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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Thinking About A Bath Remodel? | Key Residential

The bathroom may be one of the smallest rooms in your house, but that doesn't mean it is the least important when it comes to creating a well functioning and well styled room. With the number of available products, design options, materials, and so on, a bathroom can easily be one of the more complex rooms to remodel in your home. But if you do it right, it can also be one of the most rewarding investments you make in your home. So if you're thinking about a bath remodel, here are a few ideas to keep in mind and to get the ball rolling.


IT'S AN INVESTMENT

First and foremost, when you commit to a remodel, remember that it is an investment. Whether you are updating a bath to get it ready to sell or making improvements that you expect to enjoy for years to come, you are putting something in (time, money, higher stress levels for the duration of the remodel) and expecting to get something in return. And when the stress of the remodel starts to get to you just remember where you started and what the end product will be.



LAYOUT IS KEY

How well does the layout of the bath serve your specific needs? There isn't a work triangle for the bathroom like there is for the kitchen. So that allows you more freedom to create a space that works best for you. If you want a separate room for your shower/tub and toilet then go for it. Or forgo the tub in favor of a larger shower. If you want multiple vanities then who is to stop you? The room needs to work for you.






DESIGN TO YOUR TASTES

Not much can be worse than going through the stresses of a remodel only to decide that the end result is not something that you like. When planning the design of your bathroom make sure it is a design that you love. Whether your tastes are more traditional, rustic, contemporary, modern, or your own personal aesthetic make sure you stick to it. And if you're not sure what your specific style is then look through photos online to find what speaks to you. Houzz is a great place to start.



TAKE A FEW RISKS

All that being said, some good can come from getting out of your personal design bubble. With so many options you will be faced with countless choices and decisions. The easy answer would be to stick with what you know. But that rainfall showerhead just might be the change you've been looking for in getting a wow factor. So don't be afraid to stick a toe or two out of your design bubble.



THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE

How long are you planning to stay in your home? If you're planning on staying in your home for a while it might be worth it to add in a few universal design options even if you don't think you'll need them until the far off future. A built in seat and handrail in the shower could be an added convenience even if you don't think you'll need them right away. Or how about a toilet seat cover that automatically lifts when you open the doors to the toilet room?



SMALL DETAILS

It can be easy to get lost in the big picture, but don't let the small details pass you by. Hardware, plumbing fixtures, and so on can have a large impact on the finished product.  Do you want a stationary shower head or a hand held, or both? How about the finish for your fixtures and hardware? If you find a little extra room in your budget then think about adding an accent into the design, like a floor or wall mural or tile accent in the shower.These small things may not seem like much but can make a huge difference.





See more from these projects and others on our Houzz page.