Bathroom remodeling contractors in Orange County have a lot of experience with bathroom designs and construction. They’re familiar with the common mishaps that many homeowners face. Unfortunately, homeowners aren’t always aware of them beforehand. Knowing what you should take into consideration before beginning a bathroom remodeling project is a good way be prepared and avoid mistakes.

Space

In many homes, space is at a premium. There’s only so much room available. In bathrooms, things can be even more cramped. Although building codes set an absolute minimum, it’s a good idea to give yourself a bit more space. This is especially true if a bathroom is shared. Make sure that people can turn around and maneuver comfortably within the bathroom. You’ll be happier with the results if there’s plenty of room for comfort.

Accessibility

Children, the elderly, and larger or smaller people may have to use the same bathroom. There’s simply no one-size-fits-all approach that truly works for a bathroom. This means you have to keep accessibility in mind. How easy is it to step in and out of the tub? Does someone need a bar in the shower? Is the sink too high? Any and all potential accessibility issues should be considered before finalizing the design and placement.

If you have someone in the household with specific mobility limitations, you should design the bathroom in such a way that they’re accommodated as much as possible. They’ll generally know what does or doesn’t work for them. As you put together the bathroom plans, simply keep those points in mind.

Storage

Toiletries take up a surprising amount of space. If you want to keep towels, wash cloths, and other items in the bathroom, they’ll take up room as well. Don’t forget about storage. Trying to figure out storage options after the fact typically produces disappointing results. It’s much easier to fit storage space into the design before the bathroom is completed.

Lights

Every bathroom should have plenty of illumination. After all, people fix their hair, brush their teeth, and do their makeup in the bathroom. All of these activities require good lighting. Be sure to keep this in mind as you’re putting together the bathroom plans. This may require rewiring the bathroom, and electrical work needs to be completed before most cosmetic adjustments are made.

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Height

Not everyone is the same height. Although there’s no fixed rule for how high the towel rod should be, you can make some rough estimates to keep people happy. This is an area where painter’s tape comes in handy. Roughly plan where the robe hanger and towel rods will be as soon as you can. Try and envision the bathroom in its completed state and determine if those heights seem comfortable. Consider everyone who may use the bathroom and try to find an agreeable medium. It’s a trial-and-error process, but you can usually make everyone happy.

Wiring

Much like any plumbing changes, wiring needs to be planned early into the process. Outdated wiring can be a hazard. The bathroom sees a lot of demands on electricity, including dryers, lights, curling irons, and electric toothbrushes. Be certain that your wiring can handle these requirements.

An Orange County bathroom remodel can be exciting, but it’s a good idea to plan the design out carefully before you get started. Speak with the experienced professionals at Preferred Kitchen & Bath to learn more about crafting a gorgeous and functional bathroom.