Remodeling an Old Bathroom – Your Blueprint for Success
Perhaps your old bathroom is too small and you wish to have a bigger one built. Or maybe you live in an old home and you want to refresh its look by giving it a do-over, starting with the bathroom. Or perhaps, your old bathroom no longer fits your current needs.
Whatever your reason may be, remodeling an old bathroom is a serious undertaking that should be approached carefully.
Fortunately, you can eliminate some of the guesswork and hassles involved by following these tips; they have worked for other homeowners who have successfully upgraded their old bathrooms.
Use the right type of tiles
If you want bathroom tiles that are easy to clean and maintain, avoid those made with porous materials, like stone. Instead, opt for glazed or porcelain tiles.
On the other hand, if you want to boost safety, opt for tiles with matte finishes, textured surfaces, or those that contain sand in their glazes.
Keep mildew at bay with the right type of caulk
Opt for an acrylic or hybrid formula caulk which can provide protection against mildew for up to five years. Additionally, both are easy to remove.
Need a half bath?
If you want a half bath, you will need a space that measures roughly three feet by six feet. Do check your local building codes for further clarification.
Upgrade the electrical system
Take advantage of the work that will be done in your old bathroom and have its electrical system upgraded. This is particularly important if you live in a very old home. The new electrical system should be able to accommodate your gadgets and appliances.
Placement of bathroom accessories
How high should you place towel bars, robe hooks and other accessories? Broadly speaking, the towel bar should be about four feet high, the medicine cabinet about five and half feet high, and the toilet paper holder should be around six inches away from the toilet.
Leave room for accessories
If space is limited, consider adding niches where you can place toiletries. This will allow you to make efficient use of available space while leaving enough room for bathroom essentials.
Splurge on the best toilet that you can afford
If you must splurge on one thing, make it the toilet. At the very least, opt for one that has a Maximum Performance testing score of 500.
Know the pros and cons of each type of sink
If you haven’t set sights on a particular type of sink yet, study the pros and cons of each available option and weigh these against the available space as well as your needs.
When you want a warm bathroom floor
Consider investing in an electric mat which can complement your home’s heating system. You can program its thermostat to warm up the floor a few minutes before you wake up.