Remodeling your bathroom gives you a clean slate for all your design ideas, but some elements for a new bathroom might make cleaning your space more difficult than it has to be. Keeping cleanliness in mind when you choose materials and designs for your new bathroom can help make your life easier in the long run. Here are some ideas you can use to create a hassle-free bathroom you and your family are sure to love.
Large tile designs can be used in bathrooms of all sizes, bringing a grand look to small spaces and matching the scale of bigger master baths. These generously sized tiles mean less grout to worry about, making installation simple and allowing for easy cleaning. Mosaic and subway tiles, by comparison, require more grout. This means more spaces for mold, mildew, and grime to grow. Work with your contractor to find a scale for the tile that works best in your space, and go with the bigger tile pieces for easy mopping and scrubbing.
Built-in tubs have multiple points of contact with your bathroom wall and floor. This means more grout for mold and mildew, which can make a sparkling clean bathroom look messy. A freestanding tub can sit flush with the wall without all the extra grout and caulk. A clawfoot tub, for example, can be installed with minimal points of contact. This means no reaching deep into the corners to clean and no worries about grout and caulk during regular scrubbing sessions. If you want a more modern look, consider an oval-shaped soaker tub to create a spa-like look while still keeping simple maintenance in mind.
Frameless Shower Doors
Frameless shower doors create a sleek, modern look, making them a perfect choice for bathroom remodeling. However, these doors also provide hidden benefits for cleaning. Without extra tracks and frames, there are fewer places for grime, soap scum, and mold to build up. This means there's no need for scrubbing out tracks with a brush. Shower doors with aluminum tracks can also rust and corrode over time, aging your bathroom quickly. Your contractor can create a shower design with a pan liner and tile that keep water contained without the need for a dated frame.
Home design magazines may inspire you with crisp, all-white bathrooms, but white paint and tile can be difficult to maintain over the years. Dirt and grime show up more on white surfaces, which means you'll need to clean the bathroom with more frequency to prevent it from looking messy. Instead of crisp white, consider neutral beige or gray tones to create that crisp look with less maintenance. Gray marble-style tile and counters can create an expensive look with less cleaning required, and beige or tan laminate tiles are easy to maintain without allowing dirt to show through right after cleaning.
By the time I finally finished saving money for my new home, I knew that I wanted something special. I didn't want to buy a starter home, and I really didn't want to deal with fixing up an older place. Instead of scouring the market and dealing with real estate agents, I decided to work with a general contractor to start building a place of my own. However, I didn't choose my contractor willy nilly either. I spend hours interviewing and researching various construction firms until I found the business I wanted to work with. This blog is all about working with contractors, so that you can make better construction decisions.