Design, style and aesthetics aren’t the only things to consider when choosing a commode for your dream bathroom remodel. When it comes to selecting your new toilet, size, height and function are all equally as important as looks. Here are some helpful tips to help you choose the perfect option for your home.
You can choose the most beautiful toilet for your design aesthetic, but it needs to be able to fit the space. The rough-in distance (the measurement between the finished wall to the middle of the toilet’s sewer drain) is key. The widest selection of toilets will fit in the standard rough in of 12 inches. If your rough-in is a different size, such as 10 or 14 inches, your options will be more limited.
Round or Elongated?
Generally, round toilet bowls are less expensive than elongated commodes. In a small space, you might not have any other option than to install a round toilet bowl, but most homeowners find that an elongated toilet bowl is more comfortable to use. A round bowl fixture will measure 28 inches from the wall, while an elongated toilet bowl measures up to 31 inches from the wall. If you have the budget and space, opt for an elongated bowl.
The height of your toilet will affect how comfortable it is. While the standard height is 14 inches, many manufacturers offer commodes that are a couple of inches higher. If you or any of your family members are tall, those extra inches can make a difference. A taller toilet is also practical if you or anyone in your home have mobility issues, as they make it easier to sit down and stand back up.
There are a variety of commode style types available. The least expensive is the two-piece style that features a tank that bolts to the top of the toilet bowl. While a one-piece unit is a bit more costly, the integrated tank and bowl is easier to keep clean because there is no seam. Wall-mounted toilets are even easier to clean, but they are more challenging and expensive to install, and they are costlier to repair.
Once you’ve selected your preferred size, shape and toilet style, consider the flushing effectiveness. Manufacturers offer a wide variety of low-flow toilets that use either gravity or power to flush (there can be variances in how efficient they operate). Visit a showroom for help selecting the most suitable one for your needs. If you’re interested in water conservation and reducing your water bills, consider a toilet with dual-flush technology.
Many homeowners are opting to add a bidet to their commode. Popular in European homes, bidets look similar to toilets but are a personal hygiene unit. In addition to adding to your bathroom experience, overall design, and home resale value, a bidet is a welcome addition for family members with mobility issues. Other add-ons, such as soft-close lids, and heated toilet seats are a high-end touch.
For help choosing the perfect commode for your bathroom remodels, or for answers to any home renovation question, call us at Owens Construction to schedule a consultation today. Stay tuned for part three of our blog renovation series!