Are you looking for ideas and insight into remodeling? Usually, homeowners look to remodel areas of their homes that seem underperforming. If your half bath isn’t up to snuff or seems like it has a lot of missed opportunity, then it’s time to consider breathing a new life into it.
Consider Who Will Use The Bathroom
This is where everyone should start when planning any type of remodeling. It’s imperative that you plan around who will use the room the most. So, will it be you, your spouse, overnight guests, children, or maybe occasional day guests?
Deciding who will use the room most can help you start to plan out storage and even layout options. For example, if you know that overnight guests with children will be using the room, then you might want to build in storage for a step-stool and additional toiletries. Alternatively, if only occasional day guests will use it, you might choose for a more open feel with floating sink vanity and lively plants.
Think About Long-Term Use Options
Many homeowners neglect aspects of long-term use. They choose designs and planning that benefit them at the moment and end up having to remodel again years down the road. The two most common examples of this include not planning accordingly for aging or having children.
Although this is a half-bath and not a full bath where you might consider walk-in showers for the elderly, there are still things to consider. We mentioned earlier that floating sinks would be great for occasional day guests but likely not guests with children. Children are likely to hang on these sinks or maybe curious about underneath the fixture.
Long-term use is vital in planning your remodel process. The planning part should be the most time-consuming portion of planning a half bathroom remodel.
Explore Other Uses for the Room
If you’re still at a loss for an idea, then look at how you can get the most usefulness from the room. You can opt for a powder room with a beautiful vanity or choose to use the room more for storage.
The planning is the bulk of the work for you, and then a contractor can come in and begin revitalizing your half bathroom.
Choosing the right tile for your kitchen feels like a long-term commitment, and it is. Without a doubt, most homeowners want to make the right choice the first time. But it’s overwhelming. There are so many color options and different types of tiles that it seems impossible to make the best possible choice without spending years exploring tile options.
Characteristics of Tile Flooring
Not all tile flooring is made equal. In fact, with these characteristics and standard use expectations of a kitchen, there are only three really good material options for kitchen tile. Here we’ll quickly review each characteristic so you can set your expectations for your kitchen.
Hardness – kitchen tile should be hard so it can resist scratches and dents.
Moisture-resistance – spills are common in kitchens. It’s best to choose a non-porous tile.
Slip-resistance – safety is always a chief concern. Ensure that your kitchen is a slip-resistance as possible.
Maintenance – expect low maintenance.
Installation – always bring in a professional because tile installation is demanding and is not forgiving in the event of mistakes.
Budget – set your budget knowing that with the wide variety, you can certainly find something wonderful in your price range.
Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles
Ceramic is a type of porcelain, and they have many of the same benefits, although they are technically different types of tile.
Porcelain and ceramic both offer non-porous surfaces, are extremely hard and stain-resistant. The downside is that when the tile is glazed, it loses a fair amount of slip resistance. Unglazed options offer the same durability with greater slip-resistance, but for some people, unglazed is not always visually preferred.
Stone offers a luxury look with many options. Choosing granite or slate will ensure a non-porous surface, and they are generally slip-resistance. Unfortunately, stone tile requires more care than porcelain or ceramic options.
The owner must be sure to seal and regularly reseal the floor. Then there’s a concern when cleaning that stone floors can’t take on much water, so it’s important to only damp mop or steam mop.
Ultimately these three types of tile are the best options for most homeowners installing tile in their kitchen—Speak with a professional tile contractor to learn more about the best tile options that fit your needs.