Bathroom remodels can be one of the trickier remodels in your home. Where plumbing is and whether more needs to be added is a big consideration, as well as the number of required elements in an often small space. Functional and code requirements should lead you when you’re figuring out the design for your new and improved bathroom space.
Bathrooms are one of the most highly trafficked rooms in any home. Whether you’re updating a powder room or a master bath, the key to a successful remodel is a functional floor plan. Consider who is using the bathroom, when it will be used, and how.
Consider whether you’ll be utilizing existing drains and hook-ups. Moving plumbing can open a wide range of design possibilities, but also adds expense to a bathroom remodel. Even if you decide to stick with the hook ups that exist, you can change the look of your room with different element designs such as a stall shower vs. a tub.
Be sure to check state and local code requirements for building and remodeling, especially if you are doing your remodel on your own. Most contractors will know the requirements and often take care of permitting and codes, but it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself to ensure everything is in order. In addition to meeting minimum requirements, codes like the International Residential Code and the National Kitchen and Bath Association give guidelines for fixture placement and improved design.
Universal design emphasizes roomier floor plans that utilize taller toilets, wider doorways, and curbless showers. This type of bathroom design has become more commonplace recently, allowing for universal use of the space. Design elements are meant to be easily accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability level. Considering universal appeal when remodeling can increase your home’s appeal to buyers as well as being a great investment if you plan to stay long term.
Because many bathrooms have no windows, lighting is an extremely important element of your design. Consider all types of lighting – task, ambient, accent, and decorative. Make sure that darker areas like a curtained shower have plenty of light source to create a pleasant experience for users.
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