If you’re redoing your bathroom, chances are your budget isn’t endless and you need to think carefully about where to spend and where to save. So which upgrades are worth the extra expense and will make a significant difference to the look and functionality of the space?
Adding a skylight is one of the most effective upgrades you can make to a bathroom. Having natural light streaming in from overhead creates a serene, spa-like atmosphere. It also means you can do away with having a window, which gives you more scope with shower placement.
There are many options available, from solar-powered and electrically operable skylights to ones with tinted glass in various sizes and finishes. What you choose will depend on your roof type and budget.
For a new build, plan the skylight early so it’s factored into the roof shape and orientation. If you’re renovating, you’ll need a builder to assess for obstructions in the roof space.
Also be aware that having constant sun streaming into a bathroom can make it uncomfortably hot, depending on the room’s size and orientation. If this is the case in your bathroom, be sure to invest in some motorized blinds to cut the glare.
Integrated Electrical Outlets
If you have chargeable shavers or electrical toothbrushes or if you plan on using or charging any electrical devices in the bathroom, consider installing electrical outlets inside cabinets or drawers to avoid countertop clutter and messy, dangling power cords.
Power docks aren’t just for custom vanities — you’ll find them in some off-the-shelf vanities too. Just be sure to tell your electrician early on that you want outlets integrated into your vanity or drawers so he or she can plan for them.
Upgrading from a regular mirror to a mirrored cabinet will help keep your countertop clear. It’s the perfect spot to house all those small creams, tubes and bottles at a convenient eye level.
Mirrored cabinets do not need to be expensive and can either be partially recessed into the wall or surface-mounted. Just be aware that your choice of installation will affect your lighting options for around the mirror.
Problems with air circulation will bring down even the loveliest of bathrooms. Ensure that you specify an exhaust fan within the design to remove excess moisture and odors, and help prohibit the formation of mold in your bathroom. If you’re concerned about noise, check the labelling and choose an exhaust fan with a lower decibel rating.
Stepping onto a warm bathroom floor is a joy on those cold winter mornings. Be aware that you’ll need to specify it right at the start of the build or remodeling process.
Custom cabinetry adds so much to a bathroom. Buying something off the shelf means, you can never achieve the perfect fit, look and functionality. Spending a little more for custom cabinetry allows you to achieve a completely tailored look to their bathroom and their individual needs. And again, it needs to be decided upon in the planning stage of your build or renovation to allow for space planning.
Upgrading your vanity from a style with doors to one with drawers is worth the extra outlay as it gives you far more functional storage. Drawers are also easier to clean as you don’t have to reach awkwardly into the back of cupboards.
Dispense with the shower shelf and opt for a niche instead. It provides a neat, practical spot to store shampoos and soap, and it won’t encroach on your standing space in the shower. Plus, a niche creates a far more sophisticated and streamlined look.
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