How to Plan the Perfect Bathroom for Your Family
When you decide that you’re ready to finally renovate your bathroom, it’s an exciting time! You might have inspiration boards saved on Pinterest or notes you’ve taken after watching your favorite HGTV shows and you can picture exactly what you want your new space to look like.
It can also be an overwhelming time because it’s hard to know how to get from your current bathroom to your end goal. And, as a project you likely only want to do once in your lifetime, it’s important that you think of everything before getting started. After all, it’d be disappointing to realize you left out a key feature once the final coat of paint has dried and the finishing touches have been made.
There are many things to consider before you remodel your bathroom, but we’ve noticed that some of our customers neglect to think about how their bathroom will functionally meet the needs of their family, both now, and as the family changes over time.
What should you consider when planning your bathroom’s functionality?
Start by thinking about your family members, friends, and guests who will be using the space. This will help you determine the layout and the necessities to include during the planning process.
Whose bathroom is being updated?
Are you updating your master bath, the kids’ bathroom, a space that will be shared by multiple family members, or a guest bathroom that will be used infrequently? Your approach to renovating should differ depending on the answer.
What are the ages of the family members who will primarily be using the space?
If you’re renovating a bathroom that young kids will use, you’ll want to include a bathtub in your plans to make bathing easier for them. Similarly, if your bathroom will be used by older relatives, you might want to skip a bathtub in favor of a walk-in shower, which can offer a safer bathing experience.
How long are you planning to stay in your house?
If renovating your bathroom is part of your plan to prepare put your house on the market, you’ll want to be sure that there is at least one bathroom in your home. While walk-in showers are becoming increasingly popular, young families with small children look for a bathtub when shopping around for a home to buy.
Even if you’re not planning to sell your home anytime soon, it’s a good idea to make updates that are marketable so you’ll get the best value should you decide to sell in the future.
What items are on your wishlist?
Don’t forget to have a little fun while you plan your renovation! Start by making a list of the items you need to have and ones you want to have and start planning from there. You want a space that fits your personal needs, but in a realistic way that matches your budget and logistical constraints.
How to create a functional bathroom for every age group
Regardless of who will be using your renovated bathroom, there are things you can do to make the space as functional as possible for your family members.
The way your little ones use a bathroom is different than the way you will use one! Make their space easy to use by considering the following enhancements.
It can be hard for small children to reach the sink, so you can either add a step stool to the bathroom or work with your contractor to have one built-in during the renovation process.
Opt for hooks
Your kids may find that it’s easier to hang up their towels every day on hooks versus towel bars that are often out of their reach. You can even let them pick out their own hooks to get them excited about picking up after themselves.
You may want to install a slightly lower than average vanity to make it easier for your children to use the sink, look in the mirror, and reach the countertop. Just be sure to choose a height that will continue to be useful as your kids grow taller.
Transitioning toilet seat
If your little ones are in the stages of potty training, think about getting a transitioning toilet seat that makes it easier for them to use. As a bonus, many transitioning seats have a quiet-close feature so the seats can’t be slammed after use.
If you’re planning a renovation in a bathroom that will be used by multiple members of the family, it’s best to focus on ways to make it a useful space for all.
Low maintenance and durable
Choose finishes that are easy to keep clean and that are built to last, as this bathroom will be used more than average.
Maximize your space
If your bathroom layout has room, opt for double vanity for extra sink and counter space. If your vanity has built-in cabinets, it will also give you more storage, helping to ease the inconvenience of sharing a bathroom with multiple people.
Color-code where possible
There’s nothing worse than realizing you’re not using your own toothbrush! Try to color-code accessories in a shared bathroom so that there’s no confusion about what belongs to who. For example, one family member may have a blue toothbrush, a blue towel, and a blue loofah so that it’s easy to remember what to use.
Elderly friendly bathrooms
As family members age, the way they use a bathroom will likely change. Focus on ways to make the bathroom safer and easier to use. Even if you or your family members aren’t yet experiencing mobility issues, some could develop over time and it’s better to be prepared.
Switch out a bathtub for a walk-in shower
With their high walls, it can be hard for elderly family members to step into bathtubs and the risk of falling increases with age. Consider converting an old bathtub to a walk-in shower that has safety customizations like grab bars and comfortable seats.
Upgrade to a handicap accessible shower
If you or a family member uses a wheelchair, you can remodel your shower to accommodate the chair safely. There are roll-in shower options available to make bathing easier and safer than ever.
Install lever faucets
Traditional faucets can be hard to turn on and off, particularly for aging family members. Opt for lever faucets instead while renovating your bathroom so that sinks are easy to use.
Choose a detachable showerhead
When deciding on your shower options, select a detachable showerhead to give you more flexible bathing options. As your family members age, it may be nice to have a detachable showerhead to make bathing easier.
Install grab bars and rails
Help prevent a dangerous fall in the bath or shower by installing safety grab bars and rails to give your elderly family members more stability.
Adjust the height of the toilet seat
Choosing a toilet seat that is a little higher than normal will make it easier to transition from a wheelchair to the toilet. Take it a step further by installing grab bars near the toilet to help prevent falling during the transition process.
Choose Quality Advantage for your renovation needs
Now that you’ve thoughtfully considered how to renovate your bathroom to fit your family’s needs, it’s time to choose a contractor for the job.
At Quality Advantage, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of workmanship and customer service. We’re transparent about our prices and will work with you to create a bathroom that fits all of your needs, in a style that perfectly fits your design aesthetic.
Contact us today for more information about how we work, our financing options, and more. We can’t wait to work with you on your bathroom renovation project.