In the last post of this blog series, our home remodeling experts at Vanguard North provided some tips about how to make your kitchen remodel a success, like prioritizing efficiency, creating a practical floor plan, getting the right hardware, sticking to your budget, and only picking a few select items to splurge on. Many of these same principles apply to other aspects of home remodeling, like master and guest bathrooms, which we will discuss in this post. Home remodeling projects are a fun way to increase the value and functionality of your living space, so continue following these tips and start making the most of your home remodel today!
Much like the kitchen, master and guest bathrooms are two of the most frequently remodeled rooms of the house. From washing your face and getting ready in the morning to brushing your teeth and showering at night, you spend a great deal of time in the bathroom. Because of this, your bathroom remodel should cater to your specific needs and contain upgrades that make your morning and evening routines easier. That being said, here are some things to keep in mind when designing your bathroom remodel.
Maximize The Space
With the right floor plan, design, and features, any size bathroom can appear and feel more spacious. A common mistake homeowners make when renovating their bathrooms is overestimating the space they have to work with. Rather than taking up all your guest bathroom space with a big, beautiful sink and cabinet pair, consider other space-saving options like pedestal sinks and mounted medicine cabinets. Not only will this make navigation easier, but it will also create the illusion of a less cramped — and therefore more comfortable — space. However, if you do have a lot of space in your guest bathroom or are embarking on a large master bathroom remodel, you have a little more freedom. Still, be selective about what features you choose and where you place them, as these decisions greatly affect the overall functionality and environment of the room.
Choose A Centerpiece
Another obstacle people run into when determining the layout for their bathroom remodel is finding the perfect balance between large features like the shower, bathtub, and vanity. With so many bulky, yet necessary components to pick out and arrange, it’s no wonder many homeowners find this overwhelming. For those people, we recommend making just one of these items the centerpiece of your bathroom. Whether this means placing a large, ornate vanity and mirror along the biggest wall in the room or choosing a luxury corner tub complete with jacuzzi jets and spots for seating, it is important to keep in mind that splurging on too many large features can easily throw off the balance of the room and make it feel overwhelming. If you find yourself in a position where you’re not sure what works best for your bathroom dynamic, take a step back and think about what centerpiece would make the most sense for you. If you take a lot of time to get ready in the morning, a large vanity with plenty of storage and a wide mirror would be a wise choice. Or, if you love taking baths as a method of stress-relief, go with the jacuzzi!
Choose Water-Resistant Flooring
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people mistakenly choose hardwood or laminate flooring for their bathroom remodel. While there is no set rule about what kind of flooring you shouldn’t use in bathrooms, both of these flooring materials are far less water-resistant than natural stone or porcelain or ceramic tile. Given that the bathroom is notorious for toilet and bathtub flooding, you certainly don’t want that water warping your expensive hardwood floors or seeping under the cracks of laminate flooring, where it will sit and blister the surrounding material. This, of course, is contingent on the purpose of the bathroom, and less water-resistant flooring might be fine for your guest bathroom if it doesn’t have a tub. But, in general, stick with tile or stone.
Have Good Ventilation
Every newly-remodeled bathroom requires a properly functioning fan, whether that be a ceiling-mounted fan, a wall-mounted fan, or a combination unit. This is especially true for master and guest bathrooms that contain a shower or bathtub, as steam can lead to mold if the room doesn’t have proper ventilation. Not only this, but a steamy bathroom with poor ventilation is also prone to the structural consequences of persistent interior moisture like peeling paint and water damage to the walls and ceiling. Some modern bathroom fans even come with a timer, so you can set it to run for 30 minutes or an hour after you get in the shower. Trust us — it’s worth the extra effort to install a high-quality fan that ensures good air quality and helps prevent mold and water damage from taking over your bathroom.
Vanguard North Can Remodel Any Residential Bathroom
We hope that you will take these tips into consideration and will continue on to our next blog post for living room remodeling tips. And, if you’re ready to start remodeling your bathroom, give us a call! Master and guest bathroom remodels require the tools and expertise of trade professionals, and fortunately, the very best home remodeling contractors in Monticello and the greater Tallahassee area are just a call away. We can take your bathroom remodel ideas and transform both your master and guest bathrooms into a functional, pleasant space for you and your guests to enjoy for years to come.