Thursday, May 29, 2014

Custom Home Tips by Room: The Bathroom

After the kitchen, bathrooms are the next most valuable rooms in your home. As such, you need to carefully design your bathrooms with both functionality and visual appeal in mind. Here are a few things you should consider before you meet with your general contractor:

Safety First

The constant presence of water makes bathrooms a slipping hazard. If you plan to have young children or elderly people living with you, make safety your priority. Flooring should be pre-treated to be slip-resistant. You should also provide ample space for grab rails near toilets and bathtubs.

Proper Lighting

If you have a family member with a tendency to take night-time potty breaks, make sure that the lighting fixtures in your bathrooms are positioned properly. The last thing you want is someone slipping or bumping their heads on plumbing fixtures because the bathroom isn’t well-lighted.

Hide the Toilet

Your toilet is a private area, so hide it behind a shade or the shower. You’ll be grateful you did the next time you forget to lock the door properly. Remember: no one really wants to see a toilet unless they have to go.

Skip the Tub

Looking to save a few hundred dollars? Lose the bathtub! In many households, bathtubs are only used a handful of times in a year, yet still have to be cleaned regularly. Unless you have young children that need help bathing, you can forego installing a tub.

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