Remodeling Your Bathroom - Part 2 

February 25, 2018

Toilets in Full View of the Door

Don’t place a toilet facing the bathroom door. (If the lock doesn’t catch, no one wants to accidentally catch you sitting on the throne, nor do they want to see the toilet directly when they walk into the bathroom.)
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Sometimes screens made of etched glass, wood or translucent acrylic can shield the view of our most private and personal tasks.
Even in a small bathroom, you can seat the toilet perpendicular to the doorway behind a vanity.  Ideally the toilet should should have at least 36” in width and at least 24” of space in front of it, but check building codes for other requirements.

Materials Selection

Consider selecting materials like natural and manmade stone, glass, glass block, concrete, porcelain, or terrazzo for surfaces where you will walk.  Avoid shiny surfaces, which are slippery when wet.  You can of course, select shiny surfaces such as granite, quartz, various tiles on countertops and backsplashes.  The place to make a statement design-wise is in your countertops, tile backsplash and shower stall.  I’ve seen some high-end homes with 4 x 4 white tile in the bathroom: boring! I've also seen some high-end homes with a backsplash that has little or nothing to do with the rest of the room, which is equally as undesirable. Carefully plan this out once you’ve decided upon the tiles you like.  Put them together in a drawing on graph paper if you don’t have a program on your computer, so it’ll look good from a distance, and then lay it out when you're ready to tile to make certain it will look balanced.
Credit: House Beautiful

Let There Be Light!

It used to be that you had one light fixture in the bathroom- either one in the center of the ceiling or above the mirror at the vanity.  Today, you really want to bring different levels of light to various areas of the bath.  A ceiling fixture is fine for ambient light, but please don’t stop there.  The light above the mirror at the vanity can cast some shadows on your face, so that lighting has moved down to the level of your face: sconces are the best option for this on both sides of a mirror. The shower should also have a light dedicated to your regular task of washing.  Using LED lights is the way to go- the initial cost, though coming down is still an investment, but think of it as (almost) never having to change a light bulb again with about 40,000 hours of endurance, depending on the bulb. (There's 8760 hours in a year.)  Remember to get ones that you can dim so that levels of light can be adjusted, and get a CRI higher than 90 which will warm up their cool (as opposed to warm) color rendering.


Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

It was common (even ten years ago) to glue one giant unframed mirror to the wall.  Our suggestion: don’t.  
photo credit: Mirrors abound via photopin (license)
One beautifully framed mirror that reflects the design style of the rest of the room above each sink/vanity that starts below the heart and ends slightly above the head works well, and looks a lot better.

In conclusion

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