Assessing Needs for a Bath Remodel
This tub has an in-line heater and sits in a river-rock-filled, drained fiberglass pan. A wood-textured porcelain tile floor follows the gentle curve of the tub and rock path.
We need more space. That’s one thing most everyone can agree on when evaluating their current bathroom. And if the home is older, there likely is very little elbow room in the ‘ole water closet. “The typical shower in the typical house built 20 years ago was probably a 3x3 foot or 3x3.5 foot size, and it’s just not large enough,” says Ken Perrin, president, Artistic Renovations, Cleveland, Ohio.
Another point most people identify as a key driver for remodeling the bathroom is the desire to update. The old bathroom looks—well, old. “Ninety percent of the time the bathroom is outdated,” says Brian Johnson, principal, Collaborative Design Architects, Billings, Mt., referring to his clients’ impetus for remodeling. “The fixtures are outdated. The tub is too small. They say, ‘We’ve put up with this for 15 years.’” Chances are, how you are using that bathroom now and the way you’d like to use it after the remodeling is done are different. Sure, the basic activities will still take place there, but there’s probably something missing in the current design or layout that is bugging you.
A Touch of Romance in the Bathroom
This sumptuous bathroom has a center panel tub, onyx inlays, carved moldings, a fireplace and delicately embroidered drapes. The tub is centered in the French door entry and has a view to the Juliet balcony. The added accessories, such as the perfume bottles, flowers and tufted bench, give the space a romantic feel. Design by Lori Morris
Simple Yet Luxurious Style
With a sliding glass window that opens to a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean, this infinity tub is the perfect place to relax. The spa-like space combines slate-stacked stone with teakwood and other, darker woods for a minimal yet luxurious look, designed by Nicole Sassaman.
Simple Elegance in the Bathroom
This bathroom has a simply elegant style enhanced by soft lighting, candles and other romantic touches. The dark-stained vanity, mirror and tub deck complement the light-colored walls, and the subdued color palette enriches the relaxing vibe in the space. Design by Lisa LaPorta
It’s All Black in the Bathroom
This space is found in an all-black loft in New York. There are only curtains to close off the bathroom area, so it’s less of a functional space and more an extension of the homeowners’ art gallery, adorned with pink and yellow neon signs and a Gucci bicycle. Design by Stefan Boublil
This space is a Moroccan paradise, designed for lounging and bathing by California-based Chris Barrett. Formerly a bedroom, this room was transformed into a relaxing escape. Every tile on the wall was hand-cut in Morocco and the plaster ceiling was designed to incorporate Moorish symbols into the architecture of the room. There is also a custom-designed, wooden canopy over the extravagant bathtub.
This bathing beauty is a traditional space with a large central antique bath and sinks. The light yellow walls are paired with the clean white fixtures to create a relaxing country escape, while touches of gold and an ornate wall mirror add a bit of luxury. Design by John Barman
A Touch of Tuscany Style
This extravagant bathroom gets a Tuscan feel from earth-toned elements, such as the warm yellow walls and dark-stained cabinetry. The bronze free-standing tub is the focus of the room, below an ornate chandelier and an embellished ceiling. Photo by Gene Northup of Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty. Design by Thom Oppelt in Texas
Unlike a kitchen remodel, where you have one room to focus all your design efforts, your bathroom renovation depends on which bathroom you are remodeling. The space layout and appliances/fixtures you choose for a master bath will be very different from what you want for a powder room.
As you start planning your project, identify the bathroom you want to remodel and take some time to consider your lifestyle and how the bathroom fits into the picture. Consider how you’re using it now and what you want this remodel to accomplish. The Day in the Life of Your Bathroom Questionnaire will help you assess the activities that take place in your bathroom and how the room is stacking up to your needs.
After completing the Day in the Life of Your Bathroom Questionnaire, consider what bathroom features you need and want, your priorities and the life expectancy for the bathroom. Will you grow old in the home, or is this an update to freshen up the space? Think about what you want the bathroom remodel to accomplish and fill out the Bathroom Goals Worksheet. You’ll use these exercises to create a roadmap to a successful bathroom renovation.
Once you get a better idea of your remodeling plan, explore bathroom designs that suit your needs and lifestyle. Whether you’re remodeling a master bath into a spa retreat or punching up a powder room to impress guests, find inspiration in these common bathroom types: