time. It is amazing the mood lighting you can create in a bathroom with a little planning.
Surfaces – from the floor tiles to the walls to the bench surfaces, look for practicality, slip resistance, cleaning time (shinny surfaces are always higher maintenance); and a colour that will last the time of the bathroom. Don’t just look at the surfaces which are trendy, look at what will suit you in the long term.
Layout – look for clever ways to add storage but make sure towels and products are within reach. It is great to have big, expansive bathrooms, but if you are constantly moving from one side to the other, the ‘bathing’ experience all of a sudden becomes frustrating and annoying.