Beginner’s Guide to Designing Your Bathroom
Make an appointment to visit a bathroom showroom.
Order catalogues, magazines, brochures and browse the thousands of pictures available online.
Check out bathroom displays to see various styles of installed fixtures.
Go to open houses in your area to look at their bathrooms (chances are they remodeled one or two trying to sell the house).
Stop by your local three to five star restaurant and/or hotel and see if you find inspiration in what they have done.
Decide on a theme of your bathroom. Are you looking for a timeless traditional look that will last you for years to come? Antique bathroom inspired by royal families? Or an ultra modern, one of a kind bathroom? Still not sure? (Don’t worry I’ll explore different styles in future blogs)
Take a look at your bathroom. What are you keeping? What has to go? Make a list of items that you will not part with and try to incorporate them into your design.
MAKE A PLAN! Everything from start to finish.
Remember: A full bathroom would consist of: 1) a sink 2) a toilet 3) a shower 4) a bath tub. Often the shower and bath tub are combined, but sometimes there is a separate tub and separate shower.
A 3/4 Bathroom consists of sink, toilet and stand up shower with no bath tub.
A 1/2 Bathroom consists of a sink and toilet.
1/4 bath just has a sink.
So your list should include at least the minimums that need to go into the room, but it would be good to have all the accessories together as well. Soap dispencer? Towel Rack? Robe hook? Make sure you have all the elements in order before starting. It could be very difficult to find a towel rack in polished chrome!
Make all your purchases way in advance. Do not even think about hiring a contractor until you have all your items in your house. You do not know what can happen between the time you order the item and the time it is safely in your house. Delays in manufacturing, breaking in transit, or simply the wrong thing shipped could delay your project and cost you a lot of money if you already booked a contractor.
Don’t forget: It could take a long time (at least a week) for your bathroom to be completely redone once you have all the items in order. Have a plan B for using a restroom while it is under construction (maybe remodeling ALL the bathrooms at once may not be such a great idea, unless you don’t yet live in the house).
Most of all, make it yours, unique, original, something that screams your personality and your taste, simply because you are the one who has to look at it every day. Good Luck and Have Fun!
Written by Kate Yuh