What to Bear in Mind When Renovating a Bathroom
The bathroom is a vital room in any home as many important events take place there; from grooming and washing to, you know, doing the necessary! Apart from that obvious fact, it’s also a room with the power to add or subtract serious amounts of money on the valuation of your home.
Given that it’s a room of such importance, renovation is a smart move for any bathroom that’s looking a little past its prime. But it’s certainly not a task to be undertaken lightly. A bathroom renovation requires serious planning and great care in workmanship.
You don’t want to be making the most common bathroom design mistakes, so here are the main points to keep in mind while renovating your bathroom:
One of the most important things for bathroom renovations is tiling. Wall tiles are a simple choice, because you only need to think about size and aesthetics. One thing to know is that small tiles will result in more grouting, meaning potentially more cleaning in terms of maintenance. Choosing wall tiles with a smooth, even finish will make them easier to clean.
Choosing floor tiles is very different. When it comes to the floor, you need to make safety the number one priority. You want to choose tiles that will be the least slippery when they get wet. Therefore, rough, uneven surfaced tiles are recommended.
With so many surfaces covered by tiles, the bathroom can be a fairly chilly place. The chill from the tiles can make it a great place to escape to in summer when the sun decides to co-operate. But in winter, not so much. Heating can make a big difference, and the choices you make will be very important.
There are three main styles of heating you can buy for a bathroom:
- Radiant heaters – the same kind of electric strip radiators you might use as personal space heaters in other rooms, but mounted high up on the wall. They’re cheap to buy but expensive to run. Because they need to be mounted high for safety, that also makes them inefficient. As a result, despite their low cost, they’re rarely installed in modern bathrooms.
- Heat lamps – these are ceiling mounted, providing both light and heat. They’re much more efficient than radiators because they beam their heat downward more directly (the speed of light overcomes the efficiency problem) and of course being dual purpose is also good.
- Under-floor heating – the most expensive option, but the one that will give the best results of all. It’s very efficient, and very effective. You can also combine it with heat lamps.
When choosing a heating style, you need to consider your budget and personal preferences. Using under-floor heating will certainly add value to your home, but because it has a higher cost than using heat lamps alone, it could take a sizeable chunk of your renovation budget.
When it comes to lighting, you have even more choices. Heat lamps, as described above, will give you both heat and light (there’s always an option for light only with these products). Most heat lamps also have a built-in extractor fan.
Then there are recessed down lights, rail-mounted spotlights, wall light strips (for mounting above a mirror, for example), and many other styles. The main thing to think about is whether the light provided by your choice will suit your purpose. Using more lights increases the cost, but provides more light when you really need it.
The choice of colour for painted surfaces and furnishings is truly a personal one, but it’s worth bearing in mind that lighter colours are best for bathrooms. This is because it will help to reflect light more easily. Paint should be specially designed for use in bathrooms or damp areas, so it will be waterproof and mildew resistant.
There are so many more things to bear in mind when it comes to bathroom renovations but these few points should get you started on the road to undertaking a successful project.