Bathroom Remodeling Ideas & Tips
Following are some remodeling ideas for the three basic types of baths: the half
bath/powder room, the full bath/master bathroom, and the extended bath.
If you are removing the ceiling drywall you are probably exposing your exhaust fan, ventilation duct.
Now is the time to verify that its discharge route has an open and unobstructed channel.
Most fan units do require coverage by drywall so replacing the exhaust fan with one that moves ample
CFM may make sense at this time.
Walls / Vanities
Most bathroom projects require the removal of drywall from the wall framing.
Since the tub mount flange does run under the drywall, and reinstallation requires a
re-drywall anyway, it might be wise to inspect the concealed tub/shower parts while exposed.
Any areas exposed to wetness or heavy moisture should receive greenboard.
For finishing, prime and two finish coats with an eggshell or greater sheen
Wallpaper can be hung in baths but use extra care and caution in the application, because moisture
can result in lifting or separation from the surface. Be sure there is adequate ventilation
to let out the moisture, to help minimize the effect.
If storage space is a concern, due to dimensions confined by the walls, consider adjoining
the bathroom with a connected bedroom closet.
Stone and tile can seem to find a natural element in the bath, adding an element of permanence.
Some of the higher grade vinyls have their points, especially when it comes to maintenance and care.
However, whichever floor type you decide on – consider
that the surface should offer some grip to it for walking barefoot, one that is slip resistant.
Laying out the floor design, or at least reviewing this with your tile contractor or remodeling
contractor, whoever is performing work, can mean a huge difference in the finished appearance.
Setting the pattern on the diagonal can break up the monotony of a more confined area, as can many
custom designs. As an extra tip, and to many homeowners' surprise, setting larger floor
squares can actually create the illusion of having a broadened floor area, more so than having
many smaller tiles, depending on other factors. Sketch this out and see for yourself prior to committing.
Too, and as a word of caution, remember that when any old flooring or tile is removed - it is not uncommon
to have to replace the subfloor underneath in spots from rotting or deterioration, especially around
the toilet or supply-line area.
Windows and Lighting
Bathroom lighting and window alternatives may seem scant in many situations, certainly with
the half bath or powder room dimensions. Here, abundant use of mirrors and combination
wall/ ceiling fixtures may be the best overall bet. But, another idea is to carry a variation of room
themes into the bath. This can create a “connective atmosphere” and help blur any sharply defined borders.
Screened windows and angular boxed skylights can give a sense of
added dimensional space, and may add a needed ventilation option.
Many skylights now offer remote openers.
Half Baths and Powder Rooms: MAXIMIZING SPACE
Additional ideas may be structural – if cramped for space you may want to investigate
the chances of moving a common wall outward (if you are in a position to compromise space).
With permanent fixtures – set back any obstructions back from the usable space wherever possible.
Recessed can lighting, even toilet paper holders can be sunk back into cabinets and walls. Medicine cabinets
can go into wall cavities if the framing was placed to accommodate this, centered over the sink.
Anything that commits unused space, you may want to consider.
Typical swinging doors vs pocket doors; this will require that the wall be opened
to frame for the pocket door, but opening to some extent could be needed anyway.
Shower doors need not always swing but many can be fitted with a slider and thus conserve space.
More ideas for maximizing the use of your square footage include: eliminating sharp edges, notable on vanity counters
which can obstruct the flow of traffic. There is a decent change these edges can be radiused. And freestanding sink tables in place
of vanities can supply a source of readily accessible items, again eliminating the outward swing of doors.
Taking the proactive approach of planning an organized progress
schedule for the remodeling of your bathroom is important. Taking the proper time
before the start of project and working in cooperation with your remodeler
cannot only make this a bearable experience it can make a key difference in the
time to completion, and the way the remodeling project progresses and finishes.