Remodeling a bathroom gives homeowners terrific options for addressing their current design needs and desires. It's important to have a plan, a budget, and design assistance from experts in the field. At Steve's Flooring & Design in Morris, professional designers are on staff to help with bathroom remodel projects. Here are 5 important considerations for remodeling a bathroom:
1. Plan to have adequate storage. Not all homes have separate linen closets and medicine cabinets. If you are putting in a pedestal sink or a flat mirror, make sure your design allows for storing linens, toiletries, medications, and other bathroom items.
2. Don't be afraid to tailor the bathroom features to meet your current and future needs. "We offer options that allow homeowners to upgrade to back-saver counters with comfort height options," said Steve Meyer, owner of Steve's Flooring. "Grab bars and hand grips can double as towel bars; they help if you momentarily lose your balance or if you're recovering from a surgery. Don't wait until you need these things before incorporating them into a design. Make sure blocking is put inside the wall to support these features."
3. If possible, make sure the toilet isn't the first thing you see when you open the bathroom door. "There are other things more aesthetically pleasing like the sink/vanity area with the mirror and a nice light fixture," added Meyer, “or some beautiful tile in a tub/shower area.”
4. Consider whether to keep the existing bathtub or convert it to a more functional, large shower. "If space is limited, some homeowners prefer to have a beautiful walk-in shower," said Meyer. "However, you have to consider resale options, especially for families with small children. For family homes you should have at least one bathtub for bathing children or to be used as a soaking tub.”
5. Adequate ventilation is necessary to prevent mold and mildew. Don't have ductwork from the bathroom going into the attic without continuing the ductwork outside the house through a roof vent. It is important to get moisture out of a bathroom that has a tub or shower. The exhaust fan should be used every time you take a bath or shower and left to run for a few minutes after you finish to rid the room of excess moisture.
For more information about remodeling a bathroom, please contact:
Steve's Flooring & Design
717 Liberty St.
Morris, IL 60450