The bathroom is a very special place; it is probably the only place in the world where you can be alone with your thoughts and no one else to disturb you. It is only natural that you would want this haven converted into something more beautiful. Besides, renovating the bathroom is one of the best ways to increase your home's property value. Here are 6 questions you should ask yourself before embarking on a bathroom renovation project.
Will the bathroom walls be tiled or painted?
This is the number one question people should be asking themselves before they start designing the bathroom of their dreams. Whether the walls are painted or tiled will affect the overall look and ambience of the room and determine other design features. Usually, people are averse to painting walls since it the dampness can promote mould growth on the walls. However, it is now possible to apply a coat of anti-mould paint before applying the finishing colour layer. Mixing the two options is also on the cards and the way you combine paint and tiles can really help create a unique look for your bathroom. For example, you can paint the bathroom walls and have tiles installed for the shower and a backsplash for the sink.
Install a tub, shower, or both?
If you are renovating the bathroom, you have the freedom to make the new one incorporate whatever you want it to have. There is no shortage of people in the world who stand underneath the shower while wishing they were relaxing in a tub instead. On the other hand, you have people forced to take a shower while standing in a tub; life can be unfair. When you renovate the bathroom, you don't have to follow the existing format and can swap one for the other. If you have the space and the budget, why not install both, a shower and a tub.
What kind of countertop will go on the vanity?
Having a vanity in the bathroom is one of the most practical design features you can incorporate. A vanity can provide you with ample storage space while making use of the unused space underneath the sink. This means no more wall cabinets, especially if the bathroom is small and at risk of looking cluttered. Choosing a top for the vanity will be a very important factor, since it can end up influencing the entire design. There are a number of countertops you can choose from to suit your budget. If you are looking for something durable and in bold colours, vinyl countertops are perfect. Moreover, they don't cost too much either. On the other hand, if you prefer a classier look, nothing beats a natural stone countertop like marble or granite. Quartz countertops have gained a lot of popularity in recent years and are definitely the best value for money option out there.
Where to place the toilet?
Many homeowners make the mistake of leaving this to the end and find that the toilet placement will be very awkward. Ever go into a bathroom where the door opens partially, blocked by the toilet bowl? That is the end result of poor planning. Make sure you designate an area for the toilet pretty early on and save yourself a lot of hassle later. Ideally, the toilet must be put in a location where people's knees don't bang into the walls or any other bathroom fixture when sitting down. Also, make sure the toilet's sides aren't too close to the walls or it will make cleaning an issue.
Do I have any money left for proper lighting?
When preparing the budget for the renovation project, homeowners often underestimate how much they are going to spend on lighting. Believe it or not, lighting the bathroom is a lot more complex than you would imagine. All the effort put into a good bathroom renovation design can be undone if the lighting is poor. Sometimes homeowners end up blowing the entire budget without counting the cost of lighting fixtures that work for their new bathroom design. Make sure to scout lighting fixtures and dedicate a part of the budget to it before you finalize the design.
Are all the necessary permits in place?
Last, but not least, do make sure you have all the necessary permits in place before you start the renovation work. Building codes and laws differ from place to place, so make sure you have the right permits and that all the final design meets the requires codes.
Once you have answered all 6 of these questions, you are ready to proceed with the bathroom renovation.
The author of this article, Nancy Baker, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for Bathrooms Are Us, specialists in bathroom renovation in Brisbane. She loves bird-watching and visits various national parks whenever she gets a chance. You can catch up with her on Twitter@Nancy Baker.