Planning for a bathroom remodel is all about making the most of what you have. Tricky layouts and limited fixtures are challenging to work around. Whether it’s a cluttered guest bathroom or a small bathroom in an older home, there can be an overwhelming amount of options for your space, budget, and time.

The good news is: even with a limited budget; you can work out a plan for your bathroom that maximizes every inch. Here are five innovative bathroom remodel ideas to upgrade your bathroom into an open and functional space.

Radiant heated floor using electric heat and cement base over tile flooring

1. Radiant Floor Heating

Radiant floor heating can transform your bathroom remodel by simulating a tropical beach. Furthermore, this heating more efficient than baseboard heating and forced-air heating because it eliminates duct losses. People with allergies often prefer radiant heat because it doesn’t distribute allergens as forced air systems can. Hydronic (liquid-based) systems use little electricity, a benefit for homes off the power grid or in areas with high electricity prices. Hydronic (liquid) systems are the most popular and cost-effective radiant heating systems for heating-dominated climates. They also heat up in 30-60 minutes, so homeowners can turn them on and off as needed to keep costs down.

Features & Advantages

You can save a lot on the labor cost if the flooring is lifted and changed anyway. Radiant floor heating systems are known for being quiet. Unlike forced-air systems, there isn’t a loud furnace that kicks on. Therefore, you won’t hear anything while they’re on. Because floor-heating systems directly warm the room via radiant heat, they don’t disturb any existing dust and allergens. When you plan your bathroom renovation, note two radiant floor heating types: electric-based systems and water-based systems.
When remodeling your bathroom, radiant floor heating is especially worth considering.

Energy Efficient Heating

Typically, radiant floor heating only needs to be heated to about ~80 degrees Fahrenheit instead of ~160 degrees Fahrenheit for radiators. There are no cold spots since the pipes/wires cover the whole room, radiators run cooler the farther away you are. Best of all, radiant heat provides an average saving of 15% on heating bills thanks to the efficient way it warms a home.

Effortless to Run

Radiant floor heating is compatible with programmable thermostats.

More Space & Design Freedom

Without the need for bulky radiators on the walls, you create more space to design as you please.

Compatible With All Floors

This floor heating works well with laminate, wood, tile, stone, carpet, and more.

Safety and Comfort

Radiant heat is also much better for the air quality in a room since it keeps the air fresh and oxygen-rich. On the other hand, high temperatures caused by radiators increase discomfort and reduce oxygen levels.

Heated towel rack with elegant design installed in a modern, luxurious bathroom

2. Heated Towel Racks

An often underlooked piece of a successful bathroom remodels the heated towel rack. Particularly in winter, heated towel rails provide a convenient way to dry out your towels while they’re hanging up between uses, saving you from having to put them in the dryer to get rid of that musty smell. Most importantly, bathrooms are a very wet and steamy environment, which creates the perfect situation for mold to grow. Giving your towels the best chance to dry in between uses also helps to keep your towels hygienic for longer.

Features & Advantages

The heating towel rail’s energy efficiency increases by installing a timer so that the device is not left on all day but can be programmed to suit your lifestyle. Heated towel rails can be an eye-catching design feature in bathrooms. Modern designs can look great as a centerpiece or sleek and discrete, depending on your style. How many times have you picked up your towel, and it’s still damp from your last shower? Or worse, it smells musty? A heated towel rack eliminates this issue!

Fewer Laundry Loads

Since a towel warmer means dry, mildew-free towels, fewer laundry loads need to run. Reusing bathroom towels means you’re saving water, energy, detergent, and most importantly, time! And you’ll still have a fresh towel without washing it each time.

Efficient Energy Consumption

Towel warmers and heated towel racks provide efficient heat while using minimal energy. While there are various heat control options, a typical frame consumes only as much power as one to two light bulbs. Plus, think beyond towels. An electric towel warmer or heated towel rack also allows you to dry delicate personal items, swimsuits, and wet clothing. Plus, the warmth it emits is also adding supplemental heat to the room.

