Posted on November 29, 2017
Spring is the perfect time to renovate your bathroom. Home shows everywhere provide inspiration and information and stores are stocked with tempting new products. No matter how small or large the project, you need ideas, a sound plan, and the right help. Here’s a guide to creating a great bathroom the room that satisfies your appetite, soothe your soul and excite your senses.
The averaged bathroom reno (8 by 10 feet) costs about $5,000. Bathrooms, like kitchens, are also warming up from the laboratory look of the past. The trend is to make the bathroom look more like an extension of a bedroom with pieces of furniture such as chest of drawers and chair, small accent carpets, exercise equipment and clothes storage.
Handpainted sinks, jewel-toned fixtures, and faucets worthy to be called sculpture all add to the comfortable atmosphere homeowners want to create. The idea is to make this a warm and cozy room for relaxing and lounging, rather than just a place to wash and dress.
The bathroom is also getting “greener.” Water-conserving bathroom fixtures are capturing homeowners’ interest as environmental concerns grow. An average family of four uses more than 1,000 liters of water a day. The toilet guzzles about 40 percent. In Ontario, many municipalities have adopted, or are drafting water-conserving laws. Building codes will soon demand 13-liter toilets and by 1996, six-liter toilets will probably be mandatory. Residential urinals are expected to be common fixtures for their water-saving design.
Other products that manufacturers are launching include low-flow showerheads that cut water consumption in half and faucets with guarantees of drip-free performance.
Make sure the bathroom you are renovating is “green” enough for the future. The payback value of a bathroom reno is 88 percent and if you are adding another bathroom to your home, the payback is 98 percent of the expense.
Check out this infographic for more ideas and information.