A bathroom makeover is no small undertaking. So before you start tearing up tiles, get some advice from R Lucas Construction and Design President and CEO Ron Lucas:
Tip 1: Say Sayonara to Steam with the Right Type of Fan
Code requires one small fan per bathroom; however, in most cases, the shower produces a lot of residual humidity and the small fan isn’t able to rid the space of steam before shutting off. R Lucas Construction and Design uses fans with humidity controls, which stay on until excess condensation is reduced.
Tip 2: Location Is Key When Installing Electrical Outlets
A GFCI outlet is a ground-fault circuit interrupter outlet that you typically see in kitchens and bathrooms. You can easily spot a GFCI outlet by the extra push-buttons (usually labeled “reset” and “test” on the face). In the United States, this type of outlet is required by the National Electrical Code (NEC) to be installed whenever the outlet is located near water.
Most electricians apply the GFCI outlets per code, which means one or two outlets near a bathroom’s vanity area. Many of these electricians don’t understand the need for hair dryers, curling irons or flat irons. R Lucas Construction and Design typically makes arrangements to have at least one outlet located inside a vanity drawer so that electrical beauty appliances can be used from and stored in that space, reducing countertop clutter.
Tip 3: Consider Counters & Cabinetry
For ease of use, R Lucas Construction and Design installs 36-inch-tall vanities (the same height as kitchen countertops) when transforming bathrooms. The design-build firm also attempts to use as many drawers in vanities as possible in areas typically reserved for doors, giving clients easier access to stored-away items.
Tip 4: Sometimes, Less is More
R Lucas Construction and Design can install floor warming systems, showerheads with Bluetooth speakers, towel warmers, lights that change color with the “mood,” and more. All of these things look really cool, but it’s important to ask, “Are these really items I will use?”
Tip 5: Make Sure the Contractor You Choose to Use is Licensed
You can visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s website, and search for a Professional Licensee to determine whether or not the person you are considering for your project has a license. You can do all of the best planning in the world and choose the nicest materials and fixtures, but if you hire someone who isn’t a licensed and reputable contractor there’s a good chance the end result won’t meet your expectations.