Ease of Installation

The towel rail can connect to the existing central heating system. A pair of new or existing radiator valves is all that is needed to accompany them. Electrically heated towel racks are simple to set up and install (with a qualified electrician). They usually represent a cheaper alternative to central heating and dual fuel options. They also offer the most affordable means to ensure your towels are kept toasty warm and dry. Furthermore, modern designs provide outstanding aesthetic appeal.

Dual fuel towel racks are an exceedingly popular type. They allow the user to enjoy the best of both worlds in terms of central heating and electric operation. These towel rails incorporate an electric heating element. But they are also plumbed into the central heating system.

3. Curbless Showers

The lack of a threshold or curb can open up your shower area to the rest of the bathroom, making the whole room more comfortable to clean and maintain. The use of this tile enhances flexibility in design. By choosing simple, large-format tile for a clean and streamlined look, you can craft a creative combination of field and accent tile on the floor or wall without the obstruction of a shower curb.

Features & Advantages

A curbless shower offers easy entry because there is no ledge or edge to step over. Curbless shower places are installed in big or small spaces because they fit your unique area. Even if you have a small space, a curbless shower can work in the corner, so you have more room in other bathroom areas.

Best Use of Space

Curbless showers are ideal for smaller spaces because of the open feeling they give the room. Bathtubs can take up a lot of floor space, which can be up to half of the bathroom floor in some cases. A glass tile shower in the bathroom can open up the room and makes it feel larger.

Easier to Clean

How often do you have to change your shower curtain because of mold and mildew growth? How often do you get mad while taking a shower because the shower curtain sticks to your legs? Fortunately, ceramic tile is naturally resistant to bacteria and mold, making curbless showers easier to clean. There are fewer nooks and crannies in a curbless shower when compared to a shower/tub combination. You no longer have to worry about a shower curtain or liners with a curbless shower. That also means you don’t have to spend half of your shower fighting with the curtain while you’re trying to get clean.

Flexible Design

A curbless shower offers improved accessibility to everyone from the very young to the very old. Since glass surrounds your curbless shower, you can see your tile as soon as you walk into the bathroom.

Luxury, Spa-Like Experience

Curbless showers give you lots of flexibility when it comes to design. Additions like benches, in-set shelves, niches, and even heated floors are all possible in your curbless shower. For more information, follow our blog to determine if curbless showers are right for your bathroom remodel.

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Glass shower enclosure in modern domestic bathroom with an open concept that creates plenty of space

4. Glass Shower Enclosure

A glass shower cubicle helps in creating a separate bathing space as part of your bathroom remodel. Even better, these enclosures are durable and effortless to clean. It will make your bathroom appear significantly more prominent than it is, and that too without a closed-off partition. Moreover, it will allow better airflow than a metal frame shower stall or a traditional curtain. Glass shower enclosures are any day a safer option than leaky shower curtains, which create a slip and fall hazard, especially for the young ones and older adults of the house. They significantly reduce the chances of any mishap in the bathroom, as there will be less water on the floor and less clean up required after your shower.

Features & Advantages

Much like curbless showers, here are a few of the benefits of adding a glass shower enclosure to your next bathroom remodel.

Door Type

Glass enclosures have two main door style options: sliding and swinging. Swinging doors – also called pivot doors or hinged doors – can turn outward, inward, or both. They are best for larger bathrooms. Sliding doors are best for smaller showers since they don’t need extra floor space to swing inward or outward.

Frame Style

Glass shower enclosures come in framed and newer frameless designs. Framed shower enclosures have metal frames that support the shower glass, while frameless showers incorporate thicker, stronger glass that is structurally stable without this frame. There are two main differences between these shower door frame styles: aesthetics and design options. Most homeowners choose one frame style or the other depending on whether they enjoy a frame’s appearance or not. However, frameless shower enclosures come with more design options.

