Starting a Bathroom Remodel
It's a spa getaway, a calming retreat, a small slice of serenity where you can shut out the world and exhale. We're not talking about an exotic resort, here. The bathroomthat room with a toilet, bathtub, sink and showeris an ideal space to create a happy place you can visit a few times each day without ever leaving your home.
In fact, the bathroom might be the only room in the house where you safely can lock yourself inside for a half-hour to escape the noise of life, stress of the day, and potentially the hubbub that's happening right outside that door (ahem, parents of small children).
That said, "bathroom" seems a misnomer for a space where such quality time can be spent. And beyond the master bath, there are functional family bathroomsthe full bathand convenient three-quarter bath layouts with toilet-sink-shower amenities. The tiniest space of all, the powder room, or half bathroom, can be a pint-sized showcase of your personal style. And you can really play up the drama in a guest bath.
When it comes to the bathroom, there's a whole lot going on in a relatively small space. "Bathrooms are becoming so much more than a room that takes care of a function," says Brian Johnson, principal, Collaborative Design Architects, Billings, Mt. "I compare it to how a TV room has evolved into a home theater with surround sound."
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
Despite its importance, the bathroom is still often the smallest space in a home. "But the bathroom is the second most vital and expensive part of the house," Johnson says, noting that the kitchen is the largest investment. Johnson says most of his clients spend between $175 to $225 per square foot, and the cost of remodeling goes up from there depending on the appliances, fixtures and finishes you choose. Splurging for a flat-screen television that hides behind a two-way mirror? You'll pay for the luxury, but it could make your morning rush-hour in the bath feel less harried. Coffee makers, fireplaces and furniture are also finding their way into master baths. There are seemingly no limits.
Attention to Detail
Splurging on high-end fixtures and custom finishes, like gold and crystal accents, is a beautiful way to add a touch of luxury and romance to a bathroom. Design by Peter Salerno
Room to Lounge
Bathrooms are becoming more than a place to bathe. Today's homeowners are turning their bathrooms into relaxing sanctuaries, complete with furniture, televisions, fireplaces and more. In this Moroccan-style bath designed for lounging and bathing, a custom chaise sits on an antique Oushak rug. The wall is covered in hand-cut Moroccan tiles, and the tub features a custom-designed wood canopy. Design by Chris Barrett
Behind the tub, an interior window reveals the two-person shower, which can be entered from the zero-threshold passages on each side of the tub. The space combines sleek, simple elements with upscale touches like the the patterned metallic wallpaper and bronze fixtures. Design by Oakwood Homes
Colored lights are said to be therapeutic, so manufacturers have started making showers and tubs that diffuse feel-good light into the water. Kohler's Sok tub allows you to bathe in eight colors — a full spectrum of light — for an experience that's both relaxing and invigorating. Image courtesy of Kohler
There are certainly parameters to your budget and expectations for return-on-investment. That's where this Bathroom Planning Guide comes into play.
Full bathrooms often have to accommodate multiple family members plus overnight guests, so an ultra-functional space is crucial. This bright and spacious bathroom is equipped with a bathtub, a glass-enclosed shower and dual sinks. The large vanity offers plenty of room to store toiletries, while the open shelving above the tub provides additional space for towels. Design by Gail Drury
A shower/tub combo is a great space-saving feature for a full bathroom. This bathroom's shower and tub are enclosed with a frameless glass panel, making the space feel larger. The mirrored medicine cabinets provide extra storage space, while oversized lime green glass tiles add pizzazz to the room. Design by Celia Berliner
Vibrant Kid's Bathroom
For the children's bathroom in HGTV Green Home 2010, designer Linda Woodrum used chair-rail striping to pull together a color palette of bright tango orange and hearts-of-palm green. A pedestal sink is located just outside the door, allowing other family members to wash up while the bathroom is occupied.
Classic Meets Contemporary
This hip teen bathroom takes traditional elements, such as black-and-white tile and a claw-foot tub, and brings them up to date with bright pink walls. Custom cabinetry built next to pedestal sinks hides electrical outlets and provides adequate storage and counter space. Design by Cindy Aplanalp
Classic Kid's Bath
Kid's bathrooms don't always have to feature bright colors and juvenile decor. This children's bathroom feels youthful yet timeless with beadboard wainscoting and subway tile walls in a soothing shade of gray. The cabinets, lighting and plumbing fixtures were all custom designed. Design by Alicia Friedmann
"We are finding with people's requirement for customization and ways to experience spa-like benefits in their home, they are willing to pay for those benefits if it increases the value of their home or if it contributes to their well-being," says Diana Schrage, senior designer for Kohler.
Add Interesting Yet Subtle Texture
Clean lines and an open look bring a transitional style to this bathroom. The wall is all the same color and size tiles, but the bottom third is a bevel edge tile while the rest is flat tile, adding texture to the space. Photography by Terrance Williams. Design by Lauren Jacobsen
Bathroom Shelves for Open Space
The narrow trough-like sink saves space and makes this small guesthouse bathroom appear longer and larger. The shelves below the sink also add openness and storage space. The white pebbled floor provides texture, and the light-green shower tiles add a pop of color. Photo by Young-Wolff Photography. Design by Erica Islas
Refreshing Bathroom Colors
This spa-like bathroom consists of chamomile tea-color glass tiles that create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere. The colored tiles complement the white lacquer vanity and the mirrored medicine cabinet adds luminosity to the space. Photo by Becket Logan. Design by Celia Berliner
Upscale Finishes Add Luxury
Upscale finishes make this guest bathroom luxurious. A beautifully textured custom-made concrete countertop and shower bench are combined with wenge wood cabinetry, gray porcelain tile and large glass tile to provide a simple but multilayered space. Design by Velvet Hammerschmidt
We'll help you set goals for your bathroom remodel, personalize the space to suit your needs and inspire you with designs that appeal to all tastes. With any bathroom remodel, budgeting and space planning are critical first steps: developing a financial plan and a design blueprint for the bathroom. Learn how to deal with ventilation, conserve water, organize the layout and make decisions on the vast array of fixtures. We'll walk you through the process step-by-step in this guide.
The Element of Surprise
The detailed vessel sink complements the warm red walls. The walls are embellished by a gold leaf design, adding an element of surprise in this powder room. The oversize mirror above the vanity works with the diamond-shaped mirrors on the back wall to make the space seem larger. Photo by Cynthia MacDonald. Design by Kim Smart