Bathroom Remodeling Ideas for Low Maintenance Design
When remodeling a bathroom in today’s home, there are a variety of materials and construction methods available that will assist in reducing maintenance needs. By using such options as solid surface materials and low-energy light fixtures, a bathroom renovation can be exquisitely modern and effortlessly practical. Check out a few ideas below to begin your bathroom remodel with low-maintenance features in mind.
Solid Surface Materials
Solid surface materials are resistant to mold and mildew because they do not have any cracks or crevices. This makes the material type perfect for shower walls or bathroom sinks. With a solid surface shower, you can install a single slab of material, prefabricated to your exact specifications that is modern and streamlined, but also low maintenance.
Solid surface materials are nonporous, which is a benefit in a high moisture area like the bathroom. With a solid surface sink area, there is no need for sealing — unlike other materials that need to be sealed on a regular basis, this type does not, which means fewer maintenance concerns for your new bathroom!
When it comes to your bathroom countertops, you need something durable and easy to clean. Whether you live alone or have kids, being able to clean your bathroom with minimal effort is a must. With synthetic stone options such as quartz bathroom countertops, you can easily clean these surfaces via an all-purpose cleaner. Engineered quartz does not require continual sealing. Quartz is beautiful as well as durable, making it a great option for your next bathroom remodel.
You may also want to consider concrete countertops. This is an industrial style that is quickly becoming popular in bathrooms and kitchens. With a concrete countertop, the material must be installed and then a concrete sealer used so the raw material will be impervious to water damage. Concrete is porous, so without a proper sealer, the material might be stained due to liquid or food spills. With a sealer, you also will be able to clean your concrete with ease.
The lighting in your bathroom is also important. When you are considering low maintenance installations, you can choose to add smart light fixtures to the space. With voice-controlled technology, you have a simple way to control the lighting when shaving or putting on your makeup.
LED lighting continues to be a top choice for homeowners as it can be placed in any area, including the shower, for optimal and low-cost lighting. Consider your bathroom lighting needs and install a solution that meets your requirements.
If you are completing a full remodel of the bathroom space, you have most likely considered adding new flooring. Your low maintenance efforts can also extend to this area of the room. Consider adding flooring that is easy to clean and durable, so that you don’t have to spend extra time maintaining this area of the space.
Tile is a great option for bathrooms as it comes in neutral tones, various designs, and formats. A variety of materials can be used for bathroom flooring including limestone, quartz, marble and many more. Reviewing the options you have for flooring, and how they are maintained, will help you make the right decision on an option that will take up little cleaning and maintenance time.
These are just a few changes you can make to a bathroom space that will make your life less busy. Low maintenance bathrooms do not have to be lacking in design and beauty. Explore various low maintenance options to find the right solutions for your next bathroom remodel design.
Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Construction and Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.