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Designing Your Bathroom so it Shines

Designing Your Bathroom so it Shines By Cameron Heffernan
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

A bathroom remodeling job can be one of the most difficult tasks any homeowner can face. That's because it is hard to design and reconfigure such a small space into a functional and attractive layout, and to do it quickly enough that you don't mind going without the use of that bathroom for too long of a time.

Add Value to Your Home with an Attractive Bathroom Design

But, just like any home remodeling chore, a new bathroom design can not only make for a more enjoyable use by you and your family, it can also add significantly to the resale value of your home.

Things to Consider Before Remodeling Your Bathroom

Here are some tips to consider for your bathroom remodeling project:
  • Borrow (or take) space from a room that is adjacent to your bathroom. This may allow you to expand the size of your bathroom considerably.
  • Before you start your bathroom design, draw a floor plan to see where you can gain extra space. Chances are that a building plan may be required by inspection officials and/or contractors anyway.
  • Consider a bathroom remodeling job that allows you to create a split bathroom, one in which the toilet and shower/tub are in separate rooms.
  • Choose a bathroom design that will be universally appealing, particularly if you plan on re-selling your house in the near future.
  • Plan for universal access. A bathroom that can be used by the elderly and young children alike will have more value. So your bathroom remodeling should include elements like non-skid surfaces, rounded countertops and tub edges, and grab bars in the tub.
  • And, as always, try to find a recommended contractor with specific bathroom design experience and know-how.

Questions To Ask Building Officials

When you visit your local building department ask the inspector these questions:
  • Does the work require a permit?
  • What type of plans need to be submitted?
  • Am I allowed to do all the work?
  • What part must be done by a licensed plumber or electrician?
  • When must the work be inspected?

About the Author
Cameron Heffernan is a writer, editor, and journalist, who has worked for publications such as PC World and a variety of freelance Internet sites. Cam is currently Communications Manager at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2000, he was a founding employee of a company that developed project management software. That firm was later acquired by a technology firm near Sacramento. He has expertise in web content authoring, management of development and maintenance of web sites, and product and service reviews. Cam has a BA in Journalism from Syracuse University's Newhouse School.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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