3 Things You Need To Do Before You Redo Your Bathroom: Cleaning up a mess is one thing but having to change everything is a completely different take, if you’ve finally thought it through and you’d decided that a fresh start would just do the trick in making your bathroom feel like a room for total privacy and serenity.
There are things though that you should be taking into consideration before you push through the whole renovating process. Dive in this article and let it drench you with the things you need to do before you redo your bathroom.
- Consult a professional
One thing that you need to do before you go into any major changes around your house would be to hear what the experts has to say. And it’s always best to consider what they have to offer. Contacting your local contractors, designers, plumbers would be the best thing to do, not only you’d help your community but also make your redo a much easier task for you.
- Get the perfect materials
It is wise after you get your consultation from your experts, you must now have to shop for the perfect materials needed for this elegant redo. Make sure you get those that really fit the things you had in mind but still serve it’s purpose inside the bath.
These are what you need to look for when you go shopping:
- Best quality non-slip floor tiles – tiles that usually have textured surfaces with them are those recommended for bathroom installation because one thing is for sure, things get wet inside the bath and the last thing you’d want to have is a slippy floor that may lead to accidents.
Textured surfaces includes matte finishes, sand glazed tiles. And for another—might I add, cheaper—alternative are small tiles that has a lot of grout lines. That would prevent slips and adds better grip than larger tiles.
- Easy-care floors – of course, having non-slip tiles would be costly, and parts of your bathroom doesn’t need any better grip because it oftentimes don’t get wet, so you need floors that are easy to maintain and clean like porcelain—or glazed—tiles.
A fair warning though: don’t use flooring material that would absorb water and would be stained over time. e.g. Limestone or any porous natural stone tiles.
- Caulk – caulking your bathroom is a must—a sealant as strong as this could prevent water infiltration or leakages. And the best caulk to use in your bathroom would be acrylic or one of those hybrid formula. It can easily be maintained because you need not use harsh chemicals to remove and replace them. And a mildewcide could help for it’s durability—which lasts long for five years, and maybe even longer.
- Toilet & Bath Fixtures – fixtures needed for these are:
- Sinks/water basins – you can have different variations of sinks/water basins depending on your style reference—the most common of these are the Pedestal Sinks, a classic yet elegant look inside your bathroom.
- Water Closets/toilets – for these fixtures, there are also different kinds but always get the one that stands above all, you don’t want to have a lousy flusher with your toilets, so look for something that would exceed a Maximum Performance score test of 500 or much higher. Pick those that has the right calibre for water efficiency that could just use as little as half of a 1.6 gallon per flush limit.
- Showers/bathtubs – look for a shower head that have different variations of holes and pressures that would control how water would come out of it, for a much more relaxing bath. For bathtubs, get those that make you comfortable in a tight space.
In addition to these water fixtures, you need something that could provide you enough water for your bathroom needs, in terms of flushing, washing and much more. Something that wouldn’t let you worry about your monthly water bills—the more reasons why remodel a bathroom to include water tank connection and additions is one to consider.
- Wise space distribution
Standard area space for a toilet and bath would range from 6.44 sqm to 8.00 sqm, that would include the sink/basin, the shower/double shower/bathtub, toilet, but this all depends on your city/state’s building codes, you could refer to your professionals for that. But average would range from the numbers given above and that is enough to give you comfort for your bathroom needs.
This also includes the right dimensions for other fixtures inside your bath, like shower heads, towel bars, hooks, medicine cabinet, toilet roles/bidets.
With wise space distribution, you can have an accessible flow of traffic around such small areas.
These are just the basic things—well, of course the heavy work and more complicated things are for your professionals to work on, but at least you’re not going to be ignorant for the basic parts of the whole operation. Though, you may have some information about the redo, it is really much better to cooperate with your local professionals and take their advice into consideration.
Now that’s everything on the list, but before ending this article, just a friendly reminder, safety is always to be observed.