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The Ultimate Guide to Bathroom Design

The Ultimate Guide to Bathroom Design

Bathrooms are one of the most popular remodeling projects. Typically one of the smallest but frequently used spaces in a home, bathrooms should both function well and reflect your personal style.

Whether you are completely renovating your spacious master bath or refreshing a guest powder room, our free, handy guide will walk you through the remodeling process from start to finish.

ultimate guide to bathroom designStep-By-Step Guide to Designing Your Dream Bathroom

Step 1: Assess Your Existing Space and Lifestyle

Take a good look at your current bathroom (materials and layout) and ask yourself some questions.

  • What kind of bathroom is it?

Bathrooms are categorized into different types based on their size and function.
(Click bath names to browse example photos.)

  1. Master Bath
    A master bath is intended as a private, relaxing space adjoining the master bedroom and may feature a number of luxurious amenities: double vanities with sinks and mirror, semiprivate toilet, sauna or steam shower, soaking or whirlpool tub, storage for linens, etc.
  2. Full Bathroom
    A full bath often accommodates the entire family and features a sink, toilet, and a bathtub/shower.
  3. Three-Quarter Bathroom
    A three-quarter bathroom is usually small and includes a toilet, sink, and shower, but never a full bathtub.
  4. Powder Room
    A powder room (aka half bath) is a small bath, typically for guests, that has a toilet and sink but no bathtub or shower.
  5. Jack and Jill Bathroom
    A Jack and Jill bath is shared between two bedrooms, with doors entering from each room.
  • What do you like/dislike about the existing bathroom?
  • What is working/not working based on the way you use the space?

Step 2: Think About Future Needs

Beyond easy to change decor items (paint, shower curtain, bath mats, towels, and other accessories) the layout and materials of a bathroom should last for many years. The bathroom design should grow with you and adapt to your needs as you grow older. Consider these design features:

  • Ample entryway clearance
  • Curbless shower
  • Grab bars
  • Slip-resistant floor
  • Hand-held shower
  • Shower seat
  • Tall toilets
  • Wall-mounted sinks

Step 3: Find Inspiration

Inspiration can be found everywhere. Browse Houzz, website portfolios, magazines, showrooms, home shows, even your friends’ and family's homes to find layouts and products that excite you.

Gather this information on an electronic device or make a vision board. Your favorite images will help the pros offer suggestions for real life solutions that will fit your needs and budget.

A quick word of caution: Reality home improvement shows are fun to watch and a great source of inspiration, but be careful not to buy into the magic of television. Watch reality remodeling shows for fun, not facts.

Step 4: Create a Budget

Here are two serious questions:

  1. What will your new bathroom cost?
  2. What can you honestly afford to spend on your bathroom remodel?

Ultimately, you decide by the scope of your project and the products you select. Be sure to set aside an amount for unexpected costs; you never know what may be behind walls or under floors.

A professional design-build firm will keep your priorities in the forefront and get the most value for your budget.

Step 5: Choose the Best Materials

Choose materials that are easy to maintain, can handle daily wear and tear, reflect your personal style, and are within your budget.

Get a firsthand look at various materials by visiting showrooms and talking with experts. When comparison shopping, be sure to compare the same products, not just similar ones. The same models may vary in price by finish.

Lastly, be certain before you order. Changing your mind after materials are ordered, or worse installed, is a costly mistake that will bust your budget.

Here are some of the elements that go into a new bathroom design.
(Click to read more about the features.)

ultimate design guideStep 6: Hire the Right Professionals

If you want to make the most of your budget and available space, meet with a design-build firm. A professional designer will ask important questions to get a better understanding of your needs and share their expertise.

It’s true that remodeling takes time and money, but it doesn’t need to be a struggle. Hire someone you can trust to manage the project and keep you focused on the end goal. A professional will treat your project as if it is their own and work hard to make you happy.

In conclusion, when it comes to getting your dream bath, making and sticking with a plan will save you time, money, and stress. Follow our guide's steps so you can stay focused on your goals and reap the benefits of your beautiful new bathroom. You can do this and we’re here to help!

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