Here is a Part 1 of a step-by-step guide to planning the design of your bathroom remodel.
2. CabinetsThink about function. Do you need a bathtub? Do you have the space to have a separate tub and shower? Many people now are moving away from tubs in favor of walk-in showers. If you are not a soaker, and already have a bathtub in the house, consider the ease of use, especially in older age, of a walk in shower. Do you need two sinks, or will one suffice? Do you need storage for linens, towels, and products? How much?
The bathroom vanity is the most dominant piece in the room, so it's best to let this piece set the tone for the design. Do you want a painted or stained vanity cabinet? Custom or off the shelf? In the kids' bath here in our little blue cottage, we started with the Pottery Barn Classic Double Console in white.
We then added a custom laundry chute cabinet with extra storage for towels above, designed to match the vanity.
The chute drops down to a hamper in the laundry room directly underneath this bathroom.
Countertops and flooring are of equal importance in a bathroom remodel, but since you have far more options in flooring, it's best to select the counters next. The Pottery Barn vanity above came with a Carrara marble top, which made this selection easy. If you went with a custom cabinet, you'll need to pick a stone. A lot of people think stone is only shiny granite, but there are tons of options out there, from marble to soapstone to travertine. If you go with granite, try a honed finish for a softer, more matte look. For a great bargain, shop for stone remnants from your local supplier or fabricator. Often, they have pieces left over from larger projects that you can get for a steal. Always take a small sample, you'll need it to take it with you when you're shopping for tile.Coming up next -- selecting bathroom tile, sinks, shower fixtures, and accessories.