Your bathroom is what greets you each morning, and it’s where you wash off the day when its done, so you want to be sure it’s comfortable, stylish, and organized.
That being said, taking on a bathroom remodeling project in Dallas is a big job, with much to consider. To make it easier on yourself, check out this list of our picks for the primary considerations to make for your upcoming bathroom renovation.
Lighting is one of those things that can work for you or against you, depending on how you plan it. An effective lighting plan will work in layers: bright, functional lights are needed for shaving, showering, and putting on makeup, while complementary light sources can be used to enhance the ambiance of the room.
A liberal approach to recessed light fixtures in the ceiling and corresponding dimmer switches will give you ample room to play with mood and style while affording plenty of functionality.
Natural lighting is just as important of a consideration as artificial, and you have more options than you might think to play with.
In addition to standard windows, skylights can really enhance the appeal of the room as they let sunlight in through a clear window without sacrificing privacy.
But don’t let privacy concerns hold you back from considering a shower window—frosted glass panels are lovely additions to a shower, and if you install them so that they open up, they’ll let it fresh air while aiding in keeping things dry.
Windows aren’t the only consideration to make when it comes to privacy. If you’re like so many, chances are you’ll be sharing the bathroom with someone else, at least some of the time.
Installing a separate toilet room is a great way to ensure ongoing privacy, and it will make the rest of the room feel more comfortable and inviting for gathering and getting ready.
If you want to reduce your chances of clogging the drain (because, who doesn’t?) then consider upgrading from the standard 1 1/2-inch drain pipes to a 2-inch drain. Doing so will significantly reduce gunk and build-up for a nominal price and save you from plumbing invoices and headaches in the future.
Figuring out the proper flooring is vital to your remodel job’s success. For the shower floor, small tiles typically work best as they’re easier to properly slope and provide more traction to prevent slipping. For the rest of the bathroom, a lot of homeowners are going the route of a heated floor. If you ever cringe at the thought of stepping your bare foot on stone cold tile in the morning, this could be a great option for you.
In addition to contributing to the overall aesthetic, surfaces in the bathroom are subject to a lot of wear and tear. Porcelain tile is favored among many for floors and walls. And larger pieces of tile minimize grout lines, making it easier to clean and maintain.
As for the countertops, more and more homeowners are taking their love for granite from the kitchen to the bathroom. That’s probably because a nice granite countertop will look beautiful, be easy to clean, and last a lifetime.