Regardless of the extent of your bathroom remodeling project, there are several considerations to keep in mind prior to getting started. Here is what you should pay attention to if you want to begin a remodel.
Residential plumbing systems normally use pipes for drains of a length of about 1½ inches. Clogging is a natural problem for many drains of smaller sizes, so the larger the pipe, the less likely it is to clog due to hair and other substances that travel down.
Also, it’s important to make sure that your pipes don’t make contact with the exterior of the building if your home is in an area where cold temperatures could freeze them.
Recessed lighting is ideal if you want to brighten the room. You can include one or two in the shower if you use the right shower trim. Remember to install a dimmer so you can change the mood, and determine if you want to emphasize either aesthetic or functionality.
Bright lights are good for activities done over the sink such as make-up application and shaving.
In some homes, you may have the option of installing a recessed medicine cabinet, which can add more space to your bathroom vanity. However, if you can’t do so, make sure you still have enough space to allow your medicine cabinet to stick out by about four to five inches.
Wall-hanging toilet fixtures have become more popular for several reasons. For one, they’re not as expensive as traditional toilets, and they can also save space as they’re hidden behind the wall.
Simply keep in mind that if you wish to replace the toilet with a floor-mounted one, you’ll need to rework the water supply based on how the piping is constructed.
Windows in the shower are also popular additions in many cases, typically using frosted glass to add more privacy for the user. At the same time, you can open them to let in fresh air. It’s ideal to use stone jambs to make sure the window is entirely watertight, with a tilt-and-turn window providing a better option because of the location of the screen. Handles should also be plastic to avoid rusting over time.
Similar to windowsills, shower sills should utilize the proper sloping, with the right materials such as quartz or stone. If you tile the shower curb, water may sit within the grout lines and at some point actually seep through to the sill framing.
Consider smaller tiles, as these aren’t as challenging to slope the right way as opposed to larger ones. Smaller tiles allow for better traction and are typically the go-to material for shower floors, among many other options.
Taking each of these aspects into consideration before remodeling your bathroom can help ensure you get the results you want upon completion.
Just remember that in many cases you may want to consult with remodeling experts prior to getting started on any installation, as they can give the best suggestions based on your individual needs.