Moving Walls, Doors and Windows, Plumbing, Electrical, and Ventilation can add thousands of dollars and weeks or months to your project. If you have the option to leave major components where they are, that is always going to be your best option. That doesn’t mean you can’t add functionality or style. Both are extremely doable and working within your existing footprint will save you stress, as well as time and money. For example, if you’ve just returned from a european vacation and want a bidet in your bathroom, it is more cost effective (and space saving) to add a bidet toilet or bidet seat to an existing toilet rather than adding the plumbing components and rearranging the room layout to accommodate a stand alone bidet. In most bathroom projects, it’s possible to add or improve storage and lighting, conserve more water, enhance your showering experience, and update the room’s style all without changing
that footprint. Sometimes, however, you do need to change the layout of an existing bathroom to get the functionality you want or you need to add an entirely new bathroom to your home. Both require extensive planning and usually professional help. You may also need building department permits, so it’s best to establish your project requirements before you plan, design, and budget for you project.
Style is the overall appearance of a space, created by its many components. When you walk the aisle of a bath store, you’ll see rows of faucets, sinks, towels bars, tubs, and the many other elements that go into creating not only a functional space but also that space’s style. The choices can be overwhelming, but they don’t need to be. Your home already has a style. As do you. Chances are there are shapes, finishes, and details that you naturally gravitate toward. These can be the building blocks of your bathroom’s style. Your choices should fit comfortably with both the home’s overall design and with how you live. It is less important to know the label for the style you like or are looking at than it is to create a space that flows together well, and fits into its setting. When shopping, ask about the maintenance requirements of the looks you love: Does that faucet need to be wiped for fingerprints every time you use it, or does that tile need to be sealed and polished on an annual basis? A designer, architect, or even showroom associate can help you pull together the elements that will create a cohesive style that works for you lifestyle, home, and neighborhood. (Because a bathroom project is a major long-term investment, it’s often wise to factor resale considerations into your style planning, especially if you’ve unsure of how you’ll stay in the home)
*Arts And Crafts
It’s not a secret that I’m a believer in hiring a pros. In kitchen or bathroom overhaul, making design mistakes can cost you large amounts of money, so it makes sense to call someone who’s been through the process a few times before and knows how to avoid the pitfall. Hiring a designer doesn’t mean that you hand over the whole process to someone else. A designer is someone who should work with you to design your kitchen or bathroom or basement, or whatever you’re working on. A designer needs your input because you’re the expert on how you live your life, and therefore on what you need in terms of design. They should ask about your lifestyle (for instance, how much cooking do you actually do?), who does the cooking, your cooking habits, your personal sense of style, your budget, and your long-term goals for the house. An experienced designer should know the principles of kitchen or bathroom design like the back of her hand, and should apply them when coming up with the layout options for you. Keep on mind, though, that many designers seem to feel most comfortable working in a fairly narrow range of styles, and you’ll want to know if their style matches yous before you begin. By looking at their designs portfolios, you’ll get a sense of whether you share their tastes. You should bring your ideas to the table too, and together you can create a layout and selection of colors and materials that will give you the effect you’re looking for. It should be a collaboration.
Bathroom lighting has become much more complex in recent years, especially in large master suites. No longer is a four bulbs light bar at the vanity mirror and a single recessed light above the shower considered sufficient for a larger room. While you’ll find more multifaceted lighting systems baing designed into bathrooms today, you’ll also come up against more stringent energy use codes for planning them, If the bathroom lighting is not high efficacy (LED or fluorescent for lower wattage requirements), many municipalities require an occupancy sensor as the main control. This has driven the development of lighting technology that delivers both illumination and low power demands.
Ideally, the floors, walls, and countertops in your bathroom perform two important services at the same time they establish the stylish look of your choice, and they provide easy clean surfaces that stand up to wear and tear and resist moisture and humidity. There are many materials from which to choose stone, ceramic/porcelain tile, glass, concrete, solid surfacing, plastic laminate, wood, and metal and most of them come in a mind boggling array of size, shapes, and colors. The following information and portfolio of photographs will help you make a selection that’s right
•STONE •CERAMIC/PORCELAIN TILE
•GLASS •CONCRETE •SYNTHETICS
Adequate ventilation is a must in any humid environment, and you can’t get much more humid than the modern bathroom retread. Those fabulous home spa features use more water than standard fixtures, raising the humidity level in the bathroom accordingly. The only solution is a good ventilation system. Ventilation combats the steam and condensation that causes mildew, rot, and deterioration of the bathroom’s surface and the surrounding rooms or exterior walls of the house. If you haven’t installed a proper moisture barrier between the bathroom and exterior wall, you may face serious structural damage in addition to pelling and chipping paint. If you install glossy ceramic, stone, or glass tiles on bathroom surfaces, your ventilation needs are greater than if you installed an absorbent material, such as cork. (Unfortunately, many absorbent materials aren’t appropriate for the bathroom because they can decay and spread bacteria) Even glossy paints can resist absorption and create problems with mold and mildew. Beyond concerns for bathroom surfaces and structural elements, imagine the air quality in a stuffy and unventilated bathroom. Noxious fumes released into the air by cleaning solutions and grooming products, including hairspray and nail polish, pose a health risk. The most common side effects of this indoor air pollution include eye, nose, and throat irritation.
Not Exactly the kind of picture you had in mind when you dreamed of creating a relaxing, sybaritic have in your new bathroom.
IIn no other room is the heating as essential as it is in a full bathroom, where a user is likely to be both naked and wet on a regular basis.Getting out of a shower or tub or even just stepping barefoot onto a tiled bathroom floor can be a chilling experience especially in colder season and the bathroom’s heating system or on their own. In many Americans homes, a central gas, solar, or electric powered heating system provides basic comfort for a dressed user and for smaller bathroom. During a remodel these can be supplemented with a radiant floor heating system installed in the bathroom floor. Newer offering allow you to install conductive mat system bollow your flooring surface and operate them on their own controls. The mats heat up the flooring and the flooring heats up the room. Some new models can be programmed from your smartphone. Be sure to talk with your flooring and radiant system supplier to make sure the combination is workable. Not all flooring materials are ideally suited for this purpose. Some bathrooms add heat through an integrated fan/heat/light fixture that serves multiple purposes. These are often installed near the shower to avoid that pre-dry-off chill. Be sure to consult with an electrician as a new heating system, even one combined with a vent fan, could require a new dedicated circuit.