Oftentimes the most functional room in your home is also the darkest, cramped and most cluttered space. Why settle for something that doesn’t suit your lifestyle?
The bathroom is where you start and end your day, it’s a place to reflect on health and wellness. And if you’ve had a bad day, it’s amazing what a hot shower can do.
Before jumping into a full bathroom remodel, have each person that uses the space create a list of priorities. You’d be surprised to discover how often those lists don’t match. The bathroom is such a personal space, you want to make sure it works well and it doesn’t have to be complex, but they definitely can be.
Once you’ve created a list of priorities and are ready for a remodel, consider these seven design components.
Master Bathroom Vs. Powder Room
Deciding which bathroom to remodel first can be tricky. Most homeowners remodel the master bath first as it offers the most return on the investment. Next, homeowners typically address the powder room, which offers an opportunity to splurge with decorative pieces, such as vanities that double as artwork.
Natural stones like marble are popular to use in bathrooms, but these materials are prone to staining over time. The Kohler Choreograph collection and other natural stone replications or tiles are ideal for shower walls yet minimize grout and joint staining.
Heated tile floors, heated towel bars, frameless glass showers, and specialty hand-painted tiles can customize a space. “We’re seeing more luxury items getting incorporated into bathrooms,” says Campbell.
With multiple users it’s easy for bathroom countertops to be cluttered. Creating more efficient storage space will help keep the room functional and peaceful. Adding extra outlets (even inside cabinets) linen storage, small drawers, specialty dividers for cosmetics and jewelry, and medicine cabinets can easily maximize space.
If the space doesn’t already have natural light, there are plenty of ways to create an inviting atmosphere.
Adding the ability to dim the lights or get different layers of light in there helps set the tone for a dim evening shower at night and a nice bright shower when you want to wake up in the morning.
Shower Vs. Bathtub
One of the biggest questions asked is whether or not the home needs a bath or whether the shower should be built in, freestanding, deck mounted or have an open floor plan. More and more people are opting for a shower without a bathtub, yet some people take a bath religiously.
Handheld showers on a fixed arm or slide bar offer convenience for cleaning and bathing. These showers also allow you to adjust the water height for multiple users, add message settings and more.
A bathroom is really personal and it’s important to ask those personal questions, a designer can help homeowners read between the lines to offer suggestions you never thought possible.
Subway tile shower surrounds are one of the best looking tiles for your bathroom remodeling project, and it has many benefits over other tiles. Not only is subway cheaper, at less than $2.00/sqft but its easy to install and very forgiving when being installed. Dal tile 3×6 tiles on a brick pattern looks amazing, especially when coupled with metal edge strips and mosaic tiles. The white tile by daltile also has a great mosaic made by dal tile as well that looks pretty good and is the same size as the 3″ tiles they make. Other benefits of subway tile is that its easy to clean and easy to repair. Removing small tiles is a lot easier than removing large tiles, and less costly to replace them in the future.
This shower pictured above is nearly complete, and in the process of having the tub spout and trim installed. A little caulking and paint touch up on the edging, and this shower turned out very nice!
First we Demoed the original lath and plaster. Next we framed the house to the clients specifications which were to convert the home into a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom house. During the course of demo we discovered lots of termite damage on the rear wall from the foundation sill to the bottom of the wall studs. We replaced all of the damaged wood members and rebuilt the back wall.
Next we Framed in 5′ closets, two bathrooms, new doorways, a closet for stackable washers. We removed the galvanized water supply pipes and drains and plumbed it all up with new ABS & pex plumbing to the main just outside of the house.
All of the changes needed electrical upgrades as well, so we removed the old mixture of mc cable and knob and tube. Installed a new electric panel, all new wiring & fixtures.
We then hung new sheetrock, taped and textured the entire house with orange peel texture, Installed new laminate flooring, cabinets, quartz countertops, 2 panel doors and all new trim work throughout the house.
All-in-All, this was a major project involving a full kitchen remodel and two bathroom remodel that took around 2 months to complete.
The home renovation project we did on San mateo street was another fun Fairfield home remodeling project. We did a bathroom remodel, repaint, baseboard, laminate flooring, all new doors, and all new electrical and plumbing fixtures. We did this one in December of 2016 on an extremely tight budget. This Fairfield home remodeling project was not in a very good area of town, but the house was foreclosed and needed a lot of work. This was more of a rehab than a remodel as the budget was tight and materials were on the lower end side of things. The key difference is that a remodel usually involves moving walls, floor plan changes, etc. A rehab is more like a refresh using the existing layout. The total project length for this home renovation was 3 weeks from start to finish.
Since the home had previously been remodeled with granite expo kitchen cabinets, we decided to only paint the cabinets and add new hardware. We installed 10mm laminate flooring from lumber liquidators in the kitchen and other common area’s of the house.
We fully remodeled the hall bathroom by adding a new 3 piece fiberglass surround, skimming the walls, installing a new light fixture and vanity, and adding 12×12 peel-n-stick vinyl tiles. Most of the materials were to client specifications – they are not our first choice, but on a limited budget you need to make things work sometimes.
The rest of the Fairfield home remodeling project was to install new carpet in the bedrooms, paint the interior and exterior, replace all of the light fixtures and receptacles / switches, repair all of the holes in the drywall, install new baseboard and to replace all of the old, worn and broken doors on the inside and outside then install newdoor hardware.
On the outside of the home, we completed all of the pest work and built a new fence in the backyard. The client also hired a separate contractor to install a concrete patio, walkway, sod and bark.