A bathroom remodel is a popular project for hardcore DIY enthusiasts. Although it’s been done so many times by various people, there are some aspects of this DIY project where some aficionados still miss the mark. If you want to conduct a perfect remodel the next time you take on this project, try to consider these few tips:
The size of your bathroom will depend on how much space you need. Do you like your bath to be a place where you can lounge after a hard day’s work or are you the in-and-out type when it comes to taking a bath? You’d also have to take into consideration the amount of free space in your house, since you can’t have a bath that’s disproportionate in size to the rest of the rooms.
If the law is to be consulted, you can fit a sink and toilet in an 11-square-foot spot and still meet national building standards. However, it’s becoming a standard for most homes to have a bath between 3 to 4 feet wide and 6 to 8 feet long, since most homeowners don’t like feeling claustrophobic in their bathrooms.
Last but not least, never forget to consult local building codes for any additional requirements. Otherwise, the local council may charge you with fees and even a penalty.
Part of a perfect bathroom remodel is finding the right height for your bathroom accessories such as towel bars, robe hooks, medicine cabinet, etc. While there’s no exact formula to get the right positioning for these items, try to use your height and the dimensions of your bathroom as a starting point. Include this task during your planning, so that you won’t encounter any problem when installing the furnishings you bought.
Some contractors mark the prospective placement of bathroom accessories with painter’s tape during construction; then adjust them accordingly as the work progresses.
It may not be obvious but the electric plug located in your bathroom is one of the most abused plugs in your home; and the culprit is your high-power air dryer!
To prevent any untoward accident from happening, don’t just replace it with GFCI, but also upgrade the wiring with a dedicated 20-amp circuit and plenty of outlets for all you bathroom appliances.
If you’re going to redo your bathroom, don’t forget to buy a new toilet for your new space. The one you’ve been using may have been in your house since the war!
As for your new toilet, don’t settle for a wimpy flusher. Find a toilet with a MaP score of 500 or higher, because these models can get the job done with just one push of the handle. They are also eco-friendly as one flush only disburses half of the 1.6-gallon-per-flush legal limit.
You can add an electric mat beneath your tiles to make them warm and toasty when stepped on. If you want to walk on a warm bathroom floor in the morning, set the thermostat 45 minutes before your usual wake up time since these take 45 minutes to heat up.
Hope you enjoyed this week’s topic. More DIY tips to come!