The Do’s and Don’ts of Bathroom Remodeling

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Bathroom remodeling can be a complex project due to the many considerations involved.  It’s an important space that can be made comfortable and stylish as well as serviceable, meeting your needs for years to come.  When planning your bathroom remodeling project, be sure to take note of the following dos and don’ts that will save you time, money and headaches, but also give you the great results you’re hoping for.

Make sure you DO…

Pay special attention to ventilation.  Due to the steam and water in the bathroom, it’s important to ward off growth of mildew and mold as well as damage to paint and wood finishes.  Be sure to include a bathroom fan to combat these consequences of water and steam.

Examine new shower options.  Showers have changed a lot over the past number of years and there are many new models, features and styles.  In our modern world, the tub is out and the shower is in.  Consider expanding your shower space and ditching the tub.

Include storage.  Even a small linen closet or some shelves for towels will avoid your running back to the bedroom or hall closet to dry off.  You’ll also need some space such as drawers or shelves with baskets to stash cosmetics, bathing accessories, lotions, etc. to avoid cluttering up your beautiful new bathroom space.  You won’t regret making a small space for this convenient feature.

and DON’T…

Scrimp on vital materials.  Some materials are best not to cut corners on, and paying a decent price will be worth in the long run.  For example, mid to high line faucets often come with lifetime warranties and get a lot of use.  The cheapest tile may show noticeable defects in size, whereas paying a decent price will get you a quality option you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Forget about the long run. A recent trend in bathroom remodeling is universal design, which means planning to age in your home.  Thus, when taking the time to remodel your bathroom, consider making some modifications that will assist you when you are older.  Although you might want to make all of the modifications for older users now, you can be sure that future remodeling will be simple by assuring the bathroom structure is in place.

Pinch pennies on professionals.While you might be able to do some of the remodeling yourself, be sure to use a professional when the work is beyond your abilities.  Poor installations may not only cause aesthetic problems, they may also result in functional disasters.  Additionally, high-skilled professionals will have great advice and recommendations specific to your space.  Consider quoting with a few contractors or professionals to see which proposal meets your financial needs as well as gains your confidence.

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