July 1, 2015
By Baker Brothers
We spend an hour of our day on average in the bathroom. That’s a sizable amount of time spent in the same place. And we all know someone who manages to double the average. For that special bathroom lover in your life and for all the hours of your life spent on the commode, why not consider an upgrade this holiday season? Whether remodeling the old or installing everything anew, your friends at Baker Brothers want to highlight the big decisions in the process.
Everyone likes a bath from time to time, but how much do you actually have the opportunity to use your tub? If you are not a heavy bath user, we suggest opening up the bathroom space by installing a standing shower. Glass doors add a nice touch and enhance the illusion of a larger bathroom space. Of course if you are big on the baths, a dual shower/bath is always a good option.
This may seem like a no-brainer but we continue to see carpeted bathrooms in many Dallas homes. The fastest and easiest way to upgrade your bathroom space is to rip out the carpet and install vinyl, ceramic, or porcelain tiles. There are many options when it comes to flooring, but for the bathroom space you want to avoid anything susceptible to water damage or mold buildup. Vinyl is a popular choice due to its comfort, durability, and safety. Also keep in mind that flooring is a final step in the remodeling process. Replacing floor tiles before you install a new bath or shower can result in damaged tiles.
Your vanity space is a large contributor to the overall style of your bathroom. If you choose to go with granite, make sure you can keep it clean and tidy. Dark granite does not hide spills, dust, or cat hair well. Granite must also be sealed in order to repel grease. Other options include quartzite, laminate, and tile. Grout lines are always reason to worry about mold and trapped gunk. Whatever your preference, be sure to prioritize material versatility and water resistance. After all, the bathroom vanity is both a work station and focal point of the space.
As mentioned in previous posts, the toilet rarely needs to be replaced in its entirety. Most toilets can be cleaned and re-caulked after new flooring is installed. If the porcelain bowl has a crack or your current toilet wastes a significant amount of water, it might be time to buy a new one. Pressure-assist toilets as opposed to gravity types tend to clean the bowl using less water. Pressure-assisters cost more but save water and cleaning time in the long run.
With any remodeling or bathroom troubleshooting queries, never hesitate to contact Baker Brothers Plumbing. We know Texas toilets.