Picking Materials for a Bathroom Remodel

Before you shop for vanities and choose the material for your countertops, make sure you have a well-thought-out plan for your bathroom renovation. In this short post we’ll discuss some tips that could help you in picking materials for a bathroom remodel.

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Bathroom Flooring

  • If you want an easy-care floor: Go for porcelain or glazed tiles, and avoid porous natural stone tiles like limestone. Unless sealed vigilantly, they’ll absorb drips and spills and become stained over time.
  • If you want a nonslip floor: Choose tiles with textured surfaces, matte finishes, or sand-containing glazes. Another option: small tiles with lots of grout lines, which offer better “grip” than large tiles. Source: ThisOldHouse

Bathroom Fixtures

  • Bathtubs and Whirlpools: Choose a tub that not only looks great but is also functional.  A modern Acrylic Tub like the American Standard Studio Collection, features the EcoSilent Combo Massage System for the ultimate home spa experience that uses 50 percent less energy and produces 70 percent less noise. The air bath system offers a variety of massage options ranging from a gentle air bubble massage to an invigorating water jet massage.
  • Showers: Shower options are only limited to your imagination and budget.   Many folks  showers have spa like steam systems, music, lights, seating, rain-simulating shower heads, body sprays, hand held sprayers enclosed in custom glass enclosures.
  • Sinks: Sinks come in all shapes, sizes, styles and colors.  They can look like a vessel or basin or have a simple  minimalist look similar to the  American Standard Studio Under-counter Sink which is known for its unique curved basin.  Under-mount sinks are popular in bathrooms with granite counter tops and are easy to clean and offer a striking, modern look.
  • Faucets and Shower heads: Shower heads can be a simple no adjustment spray heat to an elaborate rain drop head.    Many showers these days are also being plumbed with hand sprayers.  Most hand sprayers offer a selector button on the hand grip that makes it easy to change spray patterns, even with wet, soapy hands.
  •  Toilets: The sky is the limit with toilet selection to simple design to the elegant, standard height to tall and the ever popular elongated bowls design.  Many manufacturers offer toilets as part of a collection that match sinks, tub and bidets.  Toilets today can have dual flush or even automated features that rival robotics. Source: AConcordCarpenter

Bathroom Countertops
Vanity tops must play the dual role of being durable and capable of standing up to water, soap, cosmetics while serving as an ample work surface for morning rush hour in the bathroom. This is no place for delicate, porous (read: easy-to-stain) surfaces. At the same time, the vanity top can be a focal point and a connecting point, where wood cabinets below meet tile wall above, for instance.

  • Granite and marble. In a master bath, it pays to install granite or marble, which attract buyers at resale and give the vanity top a rich, sleek look. And with affordable “grades” of granite available on the market today, you don’t have to empty your wallet for this feature. You will, of course, spend more on granite than laminate, but the result is a surface that can handle heat and wear. Be advised: granite must be sealed to repel grease (which you could run into in hair products and such). Marble stains easily, while granite stands up to most stains.
  • Solid surface. Quartzite materials are incredibly durable and low-maintenance. Scratches are easily buffed out with fine-grade sandpaper, and the surface can handle high heat (curling irons and all). The cost is comparable to granite and marble. Source: HGTV


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