Home remodeling trends come and go but when remodeling your bathroom, there’s one thing for certain … functionality is a primary concern. That’s because most of us spend a significant amount of time in the bathroom each day. In fact, there have actually been studies to determine exactly how much time.
Survey results say that the average adult will spend 416 days of their life in the bathroom. Now, this specific statistic comes from a survey of 2,000 British adults, but studies of their American counterparts have come up with similar numbers.
So, it’s safe to say that functional features are a must inside this important room. But that’s not to say your bathroom can’t be beautiful, too. Today, we’re going to take a look at key factors to consider when remodeling your bathroom so you end up with a space in which you truly love to spend time. After all, if you’re going to spend over a year of your life there, you might as well enjoy it!
Important Features to Consider When Remodeling Your Bathroom
1. Powerful Plumbing
You probably didn’t think that this would top the list of things to remember when remodeling your bathroom but remember, we’re talking about function here. While many people think plumbing is plumbing, there are some important factors to consider.
First, if you live in a colder climate, you’ll want to make sure plumbing isn’t installed on exterior walls. If it is, it will be at a greater risk for freezing during the winter.
Second, here’s a tip that everyone can consider, regardless of whether you live in Irvine, Corona del Mar, Coto de Caza, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Ladera Ranch, Newport Beach, or some other place outside of Orange County, CA. If your bathroom framing makes it possible, upgrade your drains to 2” diameter piping (the standard is typically 1.5”). Why? Simply because bathroom drains are known for becoming blocked by hair and debris. Save yourself the hassle of clogged plumbing and in most cases, it won’t cost much extra for the upgrade in plumbing size.
2. Layered Lighting
Now here’s a case where style and function can certainly go together. In terms of functionality, it’s important to consider all the different tasks that are typically done in this room. When remodeling your bathroom, you can include lighting that meets the needs of each of those tasks.
For example, if you’re designing a spa-like bathroom at home, you’ll want soft, calming lights near your freestanding tub in order to create that spa-like atmosphere. For makeup and shaving areas, back-lit mirrors can make it bright enough to see up close but also bathe your face in an attractive light. And, homeowners who frequently use the bathroom during the night, or are planning ahead to age in place, will find that automatic lights or under-the-cabinet lighting can make seeing at night even easier.
These are just a few of the different types of lights you might consider when remodeling your bathroom. No matter what type of lighting you need, there are a variety of styles on the market today so it’s easy to combine function and flair.
3. Storage Cabinets
Whether it’s a linen closet, vanity, or medicine cabinet, having the right type and amount of storage in your bathroom is a critical functional feature. Proper storage keeps necessary bathroom accessories available when they’re needed but out of sight when they’re not.
Most bathrooms can accommodate standard cabinet sizes. If your bathroom has unique spaces or size constraints, however, custom cabinetry may be required.
In addition to function, bathroom cabinets can be an important piece of the room’s overall style. For example, natural colored cabinets with beautiful quartz countertops can help create a serene, calming feel for your at-home spa. Or, they can add a rustic feel like this bathroom remodel in San Juan Capistrano.
4. Shower Essentials: Windows, Sills, and Built-Ins
Here’s another opportunity where you can be mindful of function but still think about style when remodeling your bathroom. If the location of your bathroom allows it, consider having a window installed in the shower. It can have frosted glass for privacy but still allow the room to be bathed in natural light. A window that can be opened is also a nice feature for getting fresh air into the space. When you work with a professional bathroom designer, they will ensure that the window is watertight and that the sill is properly sloped into the shower to allow for adequate water drainage.
Now, think about the shower itself. A popular bathroom remodeling trend that’s both stylish and functional is installing built-in shampoo niches and benches. Wall niches are the perfect place for an accent tile design while simultaneously providing a convenient storage space for bathing essentials. They eliminate the need for a shower caddy which can often look tacky or less than luxurious. A built-in bench can be handy, too, especially for people with mobility challenges.
5. Shower vs. Tub
While many modern bathrooms are large enough to accommodate a shower and a tub, some are only big enough for one. Then, the question arises which one to install. A freestanding tub can be a relaxing place to soak away the cares of the day, but how often do you anticipate using it? Would a shower that’s used on a daily basis serve you better?
It’s also important to consider how long you plan to stay in your current home. If this is your ‘forever home’, remodeling your bathroom with universal design for aging in place could be an important factor to consider. You’ll want a curbless walk-in shower and ideally have a built-in shower bench. On the other hand, if you anticipate selling your home in the near future, consider what makes the most sense for your current needs but what would also be most attractive to potential buyers.
Remodeling Your Bathroom With the Best Orange County Remodeling Company
At Sea Pointe Design & Remodel, we’ve helped homeowners all over Orange County create functional and stylish bathrooms for almost four decades. From a farmhouse bathroom remodel in Placentia and a wet room remodel in Irvine to a spacious spa-like getaway in North Tustin or a coastal bathroom remodel in Huntington Beach, we’re proud to be a remodeling company that Orange County residents trust and respect.
Browse through our online portfolio of completed bathroom remodels to get ideas and inspiration for your own bathroom renovation. Or, register for one of our upcoming remodeling webinars to learn helpful remodeling tips from the pros.
Then, when you’re ready to get started on YOUR home renovation project, simply give us a call at (949) 861-3400 or fill out the form below to schedule your complimentary design consultation.