Bath Remodel Ideas
How to get the look of a bathroom out of magazine or the internet?
We have asked our bathroom designer to answer some of our readers’ frequently asked questions. Scroll down to read the answers and to get the look our reader asked us to recreate.
Q: So I decided to redo my bathroom. But what do I do next? Where do I start? Where do I look for an inspiration? Should I begin with demo?
A: Hold your horses. Before you begin swinging your hammer, you have some work to do.
First, decide whether you will be the one to oversee the project or you will hire a professional bathroom remodeler to do it for you.
When looking for an inspiration for a bathroom remodeling design it is a good idea to browse the internet and home decor magazines.
Clip and save the pictures that speak to you and make notes on what you like about the space, which elements of the bathroom design you think will suit your needs. They are extremely helpful; especially when working with a designer, they will help you articulate your likes and needs.
Q: Any tips on how to stick to the budget and still get everything you want?
A: Well, as a designer and a project manager, I always have to be conscious of the budget. Stretch every dollar to ensure that my client’s needs are met not only from the practical point but also visual, aesthetic perspective.
But if you’re designing your own bathroom and are prepared for a lot of work and I mean a lot, my tip would be to do your homework.
Visit a few stores to get the feel of the materials you have in your mind, bring home a few samples, compare prices, prepare a bathroom design plan.
Talk to your local bathroom contractors and get some estimates.
Be realistic and don’t forget about your budget for the bathroom remodel, invest in quality materials, and experienced contractors and be prepared for the unexpected things that may come up during the process.
Q: Ok, I’ve got my inspiration board. Got samples and estimates. What’s next?
A: A word of advice. When trying to recreate the bathroom designs seen in the pictures, whether found in the catalog or internet, keep in mind a few things.
First of all, remember that the layout and the dimensions of the space seen in the picture might be much different than what you have to deal with when designing your own space, therefore some of the elements that you particularly like about the bathroom design might now work in your space.
So be prepared to make changes and a bit of sacrifice.
Q: Our reader asked us to help her recreate the bathroom design from the picture she found online (houzz.com). I know that you have worked on it a few days ago. Can you share your ideas with the rest of us?
A: Absolutely, I was thrilled to do it for our reader. Let’s take a look at the picture sent to us by the reader.
This picture is a great example of the traditional bathroom design style. This space is simple and elegant yet practical. Instead of usual niche, the shower has a built in shampoo shelf that runs across the width of the entire back wall, which is pretty uncommon. In addition, a built-in shower bench.
I can’t say enough good things about the shower benches. They are so practical and able to serve many purposes. A shower bench like that, if built properly of course, can serve as a spot to relax, help with your day-to-day grooming as well as an additional storage. And it’s easy to maintain. Love it.
As we can see from the picture, the shower area is very monochromatic – whites and grays, a bit of black and chrome finishes. The shower walls and bench are covered with 6” x 12” white marble tiles. The tiles have been installed in a very simple brick tile pattern.
For the shower pan, the designer chose to use the white and black pinwheel porcelain tile mosaic. To add a little more oomph, the same white 6” x12” marble tile has been used to tile the ceiling. To complement the shower area, 12” x 12” white marble has been used for the main floor, in what it seems a straight pattern.
To finish it off, chrome shower fixtures, like this one from Delta. Clean and simple. As for the shower stool, this particular one is absolutely beautiful. I thought of searching for a substitute but I decided to go with the original one. It’s delicate and adds luxury and elegance.
Last but not least, the free standing towel rack. The one in this picture comes in variety of finishes like matte nickel, chrome, brass, etc. and it ranges from $1905 to $3000, so I’ve decided to go with a cheaper version from Pottery Barn. It’s just as beautiful but much cheaper.
Below I have prepared a list with pictures to illustrate needed materials. In my list I did not include the frame-less shower door as these are completely custom made and should be made to fit your bathroom.
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Disclaimer: The photo and/or work of the original design has not been designed or installed by our company. Please note that the materials listed by our designer may or may have not been used in the actual bathroom. The list has been composed for informational purposes.