These 8 Remodel Tips Are All You Need Before You Embark On Your Bathroom Renovation Journey
1. New bathroom wall and floor tiles cannot be hacked within 3 years from the date of flat completion
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For those who own BTOs, this regulation is meant to avoid ceiling leakage once the waterproofing membrane is tempered with. However, you are allowed to overlay the existing wall and floor tiles with your selected tile designs, so that you have greater flexibility to blend with the bathroom design with the rest of your interior decorating.
2. Safety features are a must if you have young children, elderly or physically challenged household members
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Function and safety come first when you are living with young children, elderly or physically challenged. Traditionally, anti-slip tiles and grab bars are the most common ways to safety proof the bathroom. If installing anti-slip tiles are too expensive, you can consider applying anti-slip coatings to create traction on ceramic tiles. In addition, shower bench, grab bars should be installed around the shower, bathtub and the basin area. Do note that texture can be added to the grab bars for additional safety and they can double up as towel bars too. Furthermore, for the elderly or physically challenged, there are bathroom emergency distress panic alarm kits available for the home bathrooms. These kits are waterproof and some come with pull cords and panic buttons for the bathroom users to call for assistance.
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3. You do not need to spend a lot to have a luxurious look
The easiest way to make a bathroom look sophisticated and seeped in style is to use luxe-looking ceramic tiles. These budget-friendly tiles can mimic a myriad of high-end materials such as marble, granite, ledgestone and even timber. The finishing tile edges can also make or break the luxurious look; you can also consider adding a metal strip at the edge of the tiles to give a polished finish.
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4. Grout lines should be as tight as much as possible
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If you are using tiles which mimic the look of natural stones, you should consider using the largest tiles available, with the tightest grout spacing and a matching colour grout to complete an illusion of a solid stone wall effect. By reducing the grout spacing, you can also minimize the maintenance work needed to keep the grout lines clean.
5. It is possible to have a bathtub in an HDB sized toilet
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A typical HDB bathroom does not have enough space for a standard-sized bathtub. Fortunately, bathtub vendors have come up with HDB friendly sized bathtubs to meet the various HDB homeowners’ needs. Some of them even offered tailor-made bathtub in varying designs, materials and make to fit into your desired interior design. Aside from the traditional bathtubs, sitting bathtubs are ideal if your bathroom users have difficulty moving about when showering. The sitting bathtub is specially designed with wide front access for ease of entry and exit, with non-slip seat and floor to minimize slipping while using the shower.
6. Exposed bathroom fittings are cheaper to install and maintain
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Exposed bathroom fittings are recommended if the bathroom walls are made of solid walls or waterproofing features which is not able to house concealed pipes and valves. They are cheaper to install and maintain too, since the exposed fittings are easier to replace without the need to hack and remove the bathroom walls.
7. Certain factors affect the size of the bathroom fittings
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The moving fixtures such as bathroom door, the shower screen door will affect the size of the washing basin and water closet. Water closet typically ranges from 0.5 m to 0.7 m in length and there must be adequate clearance to ensure that the bathroom users are able to move about without bumping into anything and carry out the bathroom activities smoothly and safely.
8. Improve the bathroom ventilation
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Bathroom mould and fogged mirror and window are symptoms of bad bathroom ventilation when there is inadequate airflow. In addition, bathroom mould will irritate allergies and asthma and therefore, very harmful to the bathroom users. Hence, you should ensure that the bathroom receives adequate ventilation by ensuring there is at least a gap of 0.5 inches between your bathroom door and floor. Installing a ventilation fan also helps to repel the warm and humid air to increase the air circulation in the room.