Bathroom Renovation

There is no question about the advantages associated with doing a bathroom renovation in terms of boosting the value of your home. But first, there are a few deliberations to think about before starting the project.

How Much Space Is Required For A Half Bath?

In theory, a toilet and sink can be fitted into an eleven square foot area and still comply with national building codes. But thinking about comfort, it is useful to check the local codes for adding new requirements.

Plan For Accessibility

Useful items to add that can suit individuals of all abilities, are easy-to-grip lever faucets and handheld showers. However, planning permanent features must be done early on. Other things to think about are a more extensive doorway, barrier-free shower, and lower sink height.

Appropriate Height For Accessories

There are no specifics about how high the robe hooks or towel bars should be hanged. However, it is useful to decide early on about where you want to place things so that you can supplement blocking where required before finishing the walls.

Update Wiring

It’s possible that the 15-amp wiring that’s been in your bathroom for many years is not sufficient anymore, especially after years of use. Why not replace your wiring with a dedicated 20-amp circuit and enough outlets to accommodate all appliances that you use. Check out Watara Homes Constructions for all your renovation needs.

Lighting At The Mirror

Don’t rely on recessed lighting from the ceiling fixture. If there is not enough room to affix side sconces, then consider installing a long fixture on the wall directly above the mirror.

Give The Wallpaper A Pass

Wallpaper simply doesn’t stand up to the humidity in a bathroom; therefore, it is better to think about adding wainscoting instead as a non-tile wall covering option.

Select An Appropriate Vent

A fan is a must-have item in a bathroom; however, make sure you pick the right one.
  • For the master bath – installing an ultra-quiet unit may be the best option for not waking your partner during night trips. Ensure it is powerful enough for back-to-back showers and install a timer to allow it to run for twenty minutes to clear the steam after you’re finished.
  • For the guest or family bath – models with mid-range power and noise levels can be a cost-effective option.
  • For the powder room – loud fans can provide maximum sound privacy, especially close to public areas. Choose one with a built-in light, or it can be wired to a light switch for turning on automatically.

Pipe Insulation

  • The bathroom must be arranged so that there are no fixtures, and subsequently, no plumbing on the exterior walls.
  • Pipes must be brought up through the floor and not the wall if the bathroom is on the first floor.
  • Pipes must be run on the interior side of the insulation inside the wall. If codes permit, you can opt for flexible PEX tubing that won’t crack at low temperatures.