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Covering Your Bases Before a Bathroom Remodel

One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when it comes to remodeling their bathrooms is taking on the job with minimal planning. Indeed, homeowners often get so enthused by the prospect of remodeling that they begin without fleshing the idea out in their minds. What follows is a brief guide on how to properly prepare for your bathroom remodel and to set yourself up for success. Get yourself acquainted with this guide, and you will crystallize some of the vague—yet beautiful—ideas you have floating around in your head.

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There are a plethora of options available to you when it comes to bathroom flooring. Above all else, you will want to make sure that your bathroom flooring meets your lifestyle needs. In addition, it is important that your flooring ties in with the overall aesthetic of your space.

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In this vein, take the time to consider what your lifestyle needs are and how they pertain to your bathroom floors. Perhaps you want a bathroom floor that is easy to care for and clean. If so, porcelain is a material that is both classic and low maintenance. Porcelain comes in a wide range of different colors that will work well with different design elements. Alternatively, you may be concerned about introducing a nonslip floor. Perhaps you have mobility issues, or are especially concerned about making your space as accessible as possible. If so, you will want to invest in tiles with textured finishes. There are many different tiling options that are available with either matte or sand-like finishes. These tiles will work wonders in making your flooring as safe as possible.  Consider these options, and the many others that exist, before tearing up your current bathroom floor.

Sketch Out Accessory Placement

One risk you run with bathroom accessories is underestimating their significance in the space. Because of this, many homeowners go about attaching hooks, mirrors and prints at whatever height seems right at the time. But, altering these decisions is actually quite a bit more labor-intensive than they at first seem. While there are no strict rules for correct accessory placement, keep the following dimensions in mind as you move forward. Towel bars should hit somewhere around fifty inches off the floor. The toilet roll should be situated about six inches in front of your toilet, whereas a showerhead should be installed about 70 inches off the floor. Keep in mind that these dimensions are rough estimates, and can be adjusted according to your own specific needs. Take the time to mark the potential location of your bathroom accessories, and then check with your contractor. This will give you time to consider whether things ought to be shifted before the contractor gets started.

Create Space for Your Toiletries

One aspect that is too often neglected during bathroom remodels is storage for toiletries. While a bathroom vanity can certainly accommodate a breadth of toiletries, not every bathroom can afford to allocate this much space to storage. A great alternative to consider before your remodel is a small cubby space in the shower. This cubby is essentially a small recessed area carved out of the wall in your shower. This cubby may seem like a minor element, but it is one that will prove both intriguing and valuable to prospective homeowners.

Consider the Sink

There are a wide range of sinks for you to choose from when pursuing your bathroom remodel. For this reason, it is quite important that you select a sink that best meets your needs. To follow are but a few sinks that you might consider as you breathe new life into your bathroom.

A pedestal sink is classic in looks, and is often featured in smaller powder rooms and half baths. With that said, it does not offer a substantial amount of space. So, if you love housing a number of soaps directly by your sink, this slim and sleek option may not be for you. Vessel sinks are another lovely alternative for homeowners who seek a bit more storage in and around their sink. The vessel sits atop a storage unit, and it provides a deep sink with which to wash your hands and face. Vessel sinks are also fresh and contemporary in style.

In sum, bathroom remodels are exciting ventures that ought to be pursued with enthusiasm. Nonetheless, you will want to take the appropriate measures to plan for your remodel. This will involve choosing a flooring material that addresses your lifestyle needs. In addition, you will want to sketch out where you will install your accessories. This will help you avoid any undue stress in shifting elements around after their having been installed. Last but not least, choose a sink that matches the design principles of your space. By planning ahead, you stand a much better chance at success when it comes to remodeling your space.

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