There are several ways to plan for a successful bathroom remodeling. An old favorite way to draw up bathroom floor plans was to make cut-outs of brown paper or newspaper exactly the size of the fixtures you plan to use in the bath remodel. Then arrange the cut-outs on the floor of the space you will remodel for the bathroom. Another way is to draw a bathroom floor plan to scale on graph paper. Let ½ inch equal 1 foot of the available bathroom design space. Make cut-outs of fixtures drawn to the same scale. Draw lines in this bathroom plan to show the location of windows and doors.
Don’t worry if the finished bath design appears small; remember that the latest bathroom tiles design can make a room appear larger. Then arrange the cut-outs on the floor plan. Be sure to allow for enough space between bathroom fixtures to clean easily. Plan the plumbing so pipes can be put into walls and under the floor where they are hidden from sight. If vertical pipes cannot be placed in the walls, box them in. Plumbing fixtures are heavy; make sure the floor joists are large enough to hold the fixtures. In an old house remodeling, have an experienced builder check the floors before beginning the bath remodeling. They may need more or larger joists.
Victorian sinks should have an organic shape, so try to avoid square or rectangular items. Make sure that the legs of the sink also have an organic shape rather than square peg-legs.
Choose a faucet with a long and elaborate organic shape, or choose a faucet that is subtle and unobtrusive. You’ll have so much elaborate décor that you can probably get by with a more basic faucet.
Tip #1: Have a Definite Plan
With some home remodeling projects, you can make decisions as you go along. A bathroom remodel does not provide you with that same luxury. You should always have a definitive plan written down before starting and should try to stick with it as much as possible. Your plan should cover the following:
- An estimated time-frame for the project
- If you want to put in new appliances, have models picked out and written down
- A final layout for the finished bathroom
- A definite understanding of how many contractors you’re going to need to hire
Tip #2: Do things Right the First Time
You should never attempt bathroom remodeling work yourself unless you are 100% positive that you can do it properly. This means that you should never try bathroom remodeling work that you have never done yourself or have no training in because any mistake you make during a bathroom remodel could potentially send the total price of the project soaring. Most people hire contractors to handle the following:
- Specialty grout and tile work for walls, floors, or shower surrounds
- Anything related to plumbing
- Installing any electronic fixtures or new electrical outlets
- Laying new baseboards or reconstructing walls
- Any miscellaneous demolition work that is required
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Many times it is quite frustrating to wait for the person, who will fix the tiles on your bathroom floor, but there is a way out available for you, you can tile your bathroom floor with your own efforts. For this purpose you will require some of the tools and the materials like sponge, adjustable wrench, screwdriver, damp rag, pry bar, putty knife, large piece of cardboard for template, tape measure, chalk, hot glue gun, large bucket, paddle mixer, electric drill, water cooled tile saw, ¼” notched trowel, card stock paper, pencil, template gauge, tile nipper, compass, foam rubber tile float and the materials like strips of wood for guidelines, hot glue sticks, thin-set mortar, tile spacers, grout and grout sealer. When you are ready with above tools you can proceed further.
If you proceed with planning then you will be able to finish the work rapidly and with a professional touch. For tiling your bathroom you need to proceed with a definite plan and your first step would be removing the toilet. For this you can begin by shutting off the water supply at the shut off valve and by flushing the toilet to empty it from the water contents. Now with the help of an adjustable wrench, disconnect the water supply from the toilet tank. Next you should remove the nuts holding the toilet to the flange on the floor and lift off the bowl from the floor and carefully remove the toilet from the bathroom. It is advisable to fill a wet piece of rag in the flange opening to prevent sewer gas from escaping. Now you should remove the old vinyl flooring if any before proceeding further, if there is no previous flooring then you may proceed to the next step. Read more »
Bathroom Design Gallery
, Layouts, Projects, Plans, Tips & Ideas . As these impressive images via DPS illustrate, bathrooms both large and small can be beautiful places – but these photos also show that there is a big difference between a well-composed and colorful scene and a livable real-life space design. Following up on a stunning collection of bathroom designs
, here is a look at how photographic representation can enhance but also skew the way we look at one of the most conventional and banal interior spaces. (Images via pixelicus, and LWR and Fabio Pinheiro) Read more »