Though you might not want or even use a bath tub, every home should have one to appease buyers who dream of a spa tub or those with young children (or dogs!). Take advantage of the shower/tub area to define zones in the room and create an accent wall by changing up the tile you use. You'll want to select a tile that has a water absorption rating of less than 3% (lower than what's recommended for the floors) and has good traction (a coefficient of friction that's greater than or equal to .60). If you're debating between an open or closed shower take a look at our pros and cons to help make your decision. If you can't afford a full gut-job then redecorating is one way to breath new life into the space without spending a fortune. There are many easy bathroom decorating ideas you can implement, from changing the hardware on your cabinetry to a new coat of paint. Colors and textures that might look ostentatious in other rooms in your home are fine in the bathroom, such as dark hues like burgundy or wild prints and patterns.
Replacing the mirror and/or door handles can also make a difference, as can seemingly small touches such as the hand towels. If you're on a budget but want to do more-serious work, for example replacing fittings and fixtures, we would only advise DIY if you know what you're doing, or you could end up having to pay more to get things fixed than you would have if you'd hired a professional in the first place. Always check that what you're doing complies with current building regulations. If you decide to hire a professional to fit the bathroom you have chosen, get quotes from three suppliers. If the retailer you're buying your bathroom or fittings from offers to fit it too, compare the installation costs on offer to those of another local fitter – 42% of people in our survey found their bathroom installer themselves as opposed to 30% who used an installer from the company they bought the bathroom from. 9% of those who found and used their own installer did so because the quote they got was cheaper.
You might think that the shower, tub, and tile are the "big" decisions when it comes to bathroom remodeling. And those decisions are certainly important. But don't forget--or underestimate--the power of the perfect sink. Now when we say "perfect sink" we're not talking about one that's free and self-cleans, too (though wouldn't that be nice?). We're talking about different sink styles and how the right (or wrong) one can impact the look and feel of the room. So let's review the different "types" of sinks you'll likely encounter as you begin your search. Undermount sinks. What they are: Undermounted sinks are mounted beneath the countertop surface. Benefits: It creates one seamless look (since there are no exposed lips). Also, they're easier to keep clean compared to drop-in sinks since there's no raised lip to catch debris or for bacteria and mildew to grow. These types of sinks are especially popular with solid surface countertops where a fabricator custom makes a hole for the sink. They don't work as well with tile or laminate since these materials can have weak points that don't support the sink effectively.
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