We love bathroom remodels! The return on the investment is significant, and if you’re trying to decide where you’d like to splurge, consider these must have items!
Think about adding a bench based on the size of the shower you have. There are many options when considering a bench in the shower. Some customers prefer the solid bench made with the same tile that is being used on the walls. Other customers prefer a free standing teak bench which can be removed when not being used. For smaller shower stalls I recommend the folding teak bench which is mounted directly to the wall. This allows for maximum space when folded up for showering, but can be easily lowered when needed. Teak is a great look in new showers.
A heated towel rack in the bathroom - such a great idea! There are many models now that do not need to be hardwired, and stay on continuously. They also make models that plug in, so that you can connect them at bedtime and wake up to nice warm towels when you get out of your new shower!
Select a heated tile floor to set your bathroom remodel apart from the rest. It’s not as expensive as you think. An electric mat with a thermostat allows for a custom installation so that heat is provided at the main traffic areas. One question I get quite often is, “How will this affect my monthly electric bill?” The answer is, about the cost of one cup of coffee! I actually have this type of system in my front entry way. It costs me an extra $5/month to have a heated tile floor when you walk in during the winter months. It is a pleasure to take your shoes off! The key to this is to set it and forget it. Some people treat it like regular heat in their house, turning it down at night then turning it up in the morning. The system is not designed to bring instant heat at a moment’s notice. It takes a few hours to adequately heat the tile so it is best to set it in the late fall and then turn it off in the spring…or leave it on permanently!