If you ignore the kitchen, a bathroom remodel is one of the most fear provoking rooms to overhaul in your home. The decision to remodel a bathroom may influence a future sale and could increase or lessen tensions between loved ones with intersecting schedules. Castle Builds understands the gravity of this task. We can discuss options, showcase past remodels and begin work when you give us the go-ahead. Speaking of that, what should you think about before we begin? In no particular order, here are five suggestions.
1) Consider eliminating some of your current problems, such as poor lighting, or lack of ventilation and storage. Is this actually three things in one? Lack of ventilation is very important. Once you have a fan in your bathroom, it is hard to give up when considering a new home. Kitchens and bathrooms should both have ventilation options. Storage is another area (sorry) you can’t overlook. You are not undertaking a remodel so that you can put one of those terrible over the toilet metal monstrosities in your commode. Consider how many towel racks you’ll use, where to store linens, room for a medicine cabinet, and how many products each family member has. Again, don’t overlook how important storage is for resale. After all, how many countries have an entire industry devoted to off-site storage?
2) Double sinks! Do you have them already? If not, consider whether the size of your bathroom can handle this addition. What you gain in counter space you may wish you could take back when you are constantly bumping into the shower or your wife. If you have the space, they are very popular with couples and families and if many of the homes in your neighborhood have them, it’s wise for you to consider them.
3) Standing shower or bathtub? Or both. It’s a matter of space and what comparable homes have. It’s nice to have them separate when adults are using the shower and kids are using the bathtub. This is coming from someone who has a combination and has stepped on too many squeaky toys to count.
However, if you don’t take baths but have a bathtub, that’s basically a 5-foot by 2½-foot area that’s going to waste. Converting it to a shower would be cost effective, because it would make use of the space that’s already there and you wouldn’t have to reroute the plumbing.
4) Don’t make the toilet front and center. This is not aesthetically pleasing but is also impractical from an acoustic standpoint. Now we’re not saying you can clean it less if it is in an inconspicuous spot, but why not have it as far from the door as possible?
5) Have a mixture of different lights. A bathroom benefits from task, accent, and ambient lighting. Task lighting can illuminate the vanity. Accent light can give a bit of light above the bathtub and ambient light refers to natural light. If your bathroom is in the basement, you won’t have ambient light to consider, so make sure you love the lights you’ve installed.
Our recommendations do not stop there. The bathroom is a complicated room and the possibilities are limited only by space and cost. The Castle Builds team is ready for the challenge that your current bathroom presents. Give us a call today at (303) 944-0488!