If you’re starting from scratch and have the opportunity to play around with the layout of the bathroom, there are some things to consider (dimensions of the room as well as the vanity, tub, and shower really matter):
Toilet: People like their privacy when on the john, so consider putting it in a spot in the bathroom where it can be hidden by either a half wall or armoire. If possible, you can also create a closed off room specifically for the toilet.
Bath: Do you want the bath as a part of the shower? Do you want a jetted tub that is separate from the shower? What’s the shape of the tub and where is it in relation to the shower or sink? Larger bathrooms can be between 110 and 200 square feet so you will have room to play around with the layout.
Sink: Two sinks is becoming a standard in modern master bathrooms, but there isn’t a standard size, if you choose a double sink. Sinks range between 60 inches wide and 70 inches, so make sure to look at the sink in person to make sure it will fit nicely within the bathroom and you won’t feel cramped.
The difference between a high-end master bathroom and an average bathroom is the choice of materials. When choosing the material, you’ll want to pay attention to how easily it scratches, if it stains easily, or if it can be easily chipped or broken. If you choose a less expensive material for the countertop, faucets, or tile, be sure to ask about warranties for the products.
Porcelain is a popular material for countertops as well as floors and walls. There are also a variety of options for flooring that is inexpensive, stylish, and easy to maintain. Granite and quartz are also becoming more popular in the bathroom instead of just the kitchen. If you’re going for durability and affordability, laminate countertops are always an option, but these tend to scratch easier than other materials.
In a modern home, and especially in a dry climate like Livingston, home remodeling projects must take water use into consideration. Shower heads, toilets, and faucets are becoming more water-efficient, which can save you money in the long run. The faucet alone can lower water flow by 30 percent with an aerator.
Light and Ventilation
Because bathrooms often don’t have windows, lighting and ventilation become important aspects of a bathroom remodel. Our renovation contractors can give you specific insight into your design, but ventilation especially is an area that shouldn’t be neglected. Be sure to install an efficient fan that will reduce the amount of moisture in the room quickly. Consider both ceiling lights as well as wall sconces in order to cast an even light wherever you are in the room.