Bathroom Remodeling Basics – The Essential Checklist
So, you have decided to remodel your bathroom but you aren’t sure where to start? As one of the most used rooms in the home, a bathroom remodel is an important project. The options may seem endless and overwhelming but completing this checklist denver bathroom remodel reviews will guide you along the right path!
1. What type of bathroom are you remodeling or adding? half bath? family/shared bath? master/spa bath? children’s bath?
*Tip: Unlike other types of bathrooms, a half-bath permits the use of materials that would not otherwise be used in bathrooms with showers and tubs due to excessive steam and splashing. For example, some half-bath options include wood, bamboo or cork flooring.
2. How many people will be using the bathroom regularly?
3. Is this a master bath or family/shared bath? Will more than one person be using the bathroom at the same time?
*Tip: If you install dual sinks, a vanity with two sinks provides the most storage but two pedestal or wall-hung sinks will make the room seem larger.
*Tip: If privacy is a consideration but you don’t have the space to add a separate room for the toilet, consider adding a partial dividing wall between the toilet and the tub or sink and installing frosted glass doors. For a less expensive option use an opaque shower curtain.
4. Are there any children? Are any regular users disabled or elderly? Any other special considerations?
*Tip: Even if the answer is no, there is no harm in thinking ahead. Certain features, particularly helpful for the disabled or children, can be useful for everyone- some items to consider: non-slip flooring, handheld shower heads, rocker light switches, rounded edges for towel bars, hooks and countertops.
*Tip: Consider asking your contractor to add plywood reinforcement and bracing between the wall studs so that if necessary in the future, grab bars can be installed easily.
*Tip: If necessary, consult the ADA Standards for Accessible Design for information about standards and clearances for individuals in wheelchairs.
5. What kind of storage will you need? Do you plan to store linens and towels in your bathroom? What about extra toiletries, cleaning supplies and appliances, such as hairdryers? Will you need a medicine cabinet? Will you be keeping a hamper in the bathroom?
*Tip: Large or small, with a combination of cabinets, built-in drawers, adjustable shelves, wall niches, baskets, bins, and hooks, your contractor can help you make the most of your space.
*Tip: Don’t overlook cabinet insert storage systems commonly used in kitchens, such as stainless steel baskets on drawer glides or pull out units that can be used for garbage or as a hamper or even a pull out towel rack.
*Tip: Wall niches recede into the wall and can be used to hold small toiletries or to add a few inches to shelves. If you have a partial wall separating the toilet, consider cutting space for storage out of the wall or installing a medicine cabinet within the wall.
6. What features do you like in your existing bathroom? What features do you dislike in your existing bathroom?