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renovating my bathroom, help and ideas??

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone,

 

over the next few weeks i will be starting my bathroom renovation and thought it would be a good idea to ask you all what your bathrooms are like at home or what you all think are good ideas in bathrooms. Any help would be much appreciated even photos of your own bathrooms so i can start to collect lots of ideas together.

post #2 of 15
I just renovated mine. Avoid bowl sinks, as they're a bit dated at this point. Also, don't get a pedestal sink. They're likewise dates and you'll forego undercounter storage.

I selected granite for the countertop, but chose a remnant from the stone yard. Being a remnant, it was much less expensive. I did do caesarstone in the kitchen, however, and absolutely adore it. Great material and very modern.

Just thought I'd throw in my .02.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

well thanks for your .02. because any help is welcome, I really want to make this room something i'll be happy in and be able to relax at the same time. i'm thinking about dark colours too. if not a bowl what would you suggest? and do you have any pics of your fresh new bathroom? think im going to go for a minimilistic walk in shower but not sure about which one. been looking at these at the min, what do you guys think?

walk in shower  

 

 

Haven't picked one out specifically but i like a few of them let me know wat you all think, and if anyone else has any ideas let me know!

 

thanks :)

 

 


Edited by leo1981 - 2/14/12 at 5:01am
post #4 of 15
If you live in a colder weather climate I highly recommend a steam shower and radiant heating.
post #5 of 15

Great to know that bud! I know it's kind of exciting to do some makeover in the house like that. My advice to you is use light colors in your wall to have a cooler look and feel in your bathroom. Just like in any other rooms in your house, lighter colors make the room wider and fresh. For the floor tiles, I suggest that you use rougher surface to avoid or minimize accidents such as falls and slides.

post #6 of 15
My grandmother's house was somehow "marked" so the hobos coming though town knew they could go there and get a meal.

Sort of like this thread.
post #7 of 15
I've just redone a home including putting in several new bathrooms. Here are a few things I learned:

- In the master, I'd want 2 sinks. I already feel more relaxed and refreshed going from a shared-sink setup to having my own. My wife's snarl of junk isn't in my way and my own things are neatly organized. By default, the extra counter space created by this setup is also nice. I also wouldn't trade the world for all the storage space we now have in our vanity. Pedestals and open shelving arrangements look really nice, but demand a level of organization that I don't want to undertake. I love it that I have a full trash can under my sink, plus drawers for my medicines, hair product, toothpaste, d/o, etc etc etc. I have acres of storage that I can keep well-organized without having to be anal about it.

- I've only lived with this sort of arrangement for a short time, but already I'm a convert that a shower/bath combo in a master suite just doesn't set the right tone and is a compromise that works for nobody. If you have room for a nice soaking tub and a standup shower, do it. If not, ditch the tub. We put in a nice shower, no room for a tub, and I don't miss it in the least. We do have a child, but we also have other bathrooms to give her a bath in. The master is our space. Not having a tub means nothing to step over, a nice presentation, and plenty of room to do some unconventional things. We put in a bench seat, which at first I thought was going to be sort of for show, but I use the bench every day to sit on and clean my feet. It's really nice.

- Rain showers and body sprays are overrated. I got a rain head, two body sprays, plus a hand wand thing with variable spray heads (it's one of those Kohler Flipside things), mounted on a bar, that puts out a more conventional spray. I use the Flipside 90% of the time. The rain shower and sprays are really for show. They do look nice though.

- If you do like I did and sort of design your own shower or certain elements, make sure you think things all the way through. I made one big mistake - you can't turn the shower on easily without being in the spray, so the initial cold water hits you. It's not terrible with the hand shower since I can turn it on the bar so it sort of faces the wall, but turning the rain head on you have to try to stand way off in the corner but the handle is still more or less right underneath. Imaging actually doing the things you need to do in there before settling on a design.

