Here is a list of common errors that we make while designing a bathroom. Even if you are not building a bathroom now, it is pertinent to know about them:
According to Houzz contributor Tiffany Carboni that “task lighting mounted above a mirror – including recessed lighting – can cast unflattering shadows and darkness below the eyes”. Such lighting can not only hamper regular activities like applying make-up or shaving, it can also make you look older by up to a decade. Who wants to look old in a bathroom, just because the lights are all over the place?
So what do you do? Fix a pair of sconces or lights made specially for baths and mount them at eye level on either side of the mirror. This ensures that the face is illuminated from all angles, taking care of the shadows. This is perfect for activities like brushing as you get to see yourself as you are.
Along with bad lighting, the other problem is insufficient lighting. Soft, muted lights may give a warm ambience, but it could also result in you not noticing a yellowing teeth or a receding hairline. Besides that, it could lead to falls as you may not notice a water puddle on the floor and so. The golden rule, therefore is, have enough light by the side of the bathroom mirror.
Green is cheaper
Now for something that Isenberg takes very seriously: water conservation. If you put bathroom fixtures that delivers too much water, you end up wasting too much – more than what you actually need. It is very important to ensure all your fixtures have low water flow rates. All Isenberg faucets, for instance, come with the EcoMatic technology. It saves around 50 per cent water in every use. Such fixtures keep water bills down as well. If you can be good to the planet and save money doing that, why not? In fact, over time as you save money on water, it might end up paying for a new bathroom!
The kind of materials you use to create a bath space is important because a bathroom sees varied temperatures, moisture and so on. Materials like wood, textiles and even certain stones can’t take such environmental upheavels. Always use materials that are specifically designed to take different temperatures and moisture. Get a wallpaper that absorbs moisture (it is available). Hardwood cabinets take moisture much better as well.
Don’t forget the air
A ceiling fan in the bathroom keeps the air flow going well. Don’t forget to fix one. Air in a bath space can not only get stale and smell bad, it can also be heavy on mositure. This will eventually result in rust on metal, mold and spoil hinges etc. Hence, ventilation is crucial. Big windows, large exhaust points, a ceiling fan – all contribute to a healthier atmosphere in a bathroom. A great window will also make your bath look bigger. It is a great illusion creator.
Generally the budget that we keep aside for a bath space is always off the mark. What you actually spend on the bathroom is generally higher. Which is why you need a buffer expense of say 20 per cent. This should keep you in good stead.
Issues like mold, dry rot, electrical service, antiquated plumbing and insufficient water pressure increases the damage sorely. If you’re scraping pennies together to afford that great Italian marble you want, you might consider waiting until you have a little extra dough in the bank. Don’t plan a bathroom till you can actually spend more than what you have decided. There is no such thing as the perfect bath budget.
Another common mistake happens with the electrical wiring in a bath space. It is well known now that almost 70 per cent of all home accidents happen in the bathroom. Which is why, putting together the wiring in a bath thoughtlessly is a strict no-no.
Improperly installed electrical outlet, poorly mounted shower door or mirror, or about a hundred other things can be risky. It could structurally weaken your home and make your family vulnerable to electrical shocks and toxic stuff. It is a must to get professionals to fix electricals, ideally from a contractor of some experience.
Space out well
Space crunch in the bathroom means space crunch in your mind. Always consider about how much more space can be given to a bathroom. If you plan to turn a closet into a bathroom, dwell on what can be done to maximise the space. The best way out is to consider an absolutely new space to model a bathroom in. Did you know that a good bathrobe takes as much space as a big bed spread? Yes, space is needed, simply to ensure your storage does not eat into your bath experience. Indulge yourself when it comes to space in a bathroom. You won’t regret it. Less is not always more.
A bathroom low on storage is a badly designed bath. It may appear pretty at first, but if you have to get out of the bathroom every time you want that extra towel, you will end up getting annoyed. It is better to get rid of the majestic pedestal sink idea and fix built-in cabinets instead. Add shelves, fix towel racks on the wall and use hooks (for hanging clothes etc) on solid doors. Storage space, as you will slowly discover, is never enough.
Future-proof your bath
The future is uncertain, especially when it comes to a bathroom. If you wish to sale your home someday, a great bath may push up rates by 10 per cent at least. A huge bath tub may delight you now, but along the line a buyer may want a double wall cabinet, as that could make your bathroom more functional. You too are going to love such a bath because it is more family friendly, whether you plan to sell it or not. Overhauling a bathroom every few years is never a good idea. Plan well now, and save yourself the headache later. Always use great workmanship and minimal styling to keep your bathroom young and spacious.