Pros know best! Make sure you get advice from those who are pros at bathroom makeovers, as this is no small undertaking. Here are some tips for getting the details right:
No-regret floor: For an easy-care tile floor, choose porcelain or glazed tiles and avoid porous natural stones like limestone, which can absorb drips and spills and eventually stain. For a non-slip floor, choose tiles with textured surfaces, matte finishes, or sand-containing glazes; you can also opt for small tiles with lots of grout tiles for better “grip”.
Design For Accessibility: Handheld showers and easy-to-grip lever faucets suit people of all ages and abilities. Grab bars should be secured to wall stud blocking and placed 33-36 inches off the floor. Also consider a barrier-free shower, a wider doorway, and a lower sink height.
More amps: Replace the wiring that has likely been abuses by year of high-power hair drying, with a dedicated 20-amp circuit and lots of outlets for your appliances.
Get a Top-Tier Toilet: Look for a toilet with a MaP score of 500+, such as Water-Sense-rated toilets, and other high efficiency models. Check out map-testing.com for more info.
Sinks: A pedestal sink, with a slim silhouette, is a favorite in small bathrooms, offering no hidden storage and little deck space. A vessel sink sits above the counter, offering room for drawers and storage space below. There is less work surface, however, and this type of sink is tougher to keep clean. A vanity with sink offers the most utility, but takes up the most room.
Countertop Pros & Cons: A natural stone are best for high-end baths cared for by vigilant homeowners. A natural beauty, it allows for an undermount sink and the polished granite is highly stain/scratch resistant. A resin-based is best for countertops with odd shapes or dimensions. It needs no sealing, and comes in a variety of colors. However, it can lack the upscale feel and beauty of natural stone. Laminate is best for baths on a tight budget or short project turnaround time. It is affordable, stain and scratch resistant, and comes in a variety of colors, finishes, and textures.
Warm Floor: Simply add an electric mat to boost a bath’s existing heating system. Put it on a programmable thermostat since it takes as long as 45 minutes to warm up.
How to Get Replacement Parts for Free: Call the fixture manufacturer’s number and explain the problem, no matter what the cause is. Most will rush you replacement parts at no charge!
Excerpt summarized from thisoldhouse.com by Josh Garskof. Picture by Re-Builders, Inc.