Bathroom Remodel can be a complicated project but it’s one that can really add value to your home. There are a lot of style options out there that can give your bathroom a fresh new look.
Many homeowners choose to replace their tub with a shower as it’s something that can really add a spa feel to your bathroom. Matte black shower fixtures are popular for a bold touch.
Plumbing is a crucial part of any bathroom and kitchen. These rooms are the most used in a home, so it is important that they work properly. If you notice any issues, like leaks, cracks, clogs, or mold, it is likely time for a remodel.
During a remodeling project, it is common to move the toilet, shower, and sink. This requires a plumber to move the existing plumbing. The plumber will take into account where the fixtures can be moved and how easy it will be to access the plumbing.
A plumber will also know what types of pipes are best for a remodel and ensure that the correct water pressure is achieved. They will determine the right pipe sizes and materials for drains, vents, and supply lines.
Electrical work is best left to a professional to ensure it is completed correctly and according to code requirements. It is important to map out where you want your switches and outlets so the electrician knows what to plan for when working on your remodel.
All bathrooms should have a dedicated 20-amp circuit for lighting and exhaust fan that is separate from the bathroom outlet circuit. Bathroom appliances draw more power than other appliances, so they should have their own circuit to avoid overloading and potentially causing a dangerous short-circuit or fire.
Assess your family’s power needs to determine the number and placement of outlets in your bathroom. Any outlets that are near water should be GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupters) to reduce the risk of electric shock.
Choosing durable flooring for your bathroom is one of the most important decisions you can make during your remodel. Waterproof vinyl tile and plank are economical options that can resist moisture, soil, and stains. They look like real wood but are easier to clean, and they will not void your warranty. Solid hardwood floors are a luxurious choice but require professional installation and site-finishing to prevent moisture migration and rot.
If your design skews toward the modern or industrial, consider a durable concrete floor. These floors can be painted or coated to match your style, and they are highly resistant to water. Likewise, cork floors are comfortable underfoot and provide a natural texture. However, they must be resealed on a regular basis to protect them from moisture.
Bathroom cabinets aren’t just a functional storage solution, but a design opportunity as well. In this new build bathroom from Stefani Stein, shaker style cabinetry custom built for the space adds a polished look that plays nicely with the room’s marble and pale wood tones.
In this master bathroom from Laura Brophy Interiors, a double sink vanity includes cabinets on either side to create subtle separation between the two. The cabinets are painted a soothing shade of blue-gray to coordinate with the tile and soft brushed brass fixtures.
To get the best results when painting bathroom cabinets, make sure all surfaces are fully protected. Clean the cabinets with trisodium phosphate (TSP) and water before applying the paint. A good quality primer is essential as well.
Lighting is the icing on the cake of any bathroom remodel. Simple, beautiful fixtures accentuate tile and decor trends while providing the function required in this busy room.
Layering your bathroom with recessed can lights and vanity lighting adds light in all the right places. For a more decorative touch, consider adding a chandelier for a luxurious feel or a pendant in an open space for a focal point.
Choose a bulb with a high lumen number to illuminate your bathroom well. A higher lumen rating produces more bright light for tasks and accent lighting. Lower lumen ratings are better for ambient lighting and produce a warm, soothing glow that’s great for relaxing spaces. Choose a bulb with a warmer color temperature to reduce shadows and blend colors to hide blemishes.