Bathroom Remodel Tips
Are you considering remodeling your bathroom? Need help deciding which type of bathtub or shower would be best for the design of your bathroom remodel?
According to an article at hgtv.com, “Does Your Bathroom Need a Little Up Date”
“Showers and bathtubs, once strictly utilitarian fixtures, are more personalized than ever before. When updating yours, here are some things to keep in mind.
Focusing on the design aspects of your new bathroom fixtures can be fun, but the most important design specifications aren’t seen after the remodel is complete. For example, while normal showers need just 1/2-inch pipes to function, waterlines of that size won’t supply enough pressure for high-end fixtures, which need 3/4-inch pipes to operate correctly.
This is also a good time to consider changing out the hot- and cold-water valves. “A lot of times people think they’re going to remodel and they’re just going to change out the faucets on the tub and … change out the trim on the shower set,” says Suzie Williford, National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) vice president and manager of luxury products for Kiva Kitchen & Bath in Houston. Because valves aren’t universal, there’s a slim chance that an existing valve will work with new faucets and trim.
On the off chance that it does work with the new fixture, it’s still a good idea to install a new valve during construction because it will wear at the same rate as the new fixtures. “Save that extra money (on repairs) down the road by spending a little bit of money now,” Suzie says.
A great volume of water flows through customized shower systems and large tubs, so ask your contractor whether you should upgrade to a larger water heater as part of the remodeling package. Another option to consider is a tankless water heater, which is installed behind the wall near the shower or tub, and heats water as it flows through the heater instead of holding it in a reserve tank. Tankless water heaters heat the water as it’s needed, helping you save on energy costs.”
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