Bathroom Design Tips

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Thinking of a Bathroom Facelift, Here are some Design Tips

Kitchens and baths are the two rooms in a home that buyers today want to see updated.  As you prepare to update your bathroom, here are some tips to consider:

Accessories: Accessories include decoration, wall hangings, art and sink essentials, towels and shower curtain. Begin with a unifying theme. Don't over do it. Keep clutter to a minimum.

Clearances: All fixtures should be at least 30 inches apart. There should be 30 by 48 inches in front of the sink, 24 inches around the toilet and 45 by 30 inches in front of the tub.

Colors: Bright colors add light to a room. Pastels make the room appear larger. When in doubt, use white, with pops of color in your towels and shower curtain.

Countertops: Choose from, solid surfacing (like quartz or granite), tile or a nicely patterned Formica and Polyester resin.

Flooring: Most important: a non-skid surface.

Floor plan: If at all possible, he toilet should not be visible from outside the bathroom, nor be the first thing you see upon entering.

Lighting: Halogen or fiber optic lighting help to brighten up the bathroom.

Safety: Protect all electrical outlets with a ground-fault circuit interrupter; place switches at least 60 inches from water sources.

Showers: Install swinging doors to swing outward to avoid trapping the user.

Storage: Storage doors should swing clear of fixtures.

Tubs: Platform-mounted tubs should be no more than one step off the floor.

Ventilation: Install an inexpensive fan.