A bathroom renovation is an exciting task. But before jumping to choosing the latest tile or bathtub design, there are some less exciting things to consider so your project turns out just the way you dream it. Because renovating a bathroom can be overwhelming, time-consuming and costly, we prepared a simple 15-point checklist to make sure that your project stays on track and the renovation runs smoothly.
Although my wanderlust has since widened my travel goals, I hadn’t fully appreciated the limitations of the 40 year old tin and birch veneer charmer. After three years of camping within a 4-hour secondary road circumference, buying glaciers-worth of cube ices for a minuscule icebox and keeping fingers crossed against salmonella, I was willing to admit that some modern amenities packaged in heavy duty highway-compatible sheet metal were well worth consideration. And with family spread across the country from Florida to Oregon, it was frustrating that my travel trailer couldn’t travel far from home without taking a sabbatical.
So building recessed wall cupboards in both bedrooms became a separate project that added to and complemented the corner unit project e.g. ‘phase 3’. For this phase in the project I took out the bricks from the walls in both bedrooms on either side of the stairwell above the stairwell’s false ceiling to make an opening as was practically possible for the space available.
When it comes to lighting for small bathrooms, use common sense. Forget about chandeliers and wall sconces. You want a lot of light, but you don’t want bulky light fixtures taking up a lot of space. The best choice in lighting for a small bathroom is recessed lighting. Eyeball lights in the ceiling will provide ample light without taking up any bathroom space at all.
There are two types of radiant flooring, electric and hydronic (water). Electric mats are easier and less expensive to install because you don’t need a separate system to run the heat, they can run off your home’s electrical system. Hydronic systems need a separate power source, like a heat pump to run the water through the pipes. A hydronic system is more expensive to install, but in the long run, it is more affordable to operate.