Lingering Problem Areas in Your Bath
To round off our bathroom survey checklist, we will now examine the remaining elements we need to address before we can fix any lingering problem regions in our bathroom. These areas include surfaces, accessories, heating and any other special needs or spots of interest we need to focus upon.
As stated before there is no one right answer, there is only the one that works best for your present needs. Just remember the reason we are engaging in this survey is to help you identify the problem areas in your existing bathroom and jump start your creativity so that you can come up with viable solutions to get to the bottom of those concerns.
The small details and accessories in your decor will either enhance or take away from the overall design of your bathroom. From toothbrush holders to soap dispensers, every element plays an important role in the overall feel you are trying to create.
Do the cabinet handles go with the towel bars?
Does the hamper coordinate with the wastebasket?
What about the rugs or mats, do they match the shower curtains?
What about door handles and towel bars?
Even an uncommon item such as a book or magazine rack should be taken into consideration.
Surfaces and Coverings
Your bathroom surfaces warrant your attention, these range from floor, wall and ceiling coverings.
Are they easy to maintain?
What about the surfaces, are they old and worn, covered in mildew or mold?
Are they chipped, cracked or discolored?
Is the shower enclosure still water proof?
How about the tile grout, the silicone sealant or the wall moldings?
Is the paint peeling due to excessive moisture?
Is the ceiling discolored?
What about all colors are they faded or vibrant? Do they still match?
Lighting and Electrical
When it comes to grooming, lighting is of the utter most importance. Also the proper placement and quantity of electrical outlets will make it easier to use small appliances when blow drying your hair or shaving etc.
Is there adequate natural light?
Can windows be moved, made bigger or add a skylight if possible?
And if so, would privacy become an issue?
Is there enough artificial light?
Is the lighting too harsh and does it cast weird shadows under you face, in other words does it shine where you need it to shine?
Is it the right type of light for your purposes, incandescent or fluorescent?
What about the lighting fixtures? Do you like them or would they be better suited back in the 1960’s?
Are there adequate mirrors and are they placed where you need them?
Are all electrical outlets, fixtures, heaters and fans up to modern building code standards and are you satisfied with their placement?
Are there any electrical appliances such as towel heaters or electronic fixtures you would like permanently installed in your bathroom and would you require an electrician to add them?
Ventilation and Heating
On the topic of ventilation, is there enough and is it quiet and clean.
Is it warm enough in the bathroom on those cold winter nights and what is your heating source? Do you need an upgrade?
Pretty much all bathrooms have the regular amenities that you need in a bathroom such as a sink, toilet and shower but what about the toys?
Will your existing plumbing and electrical wiring be able to handle the addition of a steam shower, whirlpool tub or sauna?
What about multimedia? An addition of a TV or stereo system?
A fish tank or the addition of plants is also a great idea to round off your toys in your bathroom.
What about installing special handheld faucets so that you can bathe your pets?
So the choice is up to you. You can rip it all out and start over from scratch or you can simple upgrade the look of your present bathroom. Which ever you do this survey check list will help you identify the shortcomings and the things that make your bathroom great.
Look at the problems, mull over the possibilities and you will find that this will be a lot more fun than you first expected it to be. Get part one of the bathroom survey here.