The bathroom is one of the most important places in your home. The Huffington Post reveals that we spend around three hours each week in our bathrooms, which is way more time than the average person spends exercising. Because of this, it isn’t surprising that many allot a substantial amount of effort into making their bathroom as perfect as can be.
If you’re thinking of improving your bathroom in a big way, then we’ve got just the thing for you. Read on for some tips and things to consider before renovating your bathroom.
There are several factors to consider when it comes to selecting your bathroom flooring. You can go for the water-resistant and durable option by opting for materials such as marble or stone. Another material you should consider is wood. An article on The Spruce points out that herringbone hardwood flooring is making a comeback, due to its classic look and feel that is popular with homeowners. Wood flooring for bathrooms, while not as water-resistant and durable as the previous options, will add a little more texture to the overall design.
That said, there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re going to use wood for your bathroom flooring. One quick fix is to lay down bath mats in areas that are more prone to getting wet. However, you’ll have to replace them once they get too wet, as the moisture can damage your wooden flooring. A more permanent solution would be to have your flooring undergo regular maintenance and refinishing. Your flooring’s finish is essential to fending off water damage, so be sure to have it reapplied once every six months.
If you’re looking to make any drastic improvements or overhauls to your bathroom, it is wise to do a thorough maintenance check on your plumbing first. One important thing to note is that residential properties are more often than not outfitted with 1 and 1/2-inch pipes for their drainage systems. These pipes are more prone to blockages due to their size.
A lasting solution is to upgrade your bathroom drainage system to 2-inch pipes, as they are significantly less prone to blockages. After all, plumbing specialists HomeServe highlight how crucial it is to stay on top of blockages and leaks, and this is even more important during the colder months of the year when pipes can freeze. These unexpected damages when renovating your bathroom can cost you a lot in the long run and can ruin any newly installed renovations that you have made to your bathrooms. Not to mention that the price difference between 1 and 2-inch pipes are quite insignificant. This upgrade should be the first thing you consider before making any other major renovations to your bathroom.
All the effort you put in designing and renovating your bathroom will be wasted if you don’t apply the right kind and lighting. This can range from ceiling lights to shower lights, but placement is key to putting the whole room together.
One option that won’t cost a lot is maximising the use of natural light. The BBC notes that removing your blinds, curtains, and all other unnecessary window dressing will help you highlight the natural lighting in your bathroom. An alternative to window dressing is to frost your window. This way, you’ll get the luxury of natural lighting without giving up your privacy.
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