When it comes to remodeling a bathroom, the fixtures play a huge role. The tub, shower, sink and toilet are all additions that dictate the room’s aesthetics, as well as determine quality and functionality.
Choosing which materials and styles to go with can be a daunting task due to the increasing number of products in the market. To help in your search, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to selecting bathroom fixtures.
Sinks have come a long way from standard china, and we are now seeing designs made of glass and cast iron. The variety of materials have put more of an emphasis on style and allowed for a greater availability of finishes. The design of the sink is also evolving and we are seeing vessel sinks gain appeal in modern bathroom remodels.
When it comes to selecting a sink, we encourage focusing on functionality—even with the emphasis on design. Your standard under mounted sink may not be the most aesthetically pleasing, but it offers much more space and convenience.
Sink and Tub Faucets
Bathroom faucets come in a variety of finishes, from bronze to nickel and black to white, as well as different styles. You also have the option of choosing faucets that either mount on walls or decks. Which design element to choose is solely based on personal preference, but stick with solid brass over plated metal if you’re looking for longevity.
There are many different styles of shower fixtures to cater to your preference of water pressure and location of showerheads. The most common options include wall mounted, hand-held units (where the head can be removed), rain showers (that mimic the feeling of rain by having water stream from the ceiling rather than the wall), and dual fixtures (which include more than one shower head). Think about what would be most enjoyable to you, and explore varieties that meet those standards.
A standard toilet is 14 to 15 inches tall, but we are seeing larger models as high as 18 inches. Adults tend to prefer these larger models, as they offer a more comfortable seat, especially for seniors or people with mobility issues. However, because of the height these taller models are not the best choice for children’s bathrooms or those adjoining common areas in the home.
Most toilets are made from china, so functionality is really what drives price. The average toilet will cost as little as $80 and up to $300, and can be compared by flush performance, water preservation, and style (one piece versus two piece, for example). You will also come across more modern toilets that offer touchless technology and other features that can hike up the price.
Although the look and style of your bathroom may ultimately drive your decisions, pay attention to practicality. You want bathroom fixtures that will be easy to use and are made of quality materials that will give you a return on your investment. We hope this guide to selecting bathroom fixtures assists you in your remodel. Check out our free bathroom design service to start building your new bathroom today.