The family bathroom is usually the place where everyone trips on one another to get quickly ready before leaving home in the morning. One way to solve this might be to post a “take a number” sign at the door or more realistically to look at remodeling the family bath.
So, where do you start?
1- Define a style:
Most family bathrooms are designed to stand up to heavy uses and do not resemble the luxurious spa like bathrooms featured in magazines. That doesn’t mean a family bath should lack style. Take the time to browse through bath remodeling magazine to define your style and visit bath and plumbing showrooms. Remember also that a lot of what makes a bathroom green has to do with water savings. So make sure to research high efficiency toilet, showerhead and faucets to save water and money.
2- Organize a layout:
Make a list of everything that is wrong with your current bathroom. Does it feel cramped? Is there enough storage? Is the counter space limited? The family bath should meet the needs of its users and everyone should have their input to your list. It will come handy when meeting with a professional designer.
3- Select materials:
When it comes to family bath, materials should be selected for durability and ease of cleaning.
Before you sacrifice style however, consider similar looking alternatives to more maintenance intensive materials. As an example, if you love the look of concrete countertops and wood floors but not the upkeep, consider composite granite countertops. You won’t have to worry about scratching or staining them and they will look good for a long time.
4- Be creative with storage:
Adequate storage is key to a successful family bathroom remodel. Plan enough cabinets and drawers for toiletries, bulk items and plenty of towels. Don’t forget to include a space for a hamper, which will provide a convenient place, other than the floor, to stash wet towels and dirty laundry.
Although a family bath’s focus is function, a few carefully selected decorative accessories that do not double duty can complete a remodel.
For example, interesting jars add panache to the counter while holding essentials like cotton balls and swabs. Fluffy towels displayed on a shelf and easily accessible to bathers will help to absorb some of the sound in the space filled with hard surfaces.
With good planning, smart storage, harsh working yet stylish and eco-friendly materials, your family can keep the peace for a long time to come.