Even thought the bathroom may be the smallest room in your home, you’ll want it to be just as inviting as any other space. So when it’s time to start building or renovating, consider the bathroom basics.
The Focal Point: According to Peter Fallico, host of HGTV’s Home To Keep, the focal point of most bathrooms is the vanity cabinet, along with with the sink, faucet and the large mirror above it. Make your choices wisely, as this may set the tone for your bathroom. Fallico says, “A great way to make the vanity special is to keep it clear of clutter and feature a few stylish, decorative storage containers on the surface, if you have room. Otherwise, keep it as clean as possible.”
The Major Fixtures: A main bathroom isn’t complete without the toilet, sink, tub, shower and faucets. Because bathrooms are so expensive to renovate, try a classic look — white and chrome fixtures never go out of style, whereas you may rethink that pink tub or blue toilet in a couple years (or days). Fallico suggests purchasing major pieces of the same brand or product line to ensure matching items.
The Budget: Whether your budget is big or small, you’ll most likely find items to fit either range. The one major cost that you can’t avoid, however, is labour. When it comes to dealing with water and drainage in your home, you’ll want to use professional installation. Do not skimp when it comes to the trades or you could end up with leaks.
Unique Details: If you want to go above and beyond the average bathroom, there are ways to create a unique space.
- Rainfall Showerhead: A luxurious shower head that releases a large flow of water and mimics an actual rainfall. The plus? It actually reduces water usage, which is always a good thing.
- Heated Flooring: It will definitely add to your budget, but adding a heat source under your flooring can be a well-worth-it splurge. Forced air, radiant heat or an electric mat of sorts (that is custom-designed to fit your space) are all options to investigate.
- Low-Flow Toilet: Fallico recommends FloWise toiliets, which have seamless bases, are easy to clean, and save on water consumption.
- Decor: For a quick and budget-friendly update, change the look of your room with new paint, accessories, towels, tiles or artwork. Fallico says, “I like adding colour and art to a boring bathroom. Soft blue walls with black and white photography looks great. A large framed mirror above the vanity is nice. Avoid fussy details like decorative shower rings.”