Hello, my name is Rena Feldman. I’m an interior designer at INVIEW Interior Design and am very happy to be a guest blogger for Fair and Square Remodeling today.
Today I’d like to talk about bathroom remodeling. And not about what can go wrong – in today’s world of HGTV and numerous remodeling magazines and blogs we all know about common mistakes – but rather about the features that take your bathroom experience to the next level. Here are some small details to incorporate into your bathroom design to make it just a touch more special. Once you try them you would absolutely not want to live without them!
One of my clients once mentioned that they didn’t realize how nice it is to have warm floors in the bathroom until they got to their third bathroom remodel. They now wish they had installed it in every bathroom in the house!
Think about this large bathroom and how uncomfortable it might feel to walk across a cold (yet beautiful) marble stone. With a thermostat you can set the schedule and have the floors of perfect temperature by the time you wake up in the morning.
Everyone can use a little spa experience in their bathroom, especially on a cold winter evening. Steam showers are becoming more popular and are available in various price categories (consult with your contractor and plumber about the options that would suite your needs and budget). Plan for a slightly larger shower so you can enjoy it comfortably. Add a bench to sit on and install several shower heads – body sprays, hand-held shower, rain shower. Great tip: have controls mounted close to the shower door so it’s easy to turn on the water without walking into a shower.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a perfect place for all those little things you need in the shower – shampoo bottles, soap, wash clothes, facial cleanser, to name a few? One of the tricks I like to use is to create a recess in the shower or above the tub to have all those items handy. Instead of tile, use painted back glass panel for easy cleaning and maintenance.
Lighting is one of the most important features in a bathroom and often you need several layers of it – ambient lighting, task lighting for applying make-up, accent lighting if you’d like to highlight beautiful tile or to incorporate chromotherapy feature in a tub or shower. What we don’t think about often times is the night light. Graduate from a plug-in option to an inconspicuous LED strip mounted under the vanity cabinet and connected to a separate switch, and you won’t be blinded by bright lights in the middle of the night anymore.
Wall-mounted vanity is perfect for installing a strip light underneath. It will not only provide dim light in the dark space, but will also be a design feature.
Who said you can’t create a beautiful space on a budget? You just have to be smart about when to save and when to splurge.
In this boy’s bathroom, we used inexpensive large format subway tile and dressed it up with glass mosaic. But do ensure you have an experienced tile setter onsite so that the tile is installed perfectly.
Always add personality to your bathroom. Think about the experience you want to create for yourself or your family members and guests when they walk into the space. Is this going to be a luxurious master bathroom? Or, a bathroom for kids – a little more young and playful (but not too trendy or themy)? Are you remodeling a tired powder room on the main level and want to add some glamour and pizzazz to the new space? Whatever your idea is – stick to it! Think about it when choosing materials, colors, fixtures. It will make your space beautiful and functional at the same time!
What features you can’t live without in your bathroom?