Perhaps it the last room in a house that you’ve built to your exact specifications, but now you’ve run out of ideas? Have you been dreaming of changing your bathroom space and now you have the time and the opportunity?
RupCoe Plumbing is not just an emergency plumbing service. We have highly trained and experienced plumbers that are not only technically skilled, but artistically gifted. We can help you design the bathroom you’ve always wanted and we can use our tools and materials to make it a reality.
Our staff has experience evaluating a bathroom space and guiding our customers through options that would work in their bathroom remodel. Our technicians have a keen eye for working within a space and making the most of the fixtures, lighting, and colors in a room. Additionally, we have the ability to install the following popular bathroom amenities:
- Jacuzzi tubs
- Steam showers
- Double vanities
- Heated tile
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Read This Before You Redo a Bath
A bath remodel is no small undertaking. So before you start tearing up the tiles and picking out the tub, get a little advice from the people who make bathroom makeovers their bread and butter. We polled contractors, designers, and other pros for their top tips and insider tricks for getting every detail right.
- If you want an easy-care floor: Go for porcelain or glazed tiles, and avoid porous natural stone tiles like limestone. Unless sealed vigilantly, they’ll absorb drips and spills and become stained over time.
- If you want a nonslip floor: Choose tiles with textured surfaces, matte finishes, or sand-containing glazes. Another option: small tiles with lots of grout lines, which offer better “grip” than large tiles.
Go for an acrylic or hybrid formula you can remove without the use of harsh chemicals so that replacement is easier. And make sure it contains a mildewcide that offers protection for five years or longer.
While we consult with clients regarding upgrades and features of their remodel, we can recommend changes to save you money on your utility bills while achieving the bathroom design you desire. We have great options for making your bathroom energy- and water-efficient. This is a great way to be more environmentally conscious and save money.
Read on for more tips when it comes to remodeling your bathroom.
Know Your Limits
The main advice to anyone remodeling his or her bathroom is to figure out the budget constraints. The amount of money available is dependent, among other things, on how much room you have in your bathroom and how much work it needs. If you are forced to remodel due to mildew or other lack of ventilation problems, it might be worth it to strip the floor completely and put in some new ventilation, to avoid having to remodel again soon. If you are merely updating, it is a good idea to estimate the space your fixtures normally take up, by looking up the dimensions of a regular toilet, bath and sink and seeing how much room that leaves you to play with. To save some money, you should also take into account where the pipes and electricity are located, and use that in deciding where to place things. It can be very expensive and (if not done properly) quite ugly to have to move a structural pipe from one side of the room to another.
If you do decide to take out the whole floor, either because it’s moldy or simply outdated, you can take advantage of the opportunity by putting in electric floor heating. While this costs a bit more than regular flooring, your feet will thank you. Floor heating works best with tiles made out of ceramic or stone. If you would like warmer floors without heating them, you could try wood flooring combined with several layers of polyurethane based sealer, so that the high levels of moisture in the room don’t affect it. Just make sure to raise the toilet to match your new floor, which is easily done with the right flange. Regardless of what flooring you use, it is advised to measure the sizes precisely, because the wrong size tile for your bathroom can make the floor laying a lot more time and money consuming.
Regardless of how large your bathroom is, there are certain relative sizes that need to be taken into account. We cannot tell you how many bathrooms or toilets we’ve visited where the sink and faucet were both perfectly lovely, but made hand washing unnecessarily awkward. If your faucet is much smaller than the sink, the water might barely reach the sink. If the reverse happens, you are likely to be splashed a lot, disrupting your moment of peace completely. If you have a small bathroom, you might think it’s too small for a bath, but there are some excellent baths available that are a bit smaller, yet still very comfortable. The best way to find out if you’d enjoy a smaller bath is to try to sit back and relax in a showroom model.
The most technical aspect of any bathroom (for the user) might be the water pressure. This plays a role not only in a nice shower experience, but also in your ability to not splash yourself with water every time you open a tap, and to successfully flush your toilet. Of course, nobody really likes to think about toilets. There’s a reason they’re generally placed somewhere they won’t be visible through the doorway. And yet, we would all like them to work when we need them. So while it might be tempting to go for the cheapest nice-looking option, it is worth taking the strength of flow into account. If you are looking for the most powerful flush using the least amount of water (which is good for the environment and your pocket), we recommend a high-efficiency toilet. If you are looking for the strongest flush, there are even power-assisted toilets.
When it comes down to it, hiring a well-qualified professional may make most of the advice offered here obsolete. However, even the best professional doesn’t know exactly what you have in mind. Figure out what it is you are looking for, and they will do their very best to make it happen, and make sure you are satisfied with the end result.
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