Bathroom remodels are the smartest way to invest your money. These rooms are where incoming guests, potential buyers, and your family spend a lot of time. So a renovation is a good idea since you’ll always get an immediate turnaround on your money. But you don’t need to gut the entire thing or replace every installation in order to give it a fresh sparkle. Just some small changes to the fixtures can breathe new life into an old space. As you consider these alterations, you may want to think about putting in some stainless steel bathroom fixtures since they’re becoming a very popular addition to most lavatories.
With larger glass areas, energy efficiency and comfort become major concerns. Higher efficiency glass that incorporates low-E2 glass and argon gas has become the norm. “Warm-Edge technology” is also being introduced by different manufacturers of dual pane windows. Traditionally, an aluminum spacer is used to separate the two panes of glass. Tests have shown that aluminum spacers actually conduct heat through the glass thereby decreasing its energy efficiency and creating an area around the perimeter of the window where condensation may form. As is true with any window remodeling project, your best prospect for a quality job is to start with a quality product and have it professionally installed by a knowledgeable licensed contractor who offers an extended product and labor warranty.
In any type of small bathroom design, it’s the plumbing fixtures that eat up the room. But there are ways to make these cumbersome necessities fade into the background.Toilet: A hung toilet has no tank attached so it slides right up against the wall. Sink: Most vanities come with small, useless counter spaces and cabinetry systems. Instead, eliminate the waste by installing a wall-hung sink which frees up floor space. Or a pedestal sink installed in an out of the way corner can deliver the elegance you want with the openness you need.
When it comes to bathroom lighting there’s one thing you never want to forget: the bathroom is a place where things get done. Be it a morning shave, putting on make-up for a night on the town or just catching up on some important reading, almost every light in a bathroom serves a specific purpose. That being the case, focus initial efforts on the places that get used most.
Besides covering the necessities, think about adding a few extra features for your convenience as well. A lighted switch makes late night trips to the bathroom a lot easier, since you won’t have to swing your arm up and down the wall like a bird in flight to find the switch. And a dimmer switch isn’t a bad idea either, so you can set your bathroom lighting to the proper mood. Making sure you look presentable Monday morning takes a lot more light than that Saturday evening soak in the tub. A dimmer switch gives you the best of both worlds.
Many homeowners grow weary of walking into that same old bathroom day after day. Before you spend your kid’s college tuition on a full bathroom remodel, think about installing new lighting instead. Properly designed and installed bathroom lighting can make an old bathroom feel like new overnight.