Almost a third of the population will come up with their best ideas while they are in the shower. The warm and safe environment creates a calming atmosphere that allows creativity to flow freely. Keeping this in mind, don’t you think it’s a good idea to upgrade your dated bathroom sooner rather than later? Joseph Kitchen and Bath has seven things you should keep in mind before starting your shower renovation.
Have a Budget in Mind
You should always set your budget in advance when it comes to renovation projects. This will help you stick to design ideas, materials, and fixtures that fall within your spending limits. If you are on a very low budget, try buying your materials from a wholesaler to reduce the cost. Property owners that have some building skills of their own can also complete work within their skill level and hire a contractor for anything else. You should also be sure to add in wiggle room to any budget you create as most projects have unforeseen issues that unfortunately arise at some point.
Mind Your Materials
A lot of homeowners select more inferior materials to help reduce costs, but this can backfire in the long run. Spending more of your budget on quality materials that can stand the test of time is better than saving money upfront only to have to replace those same materials later. Choose chip, stain, and bacteria resistant materials and solid surface sinks for the best value.
Vents & Lighting
Hot showers generate lots of steam which will condense on the surfaces of your bathroom. Moisture encourages bacteria and mold to grow which can make you sick and destroy your fixtures. Don’t forget to consider where you can add ventilation such as a fan in the ceiling or even a window depending on the layout of your home. Good lighting also helps create the right aesthetic in your bathroom while making it appear larger than it essentially is.
Keep the Future in Mind
No one wants to remodel their shower every couple of years so it’s important that you consider the future when making design choices. Make the most of the space you have and use good quality materials for longevity. Using neutral colors and designs make minor upgrades in the future much easier.
Consider a Walk-In
If your bathroom is limited on space, consider adding a walk-in shower instead of a bathtub. This will give you more space for your sink and vanity which can make the space appear larger overall. Showers also take up less water, so you will save money on utilities in the long run.
Mind Your Water Usage
With more and more people focusing on eco-friendliness, it is critical to select a shower that has efficient water usage. So cancel your plans for multiple showerheads and opt for a high-quality low flow single showerhead instead. Not only will you save water, but you will save on heating and water costs as well. As well, you can consider installing low flow toilets to considerably reduce your water usage.
Hire Professional Help
There are plenty of upgrades you can handle on your own, but shower and bathroom work should always be left to the professionals. Not only will you need permits for plumbing work, but a professional will be able to prevent damage to the rest of your home in the event something goes wrong.
How Joseph Kitchen and Bath Can Help
Here at Joseph Kitchen and Bath, we have the skills and the experience to complete your shower upgrade with ease. If you are thinking about starting a bathroom renovation in Toronto, give us a call at (905) 707-7756 for a free estimate.