If you’re remodeling a bathroom that is or will be used by children, it’s essential to make your renovations with the little ones’ needs in mind. The following elements will make your bathroom safer and easier for children to use.
A Light-Up Toilet Seat
Are you tired of cleaning up messes after your child misses the toilet late at night? Maybe your little one is scared to use the toilet in the dark. A light-up toilet seat is the solution to your problems. The seat lights up (often in a fun color) after dark, so your child cannot miss it. These seats are typically powered by electricity, so make sure your contractor knows a light-up seat is on your must-have list before your remodeling begins so he or she can place the outlets appropriately.
Non-Skid Bathtub Flooring
While there are stickers you can add to a bathtub floor to prevent slipping, they tend to peel and are thus not as safe an option as a floor that has built-in non-skid lining. If your kids will be the exclusive users of this bathroom, you may want to look for a bathtub where the non-skid marks are colorful or made into a cute design.
A Color Changing Faucet
A good way to prevent your children from burning themselves with hot water is to install a color changing faucet. These faucets typically look like regular nickel or glass faucets when the water is cool, but they turn bright red (or sometimes another color) when the water is hot. Just teach your child never to stick their hands under the faucet when it is red, and you’ll prevent a lot of boo-boos.
Built-in Bathtub Steps
Even if you still help your child in and out of the bathtub now, when your child gets a little older, he or she will start tackling this task alone. To make it easier for little ones to get in and out of the tub, have some steps added to your tub design. Make sure they have a non-skid surface to reduce slipping. Generally, steps can be made so that they’re easily hidden behind a shower curtain and don’t detract from the look of the bathroom.
In addition to including some or all of the elements above, also make sure that your child’s bathroom has sinks and toilets that are low enough for your child to use comfortably. You may also want to have locks installed on some cabinets, so you can keep cleaning supplies in there without worrying about your child accessing them. Just communicate these ideas to your contractor, such as those at Apple Creek Homes & Renovations, and he or she can help you create a bathroom space that is perfect for your little ones.
When customizing your home, you have to be careful with your upgrades. You don’t always get a great return on your investment should you ever choose to sell your property. If you still want to make your home truly unique while increasing its value at the same time, consider any of these custom additions that will give you a comfortable return on the money invested.
Crown moulding gives your home a clean finish and can upgrade an otherwise plain living room, dining area, or family room. If your ceilings are high, consider adding ornate crown moulding with pointed round edges. If your ceilings are lower, you don’t want to go much thicker than an inch in width or your crown moulding may overpower a room. Custom moulding designs give your home a unique appeal—just make sure you choose a style that matches the rest of your home’s decor so everything blends well. Contact a local custom contractor for more information.
Lighting in any room of your house can increase its value and make your home more functional. Choose brass wall sconces for hallways, a skylight in your kitchen or dining area, or cabinet lighting in your kitchen. If you are upgrading lighting in one area of your home, make sure to add special touches to other areas of the house as well, whether you install new light coverings or change all your bulbs to energy-efficient designs so your entire home appears upgraded with lighting.
Fiberglass deck designs allow you to have beautiful railings and ledges that blend well with the rest of your landscape. Your deck should not be so large that it actually takes over your yard. As a common rule, your deck should be no larger than the largest room in your home. Make sure your deck has access to the yard as well as plenty of space for outdoor furniture so the space is both beautiful and functional as an outdoor room. You can help your deck blend well with your yard by adding potted plants or climbing vines along its perimeter.
Your home should be built with your own comfort in mind, but it should also serve as an investment you can get a return on should you ever choose to sell. In doing upgrades that other buyers can appreciate, you can still enjoy the personal custom touches you add to your home without compromising its value. From a lovely deck to crown moulding, you can make your home truly unique.