How to Narrow Down Renovation Choices

By: Mark Noonan                                                      Plumbing Mart President

Modern? Contemporary? Or traditional?

Granite? Tile? Or marble?

Brushed nickel? Pewter? Or copper?

Bathroom remodeling includes a dizzying array of decisions. There are so many options out there when it comes to styles, shapes, materials, and the newest innovative technologies. Because of this, designing your bathroom for your upcoming renovation is both an exhilarating and exhausting experience. To make life a little easier, here are five steps to help you narrow the field and make the best decisions for your bathroom renovation:

1. Evaluate the needs of the bathroom. Do you prefer soaking in the tub or are you more showering type? Do you often need to share the bathroom in the mornings as your family gets ready to go off to work and school? Consider possible users of the bathroom: guests, family members and future owners. Will your new space work for all ages and abilities?

2. Find your style. It’s in the pictures you’ve saved as you’ve been planning your dream bathroom. Bathroom suites of fixtures, faucets and accessories designed together with just the right touches make it easy to feel confident about your product choices. Need help? Bathroom renovation consultants specialize in helping you find your style. They know the products available, and can help execute your vision through design.

3. Open up some space. If you rarely use your bathtub, consider pulling it out and replacing it with a shower to gain more space. A fixed showerhead paired with a handheld showerhead that has multiple spray functions at the touch of a button is a nice little luxury. If you are remodeling to accommodate an elderly or disabled family member, replace your old tub with a comfortable and accessible seated shower, designed to be easily installed within an existing tub recess.

4. Take comfort. Look for vanities at 36 inches high. Most adults find this height more comfortable and convenient to use. Consider toilets that are “right height” designed to be typical chair height at 16 to 17 inches from the floor to the bowl rim rather than the conventional 14 inches. Single-handle faucets with advanced drip-free performance have smooth and easy operation for temperature control. Or, consider newer touch-free faucets. Look for sink and shower faucets with an adjustable hot limit safety stop to reduce the risk of scalding, especially if children will be using the bathroom.

5. Should you go green? First check to see if you get green for going green. Pluming Mart offers a $60 rebate on energy-efficient toilets for the Mississauga area. A good siphonic dual-flush toilet can cleanly and completely flush as much as 2.2 pounds of solids on the high setting, while using as little as 1 gallon of water for liquids. Look for the WaterSense label to assure you’re getting a top performer. Visit www.responsiblebathroom.com to view all the product options.

Planning a bathroom remodel can take time and research, but having a comfortable, stylish and functional bath to come home to can make your efforts all worthwhile. Whether you are seeking a luxurious sanctuary, a space for the kids to get cleaned up in the mornings, or a place to safely and gracefully grow older, it can all be within your reach.


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