Choosing The Right Bathroom Mirror

One simple and effective way to renovate your bathroom and achieve a fresh, new look is with a new or different bathroom mirror. Choosing the right bathroom mirror is really important to help you achieve the effect you want and create an impact. The right mirror will not only look good, it will fulfill the functions you need it to.

When you have the right mirror in your bathroom, it will create a focal point for the room. The right mirror creates a feeling of spaciousness in the room and adds light and brightness. This is a great advantage, especially in the type of bathroom often found in older houses that are small, cramped and dark.

But what is the right mirror for your bathroom? How do you go about finding it?

Any accessory in your home should follow the style and decor of the rest of the room and possibly even the whole house. For example, if you have an ultra-modern apartment, an antique style of mirror could look out of place. So look for a style of mirror that reflects the decor in your home.

Take the time to look around at many different stores, in decorating magazines and online. As you search, you will start to find a trend in what appeals to you and what you really don’t like. This can then help you narrow down your search and focus on the style and design you want and that will suit the room best and have an overall design goal.

Know the size of mirror that will look best and be the most serviceable in your room. Here is where a professional bathroom renovator can help with advice and ideas that you may not have considered. Measure the space where the mirror is to be hung to ensure you buy exactly the right size and shape. When you think you have a good idea of the size and shape you want, make a cut-out from newspaper, taped together if necessary to make the full size, and hold it up in the bathroom or stick it temporarily to the wall so you can get an idea of the impact it is going to have.

Think outside the box when it comes to design; a bathroom mirror doesn’t have to be plain. Have your mirror cut to the exact size and shape you want; maybe put it in a frame like a picture or surround it with a row of contrasting tiles. Keep in mind that a mirror in the bathroom is going to reflect many of the other aspects of the room, allowing them to be seen from a different angle. The mirror can form a frame on a feature on the opposite wall for example, so you need to make sure that different parts of the room are worth reflecting and framing.

So consider the style of your home and the decor of the bathroom when choosing a bathroom mirror and take your time to look at many different options before deciding on the one that suits you and your bathroom.


Smart Ways To Increase Your Resale Value

When selling your home, it is often a good idea to look for ways to increase your resale value before putting it on the market. Often, there are small jobs that can be done, which won’t cost a lot of money but which can make a substantial difference to the home’s value; bathroom renovations fall into this category.

Prospective buyers will be looking particularly closely at the bathroom and the kitchen in the home. This is mainly because there is a perception that these two rooms are costly to renovate, so buyers often want to see that they are in good condition before putting in an offer. These two rooms are often the reason given by prospective buyers when trying to negotiate a lower purchase price for the home.

The bathroom, in particular, needs to look clean and fresh. After all, who can really see themselves showering in a dingy, old-fashioned bathroom? In fact, bathroom renovations are definitely one of the smarter ways to increase your resale value of your home.

Get some advice from professional bathroom renovators. Most tradesmen, including Craftsman Bathrooms, will give you a free appraisal and quote for any work that is needed. Explain that you simply want to freshen the room in order to add resale value and see what ideas they come up with.

bathroom renovation does not have to be expensive when you are improving its appeal to would-be home buyers. Sometimes all that is needed is a fresh coat of paint in a pastel colour to improve the light and brightness. Just adding some new towels in bright colours and a pot plant or two will also help to brighten up the room.

New lighting can update the bathroom in an older home as can the addition of a large mirror. If the window is very small, consider having a larger one put in to increase the natural light, which always makes a bathroom look better, especially if the room is small. Simple accessories make the room more appealing and give a fresh, modern look.

So, if you are looking for ways to increase your resale value of your home, consider bathroom renovations; one of the really smart ways to increase your sale price.


