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If you’ve decided to renovate a bathroom it’s important to keep family-friendly upgrades in mind, especially in a multigenerational household. Here are areas for attention when you’re upgrading a bathroom for the whole family:
Safer showering - If your family has older members, grab bars in the shower are necessary for safety. They can also be helpful for youngsters learning to manage the shower on their own. To further enhance safety in the shower, install slip-resistant flooring and consider a device that prevents unexpected temperature changes — and potential scalding — in showers and faucets.
Lighten up - The bathroom benefits from layers of lighting. Overhead lighting should keep the room well illuminated for showering and bathing, while lighting around and/or above the mirror is essential for applying makeup or shaving.
Selling to millennials
As more millennials — young men and women currently in their 20s and early 30s — begin buying homes, many are entering the process by bringing along the same people they’re partnered with their whole lives: their parents. If a potential buyer arrives with their parents, pay as much attention to the parents as you do to to the home-shopper.
Did You Know
Hot tap water, such as that in a shower or bath, accounts for about 5,000 scaldings of children each year, according to the American Burn Association. One method of helping prevent accidents of this sort is to set the thermostat on the home water heater to no higher than 125 degree Fahrenheit.
In bathrooms where people share space, giving each person a dedicated storage spot — a shelf, cubby or cabinet bin beneath the vanity — ensures he or she will feel at home and the bathroom will stay organized. Further enhance the welcoming feeling by including personal touches like monogrammed towels, his-and-hers accessories or framed art created by the kids.
An Epsom boost
Giving your garden plants a boost with Epsom salt — with its high level of magnesium — is a good way of feeding them in a natural way. Mix two tablespoons of Epsom salt with a gallon of water and use as plant feed about once a month. This mixture works especially well for tomatoes, peppers and roses.
Home Help: Family-friendly bathroom changes
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