Glass Type

With a glass frame, you’re not limited to one type or even color of glass when designing your glass shower enclosure. While straightforward, non-textured glass is always an option, you can instead opt for tinted or textured glass. Clear, non-textured glass is a good option if you want your bathroom to appear as streamlined as possible. However, a unique shade of tinted glass can complement your bathroom decor while providing additional shower privacy. Textured glass can also offer shower privacy and great aesthetic appeal.

Most frameless models are custom glass shower doors, which means you aren’t limited to mass-produced shower doors at a standard size. This way, you can add more flexibility to your shower installation. Customization is one of the crucial factors in purchasing a frameless shower door.

Space Expansion

If you have a small space to work with, the best thing you can do is keep it simple. A glass enclosure provides a continuous line of sight, unlike a curtain that interrupts your field of vision. With this method, you can create the illusion of a larger space.

Minimalist Aesthetic

Perhaps you’ve adorned your bathroom with elegant taps or fancy tiling. A glass shower door helps show off these elements without competing with them.

Clean Lines

The clean look of a frameless glass shower door creates a sleek, modern feel in your bathroom.

Better Hygiene

Shower curtains are soft, and since they’re often wet, this gives bacteria a place to grow. Glass doors, on the other hand, are easy to clean, especially when properly treated.

Better Sealing

Unlike a curtain, where water can splash out the bottom, top, and sides, glass enclosures can extend from the top to the bottom of the shower, creating a watertight seal.

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Floating double vanity allows for plenty of room with a functional and modern look

5. Vanity Styles

Small bathrooms can quickly overflow with towels and accessories, but some simple reorganizing and creative planning will maximize your storage. Find new space above mirrors, toilets, or a simple medicine cabinet. Add custom drawers to your cabinets for fumble-free access to your products. Tucking away outlets can free up counter space. Dry your hair without the fear of knocking over candles!

Features & Advantages

With so many styles of countertops, sinks, and mirrors to choose from, you should weigh all your different desired combinations. Here are just a few sample vanity styles to consider for your next bathroom remodel project.

Double vanity mirrors

Perfect for a master bathroom, a double vanity is what you want when it comes to getting ready in the mornings before work and keeping your site clean and organized just the way you like it.

Mirrored cabinetry

Mirrored cabinets running the length of the vanity or the whole length of the wall are back in fashion as functionality takes over as a priority for homeowners.

Double vanity

It’s the solution to all bathroom fights! The double vanity works well in a busy family bathroom or just the master ensuite. A double vanity also usually means double the storage too – everybody wins.

Timber vanity

The use of timber throughout the home has been mainly due to the Scandi influence. A light oak bathroom vanity softens a room and also pairs nicely with marble tiles and feature tapware.

Curved vanity

Bring a little bit of old Hollywood glamour into your home with a retro-inspired vanity with rounded corners. It’s a small change from the norm, but it has quite an impact because it’s a little different.

Floating vanity

It’s a luxurious approach to under sink storage, and there are plenty of different varieties to choose from with open and closed storage underneath.

Built-in vanity

If you don’t want a floating vanity, you can get a cabinet that goes to the floor and offer you the additional storage that you need. You won’t have to worry about cleaning underneath or things falling under it either.

Open vanity

People often get vanities with enclosed doors to hide the mess and have a clean looking bathroom remodel. However, you can opt for an open vanity, perfect for guest bathrooms where you don’t use that particular bathroom as often.

The Right Bathroom Remodeler in Massachusetts

To maximize your space and enjoy your bathroom to its fullest, look for the right bathroom remodeling team. Choose experienced professionals who will take the time to understand your lifestyle to get just the right feel and functionality. Your home is most likely your biggest asset, so take care to find a trusted remodeling company that can provide the best quality and personal service. Woodland Contracting is an excellent resource in the greater Boston area, providing top-level design-build services for the bathroom remodel of your dreams—on time and budget. Call us today!

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