- Want an easy-care floor? – Go with glazed tiles and avoid porous natural stone tiles like limestone. They’ll absorb drips and spills and become stained over time.
- Place fixtures placed at eye level, spaced 36 to 40 inches apart. Try to test out fixtures before you buy to make sure the quality of light is sufficient. If there’s no room for side sconces, consider installing fixture on the wall above the mirror. Don’t rely on a recessed ceiling fixture.
- One beautifully framed mirror over a sink is more attractive than many mirrored surfaces. Supplement your mirror with a wall-mounted adjustable makeup mirror, and consider installing a lighted, mirrored shaving niche in your shower stall.
- Want to save some $$ remodeling your bathroom? Consider refinishing existing items such as your bathtub, shower, sink or tile. You’ll only end up paying a small fraction (as little as 10 percent) of the cost of replacement.
- Bigger isn’t always better. A 60-inch tub is fine for most people. It offers enough room to stretch out and provides a secure foothold, so you don’t float into oblivion when the tub is full. Assess the angled back and lip for comfort and neck support –- a tub for two people slants at either end and has taps in the middle. If you only have enough space for a small tub, buy an extra-deep one.
- When buying a toilet, it’s not necessary for you to spend big bucks, but you don’t want to scrimp too much, either. You can get a good-quality one-piece toilet for about $400. Models with elongated bowls and seats are usually most comfortable.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of lighting in a bathroom. Sconce lighting at the vanity is the ideal way to get even lighting on your face, and installing it at eye level will help diminish unflattering shadows. Dim lighting is nice for a relaxing bath; bright lights are great for shaving or applying makeup. Adding more overall lighting can make a small bathroom seem larger.
- In homes with back-to-back bathrooms, a shared shower with access doors to each of the bathrooms maximizes limited space. Or turn a closet located next to a bathroom into a small ensuite with access to the neighbouring bath.