<strong>Clean look</strong>: Vanities, light fixtures and mirrors are not a great expense and can <br />transform a bathroom. <em>*Photo supplied</em>
Clean look: Vanities, light fixtures and mirrors are not a great expense and can
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Bathroom renovations or new build, make it a spa experience, but make sure you look at all the points.

Even though the construction industry has been hurting these days, remodelling is always going strong, especially in bathrooms.

It is one of those places that you can be as creative as you like.

Whether traditional, modern, eclectic, transitional or themed such as a Tuscan there is an endless supply of tile selections and fixtures to suit everyone’s taste.

Whether your space is 5 x 5, 6 x 10 or 20 x 20, there are so many options to consider, you may not know what to do in fear of making a mistake you may regret two years from now.

Rule of thumb, the simpler your base finishes the more you can change the look as the years go by.

There are so many fixture types out there that even the smallest space under the stairs can become a very cool place, tucked away and unique to any other.

Don’t forget to take measurements of the larger items you want for your bathroom whether it be a claw foot tub or vanity and tall storage. Make sure you can get it into the room easily, before you even start your planning.

Costs

Bathroom renovations in Bermuda run about $15,000 and up depending on size, so selecting a wall and floor tile whether it’s stone or porcelain tile, mosaics or large tile, quality counts.

Vanities, light fixtures and mirrors can change with little expense but as the base finish, tile is permanent, so selection here is key. 

Recently, there have been quite a few bathroom-remodelling trends popping up.

Here are the most notable trends I have come across when it comes to bathroom renovations over the past few years.

When reviewing your needs, determine your preferred level of privacy now and 10 years from now.

If you have the space, an enclosed toilet stall is an added luxury, whether it’s partial or fully enclosed to give you that little bit of privacy, especially if there are still children in the house who like to share your bathroom.

Few of us appear to like large bathtubs within the master suite anymore. They are constantly being replaced with custom-made showers or stand alone tubs.

Jacuzzis are less common. Showers tend to be more sensible and provide a far more modern day look.

Research shows that removing a sizable bathtub isn’t going to reduce the value of your property because the demand for them has become so low.

Customized showers are usually constructed with wonderful ceramic tile and decorations, which bring a great deal of abundant, colour and flavour to the space.

If you have two bathrooms however a bathtub in one is always advisable for resale value of your home. 

Additional natural light is a second bathroom renovation trend that’s really worth talking about.

A lot more sunlight means happier individuals. Reports have confirmed that the endorphins sunrays create can certainly lighten up your mood at the same time that it brightens your bathroom.

This is very important mainly because it helps you to get your day off on the right foot being that the bathroom is the very first room one enters once you get up.

If by chance you don’t have a bathroom on an exterior wall, add a small skylight for the added natural light, if you are on an upper floor that is. The warmth of the sun’s rays will brighten your day.

Don’t skimp on counter and storage space. Consider the type of storage you require in a bathroom.

People often plan storage only in the cabinet under the vanity but this leaves many items on the countertop.

So be creative with storage space, choosing beautiful under-sink cupboards or free-standing storage units if space allows.

Use up vertical space in a bathroom, too, choosing tall storage units and medicine cabinets or planning for built-in shelving that allows seldom used items to be stored up high.

Don’t forget about ventilation. Be sure to work efficient fan and exhaust systems into your bathroom plan.

Dos and don’ts

When renovating bathrooms today try and take your old plumbing back and out as far as possible. Cast iron may seem okay this year but it will eventually rust and pop your plaster so get it out. 

Don’t put the toilet beside the door. If possible, it is always best to plan for the toilet to be furthest away from the door and the basin to be closest to it.

Don’t plan for multiple jets if you don’t have the pressure capacity. Multiple body jets in a shower are a sumptuous treat — but not if you don’t have strong pressure. Speak with your plumber before you start.

Don’t try to be a DIY hero. If you’ve never attempted a home renovation before, the bathroom is probably not the best place to start.

Those on a budget may think they have no extra money to hire a professional, but a bathroom riddled with design, construction and plumbing mistakes will be a money pit in the long run.

Save time and money by doing it right the first time. If that means seeking the help of a professional, make the call.

For your spa, investing in professional advice is key, even if it’s just for planning your space with all the above in mind.