When it comes to renovating our bathrooms, the first thing that most of us think about is the style of the space. While how the decor looks and the mood that it creates is important, it’s not the be all and end all of bathroom renovating. There are also various other things that need to be taken into account when it comes to doing up your bathroom.
It’s not all about the paint, furniture style, and how pretty the decor looks, there are other things that are just as important. The bathroom is a space that gets a lot of use, so you want to ensure that not only is it beautiful but also designed in a way that will stand the test of time. As well as being somewhere that’s safe for the whole family to use.
Below are some of the things that you need to focus on when doing up your bathroom, besides the style of the space.
When it comes to selecting flooring for our bathrooms, most of us make finding flooring that matches the space the main priority. While that is important, there’s more to selecting the right flooring than the design. As it’s a bathroom, you want your flooring to be watertight. If water – even a small amount – is able to leak under the flooring, it may end up damaging the floorboards and leaking into the room below. So it’s crucial that your flooring is watertight and fitted properly. It also needs to be non-slip – the last thing you want is wet feet turning your bathroom into a slip and slide. Last but not least, it needs to be long lasting. As otherwise, it will wear out too quickly.
The water and pipes
Let’s start with the water. If you’ve got young children, the last thing you want is hot water that’s too hot. Kids like to turn the taps on and play with water, which can lead to them scolding themselves if the water is too hot. To prevent this, turn down your thermostat and have your water no hotter than 120 degrees. That way, should your child turn the hot water on by mistake, it shouldn’t cause burns, or at least, not severe ones. As for the pipes, if you’re replacing your bathroom plumbing, it’s important to opt for quality pipes. To prevent them freezing up in the winter and flooding your home, it’s worth looking into electrical heat tracing. This is something that, believe it or not, you can do yourself. However, if you’re not a skilled plumber, it’s best to hire a professional to give you a hand.
Adequate ventilation to prevent mold
Most bathrooms have windows in them. However, not all bathrooms do. Because of the hot, steamy air that fills the room after a bath or shower, all bathrooms are prone to mold. Mold thrives in warm, wet environments, making the bathroom the perfect place for it. Of course, if after taking a shower you open the window and air the room out, you can prevent this from happening. The problem occurs, however, if your bathroom doesn’t have a window. If this is the case, it’s important that when you’re renovating the space that you install a quality fan that will ventilate the room. If you fail to do this, your bathroom will become prone to mold, which could cause health problems for yourself and your family.
To ensure that your new bathroom isn’t just beautifully stylish, but also a functional and safe space, take note of the tips and advice above.