Deciding to remodel your bathroom can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Whether you’re just moving into your home or want to add some upgrades, bathroom remodeling is a big project. From the lighting to the floors, you want everything to be functional, while yet reflecting your personal style.
If you’re about to embark on the exciting world of bathroom remodeling, check out our 8 tips you can’t live without!
8 Bathroom Remodeling Tips
1. Pick the Right Flooring
While you may be spending a lot of time thinking about colors and new additions (as you should), you can’t forget about the flooring. When it comes to your bathroom floors, you want to be practical. Although solid wood floors may look amazing, they’re not amazing when it comes to the daily wear and tear they’re going to endure. You want to choose a flooring material that is sturdy enough to handle everyday bathroom use. Ceramic and vinyl tiles are often favorites in this category. They can be both functional and durable.
2. Bathroom Lighting Matters
When people are in the bathroom, they generally use mirrors around to look at their hair and faces, so you want to have ample lighting near the mirrors. Avoid having lighting in only one concentrated spot. Consider adding lighting around the bathroom mirror with sconces. These add enough light without being blinding.
3. Bathtub or No Tub?
While you always saw a bathtub in a bathroom years ago, that’s not always the case today. Bathtubs are not a “must have”, rather they’ve become a “must we”? While bathroom remodeling, many people scratch the tub to add more space to their bathroom, especially if it’s a smaller room.
Some people opt out of the traditional tub not only because they don’t find it a necessity, but also because it uses more water than just running the shower. If a bathtub is not included in the main bathroom, some people choose to add luxury tubs to their master suites.
If you’re planning on selling your home anytime soon, it’s generally recommended that you have a bathtub in at least one bathroom. This is important to some potential homebuyers. But, if you’re planning on staying in your home for years to come, to tub or not to tub is all up to you.
4. Don't Forget the Ventilation
We all know that bathrooms can naturally be damp. This is why you want to be sure your bathroom has excellent ventilation. This not only keeps the air circulating but also prevents mold from growing.
Windows or window vents and exhaust fans are generally your two types of bathroom ventilation options. If you’re going the window route, be sure that they’re not low enough to let unwanted critters in and that they’re not letting in too much pollen. Remember, opening windows in the winter will also waste energy if you’re relying on them as your sole source of ventilation.
Externally vented exhaust fans are often a good choice to address bathroom ventilation. When you work with CLH Building Group on your bathroom remodeling project, our team can help you decide where to install them to get the most effective results.
5. Add Enough Storage
If you’re going to remodel your bathroom, add enough storage. If you don’t have enough room for a large vanity with storage below, consider adding shelves over the toilet. There is plenty of empty space in this area.
6. Choose the Right Mirror
If your bathroom is on the smaller side, consider adding a large over-the-sink mirror. This will help to make a small bathroom appear larger than it is. This will also help to make your space appear as bright and open as possible. A smaller mirror will only make the room look smaller.
7. Think about Waterproofing the Space
When it comes to bathroom remodeling, some people choose to waterproof the room. Tile backer boards can be added to line bathroom walls and showers. These are waterproof when taped and jointed. Adding these can reduce leaks which can lead to costly repairs. They can also act as insulation.
8. Conceal Pipework
Be sure to ask your contractor to conceal pipework whenever possible. This not only looks better but makes tiling and laying the floor much easier. But, be sure that all vital components are accessible if there is a leak.
FAQ About Bathroom Remodeling
Why should I remodel my bathroom?
Remodeling your bathroom can not only make the room more energy efficient but can also add value to your home. Bathroom remodeling can also help to fix repairs that you may have let go over the years.
How long will my bathroom remodeling project take?
This depends on the scope of your project and the equipment you’re ordering. At CLH Building Group, we work as efficiently as possible so that there are minimal interruptions while still providing the quality work we are known for in the Wilmington area.
How do I prepare for a bathroom remodel?
You want to have the room cleared of all belongings. Also, be sure that the bathroom is easily accessible. Your contractor will go over any other requirements before they begin to work.
Do I have to provide all of the remodeling ideas?
While your contractor needs to know what you want your new bathroom to look at, you can ask for recommendations and suggestions as well. At CLH Building Group, we use our more than 20 years of collective experience to make exciting and functional recommendations to our clients.
Call CLH Building Group for Your Bathroom Remodeling Project
At CLH Building Group we know what a professional bathroom remodeling project involves and how to deliver it on time and within budget. Our team works diligently to listen to your needs and make your vision a reality. This is why so many in the Wilmington area have trusted us with their bathroom remodeling projects over the years. Call us today at (910) 367-5124 or contact us online to learn more about all of our construction services.