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There are many different ideas you can work with when designing or remodeling your bathroom.  The style of your home should be taken into consideration when in the design phase.  Bathroom styles and fixtures may be traditional, country, modern, or even Victorian, southwestern, or eclectic — to name a few popular styles!  To gather ideas, study books and magazines, visit home shows, and talk to others who have renovated their bathrooms.

When beginning your project, some questions should be addressed.  Are you simply remodeling your existing space, or are you increasing the square footage of your home?  Are you doing a simple update, or are you totally revamping the room?  Consider the renovation costs and whether they will be offset by an increase in your home's resale value.

retro style bathroom Determining your budget is a top priority.  Do your research to establish a realistic idea of what your bathroom project is going to cost.  Home equity loans can often be obtained for extensive construction jobs.  Remember, the money is staying with your home because its value will typically increase with upgrades.  It is crucial to have a plan to keep your project within budgetary limits.  Once you have established a budget and some basic style preferences, you can begin searching for qualified bathroom design professionals.

luxury bathroom You will need an architect if your project involves an addition or extensive remodeling of existing space.  Certified Bathroom Designers (CBDs) are trained in every aspect of bathroom design — from layouts, materials, and fixtures to plumbing and wiring.  Interior designers strive to create functional and aesthetically attractive interior spaces.  They may develop floor plans and 3d renderings, plan bathroom lighting fixtures, suggest color schemes, and assist in selecting bathroom fixtures, materials, and bath accessories.  General contractors typically use the plans drawn up by these design professionals.  They will acquire necessary permits, install cabinetry, and oversee the work of plumbers, electricians, and other building trades professionals.  Some of these contractors specialize in bathroom construction and remodeling.

bathroom designed for kids If you are a do-it-yourself type, you may decide to design and build the bathroom project yourself.  In this case, you will also need to find sources for your building materials, fixtures, and accessory items.

Fixture choices such as faucets, spigots, sinks, and tubs set the style of your bathroom, along with the wall treatments and flooring.  They are produced in a variety of shapes, materials and finishes, so you should be able to find something that fits your preferred look.  You may choose to put in a double sink, a whirlpool tub with a separate shower, or a clawfoot tub.  You also have many options for finishing the floor and walls of your bathroom.  If you opt for a wood floor or painted walls, make sure they are moisture-sealed.

bathroom design Tiles come in many different colors, shapes, and sizes; and they need not always be made of porcelain.  The best bathroom tiles should be easily cleaned and sanitized, and install without caustic glues or cements.  They should also be durable, aesthetically pleasing, and have a non-porous surface.

Remember, your bathroom should express your creativity and style.  With the proper research, time, and effort, you will be able to create a spot in your home that will be enjoyed every day!

For further bathroom design and remodeling advice, Taunton publishes a book, entitled Renovating A Bathroom.

Bathroom Design and Remodeling Resources

  • National Kitchen & Bath Assn
    National Kitchen and Bath Association is your source for bathroom and kitchen design ideas, expert remodeling tips, and advice.
  • HGTV Bathrooms
    Find bathroom ideas, styles, and trends from HGTV designers.
  • Zillow Bathroom Photo Gallery
    Browse and vote on Zillow's bathroom remodeling and decorating photos.

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