One of the smallest spaces in your house and probably the most important is your bathroom. You want your bathroom to look beautiful and function at its peak as a place of solace and refuge. The following is a short list of bathroom must have’s you should contemplate. Some of these are necessary when building or remodeling your bathroom and others can be added on later as needed.
Cut-Off or Stop Valves at Every Faucet and Fixture
Stop valves are no big enigma; they function by stopping the water flow to a single fixture or your entire home. It’s a good idea to install them on all of your faucets, fixtures and showers. Think about all the places in your home that you have a water supply from your main line and compile a list. Don’t forget to put one on your main line as well so you can kill the entire water supply in case of emergency. Having these handy valves is a great idea but if you can’t get quick access to them it’s kind of pointless. No one wants to be hacking at their drywall with an axe trying to find one in a panic. If they are not in the open then you need to install an access panel so you can get to them quickly.
Thermostatic Shower Valves
Part of the rough plumbing valve family – thermostatic valves control the temperature in your shower. This is a concern if you have children or seniors in your domicile. Sometimes called a thermostatic mixing valve or tempering valve, these devices are behind the scenes in your shower and control the max temperature of the water, usually between 60 and 120 degrees). Some are multi-functional and control the temperature along with the flow rate so you can be comfortable and conserve water at the same time.
Another great item for your bathroom to meditate on is the handshower. This is another great helper for kids, elderly, handicapped and the pets. These are a great alternative to the fixed showerhead and can be added to your bath tubs and whirlpools as well. Some like the Delta Lockwood In2ition Two-In-One Shower has the handshower pull out from the fixed shower head, which is pretty cool.
Falls in the bathroom are one of the most common injuries, especially for the salt and pepper or accident prone variety. Grab bars are very reasonably priced and well worth the peace of mind. Place them everywhere that is a slip hazard or requires sitting like the tub, shower and toilet area. Just make sure you anchor them properly to the studs in the wall. One saved trip to the hospital is worth the minimal investment in time and money for these slip savers.
Bath Ventilation Fans
Bathroom ventilation fans not only stop your husband from drawing on the mirror with his fingers after a foggy shower, they help with mildew, mold, peeling paint, saggy wall paper and rotting wood. These hard workers do a great job keeping your saturated shower from damaging your bathroom and causing you big bucks in a few years. Not only that, some models like the Panasonic FV-11VHL2 WhisperWarm have a light, night light and heated fan for those cold mornings.
Toilets and Bidets with ADA Heights
Standard toilets are a lot lower than their ADA compliant cousin. A standard toilet comes in at 15″ max which is not a good thing for the aged or those with back problems and health issues. An ADA compliant toilet is about 18″ in height and those three inches do wonders for taking your back out of the equation. Bidets also come ADA friendly and are a good idea for those of which proper hygiene is a concern.
I hope you’ve found this list helpful when designing your new bathroom or remodeling an existing one. Taking the time to research these items can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. By adding these items in your bath, you can rest assured your bathroom will look great, be comfortable and safe for years to come.
For more product information and pricing, please visit http://www.faucetdepot.com/