When you buy a new house, you want to be in it for years to come. This means that any renovation work you carry out to put your own stamp on the place also needs to be able to stand up to the test of time.
We spend an average of one and a half years in the bathroom over our lifetimes so it is imperative that we keep the bathroom as a safe space for the entire length of time we are in our home for. Here are some top tips to help you plan a bathroom that will last a lifetime.
Taps are such a minor part of the bathroom as a whole that we can easily overlook their functionality and head straight towards style. It is therefore important that we don’t forget the practicality of taps when we are choosing to buy them.
Waterfall taps (and by extension rainforest showerheads) look incredibly pretty but can be a nightmare to clean if you live somewhere with very hard water. There are many options on the market to help you keep on top of cleaning. Choose something that is both stylish and will be easy to keep sparkling for years to come.
Likewise, it is important that you choose taps which are going to be easy for you to handle in your old age. With ailments like Alzheimer’s and arthritis common in old age, it is important that you select a tap which is going to be easy to turn and understand. It is never too early to do this; the right choice now will save on a potentially costly redesign in the future.
Baths may be a luxury many enjoy but they become more and more impractical the older you become. There are many options if you aren’t ready to give up your tub – such as handles, doors, and seats which can lift you in and out – but a shower or wet room is a great option for anyone looking for a change.
Both walk-in showers and wet rooms offer some great help to people as they get older. It is possible to find plenty of flooring options nowadays which promise to be non-slip; one of the major accidents that can occur in a bathroom. The correct flooring can make all the difference; something as small as a wooden mat will prevent slippages in a walk-in shower. If you think you would rather go the way of the wet-room, a quick dash around with a squeegee and underfloor heating will soon dry up any puddles you may leave behind.
There are many companies out there dedicated to creating safe spaces in your bathrooms. One article which you’ll find useful is “Simple Tips for Ease of Bathing” by Premier Care which will highlight some essential modifications which many people may forget about.
Bathrooms frequently lack storage and solutions can often be low-down and impractical for older generations. If completely redesigning a room from scratch, think about where you can place storage to make it accessible for all and big enough to hold all you will need.
Storage in bathrooms can also quickly become overly cluttered and messy. Work out a plan of what you really need in the bathroom and make sure you frequently throw out any unnecessary clutter like old bottles or cardboard boxes. The earlier you can set these routines in place, the more likely you are to be able to maintain them when you are older.
The bathroom is a room which many people love to spend time in. Make sure you are able to enjoy yours for years to come.