The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home. The average American spends a minimum of 30 minutes per day in the bathroom, according to a recent study, which adds up to more than 182 hours each year.
So it’s no wonder that we want our bathrooms to be as beautiful and state-of-the-art as possible, even if that means a renovation. If you’re considering bathroom remodeling, we’ve got you covered with five bathroom remodel tips.
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Choose Your Surface
Wet floors are a bathroom’s biggest hazard, but sometimes they’re just unavoidable. However, your flooring surface can help prevent some dangerous slips and falls. Smaller tiles tend to be less slick than large ones, thanks to a higher density of grout lines, and flooring with a slightly gritty or sandy finish tends to have more grip than other types. Your nearest home improvement store should be able to identify some flooring types that will work best in a bathroom.
Height Makes a Difference
Surfaces aside, changing your flooring may require adjusting your pipes. If you’re switching from vinyl to ceramic tile, for instance, the added height difference may be just enough to make your toilet not fit securely to the waste line. Not only could this make a gross mess the first time you flush, but persistent water leaks from poorly fitted pipes will eventually damage your pretty, new floors. The same goes if you’re installing a new vanity or sink that fits differently from your old one. A plumber should be able to move your water lines for you fairly easily.
Inspect Your Wiring
If you’re remodeling a bathroom in an older home, your wiring may not meet current building codes. The National Electrical Code requires bathroom outlets to be supplied with a 20 amp circuit, which needs to be supplied with a certain size of wire. Most older homes equipped with smaller wiring than modern buildings, so you may need to update that along with the rest of the room.
Build in Storage
If you’re already putting in the time and money to redo your bathroom, why not build in some recessed shower shelves while you’re at it? It’s as simple as adding a horizontal plank or two between the studs of your wall and then tiling over them. This way you won’t have a clunky plastic organizer hiding your beautiful new tile work, and you’ll have a handy, out-of-the-way place to stash your shampoo.
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If there’s one remodel tip that we think everyone should follow, it’s this: Make your fixtures work for you, not against you. Water isn’t cheap, and it isn’t as plentiful as we would like to think, but a simple switch to more efficient fixtures can save you hundreds of dollars each year. Our top recommendations? A two-flush toilet that uses more or less water based on the type of flush needed, and a touchless faucet that not only shuts off when you don’t need it, but also keeps you healthy with its hands-free design.
For more remodeling tips, or to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers, give Boydco Plumbing a call at 602-335-0323.