Thinking about a new Bathroom?
By Paul Glover
The bathroom is the usually the second room in the house that we visit each morning and we certainly visit it multiple times throughout the day. So why not make this place as attractive as it can be? (Or at least as attractive as the rest of the house.)
It would be a mistake to remodel a home and neglect similar work to the bathroom (or bathrooms). While the living room, kitchen, and bedrooms enjoy all the latest luxuries and modern facilities, an un-remodeled bathroom suffers from looking as though it were stuck in a time warp. Why do some people neglect the most popular room of the house? Who knows... But one thing is for sure - a remodeled bathroom will increase the value of any home no matter how many times it's used!
Now when we say 'remodel,' we don't mean 're-decorate.' Putting up new towels, laying down new rugs, or even hanging a new mirror isn't really remodeling - that's redecorating! Remodeling is much more involved than that and can involve anything from installing an automatic shower and his & her toilets - to building new closets and cabinets with matching sinks.
A professional contractor can remodel your bathroom and bring it up the current par of the rest of your house. That way your bathroom (or bathrooms) isn't an isolated area of the home.
Call it by any other name, a bathroom is a bathroom - but it's your attitude towards it that can increase is personal significance and aesthetic value. Don't look at your bathroom as a can, a john, or lavatory. Look at your bathroom as a preparation room - a room in the house that comfortably accommodates the intimate areas of your lifestyle.
Because the bathroom is accessed multiple times throughout the day, it presents an instance where function might take precedence over aesthetics. You'll want to consider who uses the bathroom, why, and how the objects in it can make use of the Bathroom more convenient.
Next, you'll want to select the materials of the things in your bathroom that are easy to clean. Again, since this room is accessed probably more often than any other room of the house, it's important that it's a hygienic environment. So although a shag carpet may look nice in a bathroom, it won't be easy to clean and ward off potentially dangerous germs.
After determining how you want your bathroom to function and what it's going to need, you can talk to your contractor and make your selections from a large selection of facilities. Having experience in installing things like sinks, Showers, and toilets, your contractor can offer advice and alert you to new products that haven't' even hit the market yet.
If you're living with a handicapped person, or you're handicapped yourself, then you'll certainly want to make your bathroom as accessible as possible. When in doubt, ask others in your home (or yourself) what you need to make your time in the bathroom as comfortable as possible? What is hard to accomplish in there now and how can I fix that?
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