10 THINGS TO CONSIDER If You’re Planning a Bathroom Renovation
According to the National Association of Home Builders, the bathroom is the most remodeled room in the house. If you’re planning to take the plunge, here are some points to consider.
1. How often do you use your bathtub? If you’re planning to be in the house for many years, consider your needs as you age. A curb-less shower may be your best option for future comfort and safety.
2. The bathroom can be a hazardous place. If you will be including a tub, a grab bar is a simple add-on that will make it safer to get in and out.
3. How much storage do you need inside the bath?If you’ve got a closet nearby, that could be an ideal spot for storing extra towels and toiletries. The bath is usually the smallest room in the house, so be sure to use the space wisely.
4. In older houses that predate indoor plumbing, the bathroom was an unplanned addition to the floor plan. Is yours placed sensibly? If you don’t like the placement of the room, it may be possible to reposition the entrance or create an entry alcove for better privacy.
5. Does your bath lack natural light? When adding an exterior window isn’t possible, transom windows and frosted glass door panes can do a lot to improve the situation.
6. Of course, the bathroom is a wet space and you’ll need to make sure that moisture is quickly and efficiently removed from the space. The humidity produced by a hot shower or bath can lead to mold and damage to walls and floors, so be sure that proper ventilation is included in your plan.
7. There are many interesting sink designs out there, but does your favorite include enough room on the basin edge to place toiletries and other items?
8. Is radiant heating on your wish list? Discuss this with your contractor early in the design process. Other comfort options to consider range from shower steam jets to heated towel racks.
9. How long will the process take? Your contractor should be able to give you a good estimate and likely, he or she will caution you to pad the timeline in case of unexpected issues. What will you do during the renovation? If you have only one bathroom, your contractor may be able to schedule the work to allow use of the space for most of the process.
10. And finally, the most obvious item for the to-do list: how much money do you want to spend? Like the kitchen, the price range for a bathroom renovation can vary tremendously, based in large part on product and material selections.