Know Your Bathroom Renovation Goals

When homeowners consider bathroom renovation goals, they usually have a specific purpose in mind. So whether you want to modernise an old bathroom for your own use or to improve the home’s resale value, make a bathroom more child-friendly or more suited to the elderly or simply improve the standard of the bathroom in an investment property, make sure you renovate with that specific purpose in mind, to get the best result.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to increase the resale value of a house is with a bathroom renovation. If this is your purpose, you need a cost-effective renovation that will achieve a fresh, clean look to appeal to a wide variety of tastes. To achieve this, it is best to choose a neutral colour scheme to create a light, bright room that allows people to add their own personality. Use coordinating towels and accessories to add colour and pizazz to the room. The design of the bathroom renovation should be in keeping with the rest of the house; if you have an older home or a federation style, for example, an ultra-modern bathroom could look out of place.

If the bathroom you are renovating is in an investment property, you need to follow strategies similar to preparing the house for sale. In this situation, you need to consider fixtures and fittings that are durable and will take some hard treatment but are not too highly priced. What you are looking for in this situation is a functional, hardwearing and easy to clean bathroom. Your goal is to create an easy-to-maintain bathroom for the benefit of the tenant on a daily basis and for you between tenants.

Maybe you want to renovate a bathroom for your children to use. This can be a really fun project and the kids will enjoy getting involved in the design phase. Themes are popular for kids’ rooms and you certainly can have some fun with creating a themed bathroom for the littlies. Keep in mind, however, that kids grow up and your teenage daughter might not be so enthusiastic using a bathroom with a ducks and fishes theme. Also, the kids will leave home eventually, so consider creating a neutral bathroom scheme that can be themed with changeable accessories.

When planning a bathroom renovation for an elderly person, there are several safety features you can incorporate for your peace of mind and the security of the older person. Handrails beside the toilet and in the shower are important, as are non-slip tiles, shower and bath. Consider the height of the basin if it needs to be used when sitting down. There are taps designed specifically for hands that don’t work as well as they used to. Consider regulating the temperature of the hot water in the bathroom to prevent burns.

So whatever reason you have for considering a bathroom renovation, be sure to keep that purpose in mind when planning and designing the elements you are going to include. Write down some renovation goals.


Kids Bathroom Renovation Fun And Games

Kids bathroom renovations can be lots of fun but there are some important factors to keep in mind with a project of this kind. The bathroom is the scene of many accidents and so safety features are vital when planning a kids’ bathroom. However it is still possible to design an innovative and functional bathroom renovation for the kids.

Get the children involved in the planning and design phase of the renovation. Ask for suggestions, show them some ideas and ask for their input. Depending on the age of your children, their enthusiasm and creativity may need to be directed into a workable plan but they will feel very proud of a room they have helped design.

Safety is paramount so make sure you choose non-slip surfaces, a toilet and basin that are child height (or a safety step for them to use) and a bath that is not too deep for a child to step into. Regulate the temperature of the hot water to that bathroom and teach the children to always turn on the cold tap first. Door handles need to be child-height and there should be no locks on the door to a bathroom for children, especially the inside. You need to be able to access that room at all times for safety.

If you want to go with a theme make sure the design can grow with the children. Themes can be represented in lots of non-permanent ways such as accessories, towels, removable stickers and pictures. Kids tastes change frequently, so having a bathroom that can change with them makes perfect sense. Choose a basic palette that allows for a variety of different elements to create a theme.

Fittings and fixtures in a bathroom designed for children need to be durable, strong and able to take a bit of punishment. Keep the fancy, delicate features for your own bathroom and use ones that are serviceable in the kids’ bathroom. Taps need to be easy for little hands to turn on and off and the toilet simple to flush. Include lots of storage for the inevitable collection of bath toys, bubble bath, hair accessories etc. that children seem to attract. Use a system, such as a hanging net or perforated shelf above the bath, to store wet bath toys and avoid mould and stains forming.

Kids tend to be messy at the best of times but when it comes to bathroom use, the messiness seems to be so much worse. The best thing you can do for yourself is to design a kids’ bathroom that is easy to clean. Clean lines and smooth surfaces allow for a fast wipe-over. Have plenty of hanging space for towels to make it easier for smaller children to hang their own towels.

Personalise the kids’ bathroom by using letter tiles to spell out their name or embroidering their initials on their own set of towels. Have fun with your kids’ bathroom renovations while incorporating safety and practicality into the design.


