Is there a small bathroom remodel in your future? As family lifestyles change and families grow making the most of every square foot is really important. Even if your Sun Prairie WI home has a spacious master bath, you likely have one of more in the “small” category.
In older homes a 40-square-foot bathroom is pretty standard. That doesn’t sound like much space – and it isn’t when asked to accommodate a growing family. There’s room for the basics – toilet, sink and vanity and a shower or shower-tub combo. Sometimes you can knock out a wall here or there and make more space. But, that’s not always an option.
When you feel like the bathroom walls are closing in, consider making changes to at least provide the feeling of more space.
Visually Expand With Small Bathroom Remodel
Interior designers have many tricks up their sleeves when it comes to making spaces look like more than they are. Visual design techniques include:
- Tiled walls – covering the walls from floor to ceil with light colored tile creates a unified space that appears larger.
- Maximize lighting – combining light colored tiles with glossy finishes like mirrors and chrome fixtures make the most of available light. Choose glass shower doors rather than curtains and don’t make the space look smaller.
- Think up and down – installing wood-like tiles on shower walls or subway-style tiles vertically instead of horizontally makes the space look taller.
The trick, according to experienced designers dealing with small spaces is that “less is more.” Keeping the number of finishes to a minimum means fewer visual interruptions.
Timing A Bathroom Renovation
With the state under “stay at home” directives with schools and businesses closed, families are closer together. Not always by choice. The flaws in their homes are magnified. Recent research shows that nearly one-third of all homeowners want to change one of more bathrooms. The COVID-19 pandemic is a contributing factor. When the whole family is home more than usual, your bathroom schedule gets complicated and congested, right? In addition to increased demand for the space homeowners want fixtures and furnishings that are easy to keep clean and fresh. With that in mind, Sun Prairie residents have many new products at their disposal.
A new bathroom isn’t a simple project. Unless all you want is a new coat of paint. You have choices to make from tiles to vanities, countertops and fixtures. In addition to styles there are colors, textures and materials to evaluate. The footprint of the room dictates what you can and to some extent what you cannot do.
Before making the decision to renew your bathrooms, do your homework and put together a file of what you must have and would like to have. In addition, list anything that “must go.” That done you can move ahead with the help of a professional remodeling contractor.
Avoid Bathroom Renovation Mistakes
If all you want is new colors changing your bathroom style is a do-it-yourself project. But if you want to make a small space look and feel better you need a pro. You’re not skilled or equipped to meet all the building codes for new plumbing, right?
Collected from decades of stepping in to “save” homeowners from botched DIY projects, contractors offer situations to avoid:
- Overly large fixtures – the latest fixture styles look great in magazines and showrooms but they can overpower a small space. A beautiful free-standing 60-inch bathtub has real appeal until placed along a 70-inch long wall. Trade fashion for function – make sure there’s plenty of space to clean and move around fixtures and vanities.
- Watch the ‘view’ – having the bathroom door open to a view of the toilet is not necessary with foresight in planning.
- Too little storage – too much emphasis on style leads to a lack of usable storage. A medicine cabinet above the vanity takes storage pressure off the furnishings. A double sink installation provides for extra space beneath. Consider alternative storage spaces like independent shelves and cupboards.
- Inefficient lighting – poor lighting is high on the list of “must go” items for bathrooms. Modern layered lighting – combining traditional down-light above the vanity, toilet and shower with custom lighting along mirrors, etc. Down-light casts shadows while vanity mirror lighting provides softer warmer light. Lighting wired so it can be turned on separately – separate switches for overhead, in the shower, mirror, etc. – is ideal.
- Poor accessories – give enough time and planning to the number, style and location of accessories like towel bars. Include planning for built-ins in your new shower – seats and niches for soap, shampoos, etc.
Tap Small Bathroom Remodel Pros
If you’re considering an “aging in place” plan for your home, now is the perfect time to install (or at least plan for) hand rails and easy-access to shower and toilet space.
Before taking on any remodeling project there are details to finalize: building codes to satisfy and a long list of materials, tools and skills to account for. Are you ready to comply with all the building codes for plumbing and electricity? Do you know how to obtain all the necessary permits? Your time is better spent choosing colors and materials, right?
The first decision is whether to live within the existing footprint or expand. You may or may not be able to knock out a wall or expand any other way. Making the most of existing space is usually the decision for older homes for a guest bathroom or power room.
The process begins with research into all the materials available, color choices and creative options. Every style has benefits. No matter what you choose, accurate installation of tile, cabinetry and fixtures is critical. To discuss the potential of your bathroom for a make-over call Sims Exteriors & Remodeling at 608-825-4500. Or email us. We’ll share our extensive experience and evaluate the pros and cons of a small bathroom renovation for your Sun Prairie WI home.