Kid's Bathroom Remodel: Designing for the Long Term

May 09, 2017

If you are considering remodeling a child’s bathroom, but are worried about spending money on a heavily used space, take a look at the options below on how to get ideas to maintain durability and design, all while protecting your investment.

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1. Vanity: Wood vs Painted

Painted cabinets are on trend right now, but wood is timeless. Painted cabinets can chip and peel over time revealing exposed wood underneath. For bathrooms that will be used by young children, it is advisable to go with wood cabinets. Scratches can remedied with a touch-up kit. 


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2. Shower Instead of Tub

As children age, they may no longer need a bathtub. You can take advantage of this by converting a tub area into a tiled shower with a glass door. By allowing for a shower instead of a tub, it can be possible to take a single vanity and convert it into a double sink vanity. The glass door on the shower can make the bathroom look bigger, as you can see the entire room from any angle. 


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3. Faucets: Chrome & Polished Nickel

Kids can be messy and forgetful. What makes them so loveable can also wreak havoc on your faucet hardware. In bathrooms where children or young adults will be the most common visitor, it is wise to choose faucets that are less likely to show water stains, such as chrome and polished nickel. It's advisable to stay away from dark bronze fixtures, as they will require more frequent cleaning. 


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4. Countertops: Scratch Resistant

There are many options when it comes to countertops these days. The usual choices for a bathroom remodel are Corian, Quartz and Granite. All choices can impact the design of your bathroom in a beautiful way. Corian is easy to clean and doesn't have to be sealed, but can be scratched or affected by extreme heat. Quartz is timeless and elegant, and can take your design to the next level. Granite is scratch resistant and usually affordable, depending on the type you choose. Exotic Granite can be expensive, but if chosen wisely, it can last a lifetime. 


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5. Flooring: Chip Resistant

Flooring may seem like the place to save in your renovation, as you will be spending the bulk of your budget on the countertops, vanity, and plumbing fixtures. It's important to remember that the flooring will see the most dirt, weight and traffic. Ceramic tile is cheaper than Porcelain, but is inferior in durability and longevity. Not only is Porcelain thicker and heavier, it is less likely to chip or crack than Ceramic tile. Ceramic should not be used for flooring installations, especially in areas where there is a lot of moisture. 


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