- Gets back to the vanity point, but be really sure to think carefully about storage. You end up with a lot of stuff in a bathroom - I buy my soaps and deodorant and toothpaste etc. at club stores, and you end up with huge quantities of these things you have to put somewhere. Not to mention towels, which are space hogs.

- Finishes etc. are very personal so just get what you like. We got marble basically everywhere - it has trade-offs (it does seem to scratch easily) but I really like the way it looks and an imperfection here or there does not bother me.

- Lav sinks (which someone said are dated, I'm not entirely so sure) are interesting but limited functionally. We did put one in a downstairs bathroom for show but I would not want it in my master where I'm washing my face, brushing teeth, etc. You have to clean around the base and they splash water everywhere. Undermount is great.

- F*ck low-flow toilets. Not sure what to tell you there - I think they're mandated most places these days. You can get the power-assist ones but they're pricey. I have the standard low-flows and I just make sure to flush often and have a plunger in every bathroom.

- Last thing I'd say - this was maybe slightly unconventional but we ditched medicine cabinets in favor of a mirror that covered more or less the full wall behind the vanity, and I really like it. Opens up the space and creates a nice uniform look. We did picture-frame it so it looks nice, too.

- This should be self-evident but if you're doing the work yourself do not fuck around with water. Buy the right backing boards, be anal about sealing things correctly and installing plumbing the right way. If you have questions, it might be best to bring in a pro. You can screw up the rest of your house and cause a ton of damage with just a little mistake.

Good luck, have fun.
post #8 of 15
We also used undermount sinks, rectangular ones. Don't cheap out on the hardware. Home Depot stuff is fine for what it is, but it will never be luxurious. THis is a once every few decades purchase, so it's worth it to spend a little more. We have both a large soaking tub and stand-alone shower. The kids use the bathtub almost exclusively.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Dakota rube View Post

My grandmother's house was somehow "marked" so the hobos coming though town knew they could go there and get a meal.
Sort of like this thread.

So did you get your meal here?
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 

hey everyone thanks for all your reply's. got a few bits over the weekend decided to go with dark tiles on the floor and far wall then white on the remaining three walls. the rooms just a shell at the min so i can just throw it all in there until its ready to fit. also got a mirror almost the full length of the room that will sit flush with the tiles in the wall. ordered the walk in shower but still waiting for that should be here friday. i'm lucky too my dads going to be fitting it all and im just going to be helping out with the little i can do and general labour lol

post #11 of 15
Tubs seem pretty useless, I'd rather go for more storage and a larger shower. the one night a year you spend relaxing in the tub can be replaced by a hotel stay. I'm actually commissioned to build a credenza for a bathroom where the tub is being nixed.
post #12 of 15
If you have kids, you need tubs.

If you don't have kids, while I agree a tub is not as useful, you always have to have re-sale value in mind. A house with 3 tubless bathrooms is not going to move. And some buyers still like a tub in the master because that's often the roomiest bathroom and the one where it's easiest to give a bath.

Anyways, it's always a balance is my point; I just wouldn't be overly dismissive of them. As I indicated in my post, in my own bathroom I went without a tub in the master.
post #13 of 15
Right, I was thinking master bath, but still you make many excellent points
post #14 of 15
agree on the two sinks, but suggest not next to each other if room allows.
Re soaking or whirlpool tubs, a Realtor friend jokes "everybody expects them, nobody uses them"
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by leo1981 View Post

well thanks for your .02. because any help is welcome, I really want to make this room something i'll be happy in and be able to relax at the same time. i'm thinking about dark colours too. if not a bowl what would you suggest?

Dark colour sink in the bathroom, where you use toothpaste and shaving cream everyday, I can see hours spend cleaning it in your future.

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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

Tubs seem pretty useless, I'd rather go for more storage and a larger shower.

I have a tub and I only use it for cleaning the dog, if/when I buy a house, I will build a dog shower in the utility room and have a nice shower in the bathroom.
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