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The swankier parts of Santa Monica are known for their beautiful homes. Whether they’re classic California houses, or old residences that have been flipped, the city boasts admirable, restored residential districts.

Homeowners take pride in their abodes, which is why they’re quick to perform a kitchen or bathroom remodel if it becomes outdated, or ineffective. Whether you’re doing a simple DIY project or hiring a contractor to transform a space, you should follow a few simple guidelines to help you along. Your Wilshire / Montana property value will thank you for it.

Consult a professional

If a major remodel of your bathroom is in order, you’ll probably want a contractor’s help unless you are a DIY Superman. However, most people get their feet wet with a simpler project first that they can do themselves. But even in this case it would behoove you to call a pro.

For the best plumber Santa Monica has to offer, call Morningside Plumbing. Our trained technicians can advise you on how much or how little you should re-invent the space. For example, if you’re moving a sink across the room, you’ll probably have to transfer water lines as well. Our advice and assistance could prove handy.

Choose the right floor

Floor design is essential to any bathroom. Not only should it be visually appealing, it needs to be functional as well. For floors that don’t require any extraordinary care, your best bet is porcelain tile. It looks nice and won’t absorb water or excess moisture, which could otherwise lead to long-term staining.

If you have kids or just generally don’t want to have to worry about slipping in the bathroom, go with a matte-finished tile. It’ll provide comfort as well as subtle traction for your feet. Additionally, many people opt for small tiles. The gridded lines of grout that run between them will allow for a better grip.

Upgrade the toilet

Among the easiest and most popular changes for a bathroom upgrade is a new toilet. Toilets probably aren’t something we think about on a daily basis, but they can actually add a nice touch of style. Low-flush, high-efficiency models are especially in vogue, partially because of style but also due to increasing government legislation. More and more states are considering mandatory changes to household plumbing fixtures, in an attempt to conserve water. They’re also relatively cheap, making a new replacement a no-brainer.

Vanity or sink?

This question ultimately comes down to space. Vanities are valued for their storage. Many come with sinks that sit atop cabinets, which is a convenient way to store all of your toiletries and washroom items.

However, this might not be an option for smaller bathrooms. If you’re dealing with less space, consider upgrading to a nicer, stand-alone sink. Vintage models are trendy, as are more industrial-looking, utilitarian sinks. Your decision should be informed by the overall aesthetic of the bathroom.