Hints for Remodeling a New Bathroom


Hints for Remodeling a New Bathroom

A Place for Everything

Don’t forget about storage in the bathroom. Most bathrooms in Rwanda are completely without it. Add a vanity with drawers to hold hairdryers, makeup and those extra rolls of toilet paper.

Mirror Mirror

Many homeowners are choosing to install separate mirrors above the vanities rather than one large unframed mirror. Separate mirrors add a custom look to the bathroom, and they also give the homeowner another place to infuse style and personality.

Bathroom Sink

Two vanities, each with a sink and a mirror, or one long vanity equipped with two sinks are common design elements for today's master baths, allowing two people plenty of space for morning routines.

Shower Solutions

The flexible design options of open showers continue to inspire homeowners wanting to remodel a master bathroom. If you have the room, consider a shower bench and shelves. They don't have to be elaborate. A piece of tile cut into a triangle and mounted a few feet off the floor in a corner can store shower supplies or give you a leg up when shaving.

Many homeowners are choosing luxury showers over whirlpool tubs in bathroom remodels because the showers take up less space, provide multiple types of water massage, and remove the hazard of stepping up and into a tub for aging homeowners.

Accent Tile

Accent tile is the perfect way to get bang for your buck. Use large inexpensive tiles on the floor and in the shower, then accent the room with a row of beautiful mosaic tile behind the faucet or add a horizontal or vertical accent in the shower to get big impact. Accent tile is also a great place to add a splash of pattern or color. Like jewelry, accent tile can be the finishing touch to your bathroom.

Bathroom Faucets

Faucet choice is more than simply a function of style. Finish quality, valve quality, and warranty length should also factor into your purchase decision. Solid-brass fixtures might cost the most, but they last the longest. Zinc is durable and less expensive but may corrode if the plating wears off and water reaches the zinc. Plastic-bodied faucets are the cheapest and least durable option.

Sit in a bathtub before buying it.
Bigger isn't always better. A 60-inch tub is fine for most people. It offers enough room to stretch out and provides a secure foothold, so you don't float into oblivion when the tub is full. Assess the angled back and lip for comfort and neck support –- a tub for two people slants at either end and has taps in the middle. If you only have enough space for a small tub, buy an extra-deep one.

Design lighting that works.
Good lighting is imperative. Combine halogen pot lights with wall sconces beside or over the mirror for lighting with no shadows.

Fixtures and Color - Use white or cream colored for the toilet and bathtub. Anything else that is colored tends to look very dated after only a few years. And while it is possible to switch out the toilet with very little effort, you will have a considerable demolition and cost issues involved with switching out a shower or bathtub.

Toilet Position - Never have a toilet positioned so that it is facing the door. Enough said.