It’s important to match all your stainless steel bathroom fixtures, but be smart about it. Sometimes if you have a metal tub mixed with a porcelain sink, it could look a little weird. However, if you go overboard and completely streamline the room in silver, it could be a bit overwhelming. For instance, you could buy steel countertops but you don’t want the room to look like a doctor’s office. There are even metal toilets available, but you don’t want to make your bathroom look like a jail cell. So keep it simple. Faucets, showerheads, and sinks are the most popular remodels because these little touches of elegance can go a long way. You may even want to buy a metal towel bar, door hook, or trash can to round out the look. Plus, investing in some silver door knobs is a great way to complete a remodel without going overboard.
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.
While choosing the correct backing for your wall tile is important if you want it to last, the fun part of a bathroom tiling project is choosing the tile itself. With the exception of natural cork tile, just about anything is suitable. Here’s a list of some of the most popular bathroom tile materials out there to give you some food for thought. Stone Tile—Nothing is as beautiful as stone tile, be it marble, granite, travertine, or any of the many other stone options on the market. Stone is also naturally water resistant and tough, both perfect qualities for shower wall tile. About the only drawback of stone as a wall tile is its weight, which can make installation tricky. And of course, it’s also the most expensive tile you’re likely to come across. Glass Tile—This is another excellent option when it comes to bathroom wall tile design. Glass tile comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors, so working with it can be a real design treat, especially if you’re up for a challenge!
Lavatories, even if they’re only 1/2 baths, are meant to be luxurious and relaxing. And although it’s great to have a cozy, private retreat, you should also feel comfortable and at ease. So when it comes to undersized restrooms, you need to find ways to utilize the space you’ve been given in order make a tiny area feel like an airy sanctuary.
Plumbing and Electrical Considerations. Check with your local building authority for zoning ordinances and deed restrictions. The last thing you want is to have your bathroom project halted due to zoning laws. Place your bathroom as close to existing plumbing and electrical as possible. Ideally, you should place your bathroom directly below an existing bathroom. The close proximity will make hooking up utilities easier and much less expensive.Tapping into existing electrical lines is easy enough for a professional. Attach lighting and fan hook-ups to lines already present. But, remember that a ventilation fan has to vent somewhere, so ideally your bathroom should be located near an exterior wall.
Vents: Maintaining a small tub or shower is no different than maintaining a larger one. The challenge is making sure you have enough ventilation to resist the buildup of mold. If you suspect your vent fan isn’t powerful enough, measure the volume of your bathroom (length, width, height) and the length of your ducting (note the diameter, flexibility, insulation and elbows). A local professional or hardware store will be able to tell you if your fan is an appropriate size based on your measurements. If your fan is inadequate, check your local building codes before you call a pro or perform the install yourself.