Storage can really turn into a big issue when your bathroom is on the smaller side. A big decision to optimize for space is your vanity selection and/or cabinets. Choose a vanity with plenty of drawer and counter space. A few other options for added storage could be a medicine cabinet with mirrored faces, or a toilet tank topper that holds a good amount of stuff. What about using some space from another room and constructing a small linen closet? Keep in mind that this is feasible as long as you don’t mind losing space in another room. Knocking out a wall to give you that extra bit of room that you are looking for can be a huge help!
Style of fixtures can really spruce up your bathroom! Faucets, handles, lighting, showerhead, racks… right down to the handles on the doors of your storage units and your doorknob! Finishes (brass, bronze, copper, etc.) make a big difference and normally, should be consistent throughout – but that’s your decision to make! The remodeler that you are working with will normally recommend you to a retailer where you can make your selections in their showroom and this will be communicated to your contractor. One thing to really keep in mind is the room, spacing, and code requirements of the space in your home. A few things to also choose styles for are sinks (trough, vessel bowl, under mount, etc.), toilets, showerheads, etc.
Now, let’s move onto the floor! This tends to be a big deal for most homeowners! As you can imagine, it can get very slippery on new tile when you get out of the shower with no mats. Of course, this also constitutes for a job well done, leaving the tiles clean and shiny! However, this can be very dangerous! Some companies do make a non-slip tile to use on your floor. Also, utilizing bathmats can be a good alternative, as well as gain you points on the style scale. A nice feature that we are seeing more of is radiant heating in the floor, which allows the floor to warm, so you can ditch the slippers and walk barefoot on your new tile. It also allows you to expose the tile more instead of covering it up with floor mats. Whether you use cables or tubing in the floor, the methods of installing electric and radiant systems in floors are similar. There is nothing worse than a cold, hard, tile floor on your bare feet!
Speaking of heat, an easy way to keep your bathroom nice and toasty is to install a kick space heater under the vanity, and/or heat lamps in the ceiling! They both tend to work great, and I haven’t heard one homeowner complain yet!
Now for the practical stuff! The bathroom needs an exhaust fan, whether it be manual or on a timer A fan on a TIMER? What could be better?! That is simply brilliant. The fan is used to clear the room of shower steam so that mold and mildew don’t see your brand spankin’ new bathroom as a beautiful living space! This also allows fresh air in so that you can actually see the mirror to do your makeup, or get a nice shave. That point is a great segway into the next topic, which is lighting. Why is lighting important, you ask? Especially around your sink? Great and plentiful lighting around your sink is one of the best investments that you can make. Make sure there are no obstructions in the lighting, this way the mirror has a clear view of your face. Recessed light in the ceiling with a lens tends to be a great way to get plenty of light around your bathroom. Also, keep in mind night lights so that you and your family can find your way around a dark bathroom without flipping on the lights when your eyes are not adjusted.
We hope this blog has helped shape and mold your bathroom a bit, and that you feel more comfortable to choose your design! We want to remind you that there are all ideas that you are not limited to, but there are also a plethora of others across the internet. Do your research, Fishkill Bathroom Remodelers!!!!