The bathroom is one of the most luxurious and valuable rooms in the house, so when changes need to be made, it can be hard to know where to begin. One common reason to update your bathroom design is when your family circumstances alter. Whether this is a new addition, younger children growing up or other family members getting older, at some point, your bathroom will need to be revamped. Future-proofing your bathroom helps in these circumstances, by taking age and family requirements into account. Basically, it’s a way to prepare your bathroom for the coming years.
If you think that you’ll need to consider your bathroom design changing soon, read on to find out how in four ways:
4 Tips to Make Your Bathroom Design Stand the Test of Time
Create Space Whenever Possible
Having a bathroom full of clutter, and limited room to move about can feel claustrophobic at the best of times. While this room is usually the most relaxing room in the house, a lack of space, can take away from the calming atmosphere and make it hard to unwind.
Therefore, if you’re welcoming a new addition to the family you’re also going to be expecting a lot of new possessions and consequently, a lot less space. So, it may be a good idea to start future-proofing your bathroom design by maximizing space now, rather than waiting until it is essential.
There are some clever ways to add additional storage you may not have even thought about like adding upper cabinets to your vanity. You can even create additional storage space by using space inside your wall and between studs, like a niche.
Adding furniture to your bathroom will make it appear much more stylish and elegant, as well as comforting. For older family members who have difficulty standing or walking for extended periods of time, installing seating features into your bathroom can be beneficial. If they begin to feel unwell or tired it will give them a place to catch their breath or calm down for a few minutes until they feel better. This will mean they see the bathroom as a place to relax again, rather than a struggle to use.
A walk-in shower is an excellent addition to a bathroom when taking aging family members into consideration. Instead of having to step up into a shower cubicle, a walk-in shower provides a practical alternative. When choosing a new design, it is a good idea to make sure you’re using wet wall shower panels to reduce the chances of mold and damp damaging your bathroom. Shower panels also come in a range of various modern and stylish designs, which ensure that your room is up-to-date with current design trends.
If a walk-in shower is not an option in your household, then reducing the height of your bathtub is another option to improve ease of access for older family members. Make sure to use plastic wall cladding in areas that are likely to come into contact with water, as this will prevent mold and damp appearing, due to no grout being used. Cladding also works well as an insulator, meaning you won’t have to spend lots of money on energy bills.
While a lot of future-proofing will have to take place in your bathroom before a new addition to the family, it doesn’t stop there. As your kids grow up, it is important to consider things such as cabinet heights. It may be a wise idea to raise the heights of features such as vanity cabinets, where you may keep medicines or razor blades so that they are well out of reach of your little ones. And there you have it, four simple and affordable ways to prepare your bathroom for its future!
If you follow these tips, you should have a room that suits your changing needs and usage for years to come.
Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design.Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.
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