Remodeling and renovation projects of any kind can seem like an overwhelming process, but when it comes to bathroom remodeling, the pressure of making your space practical, relaxing, clean, and serene can make it seem even harder.
A lot of other businesses will refrain from giving you a clear picture of what to expect, but at Schuler Kitchens and Baths, we’re not in the business of hiding things from our customers. Without further ado, here are five things nobody tells you about bathroom remodel projects.
Try to Prioritize Function Over Flash
While it may be tempting to upgrade your bathroom with a series of dramatic features, like a freestanding bathtub for example, but the truth is, this might not be the most practical choice for your home going forward.
If you’re a bigger person, like to take your time, have an older home, or aren’t a big fan of cleaning, certain fanciful elements are probably not the way to go. Clawfoot tubs and massive toilets are not always the biggest space-savers when it comes to bathroom renovation.
In addition, these elements can be uncomfortable, demanding of your plumbing, and can be difficult to maintain. In almost every circumstance, you should be able to find bathroom appliances that suit both style and substance.
Quality Lighting Requires Significant Planning
Bathrooms can sometimes be poorly lit and filled with mirrors, which complicates how artificial light bounces and travels throughout the space. For this reason, effective and flattering lighting requires careful thought and planning.
The simplest way to light a bathroom is via a single diffuse light in the center of the ceiling. In the event that your bathroom is already pretty bright, a pair of softer wall sconces should be efficient.
Any high-end lighting elements, like ceiling-inset downlights and vanity lights, should be placed with care and in accordance with the color and brightness of your countertops, since light-colored counters can reflect.
Don’t Neglect Outlet Accessibility
The last thing you’ll want to do is arrive at the end of your renovation only to realize you’ve forgotten to place easily-accessible power outlets. You do not want to be forced to plug your hairdryer in across the room where you can’t see yourself in the mirror.
If you share your bathroom with others, but only installed an outlet on one side of the vanity, this too can be a problem. As can a lack of outlets accessible near the toilet, shower, tub, and within the medicine cabinet.
Compact Options are Available for Smaller Spaces
Appliances are not necessarily one size fits all. In smaller spaces (or for smaller people) you can consider the installation of compact toilets, sinks, tubs, and showers that are perfect for both you and your surroundings.
These appliances are usually less expensive to purchase and maintain as well, making it a win-win for any half-bath renovation projects or bathroom remodels in older homes.
Don’t Forget About Storage
It can be amazing how much creating an effective bathroom can come down to great storage. When embarking on your bathroom remodel project, be on the lookout for storage opportunities both big and small. Consider storage when drawing up your plans so that they are well-integrated into the final product.
It’s like architect Malcom Davis says: “I like to place a couple of tall shallow cabinets hidden in a stud bay. You don’t need deep shelf storage; a shallow shelf can store a lot. I like to put a recess in the shower and I try and integrate towel bars to feel built-in.”
Proper storage can go a long way in making your dream bathroom as functional as possible. If you’re ready to kick off your journey to achieving the bathroom of your dreams, don’t hesitate to contact Schuler Kitchens and Baths as soon as possible. We can’t wait to help you get started!