We are sure you have at least one bathroom in your older house that you despise. Perhaps the floors or fixtures are worn out, the bathroom is tiny and lacking in storage space, or there are too many people sharing it. Regardless of the issues, one thing is constant: To effectively redesign a bathroom, you must make knowledgeable design judgments and wise material selections.
Choosing what is best for you entails weighing building expenses. Once you have a strategy in place, you’ll need to make several material decisions. Here is the finest advice we can provide.
Start with Sink
In old days, enameled cast iron and porcelain dominated the fixture market. These materials were used to make sinks, toilets, and tubs that were both robust and inexpensive. These characteristics, together with water conservation, safety, comfort, and style, are still necessary today.
Undermount sinks connect beneath the surface of the countertop for simple cleanup. While these sinks are not always expensive, installation can be. Most undermount sinks need the purchase of costly slab countertops such as stone or quartz. They also demand that the hole be exactly cut, with the edges polished smooth, which raises the expense. A drop-in or self-rimming sink requires less effort to install, and the counter can be constructed of laminate or similar inexpensive material. When space is restricted but a counter and vanity storage isn’t required, consider a pedestal or wall-mounted sink.
Sink color and shape are design options that have no bearing on performance. However, check the depth of your vanity cabinet: Bath cabinets that are 21 inches deep are popular, while some bigger sinks require a 24-inch cabinet.
Bathroom Floor Tile Rules
For bathroom floors, ceramic tile is difficult to install. It’s inexpensive and simple to clean, and tiling is doable for the patient homeowner. So, what’s the catch? The important thing to remember is that a tile floor is only as good as the substrate beneath it. Before laying tile, reinforce the floor joists if they deflect; repair damaged, missing, or bouncy subflooring; and check the slab for cracks.
Porcelain tile is the ideal choice for a bathroom since it is resistant to moisture. Avoid glossy tiles since they will become slippery when wet. To guarantee that the tile will not slip, look for a coefficient of friction (COF) rating of 0.5 or above. Although little glass tiles are fashionable and water-resistant, they reveal more grout than bigger tiles, and grout is not water-resistant unless properly sealed.
These are some bathroom renovation ideas for all budgets. Call Care-kter Quality Renovations at 832-641-9079 for more information.