Planning a bathroom reno? Aside from the kitchen, the bathrooms are the second most valued room in the home. It’s what buyers look at when sizing up a property. Even if you’re not planning to sell any time soon, a bathroom reno will help modernize your entire home and benefit you and your family for years. If you’re wondering about giving your bathroom the reno it deserves, consider these tips for improving its aesthetics, functionality and comfort.
Modernize the Shower
Is your shower boxed in behind overbearing, closed-in walls? If so, this can not only make the bathroom look dated, but it can also make it appear smaller and congested. To make the room feel more open and airy, we highly recommend modernizing the shower space by adding a custom glass enclosure or shower door. This will dramatically upgrade your space and make it appear brighter and bigger.
Over the years, bathroom tiles can look grungy with dirty grout and outdated patterns. That’s why retiling is a must when you’re taking on a bathroom reno. For a luxurious and modern look, use larger tiles on the floor. Wide, plank-style tiles are an excellent choice for really enhancing the look of the bathroom. When tiling the shower, the combination of wide planks and smaller, texture tiles works well. This will create a cohesive and modern look for the shower, and also add grip to make it safer when standing in the shower. There are also grouts available today that are resistant to mold and stains which are ideal for the bathroom and shower.
Upgrade the Plumbing
Though it’s out of sight and often out of mind (until there’s a blockage), the plumbing plays a significant role in the overall functionality of your bathroom. Older, standard drain plumbing is usually smaller, measuring about 11/2 inch diameter or smaller. This can lead to frequently clogged drains. If you have a larger family, we recommend improving your drainage by having a larger 2-inch drainage pipe installed. A large pipe equals fewer clogs for you to deal with. It’s well worth it!
Add a Window
If your bathroom doesn’t already have a window in it, chances are it has poor ventilation and is more prone to mold. Even if you have a fan installed, it doesn’t compare to being able to air out the humidity with an open window. Talk to your contractor about installing an extra window in the bathroom. Not only will this remove excess humidity, but it will also make the room brighter.
Install a Recessed Cabinet
If your bathroom is tight on storage space and you don’t have much room to store those bathroom essentials, a recessed medicine cabinet can help. These cabinets are usually placed near or above the vanity and get installed directly in the wall, about a few inches. This is a handy option to consider if you’re lacking in storage and want somewhere to keep your toiletries.
Get the Best Lighting for Your Space
Lighting is an essential part of any design, so it’s worth putting some extra thought into. Most bathrooms don’t have the best natural lighting. All the more reason to make sure you’re upgrading yours to something that will provide all the brightness you need. Having a dimmer switch installed can be useful for adjusting the level of light, such as when you’re taking a soothing bath and don’t want bright lights to ruin the ambience. Recessed lighting fixtures are also a popular choice to place around the vanity mirror. This balances the light so you can clearly see your face when doing makeup, hair and other grooming. The shower might be another spot to consider having a light installed.
Upgrade to a Modern Toilet
It might not be the most glamorous fixture, but your toilet is a necessity. It can also take up a lot of space if you have a smaller bathroom. And if you have an old toilet, it can waste a significant amount of water too. Today, there are many innovative toilet designs that are space-saving and more water-efficient. Some toilets come with hidden tanks that get installed directly in the wall. These are ideal if your bathroom is smaller. Either way, upgrading your toilet to a newer one with a low flow creates a contemporary look that will save water.