Bathroom Remodeling

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Bathroom Remodeling Considerations

Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in the house when it comes to design, function and return on investment. There needs to be enough bathrooms to meet the demands of the dwelling, and the quality of those bathrooms greatly impacts one's overall impression of the house. Bathrooms also often represent the largest percentage of utility use in the house and when selecting components, future energy bills and overall conservation should be taken into account. When remodeling a bathroom, the three primary functional components are the sink, the toilet, and the bathtub and/or shower.

Bathroom Sinks - There are many styles and installation methods for bathroom sinks including in or on the bathroom counter, on a pedestal, protruding from the wall, suspended from the ceiling, and basically anything you can think of. Sinks can be shaped in many different forms and have limitless faucet and fixture combinations to create a unique vanity. Materials include marble, porcelain, stainless steel, glass and concrete. First select a style and design, and then find the appropriate material for the job.

Toilets - Toilet pricing is dictated by how sanitary, and how quiet, the bowl is when flushing. Certain luxury products are available made from different materials or with different functions. And there's always the bidet. However, most toilets in American homes are either a reverse trap or siphon jet bowl. Reverse traps are the most common toilets we use, found in most homes, apartment complexes, office building and schools. Depending on the make they can be more costly with regards to water usage. Siphon jet bowls are more costly, more sanitary, and quieter when flushed.

Bathtubs and Showers - Not all bathrooms require a place for bathing. For those that do, careful consideration should be taken when selecting a unit for installation. In a guest bathroom, perhaps a walk in shower is a better choice than a tub due to its limited use. The master may make more sense having a separate shower and whirlpool tub due to greater space and multiple users. Choose a shower and bathtub unit that meets the size and usage requirements of the space. Tubs present you with options for fiberglass, steel or cast iron construction, as well as fixtures and faucets to make it your own. Showers can be bought pre-manufactured from fiberglass, constructed from tile, stone, marble or concrete. Showerheads can be simple or cost into the hundreds of dollars.

Bathroom remodeling is an exciting project whether doing it yourself, or hiring a contractor. In either case, spend time picking out design and color elements, and choose components that compliment that design. Consider water, gas and electricity usage and create a functional yet eco friendly bathroom.