10 Tips to Design Your Functional Bathroom
Bathrooms are one of the most used spaces in the home for necessity. From getting ready in the morning to brushing your teeth at the end of the day, you want to create a bathroom that will be functional for you and your family. That's why intentional living is important to keep in mind while designing. Here are 10 of our pro tips when designing your functional bathroom!
CHOOSE TYPE OF BATHROOM
Will this be a powder room/half bath, family bathroom/standard bathroom, or a wet bathroom?
CREATE A BATHROOM LAYOUT
It's essential to think of what you struggle or like with in the space as it is.
- What are the current frustrations with the current layout?
- What do you like about the current layout?
- Do you want a secluded toilet?
BATHTUB OR BIG SHOWER
This is truly a preference depending on the person. Do you like to soak in the tub or if you like to steam in the shower?
Lighting makes a huge difference in the bathroom. You don't want to be putting makeup on, tweezing your eyebrows, or showering in a lowly lit bathroom. You can light your bathroom with either natural lighting or artificial lighting [pendants or recessed lighting].
Investing in proper ventilation will assist in preventing mold from growing in your bathroom. If mold grows in hidden spaces and is left untreated, it's known to cause massive problems with staining and other damage that will end up costing you. Ventilation can be through windows, window vents, and exhaust fans.
ADD A LITTLE LUXURY
It's important to consider things that would make your space extra SWEET.
Consider the winter mornings, walking into your bathroom on heated tiles [instead of cold], or grabbing a warmed towel from your heated towel rack. Mounting cabinets, toilets, or your vanity to the wall creates a sleek + modern look while freeing up some floor space.
If there's room in your budget, consider durability over cheaper. Bathroom renovations can be costly and you want them to last for as long as possible.
Solid wood trim
Porcelain sinks and cast-iron tubs
Solid brass mixing valves
Cheap particle-board cabinets
Cheap fiberglass or acrylic surfaces
ANY OTHER PROJECTS?
If you're completing one project, you will already have contractors and inspectors in and out of your home. Consider the other projects on your to-do list and check with your contractor to see if it may save you money.
THINK ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY
You never know what life will throw at you but we know it's best to be prepared. While in the planning process, consider things such as resistant tiles, handrails, or a walk-in shower.