Monday, April 13, 2015

How to renovate your bathroom on a budget

Published online at CanadianLiving.com
By: Karen Kirk


Read on for the latest and most durable in bathroom décor and finishes. We've got advice on how to choose the right fixture, lighting, flooring, tile backsplash, shower door, tub, faucets, paint, and fans to suite your needs and style.

A bathroom update can be one of the most expensive renovations you'll do in your home, so be sure to set a budget and do your homework before purchasing any bathroom furniture and fixtures. There are a variety of different designs, styles and features available today to suit any budget and style. Choosing the right products will allow you to personalize your space and save time and money. Here we explore some of the latest options to guide you in making the right choices for your new bathroom.

Flooring
Ceramic and porcelain tiles aren't your only options for bathroom floors. Design trends are leaning toward the sleek, clean look achieved by using large tiles (which means less grout) or wide planks – flooring options that are highly durable and low maintenance.

• Natural stone is porous and should be sealed regularly. Granite, marble, slate, sandstone and limestone are all typically pricier than ceramic and porcelain tiles, but they also offer a more luxurious look. The surface of natural stone is hard, cold and slippery when wet. It can easily be installed over an in-floor heating system, like Nuheat.

• Engineered stone, like quartz, is commonly used for countertops. It has a harder surface than natural stone and is non-porous and never needs to be sealed. Also slippery when wet, engineered stone comes in a variety of designs and colours that mimic the look of natural granite and marble.

• Luxury vinyl, like that produced by Karndean Designflooring, is available in both planks and tiles, offering the texture and look of either solid wood or natural stone. The flooring is made of a highly durable water-resistant vinyl that is easy to install and maintain.

• Solid wood or engineered wood flooring may not be ideal for a main bathroom since water can easily damage it if it's not coated or installed properly. However, it is suitable for a guest bathroom where water and steam aren't an issue. Use durable oak, maple, cherry, bamboo or cork to add vintage or contemporary style to a bathroom.

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