An eye-catching bathroom can add significant value to your property—as well as adding quality to the resident’s everyday life. But, when it comes to designing a bathroom, it has to be functional as well as appealing. When considering remodeling this small space, it is important to keep in mind not to go too overboard. The small space can become overwhelming quickly and keeping the flow of the space is the most vital component of any bathroom re-do.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind to avoid any design mishaps while remodeling this important space.
Measurements are Vital
In such a small space, a few inches can make a huge difference. When remodeling this space, avoid costly mistakes by carefully measuring everything. Whether it is a new countertop, a new shower curtain rod, or a small vanity, be diligent in measuring before purchasing. Something as simple as a round curtain rod versus a straight one can make the space feel cramped and awkward. Try to have all of the materials you plan to use, such as counters, cabinets and lighting fixtures on hand before you begin so that you know exactly what sizes and measurements you are using.
One of the biggest complaints people have about their bathrooms is often the lack of storage. When remodeling this room, it is the prime opportunity to get creative with storage. Add sunken-in shelves in the shower or floating shelves above the toilet. Consider shortening the counter top to make room for a thin shelving unit or built-in wall unit for storage purposes.
Most standard bathrooms have a simple fan/light combo built into the center of the ceiling. This is not only unsightly, but creates awful shadows for the individual utilizing the bathroom mirror for shaving, makeup, and other morning routines. There are many styles of lighting available today that allow for you to create a lighting plan which is not only visually appealing but functional as well. Updated lighting can make a small space seem slightly bigger, and can create a warmer feeling to the space.
A remodel can be exceptionally costly, even in a small space like the bathroom. When it comes to sorting out the budget, consider splurging on one focal piece and building the room around that. Choose something that will automatically draw your eye, such as a marble counter top or a river-rock shower wall. Once you’ve decided on a focal piece, you can build the entire bathroom around it and create a visual flow.
Unless your day job is as a plumber, chances are there are parts of a bathroom remodel that are beyond your scope of available skills. While hiring a plumber for a remodel may seem like an expense you can do without, keep in mind that calling a plumber for a small job is a lot cheaper than calling one for an emergency job. Weigh out the costs and the risks of the project and don’t hesitate to call in a professional if you think you may be out of your depth.
Bathrooms are often the most utilized rooms in a home. Whether you are a property owner looking to capitalize on rental payments or resale values, or you are a home owner who is looking to improve your daily life, a bathroom remodel can do wonders for a lower up-front cost than most other remodels in the home. Just remember to keep it simple. Call for help if you think you need it. You will be well on your way to a new and snazzy bathroom in no time.