The most daunting task when remodeling a bathroom is deciding on new fixtures. Unless you are a serial remodeler, when it comes to toilets, sinks, showers, and tubs most people don’t know where to start. How do you decide which brand and type is the best? The truth is not all name brands are the best buy nor is the most expensive option the best choice. Sometimes it can be difficult to decide which bathroom accessories and fixtures are with the splurge. To help put your purchase into perspective here is a quick guideline for bathroom fixtures.
Bathroom sinks come in a range of possibilities, from simple bowls to complete ensembles with integrated cabinet and countertops. Sinks are made primarily out of china and enameled in cast-iron. These sink materials can last over 50 years and come in an array of colors. Sinks can also be made from enameled steel, tempered glass, stone, wood, and acrylic. Prices can run from $100 to well over $5,000 and come in a variety of styles including pedestal, console, and wall-hung styles.
The size and layout of your bathroom is a big factor in the type of toilet you choose. They can range from $100 for a basic commode to more than $7,000 for a lavish toilet with all the extras and amenities and come in a variety of colors. The traditional toilet is a two-piece, meaning they have spate tanks and bowls. These are most preferable to someone who is doing a remodel on their own because of the ease of installation. One piece toilets eliminate the seam between the tank and the bowl which can break down and fail over time. If you have limited space in your bathroom, you may want to consider a tankless round front toilet. It uses water directly from the supply line but requires electricity to work. You may also want to consider a wall mount toilet for tight quarters.
If you are looking to get clean in a hurry, a shower is the way to go but a bathtub can provide a relaxing alternative. There are a ton of tub types in addition to extras and features. Tub and shower combinations are the most common types of tubs. They are designed to maximize space and are typically accompanied by a wall mounted shower. Drop in tubs are only the tub shell and are fitted inside a framed enclosure which are usually finished to match the rest of the bathroom. With undermounts, tile covers the lip of the tub because they are floor level installs. Freestanding tubs feature a sculpted bathing bowl on a solid base or cradle. Another type of freestanding tub is a clawfoot. The signature legs support tubs that are deep and are reminiscent of old Elizabethan era bathing.
When you are remodeling a bathroom, choose a style that fits your budget and space but still allows you to move freely.