Designing your perfect new bath
Creating an efficient
yet stylish master bath, family bath or powder
room is hard. It is often the smallest room
in the home. Plumbing and wiring are nearly
impossible to move. Yet, remodeling the bathroom
isn't as difficult as you may think. You might
want to make radical changes, but experts
must decide if what you want is feasible.
want to remodel any bathroom in their home
should hire a bathroom designer," says
Alan Vaughn Hilsabeck Jr. of Alan Hilsabeck
Jr. Interior Design in Flower Mound, Texas.
Hilsabeck says remodeling a bathroom is harder
than it seems because there are so many different
skills involved: construction, plumbing, electrical,
tile setting. "It may seem easy when
you look at the shows on television, but a
lot of crucial items are not mentioned as
to what will happen in every remodeling project,"
he says. "If it's simply switching out
a faucet, replacing a light sconce, replacing
a shower head or painting the wall, you can
do it yourself. If not, get the opinion of
a professional and hire a professional."
It's important, too, to carefully
consider the number of people who will use
a bath and their ages, Hilsabeck says. "In
general, bathrooms are very product-driven
so the selection of the right products that
meets the client's needs and will fit within
the bathroom are very important factors in
creating an efficient bathroom environment,"
In most communities, you will need
a building permit describing your project before you begin. If you hire a bathroom
designer to help you, be sure to check with your local building department to
find out your town's building codes.
Depending upon the size of your bathroom, usually
four efficient layouts are possible.
|4 efficient bathroom
bathroom in which one wall has the
tub, bowls and toilet all on one
wall. It's not an exciting design,
but it may be what is necessary
for a small bathroom.
L-shaped bathroom features a vanity and toilet on one wall with a bathtub along
the back wall.|
corridor bathroom with a tub on
one wall facing the vanity and toilet
on the opposite wall.
U-shaped bathroom has your fixtures
on three walls. However, you need
a square bathroom with more space
to create this look.