10 things to consider before renovating a bathroom

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Whether you have a simple powder room or a master ensuite, functionality should be at the heart of your bathroom. Read on to learn tricks for gaining storage, improving lighting, drainage and more, to ensure that your revamped bathroom stands the test of time.

Will a remodeled bathroom add value to your home?  Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com for your value questions.

1. Plumbing
Residential plumbing typically uses 40 millimetre pipes for drains. You’d be surprised how much gunk and hair goes down that drain. The larger the drain, the less likely it is to clog. The cost difference to upgrade to a 50 millimetre drain is practically negligible, and unless your framing doesn’t allow for it, you should consider increasing the drain in your shower to 50 millimetres.

Also, If you live in a region where temperatures drop below freezing during the winter, it’s important that your water supply lines don’t get routed through an exterior wall.

2. Lighting
Consider recessed light fixtures throughout your ceiling to brighten up the room. Include one (or two) in your shower with the proper shower trim. Install a dimmer switch so you can adjust the mood in your bathroom. You’ll want to consider how you’ll be using the mirror in your bathroom and whether you want aesthetic or functional lighting. Whether you’ll be applying make-up or shaving, bright light fixtures properly placed go a long way to help you see what you’re doing close up.

read more at: http://www.domain.com.au/advice/10-things-consider-renovating-bathroom/

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