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What to Consider When Choosing Your Bathroom Layout

Thinking about remodeling your bathroom layout? This is quite popular with homeowners, as the remodeling industry is expected to continue to grow 2% annually through 2025. There are several things you need to consider when talking with design build remodeling contractors.

The Major Fixtures

You first need to catalog the configurations for the cabinets and plumbing fixtures for the bathroom. Remember, the bathroom is a highly personal space. You need to feel safe and you need it to grow with you.

Many rooms of the house have an established format. For example, the kitchen has the “work triangle.” However, with the bathroom, there is no ideal layout. The biggest consideration will be if the “guts” of your bathroom can stay put. The renovation may be simpler if you don’t have to move the plumbing and ventilation but your choices will be more limited. Although the toilet is an important fixture in the bathroom, you don’t want the focus to be on it. If possible, design your bathroom so the toilet is partially hidden. Sometimes a half wall blocking it can do wonders.

The Rules

With remodeling, there are regulations you must abide by. Remember that any changes you make to your bathroom will need to abide by your town’s local ordinances and regulations. By working with design-build remodeling contractors, you’ll have experts with you who know exactly how to follow the rules. They have plenty of experience so they’ll know how to find out what your area’s rules are and how to follow them while giving you the bathroom design you want.

You should also think about installing safety precautions, even if they aren’t mandated. For instance, it’s good to have slip-resistant surfaces and grab bars in your bathroom to prevent falls. Consider how prone your family is to accidents and how you can keep them safe in the bathroom as you determine its new layout.

Using the Space

How many people will use your newly remodeled bathroom? This will impact its layout. For example, if you have a large family that is using one bathroom, you might want to have more ventilation. If this is your master bathroom and only you and your partner will be using it, you can focus more on the luxurious features you want to incorporate and can think less about the practicalities. If this is a bathroom on the main floor of your home that your guests will use, think about how it can best suit the needs of whoever walks into it.

You’ll also need to consider the type of storage you need in the space. Do you have a closet nearby where you can store towels and some toiletries? Or does the storage need to be in the bathroom? Planning your storage needs ahead of time with design-build remodeling contractors will go a long way.

The Environment

More and more consumers are environmentally conscious. Unfortunately, half of the toilets in use today are inefficient models. An efficient toilet uses less than two gallons and the average model uses five. Your vanity faucet will probably get used daily. If you use an environmentally-friendly model, it will use 45% less water than older models. Showers are big consumers of water as well. You can save up to seven gallons per shower with a high-efficiency showerhead. Be sure to talk with your design-build remodeling contractors about the eco-friendly features you can include in your new bathroom.

Getting to design a bathroom can be fun and exciting. However, there are plenty of choices to be made before you build. Contact a professional design-build remodeling firm, such as McBride Remodeling, before you start your bathroom remodel.

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