Tips on Bathroom Remodeling

Thinking of remodeling your bathroom this summer? Just like any remodeling project, you should first have a budget. It’s important to put your expectations into perspective especially when it comes to how much money you’re willing to invest in your remodeling project. The cost of remodeling a bathroom depends on the size of your bathroom, the quality of materials and whether you’re planning to do some of the labor work yourself. One of the important factors to consider is a lighting. The best approach to a well-lit space is to incorporate layers of task, accent, ambient, and decorative lighting. When you shop for light bulbs pay attention to lumens, the amount of light you get from a bulb; the brightness. For these bathroom task areas, the Lighting Research Center recommends:

• Toilet: 45 lumens
• Sink: 450 lumens
• Vanity: 1,680 lumens

Knowing the size of a typical bathtub and how much space is needed for a toilet, will help you plan your remodel more efficiently. Plan the right height for the sink. Countertops are typically “32 to 34” inches off the floor. But you also have to consider how your sink will affect the countertop’s height. For example, If you have an above-counter vessel sink, you’ll want to make sure that your counter height is lower so you can wash your hands or brush your teeth comfortably. If you plan of installing a vanity make sure you pick the right one because vanities aren’t just for the look. If you install one that is too big, you could make your bathroom feel cluttered. If you install one that is too small, then you will miss out on more countertop space and storage. Also, if you pick the wrong material, you will end you with maintenance issues to deal with.

If you want to remodel your bathroom to make it look bigger, one way to do that is by removing your bathtub, if that’s an option considering resale of property in the future. If you have a bathtub but don’t take baths then that’s basically a 5-foot by 2½-foot area that’s going to waste. Converting your bathtub into a shower would be cost effective, because you wouldn’t have to reroute the plumbing and you will make good use of the space. Don’t forget about the bathroom ventilation system! Bathroom ventilation is essential for removing excess humidity that fogs mirrors, makes bathroom floors slippery, and contributes to the growth of mildew and mold. These are a few tips and images for you to consider when remodeling your bathroom. For any questions or assistance with your remodel call Studio 9 today!

-Raquel C.