Is Asbestos In Your Home?

Experts believe that asbestos is present in one third of older homes. It was a common building material used from the 1940s through to the late 1980s and was considered an ideal product due to its fire resistance, insulating properties and durability. It wasn’t until the 1990s that it was identified as a health hazard.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is made up of very small fibres of naturally-occurring silicon material. These fibres were compressed under heat and pressure and firmly bound to form the solid sheeting that was so commonly used both inside and outside buildings. Pliable loosely bound asbestos material was used in insulation and automotive applications.

Where would I be likely to find asbestos in my house?

Firmly bound asbestos can be found as the exterior cladding in the form of fibro, fibrous cement or artificial brick and as eaves and flue pipes. It was also used as a roofing material in the form of corrugated fibro, in older vinyl flooring and textured paint finishes.

Fibro sheeting was also commonly used as a wall lining, especially in wet areas like bathrooms, kitchens and laundries.

Loosely bound asbestos products could be present as insulation of hot water services, hot water pipes, heaters and stoves, as well as insulation in the ceiling.

As a general guide, houses built between 1940 and mid 1980 are more likely to contain asbestos than those built in the mid to late 80s. Homes built after 1990 are not likely to contain any asbestos. It has not been used in Australia or imported since 2004. So if you are having your bathroom renovated your builder or craftsman may come across it so be aware of the potential issue.

Asbestos was also used in automotive parts, mainly as insulation.

What is the danger?

As a general rule, asbestos doesn’t pose any danger or health risk until it is broken, starts to deteriorate or is broken, cut or sanded. When disturbed, it can produce dust containing the asbestos fibres. It is when these are breathed in that health problems can occur, including asbestosis, pleural plaques and mesothelioma.

How do I know if there is asbestos in my house?

If your house was built during the years that asbestos products were commonly used, it is best to err on the side of caution and assume that you have it. Building materials need to be tested by an accredited testing authority, so it is wise to call in a professional to know for certain.

Important safety precautions

While you are legally permitted to remove asbestos from your property, you need to be aware that loosely bound asbestos products represent the greatest risk to health and should only be removed by a trained and accredited asbestos removal specialist. If you are going to handle other asbestos material yourself, it is vital that you take every precaution to minimise the risks.

Basic precautions include wearing disposable protective gear, including head covering and gloves; working in a ventilated space; wearing an accredited ventilator not just a dust mask; covering the ground with a disposable drop sheet; mopping the area instead of sweeping and taking care not to break the sheets. This list is by no means complete and you will need to find out exactly what is needed before you start the job. It is important to remember that handling asbestos is not a task to be taken lightly.

Disposing of asbestos

Most council areas in Australia have explicit conditions concerning the handling and disposal of asbestos. Contact your local environmental health official to find out what you are required to do. Penalties may apply if you don’t follow the guidelines.

The dangers associated with the removal or renovation of asbestos products cannot be stressed too strongly. By far the safest strategy is to call in a professional tradesman who has had the right training and is accredited in the


Bathroom Lighting Basics

Lighting is such an important aspect of bathroom design that it deserves some time and planning when doing a bathroom renovation. These bathroom lighting basics will form a starting point, to help you when developing your lighting plan.

The size of the room is an important basic when planning the lighting in a bathroom. A larger room will need more lights than a small room. It is important to provide sufficient lights to avoid the room looking dark and dim.

Consider the different types of lighting when looking at the needs of the people who will be using the bathroom. Most bathrooms are fitted with a central light and this is fine for lighting the room during general use. However, in general, single light fittings don’t provide adequate directed light for tasks such as shaving and applying makeup. A central light also tends to cast shadows which can make some bathroom activities difficult. Recessed lighting is a popular alternative to the common central light.

Halogen lights give bright, direct illumination to specific areas of the bathroom and are popular along the top of the vanity and above the shower recess. Here they provide good clear light for activities such as shaving and doing makeup, both of which require good lighting if you are to get the job done well. You might also consider having halogens fitted down the sides of a mirror over the vanity.

