If you’ve ever had the privilege to put a home together, you know how important and fulfilling an experience it can be. It is indeed one that people tend to look forward to all their lives, especially if it is a home of their own. Once the paperwork and financing is all wrapped up, the design and decoration phase can be a truly enjoyable and freeing one – a homeowner can figure out how best to balance their personality and taste with the practical needs of the home. However, this need to balance also makes this phase a somewhat nerve-wracking one. This is perhaps best illustrated by the need to avoid choosing the flashiest or most interesting piece as opposed to one that works the best. After all, the coolest item can break or otherwise fail, and that would leave the home in quite the lurch.
Even the bathroom, a commonly overlooked but supremely important room in the household, is one where breakage cannot be an allowable issue. As such, choosing the elements that go into a bathroom – such as the toilet, a daily-use but underappreciated item – should not be done without a lot of thought. Fortunately, that decision can be guided by a few guidelines.
1. You get what you pay for, so don’t cheap out – some contractors will indeed offer you less expensive deals that seem a great deal cheaper at the outset, but these might be for parts and equipment at the lower end of the quality spectrum. They’re likely to have gotten them for similarly low prices, and that cannot be without a reason.
2. Keep your feet on the ground. You might find unique features to be a lot of fun, but they can actually be impractical for more than just their initially higher price – specialized flushes, automatic seats and so on can be pretty cool, but good luck finding inexpensive replacement parts for this niche equipment.
3. Select your model carefully. Standard gravity models and pressure-assist models each have their own advantages. For example, a pressure-assist model will probably use less water, which could result in savings down the line. Study flush ratings online as well, so you can choose a design that performs to your expectations.
4. Design is also an important consideration, so look at how well it matches your bathroom. Beyond design, of course, look at practical concerns – a wall-hung toilet might be unusual for some, but it is one of the models that tend to be easier to clean.