Remodeling a bathroom can be a huge challenge to anyone trying to do it by themselves.
In fact, most people don’t know what they want or all the options available to them. Knowing these things can help them save money, time, effort, energy, and one heck of a lot of aggravation. In fact, we recommend using a Kitchen and Bath Designer.
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Once you know all the various features you want in your bathroom, you then need to consider the existing plumbing and wiring. Keeping the utilities where they currently reside is the least expensive option – but sometimes you need to pay to move things around.
If moving plumbing and wiring, make sure to comply with local building codes.
As you plan your new bathroom, you need to consider the layout of the current space. Then you must decide which problems areas require the most attention.
Next, inspect the plumbing and wiring to decide which upgrades/relocations you need. It’s fairly easy to reconfigure vents and outlets. Remember – the less you change the current layout, the more money you can save.
You will need a lighting plan.
Most bathrooms have a bright light above the mirror. Softer lighting controlled by a dimmer switch is a great alternative when you’re not using the mirror.
Always choose high-grade waterproof lighting options. To cut your utility costs, make sure to install efficient appliances and fixtures.
Literally sketch out a scaled bathroom plan on graph paper.
This way you can see how the space will flow. Include all the details, including doors, shower, toilet, tub, sinks, outlets, and windows. And don’t forget to sketch in the fixtures and cabinets.
As far as bathtubs, most are 30”x60“x15”. If you can swing the price, install a 36” deep tub.
When it comes to sinks, the easiest to install hang from the wall, but we suggest a beautiful vanity sink instead.
You also need to consider whether you want your sink to be self-rimming, rimless and flush or framed.
Don’t forget to add a small storage cabinet. They’re a great feature to house your linens and cleaning supplies.
The average toilet is comprised of two pieces – the tank and the bowl. You can also install a single piece toilet.
No matter which you choose, you must choose between a reverse trap toilet and a siphon-jet toilet (the latter is the more efficient flushing system).
Once the general layout has been planned out, it’s time to make full-side cardboard cutouts of the new fixtures and cabinets to get a full sense of what the new bathroom will feel like.
Single-wall bathrooms usually just have a sink, tub, and toilet along the wall. You may prefer an L-shaped bathroom, a U-shaped bathroom, or even a corridor bathroom.
First and foremost, plan the space for the tub or shower. Typically you’d place these against the back wall. After you decide where to put the tub, you’ll need to finalize locations for the vanity, sink, and toilet. Keep in mind that you’ll need a 30” clearance for the sink and a 20” clearance for the toilet. And of course, don’t forget to plan your storage space.
When preparing the bathroom design for trim and finishings, you must consider your taste and style.
Identify and prioritize all your objectives before sketching the design to code.
Shop around and read magazines to get ideas about what features and styles to include.
Make sure you have all of the required permits and materials before you begin work.
Compile a list of all the various tools and supplies that you need, and make sure you have the funds for your budget.
Plan each phase of construction and have all of your supplies ready, unless you are using a contractor of course.
Have an inspector check your work if needed.
Hopefully you learned quite a bit about designing a bathroom.
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