If you have decided to remodel your bathroom, you will want to determine a floor plan before you start construction. A floor plan will confirm that your vision is realistic and that the design you have chosen works in the space that you have. With a little planning, you will be able to create the bathroom of your dreams within the constraints of the room. Here are our tips on how to choose a great bathroom layout.
Tip #1: Understand the codes.
This may be surprising, but you are not the only person that has a say in your bathroom remodel. Codes put in place by your city and state can restrict exactly where your shower, bathtub, toilet, and sink go. Save yourself the hassle and consult with an official in your city’s building department before finalizing your bathroom layout. This is especially important if you plan on doing any work that will require you to change the current plumbing.
Aside from where water will run, fixtures are also required to be specific distances from each other, and floor space must follow regulation. Drawing up plans with specific dimensions is very important in the preliminary stages of construction so that your bathroom design can be executed.
Tip #2: Ask yourself, “What do you value more—space or a centerpiece?”
Bathroom vanities often serve as the centerpiece of a bathroom, because of their impressive size and complementing mirror. This piece of furniture is usually the focus of the room, and for many homeowners that is just the way they want it.
If you share a bathroom, double bathroom vanities may be more appealing because of the second sink and extra cabinet space. But if you value extra walking room (or maybe a spa bathtub) more, you should consider bathroom vanities with just one sink. What type of vanity you choose will have a huge impact on your bathroom layout.
Tip #3: Don’t forget about lighting.
Determine the best places to install lighting to optimize your bathroom. Your current lighting may not work if, for example, you are planning to put a shower where a bathtub used to be. Lighting can also be used to create the illusion of more space in a room. Don’t forget to decide on lighting placement before completing your bathroom floor plan.
Tip #4: Consider style.
Since you are taking the plunge to remodel your bathroom, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to improve the overall look of your house. Choose a bathroom style that also correlates with the theme of your home. What type of cabinets and hardware are used throughout the house? What colors are predominantly used? Take the design elements from the rest of your home into consideration when choosing your bathroom layout.
Think you’re ready to give your bathroom layout a go? Contact us about our free bathroom design service. We are happy to help you create the bathroom of your dreams and point you in the direction of the bathroom vanities and accessories that will best suit your layout.