When renovating a bathroom, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to function, design and budget – not to mention finding ways to make the room more water-efficient and “green”. Here, we break down where you can save and where you should spend when planning an environmentally conscious bathroom renovation in 2021.
: If you’re a shower person, it may be tempting to skip putting in a tub altogether; for resale reasons, though, every house should have at least one bathtub. But you can keep it simple – no jacuzzi jets, whirlpool air bubbles or in-tub lighting systems needed. A basic fiberglass or acrylic model gets the job done while saving energy and water.
: Glass shower doors – especially frameless ones like these – will cost a pretty penny upfront but they reduce the potential for mould build up and leaks in the long run. Plus, you never have to buy a replacement shower curtain and liner again, keeping needless waste out of the landfill and, ultimately, more money in your pocket.
Showered With Love
: You don’t need to spend a fortune (or waste precious water) to get the shower of your dreams. Spectra Filtered 4-Spray Hand Shower Rail System from American Standard, found at Splashes Bath & Kitchen stores, sells for less than $300 and is loaded with features, such as a built-in chlorine filter and four spray functions. Your hair and bank account will thank you.
: When it comes to bathroom design, utility is key. So having a floor that holds up to a lot of (wet) foot traffic and is easy to keep clean is a must. Rather than going for an undeniably beautiful but costly, high-maintenance material (hi, marble!), consider that standard porcelain and ceramic tiles are inexpensive, eco-friendly and also offer endless design options.
Walk This Way
: While installing underfloor heating is a splurge at first blush, the savings from this energy-efficient heat source add up quickly once you start calculating. It’s ideal for bathrooms on the smaller side or in colder zones of the house that need a little extra heat to feel comfortable.
Soft Glow Show
: Lighting in a bathroom is important not only for the feel of the space but also the functionality – the goal is to not create dark, unflattering shadows anywhere in the room. You don’t require the latest models or expensive fixtures to achieve this; proper placement (above the vanity and overhead) and sensitive dimmer controls are the priority.
The Future is Now
: For nearly 500 years, Europeans have been using bidets in their bathrooms; in fact, thanks to a 1975 hygiene law, every house in Italy must have one bidet. Installing a Toto Washlet® C200 Bidet Toilet Seat with PreMist™, found at Splashes Bath & Kitchen locations, not only means you’ll feel fresher, but you’ll also be drastically reducing the amount of paper used and wasted each day.
: Don’t go out and spend money on those finishing decorative touches until the bathroom reno is complete. Live with the space as is for a few days to see how you use it before filling it up with accessories, plants and art. You may find that less actually is more.
Fixture of the Scene
: Investing in high-quality fixtures is like having insurance for the future – choosing high-grade materials and trusted brands means less maintenance and fewer replacements down the road. Tip: Single-handled faucets are space saving and easier to maneuver than their two-tap counterparts.
It’s All Vanity
: The vanity and countertop are the centerpiece of the bathroom, so spending a bit more to get exactly what you want will be worth it. Look for a vanity style that maximizes storage space and cleverly hides plumbing in behind without obstructing drawers or doors, and a solid countertop that can handle the wear and tear of everyday life.