What to Consider Before Your Bathroom Remodel

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So much goes into a bathroom renovation that the process and constant decision making can become overwhelming. Choosing between installing a shower or bathtub, deciding whether or not it’s worth it to add a window for more lighting or spend that money on fancy fixtures, it’s a non-stop barrage of possibilities. To lighten your load a bit, here are seven things to consider when remodelling your bathroom.

So much goes into a bathroom renovation that the process and constant decision making can become overwhelming. Choosing between installing a shower or bathtub, deciding whether or not it’s worth it to add a window for more lighting or spend that money on fancy fixtures, it’s a non-stop barrage of possibilities. To lighten your load a bit, here are seven things to consider when remodelling your bathroom.

Plumbing

To avoid constant drainage issues and clogged pipes, upgrade the plumbing pipes being installed from the standard 1 ½ inch to a two inch. The price difference is practically nonexistent, and if your framing allows it, this is a necessary choice for a bathroom remodel.

Medicine Cabinet

If you’re not interested in adding extra cabinets to your bathroom renovation for more storage, installing a medicine cabinet will increase storage space while staying out of sight. It’s a simple framing job that won’t break the bank if you decide on it at the last minute.

Wall-hung Toilet

Bathroom renovations for a smaller space can be tricky, but one way to make the space look bigger is to install a wall-hanging toilet. With the tank hidden behind the wall, the toilet seat itself will be the only part visible. Having it floating will also create the illusion of having more floor space.

Tub or Shower?

If you only have room for one of these options, ask yourself one simple question: how often do you bathe versus shower? If you’re coming from a situation where both options were available to you, choose the option you utilized most. If not, then consider your routine and which option would best fit into your lifestyle. Make sure you’re making the decision for yourself, and not potential buyers years down the line. You’ll be using it, so choose the best one for you and your family.

The Shower

Shower Window

Adding a window in your shower is a great way to brighten up your bathroom and provide extra light if your shower’s pretty dark. Choose a frosted glass panel for added privacy. Or perhaps one that opens for some fresh air. Make sure the window area is watertight to prevent damage within the walls.

Floor Tile

While larger tiles may be cheaper and look cleaner, they’re a safety hazard, as the large tile surface will become slippery. Without many grout lines to help with gripping, you’re more likely to have an accident. Large tiles are also harder to slop when creating efficient drainage, especially when it’s a small shower stall.

Storage

Even if you’re living a minimalist lifestyle, storage is important to consider when remodelling your bathroom. Truly evaluate everything you own that will be stored in the bathroom and determine how much storage you’ll need. Then add extra for any and all new products that will be coming in throughout the years.

At HomeReno Direct, we provide design services for both homeowners and independent designers. Our hands-on approach guarantees the highest standard of workmanship and materials are provided for every project. Our staff contributes honest and efficient communication when dealing with kitchen, bathroom, basement, and home renovations. With locations in Mississauga, Brampton and Oakville, Ontario, stop by or call for a free design consultation.