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.
Tankless toilets present a much smaller profile (the lack of siphon feeding eliminates the need for a tank). Tankless options are usually smaller in height and depth by four to six inches, with seating being just three inches smaller than average. Wall-mounted toilets tend to be narrower than other models. Though wall-mounted toilets appear elongated, most only protrude 18 inches into the room and stand 17 to 18 inches tall. Tankless and wall-mounted toilets will require a professional plumber to ensure their proper function. Depending on the amount of work necessary, a pro can add $500.00 or more to your total.
In the past, the bathroom was thought of as a strictly utilitarian space. You get in, take care of your business and get out. But these days, savvy homeowners are taking another look at the bathroom and finding it’s a great place to bring quality of life into the home. Bathroom design these days blends both form and function to create a space where you can relax in a spa.
Cabinets: Some cabinets are a necessity (like vanities). Vanities should be recessed into a wall if possible. If a recess isn’t an option, there are a variety of corner mounted designs that provide ample storage while remaining unobtrusive. If you’re going to install a recessed vanity, be aware of hidden wires. If an electrical switch or socket is nearby, you may be better off by hiring a local handyman. Aside from electrical work, most shelves and small cabinets are fairly simple DIY projects.
Toilets: Depending on the size of your bathroom, your existing toilet might be fine. But, smaller toilets are available that work just as well as their standard sized counterparts. Low Profile: Low profile alternatives are no harder to maintain than a standard toilet. But, because of their lack of height, a low profile design may not be suitable for homes with tall, elderly or handicapped residents. Toilet installations are an involved DIY project, so it’s best to hire a handyman or professional to tackle this project.
Largely due to a lack of space, small bathrooms usually have showers installed instead of tubs. A prefabricated stall can be installed fairly easily if existing plumbing is used, but the lack of space could make maneuvering difficult. Though more expensive and time consuming, many homeowners find it easier to buy a shower pan and install the sealant and tiles separately. If you decide to tile your shower, opt for larger sizes. While smaller tiles can sometimes appear busy, consider smaller sizes for accents (like a narrow band halfway up your shower).