Take the position of the window into account when planning the lighting in the bathroom, so you can take advantage of natural light. Think about replacing a small, old-fashioned window with a larger modern one to increase the amount of light coming into the room; this will help you save on electricity costs.

If you enjoy the atmosphere of relaxing in a warm bath surrounded by candles and dim lighting, you might like to use dimmers on the central light and whatever lighting you install over the bath. These will allow you to set the lighting to suit whatever mood you are in at the time.

Halogens and LEDs provide brighter light than conventional light globes but you need to use more of them because of their small size. However, they also tend to be more energy-efficient. You can further save on power costs by using the new energy efficient light globes, by having each light or bank of lights independently switched so you only turn on the lights you need and encouraging everyone in the household to turn off the bathroom lights when they leave the room.

Take the time to research the different types of lighting you could use in your new bathroom, as well as the huge range of light fittings and fixtures that are available. You are certain to find the style and design that is just right for your application. Avoiding costly mistakes at the start will save a lot of headaches later on.


Designing Your Dream Bathroom

Do you lay in bed designing your dream bathroom? for your needs? Well, you are not alone. Research shows that re-doing the bathroom is one of the most popular renovation projects these days due to the many reasons to have a reno. Designing the bathroom of your dreams can be fraught with challenges so here are some tips to help you create the exactly what you want and need.

Part of the challenge in bathroom design is to create a room that looks great but is also practical and meets the needs of all members of the household. Bathroom components are long-lasting so it is important to get it right; replacing those new floor tiles is usually not an option if you decide you don’t like them! This is why the design process is so important; you really need to get all aspects right before any work starts. Consulting a bathroom renovation specialist will go a long way in making this process easier.

The key points in creating an excellent bathroom design include floor and wall tiles, colour pallet, electricity and water supply and components, ventilation, fittings and fixtures. Decide whether there needs to be any structural changes such as repositioning the shower recess, replacing an out-dated window or knocking out a wall to create more space.

Research modern bathrooms in showrooms, magazines and online to familiarise yourself with what is available. It’s possibly a long time since you built a new bathroom and styles and designs have changed a lot over the past few years. Beware of following new trends too slavishly though, as they can often become quickly out-dated.

One of the first decisions to make is the style of the décor in your new bathroom. Generally speaking, it should co-ordinate with the style of the rest of the house to create a smooth transition from room to room. Next, look at some ideas on the colour pallet, remembering that it’s best to keep major items like tiles, bath and basins fairly neutral because they are expensive to alter if you want to change the colour scheme later on. Plan to use accessories and linen to bring in splashes of colour.

Tiles form the backdrop to a renovated bathroom design and are probably going to be the biggest single component of the renovation. There is a huge range of different types, styles, colours and textures on the market today so take the time to look around before making a decision. Again, get expert advice about what is suited to your application.

Check out the current water supply and decide what changes you need to make. Is the water pressure adequate? Are the connection points in the right locations? Are there any leaks that need attention? Is your current hot water service adequate for the requirements of the new bathroom? Now is the time to consider what water-saving options you can use to your advantage and to help preserve this precious resource.

Lighting and ventilation are essential elements in a workable bathroom, so take the time to assess what the needs of the family are; it is important to get these right. Bright halogen lights over the vanity are important for tasks such as makeup and shaving. Dimmers allow for mood lighting for a relaxing soak in the tub. Effective ventilation is vital so that mould and damp problems don’t develop, so check out the latest systems for steam and moisture extraction.

Possibly the area that impacts most on the design of a bathroom is that of fixtures and fittings and there are loads of beautiful bathroom fittings available. Choose fittings to match your décor but keep in mind the practicality of each piece, keeping in mind the people who will be using the room. Designer taps may look fabulous but are they practical for little hands, if you have kids, or for aging hands in later years?

You can design the bathroom of your dreams and be delighted with the finished result. Take these key points of bathroom design into account when you start the planning process and you will continue to love your new bathroom for many years to come.


