Designing to YOUR dream bathroom – This has more to do with design than anything else, but it is the foundation on which the rest of your decisions will depend. To help yourself through this process, go through the following mental exercise. Close your eyes. Picture your dream house: the lawn, the fence, the windows, the door. In your mind’s eye, walk through the door, up the stairs, through the master bedroom and into your perfect bathroom. Now this is your dream house. Your idea of a perfect bathroom is completely up to you. For you, a great bathroom may be simple; a bathroom with gleaming, all-white surfaces and brass for all the fixtures
Tight Fit to Open and Bright – Before. The bathroom’s pipes had sprung a leak, and the homeowners used the incident as an opportunity to remodel the space. While they were remodeling, they borrowed some square footage from an adjacent closet to make the bathroom bigger. After. Now an antique pocket door opens up to a bigger bathroom with a herringbone-tiled floor and a vaulted ceiling. Designer and homeowner Eileen Deschapelles kept the bathroom’s basic layout mostly the same, but by raising the ceiling, she could install a larger, glass-walled shower and a skylight, making the bathroom brighter and more welcoming.
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Sad to Happy – Before. An unfinished bathroom in the basement rarely got used, as it only had a working sink and this towel bar. After. A finished bathroom, complete with a shower, makes use of a once-forgotten part of the family’s home. Interior designer Melissa Cooley and project developer TJ Monahan of Case Design/Remodeling took cues from the rest of the family’s home and gave them a streamlined bathroom with a yellow accent. To make the small space feel more open, the design team installed a floating vanity.
Be American – Make your bathroom bigger.If you’re feeling patriotic, and have the space to spare, you can extend the area of your toilet and bath. It’s as American as apple pie. If you only have a shower stall, you can tear down a non-load-bearing wall and give yourself a proper bathtub. If you already have a bathtub, punch out some closet space from the next room, and give yourself a whirlpool tub. Whatever size bathroom you’ve got, there are always options for going bigger.