If you feel the pain of an outdated bath each time you walk into your bathroom, it’s time to renovate. Bathroom renovations can vary in complexity, but there are a few elements in every bath that need to be considered when remodeling. Whether you are looking to renovate your small half-bath or are considering a spacious master, every bathroom has potential.
The following components will largely impact the overall cost of your bath remodel, regardless of the size of your bathroom. Keep in mind that whether you are renovating a powder room, hall bath, or master bath, there are many details that need to be taken care of besides these main features.
5 MAIN ELEMENTS OF A BATH REMODEL
1. SHOWER & TUB SPACE
Your shower or bath space should provide a feeling of relaxation, and having the right shower or bathtub space is important for a home spa. To find the right solution for your space, you may need to rework your plumbing and electrical layout.
Consider replacing your jetted tub with a freestanding tub for an updated, space-saving solution. If you want to create a space for both showering and bathing, consider a wet room. Open showers are an option too, as they create a visually spacious room with a luxurious look. However, they can sometimes feel colder than an enclosed shower space. To prevent this, glass panels can replace traditional shower curtains to make your bath feel lighter and less cramped. Steam showers are a great option too, as they can offer many health benefits. Oh, and don’t forget to think about storage! If you would like to have a custom niche built into your tile or a shower bench, your remodeling team will need to include those elements in the plans as well.
It’s amazing how clean, fresh tile can completely change the look of a room. Replace outdated tile to give your floors and shower a fresh personality. Tiles come in a variety of materials, shapes, sizes, and colors; therefore, working with an experienced tiler will ensure you find the best tile mix for your bathroom and that it’s installed properly.
If a unique mosaic or intricate tile pattern is on your wishlist, it is especially important to have a tile expert on your project so that your tile installation will look beautiful and last a long time. If you’re looking to add pattern or personality to your bathroom, explore encaustic tile. It can be subtle or bold, and the change will add purpose and life to otherwise ordinary spaces in your bathroom, like floors or shower coves.
Light or medium true-toned wood is taking center stage in new bath designs. Functional built-in storage is a must-have when updating your vanity, reflecting your personal needs.
There are many unique bath storage possibilities, including open storage shelving, built-in beauty tool drawers, and towel coves. If you want to go one step further, floating vanities provide a modern, airy design solution while maintaining storage space. Investing in a quality vanity and countertops will allow you to stay organized and enjoy the look of your bath for years to come.
Use your bath hardware to compliment the personality of your bath, as it’s often referred to as “the jewelry of the bathroom.” There are many options to choose from, including polished chrome, brass, gold, matte black, or brushed nickel. Don’t be afraid to mix and match! Get the help of a talented designer if you’re uncertain, they’ll help make sure the end result works with the entire space!
5. LIGHTING & MIRRORS
Replace Hollywood-style lighting with sconces or in-mirror lighting. Keep your lighting simple and linear, and complementary to your hardware. Bath lighting should not feel heavy or take away from the main features of your bath. Along with lighting, your mirrors will likely need to be updated as well. An updated mirror can transform an entire room by bringing more reflective light into the space. It’s important to love the way you look standing in your new bathroom! If you’re someone who likes watching TV in the morning, there are mirrors available that include built-in televisions and mirror de-foggers.