Top 10 Bathroom Renovation Mistakes

Have you ever made Bathroom Renovation Mistakes?… Renovating an important room like the bathroom can be fraught with problems but if you know the most common mistakes other people have made and seek the advice of a qualified professional bathroom renovator, you will be able to breeze through the renovation process.

The main area that causes problems is determining a workable budget. Some experts will tell you to expect to come in over budget; they advise people to allow around fifteen or twenty percent extra for unforeseen circumstances. There are several unknown factors that can affect the total cost with bathroom renovation, including the effect of mould, old or faulty plumbing, inadequate water pressure and electrical work.

It is important not to cut corners when renovating the bathroom. Statistics show that nearly seventy percent of all household accidents occur in this part of the home and when you consider that this room combines water, electricity, glass and slippery surfaces, it’s easy to understand why. So it is vital that you get a professional to install things like power points, lights, plumbing and fixtures to be sure that they are safe and comply with council regulations.

Don’t scrimp on space when you are planning a new bathroom. It’s easy to think that you can save some money by reducing the size of the bathroom itself or the shower recess or vanity. This short-sighted approach is going to leave you with an unworkable room that is uncomfortable to use, and let’s face it, you do need to feel comfortable when using the bathroom. You may not be able to change the actual size of the room with a renovation but clever placement of elements can maximize the space for you.

Storage is one of the most important criteria to consider when renovating the bathroom. You can’t have too much storage, so aim to maximize this element right from the design stage. There has been a return in popularity of the pedestal basins of times gone by and these are very attractive, especially if you have similar décor in your home. However, this is just one example of how storage can be lost during a renovation, when you compare them to a vanity unit. Corners are an excellent place to add extra storage for small items that need to be easily reached.

A bathroom renovation should be designed for the long-term so choose fixtures and fittings that are durable and will continue to service the needs of the occupants for many years to come. Think about resale value and appeal as well; you might not be planning on selling up but this could change in the future.

As with fashion, trends in bathrooms come and go. You might fall in love with the latest trend in basins or colour schemes but will they stand the test of time? Trends are just that; transitory ideas that can lose their appeal very quickly. So stop and consider whether you will still love the latest trend in bathroom deign in several years’ time. Remember, you have to use this important room every day and, while you can change painted surfaces and towel colours, you do need to choose permanent elements that will stand the test of time.

Some people choose materials that are unsuited to the environment of a bathroom in everyday use. Remember that this room experiences heat, cold, damp and moisture on a daily basis and so the materials you use must be able to stand up to these conditions. Be advised by your renovation specialist as to what materials are best to use and which one you should avoid.

Think about the environment when planning a bathroom renovation. These days there are many water and power saving devices that are easy to install during the renovation process. Do some research to discover how you can help the environment and yourself at the same time. Not only will you be saving valuable natural resources, like water, you will also notice a huge saving off your power and water bills.

Not installing adequate lighting is another common mistake people make when renovating the bathroom. This is one room where you need maximum illumination at times and it’s best to have it installed as part of the renovation process. Identify spots where you need the brightest light, such as near the basin for shaving and applying makeup. If you love to take long baths by candlelight, allow for lights that dim to create the right atmosphere.

One of the most important factors to consider when renovating a bathroom is to allow for adequate ventilation to help prevent mould and mildew problems and to keep the air fresh and clean. The type and size of ventilation appliances will be determined by the size of the room, the height of the ceilings and the windows in the room.

To avoid bathroom renovation disasters, keep these ten common mistakes in mind when you are planning and designing your makeover. Then you will be happy with the results now as well as in the years of use that the new bathroom will receive.


The Importance of Bathroom Fans

Bathrooms are inherently places of damp, steam and moisture, so the importance of bathroom fans cannot be stressed too strongly. In this article we will look at why they are so important as well as the types of fans that are currently available.

