Identifying the Issues Before You Remodel
Whether you are simply remodelling or wanting to do some major renovations by adding a bathroom as part of a home addition project, by addressing these following question you will not only identify the issues in your bathroom you want to tackle but it will also give you insight into the various design elements you should include in your overall design.
Just remember there is not one right answer, there is only the one that works best for your situation. Also the whole reason we are doing this, is to help you focus on fixing particular problem areas in your existing bathroom and jump start your mind to the possible creative solutions you can come up with to solve those concerns.
First of all we must consider who will be using the bathroom. Ask yourself these questions.
How many people will be using the facility?
What are their ages and do they have any special needs such a child or older person with a disability? An example of this would be, are there grab bars installed or is the toilet or counter at a comfortable height?
Can the children reach the faucets? How about the person bathing them, will this cause back strain?
Are there any privacy concerns?
Are you expecting the need for an expanded bathroom due to a new baby or an in law moving in or is a sibling moving out?
Is your present bathroom being used for more than just grooming such as a laundry room or exercise equipment storage? Can these activities be done somewhere else in your home?
Looking Towards Future Usage Trends
What about the future? Is a bathroom upgrade in your home improvement plans?
Next let’s take a closer look at your present bathroom.
Do you like what you see?
What is the first impression your get when you go inside your bathroom?
What do you like or don’t like about it?
What would you like to keep and what would you like to burn?
Do you like the current style?
If your bathroom has multiple entrances, do you think the style of the surrounding rooms fit well with the overall design and how important is that to you?
Addressing Problem Features
Storage space is another important factor you should consider.
Is there enough storage space in your bathroom to meet all your needs such as linen storage, medicine and cleaning products and small appliance grooming storage and is it being used as efficiently as possible?
What other items would you like to have close by but presently don’t have room for?
And do you like your items hidden or do you prefer open storage areas?
What about your bathrooms space and layout?
Can everybody do what they need to do based upon the current layout?
Is there enough mirror and counter space?
Is there unused space that can be taken advantage of?
What about the placement of fixtures? Can you get around without squeezing or bumping into things?
Spacing and Traffic Flow
Are the fixtures well placed to enhance their use?
Which fixtures are used most frequently and is the ratio to usage acceptable?
What about the door swing? Does this enhance or bottleneck the flow of traffic in and out of your bathroom?
Fixtures and fittings need to be addressed as well. Here we will examine the style of your present toilet, tub, shower, sink and any other fixtures you have in your bathroom.
Are they easy to clean and use?
Do they look old and outdated?
Are the controls on your faucets easy to operate?
What do you like about them? How about the colors?
Are there any exposed pipes or similar hardware and are they up to code?
Do you want to keep your fixtures or replace them?
Any style or particular manufacturer you have in mind?
This ends part one of your bathroom survey checklist. Answer the questions as accurately and as honestly as possible so that you can get the most out of this exercise. In part two we will look at surfaces, lighting, heating, accessories and any special needs you may require for your bathroom.