Getting up in the morning is hard. Waking up to a dark, dingy bathroom with dripping faucets, stained countertops, a cramped shower, and limited storage space makes it even harder. Many homeowners who have remodeled their master bathrooms have said the final result is truly life changing. When it comes to transforming a bathroom or kitchen in Livonia, their first step is to find a reputable remodeling company to help make their dreams into reality.
In order to find the best bathroom remodeling company, potential clients should take as much time researching a remodeling company as they do in selecting the products, colors and finishes for their new bathroom. Online reviews, recommendations from friends and family, and references provided by the company are all great ways to begin researching. If possible, they should try to personally visit homes whose bathrooms have been remodeled to see the company’s finished work first-hand.
For clients interested in the latest design trends for both kitchens and bathrooms, most top-rated remodelers will offer not only quality construction, but also a design consultant to assist them with knowledge and expertise to help them make the best choices. Designers are aware of the most popular upcoming trends and organizational ideas. They have a lot of tips and tricks in their repertoire that most clients aren’t aware of. For example, incorporating statement lighting can serve dual purposes: providing a safer and brighter environment while adding a touch of bling to a small space. Ornamental mirrors add a dash of unexpected glamour while making it appear larger. Designers can help clients stay within their budget while still providing that “wow” factor they are looking for.
When remodeling, designers highly recommend incorporating a vanity with room for two sinks. Double vanities are rumored to be a real “marriage saver,” and they can be the focal point of the master bathroom. Vanities come in a multitude of styles, finishes, and colors to suit any taste. Like fine furniture, a classic design style will stand the test of time. One trend seen by remodelers is to add a center cabinet between the sinks that sits on top of the vanity, allowing for hidden storage of cosmetics, prescriptions and personal care items. While some homeowners opt for a clean, modern look with open shelving, the majority still prefer to keep cosmetics and toiletries out of sight in drawers or cabinets.
Avoiding the Pitfalls
One woman who was planning to remodel her master bathroom remembered visiting a friend’s house after her husband (whom she referred to as “not handy Andy”) had remodeled theirs. “I went to the bathroom and could barely close the door without hitting my knees.” This brought home a clear example of how planning and exact measurements are important and should be taken into account.
Another common pitfall is forgetting to install an exhaust fan in the bathroom to pull out excess humidity. Over time, this moisture can lead to the development of mold and also contributes to premature deterioration of grout, paint and even metal.
Choosing the wrong materials for a bathroom is another mistake that is all too common. While some types of flooring or wall coverings may be attractive, they may not be the best choice for a humid environment. And for safety’s sake, it’s critical to choose a flooring material that doesn’t get too slippery when wet.
Skimping on fixtures is another big mistake. Even something as innocuous as choosing a faucet for a sink can lead to headaches down the road. Many cheaper (and even mid-range) products available to the general public do not stand the test of time. Some advertise they are “spot resistant” but end up tarnishing quickly and are nearly impossible to clean. The finish can corrode and the only solution is replacement. Reputable remodeling companies have access to (and experience with) higher grade fixtures that will prove to be better choices in the long run.
Consider Universal Design or Aging in Place Products
Not considering ADA-compliant or aging in place products is nearly always a mistake. The bathroom is actually the most dangerous room in a home. Safety experts recommend non-slip rugs, grab bars, and regular cleaning to get rid of soap scum buildup. Grab bars have come a long way in both aesthetics and function. Gone are the days when grab bars were big, ugly eyesores. They can easily be integrated into a shower remodel to provide safety without diminishing the look desired. It’s important they be properly installed and mounted into existing wall studs. Today’s homeowners, no matter what age, need to be aware of the plethora of products that may increase the safety of the home.
Many people have noticed the difference a couple of inches can make with a taller, “comfort height” toilet. These are especially beneficial for those with knee or back problems. They have even invented a toilet paper holder that doubles as a grab bar to help with standing up. Something as simple as upgrading door handles to a lever-type rather than a round doorknob can make a big difference.
Instead of a single showerhead, many clients are opting for a combination that provides both an overhead or upper showerhead, combined with a handheld attachment. A walk-in shower with a low threshold makes it easier to enter and exit without assistance.
Motion sensor lights are a great option for homeowners of any age. And a remodel is the perfect time to widen the entry door to the home’s bathroom. Most of the time there are a few inches of allowance on either side to make it work.
It’s All Good
The good news is that by choosing an experienced bathroom or kitchen remodeling company in Livonia, homeowners don’t have to worry about dodging any of these pitfalls. They can rest assured their project will be completed professionally and in compliance with all local building codes. With the help of a designer who can guide them in their decisions, they will be delighted with the results.