A fan in the bathroom works in a similar way to one in the kitchen; they both remove air from the room. In the kitchen, we want to get rid of cooking odours, fats and steam in the air. In the bathroom, the aim is to remove the excess moisture that is created as steam when hot water is used. If this moisture is allowed to remain in the room, it will collect on the walls and ceiling, gradually being absorbed and forming an ideal breeding ground for mildew, mould and damp. Paint will eventually blister and wallpaper peel off the walls from the effects of continued moisture and damp.

There are different methods of providing the ventilation in a bathroom that is necessary to avoid these problems. The first and simplest is a window that opens; just keeping a bathroom window slightly ajar will help to remove excess moisture and bring in fresh air. Many modern bathroom windows are designed with an open screened section at the top to provide ventilation even when the window is closed. An easy way to increase airflow in the bathroom is to replace a small window with a larger one and to keep it slightly open when the shower is being used.

Older style bathrooms may have vents in the walls just under the ceiling and these were designed to allow steam to escape. Early bathroom fans were fitted into the window or outside wall to draw moisture and steam outside. Modern bathroom fans have become more sophisticated and often combine the fan with lights and heating elements in the one unit on the ceiling. They draw moisture out of the air in the room and duct it either into the roof cavity or to the outside, depending on the design.

The type and style of bathroom fan that is best suited to your application will depend on a number of factors. These include the size of the room, the number of people using the bathroom on a regular basis and the basic construction of the house. Discuss these factors with your bathroom specialist to make sure you get the type of fan that will do the best job for you.

Whether you are renovating your bathroom or simply needing a solution to excess moisture in the room, the importance of bathroom fans needs to be considered. The right ventilation system will keep the mirrors steam-free and help to avoid many of the problems that can arise from excess moisture in the bathroom.


How To Avoid Bathroom Damp

Taking steps to prevent bathroom damp is the best way to avoid the problems it can cause. Wet areas like bathrooms, laundries and kitchens are prone to damage caused by damp but luckily there are strategies that will help control the situation. Here are some of the best ways to avoid bathroom damp.

Damp is caused when condensation and moisture is unable to evaporate, preventing the surfaces in the bathroom from drying out. Many surfaces in a bathroom are porous and so are able to absorb moisture. However, if these surfaces are not able to dry out effectively, damp develops. Constantly wet areas like bathrooms, toilets, laundries and kitchens are prone to the effects of dampness, causing peeling paint and wallpaper, development of mould and fungi, stained patches and unpleasant odours and even causing allergies to the human occupants.

The main cause of damp is lack of effective ventilation in the room. Wet areas need good air circulation in order to be able to breathe and dry out before being exposed to more water. Fresh air coming into the room, and being able to circulate around the room, acts to dry out the walls and ceiling and helps to remove damp odours and prevent damage from occurring.

Some simple ways to help keep the bathroom dry and free from damp include fixing any taps that drip; airing and washing towels and bathmats regularly and drying them in the sun; washing the shower curtain in a vinegar solution to keep mould at bay; keeping tiles and glass clean and free from mould. If you have any wooden items in your bathroom, take these out into sunshine on a regular basis as well.

Fresh air is the best way to keep damp at bay. The bathroom window needs to be open after baths and showers, to allow steam to escape and prevent condensation forming. During the day in mild weather, keeping the window and door open will go a long way to preventing damp issues. The weather has an effect on this process as well. In warmer weather, moisture tends to evaporate more quickly but in winter, artificial heating in the bathroom can help the drying process and avoid the problems associated with constantly damp surfaces. Structural changes might be necessary in extreme cases, to avoid damp problems and these are best carried out during a bathroom renovation.

When planning to renovate the bathroom, consider the size of the current window. If it is small, or poorly located, replacing it with a larger, airier window will help with the circulation of fresh air to dry and cleanse the whole room. Fitting an extractor fan is a really effective way of avoiding damp and its problems. The fan extracts steam and moisture as it is formed by running hot water in the bath or shower; this keeps the room steam-free and prevents condensation and moisture damage.

One of your main goals for renovating might be to get rid of the damp. These best ways to avoid bathroom damp will cut down on your cleaning time, save you money and provide a healthier bathroom atmosphere for the whole family.