Homeowners are starting to learn to think ahead when considering a bathroom renovation. They are planning it in such a manner that the bathrooms are functional now and can easily be updated later if the need arises. The bathroom must especially be ready to change along with the needs of the homeowner. Having this in mind when thinking of the renovation plans will make it so that not much renovation will be needed when the time comes for additional features to be added.

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One of the important things to consider when planning a renovation is the shower, since this is one of the functions that is mainly used in the bathroom. There are many options when it comes to showers, from the kinds of material used to  the various shapes and sizes they come in. Majority of showers are made with the traditional 4×4-inch tile, while some use either stone, porcelain, or subway tile. One thing that should always be considered is the universal design features, which includes the size of the shower, width, placement of the controls or knobs, and design. Option to add extra features such as grab bars and easy-reach shower recesses are also a must, especially if there are seniors or handicapped individuals at home.

Shower recesses are becoming even more popular nowadays as it is a practical way to add storage for shampoos and soaps without taking up any extra space. Not only is it functional, but it also enhances the appearance of the bathroom in general. Proper preparation and tiling is necessary to ensure that the shower recess is placed in an ideal location where it is within reach.

While it is possible for homeowners to build the shower recess themselves, it is still a good idea to hire an expert to do the job so that it is built the proper way and the layout is correct. A shower is a big investment, after all, so it’s important to make the most out of the investment.

Through careful planning, a bathroom renovation can go smoothly and the best results can be achieved. Homeowners should consider hiring a company such as Ripple Systems to help them with various bathroom installations and repairs that can aid with their renovation and lessen the stress and hassle.

(Source: Home Trends: Consider future needs in bathroom, London Free Press, March 11, 2015)

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