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Before you plan a bathroom renovation, listen up to a few suggestions that will help you avoid some all-too-common remodeling missteps.
Listen to BOB VILA ON BATH MISTAKES or read the text below:
If you’re installing a whirlpool tub, consider the size of your water heater—you may need to buy a larger one. The water heater should hold at least two-thirds the capacity of your new tub. A standard tub maxes out at about 40 gallons, but even a basic jetted tub could hold 50 or 60. A 60-gallon tub needs a 40-gallon water heater, or else you’ll be taking some cool baths in it.
If you plan on installing grab bars or a shower seat, don’t forget that they’ll require blocking beyond the wall.
Choose materials appropriate for your lifestyle. If you have little time (or patience) for cleaning, or if you’ve got young kids, don’t install a marble vanity, wood floors, or oil-rubbed-bronze faucets. And remember: larger floor tiles equal fewer grout lines!
Plan for enough lighting, especially if your bathroom doesn’t have a window. Don’t forget a light fixture right over the tub or shower, so you’re not showering in the dark.
Even if your bathroom does have a window, include a sufficiently powerful vent fan. A fan does a much better job of venting than an open window does.
Double-check clearances. You don’t want to end up smacking into the corner of the vanity every time you step through the door, nor do you want a shower door that hits the toilet.
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