3 Things You Need To Consider Before Remodeling Your Bathroom
The bathroom can be a tricky place for homeowners looking to redecorate. Quite often, you’re looking to cram a lot of things into a very small space. Your bathroom is usually the smallest room in the house, but somehow, you’ve got to find room for all your essentials. Shower, bath, sink, vanity unit. Where will it all go?
That’s where some proper planning comes into play – and there’s more to think about than just making the most of the space you have available. Here are the things you need to consider before having any renovation work done:
Beware of Water Damage
With so much pipework involved in the bathroom, the chances of an unexpected accident are fairly high. I’m sure we’ve all been there, or at least feared it. You wake up one morning to find that old leaking tap you’ve been disregarding has turned into a fully flooded bathroom overnight.
If you’ve already gotten to this stage, you know it’s going to be a costly procedure to fix. By taking careful steps, you can eliminate (or at least minimise) the risk of water damage. First of all, don’t skimp on your pipework or labour. Paying for the best now will mean you don’t have to shell out further down the line. You need to have complete faith in your bathroom renovations specialist and the parts they’re using. If you do run into any trouble, such as the aforementioned leaky tap, get it seen to as soon as possible before it becomes a bigger issue.
Choose the Right Materials
As there is no other room in the house that is exposed to water as much as your bathroom, the right materials are essential. It’s important that your new bathroom not only looks great but functions well. That’s why most of the materials in there won’t be found elsewhere in the house.
You need to think about flooring that won’t cause problems if exposed to water. You need your sanitary ware to be durable. You need the best materials available, and that comes at an up-front cost. See our guide to saving money to go towards your budget for ideas on how to raise a little extra cash. You might also want to consider some of the often overlooked things like larger bathroom tiles to minimise grout and rot. By paying out more now, you’re saving long-term on the upkeep of your new bathroom.
Plan for Ventilation
In a room with as much exposure to water as the bathroom, the chances of mould forming will increase tenfold. Having damp and spores appear on your walls is not only a health hazard; it’ll ultimately lower the value of your home on the market. That’s why it’s so crucial to have a good air ventilation system in your bathroom.
When you shower or have a bath, the atmosphere becomes filled with water particles that ultimately have to land somewhere. By investing in a good ventilation system, you can make sure they have somewhere to escape. This keeps your bathroom air dry and reduces the risk of mould forming. There are a lot of reliable options, and most are even energy efficient, so you know you’ll be saving money in the long haul.