It’s no secret that houses take work to maintain. Even the smallest homes require upkeep. But there are few renovations that are as likely to add value to your home as much as re-doing a bathroom. According to an article by architect Paul DeGroot, it’s important to first understand your goals when considering a bathroom renovation. He says bathroom renos usually have one of three goals in mind: an expansion to make the room larger, a makeover to change the look and feel of the bathroom, or an addition to gain the extra space that an expansion won’t provide.
If you’re looking at your bathroom, it might be easy to find a hundred things you’d like to fix: the floor, the light fixtures, the mirror, the window, the fan, just to name a few. But to start on the right track with your renovation, it’s best to start with the basics: the toilet, the sink, and the bath tub.
The toilet: When deciding on a toilet, consider how much space you have to work with, how much time you are willing to spend cleaning, and your budget. Toilets can be found for as little as $200, but one-piece toilets, which are easier to clean and can be smaller in size, are more expensive. So for this fixture, think about what is most important to you: cost, size, or ease of cleaning.
The sink: There’s a lot of variety in this department, but as with a toilet, your considerations should be space, how easy it is to clean, and cost. If you have a small bathroom and you aren’t planning on an expansion or addition to make it larger, then there are two main options, DeGroot says: a pedestal sink, or, if there is even less space, a sink mounted to the wall. There’s little (or no) floor area to clean, too. If you need more storage, then maybe a sink with countertops below might be your best bet.
The bath tub: Here is where you can get some additional luxury if you’re looking for it. There are many tubs available on the market with spa-like features, include whirlpool functions and water jets. If you have in mind something simpler, try a standard 60-inch (five foot) long tub, which is also typically 14 inches tall. But if you want something where you can get more of the full-body experience, there are always taller options available.
Once you’ve decided on the ‘big three,’ it’s time to start looking at the other parts of your bathroom which you’re planning to update. In many bathrooms, the floors are old, cracked, mouldy or just generally out of date, and it’s in need of updating.
There are many possibilities for flooring, but ceramic is still the best option. But before you place new tiles on the bathroom floor, make sure the subflooring underneath is solid. After all, the quality of the finishes is only as good as the foundation.
Bathrooms can help create a feeling of comfort in your home, and cheap bathroom renovations can be one of the best way to add value to your home. But before you begin, make a plan, set a budget, and start with the most important areas first.