Design & Planning Bathroom | Designs by You

Before-and-After | Amy N.

Amy Before
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My Remodeling Goal

Functionality was the name of the remodeling game with this dated fullbath. Besides needing a LONG overdue makeover itself, the washer and dryer were located in the basement of this home and my main priority was getting them upstairs into a bath/wash room. I also wanted a built-in ironing board for loads of convenience! (Everyone should have one!) I didn't want to compromise the spacious feel in this room, so we decided to go with a smaller sized vanity. It turned out even better than I had imagined!

Amy After
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Tips and Advice from My Remodeling Experience

Start by searching through pictures...decide what type of overall design you're trying to achieve. The time spent is worth not having any regrets later on! Make sure to hire a reliable plumber and have a list ready for him to take home, so there's nothing left out on his estimate. If you're thinking of changing a bath into a bath/wash room, make sure you widen your doorway to accommodate the size of your washer/dryer...VERY important!

Before-and-After | Andrew W.

Andrew Before
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My Remodeling Goal

Our goal for the bathroom was to restore it to its former glory while paying close attention to the style, colors and materials that would have been available in the late 1930's and early 1940's . My wife and I bought our first house in 2005, when we moved to Tacoma, Washington. We really wanted to buy and restore and old home. The house we choose was a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom cottage house built in 1940. The house like most old homes had been a victim of numerous badly executed remodels. We renovated the bathroom in the fall of 2006, and it took about a month to complete.

Andrew After
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Tips and Advice from My Remodeling Experience

The first thing I would recommend is to have a plan of attack, especially in a home with 1 bathroom, it was very important to be done with everything in the quickest amount of time. First thing you need to do is figure out what you want your space to look like, and what fixtures and appliances you want, and to start estimating the total cost of materials. The second thing is to start contacting your tradesman 4 to 6 months prior to starting, the reason I am saying this because many of them are very busy (such as tile layers) and you need to get on there schedule as soon as possible.

Before-and-After | Christopher L.

Christopher Before
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My Remodeling Goal

We renovated our 1972 bath/dressing area to update flooring, fixtures and cabinets, open up the space, increase storage and improve lighting while keeping costs low by performing most of the work ourselves. Beginning with a detailed plan and a budget, we accumulated major items on sale such as tile, cabinets and lighting. In order to stay within the existing footprint, we built a large marble shower instead of a tub with a separate shower. To create an open feeling, we installed pedestal sinks and reworked the closets using wire shelving and French doors to maximize storage and light.

Christopher After
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Tips and Advice from My Remodeling Experience

The biggest rule in performing a successful remodeling project is to plan ahead and then plan again. Design details matter when determining materials, maximizing cost and eliminating many problems during construction. Thinking outside the box will put some originality into the finished renovation. Buying major items when on sale can reduce costs and allow for flexibility in the design. Know your limitations and use professionals when needed. Use the existing room footprint if possible and limit moving major fixtures such as toilets. Be flexible, patient and exact. Think things out.

Before-and-After | Dina F.

Dina Before
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My Remodeling Goal

To take our basic builder bathroom and turn it into a spacious, efficient and beautiful space.

Dina After
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Tips and Advice from My Remodeling Experience

Research your renovation. Hire professionals to do work you know is beyond your scope. Set aside plenty of time. And double your budget!!! But the results are worth it....!

Before-and-After | Ginny L.

Ginny Before
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My Remodeling Goal

Our remodeling project consisted of combining a very small bathroom in the master bedroom with a small adjacent walk-in closet. We needed a way to combine those two small rooms and reconcile the need for closet space we would lose in the remodel. We had a large living room adjoining one of the walls in the bedroom which gave us an idea. We would take two feet off the end of the living room and make a closet the full width of that wall on the bedroom side. Then we could combine the old closet and old bathroom into one modern bathroom. We would not only gain closet space but also provide a modern bathroom without compromising the existing bedroom space. We also added a pocket door with obscure glass in the new bathroom plan to conserve bedroom space and let in more natural light from the bedroom windows. After numerous trips to our local hardware and specialty stores we gained knowledge of what was available and became more comfortable about the decisions we had to make on the items we needed to purchase.

Ginny After
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Tips and Advice from My Remodeling Experience

One of our tips to prospective remodelers is to think beyond the box and assess available space that can be used more effectively. Taking a few feet off the living room for us solved our closet problem and allowed us to utilize the two adjacent spaces to create the bathroom of our dreams. Working with our contractor and sorting out options before any work began allowed us to envision the possibilities. It is always best to make some preliminary sketches and be prepared to compromise when unexpected obstacles are uncovered during the demo phase. Always have a plan B and use a contractor that is willing to make field changes when obstacles are encountered. Do your homework in picking out items and stay ahead of your contractor as a lot of items must be ordered and have 2 – 3 week lead times. Don't rush the project to completion….a few extra weeks of disruption will be worth it in the long run.

Before-and-After | Jennifer A.

Jennifer Before
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My Remodeling Goal

In a 108 year old farm house with traditional architectural millwork, we wanted to add modern touches and provide this bathroom with a spa-like atmosphere. We introduced a mixture of brushed nickel and chrome metal finishes as well as updated the existing cabinet with new hardware, vanity surface and vessel sink. To obtain the spa-like atmosphere, we added colors in fresh teal-tones and used a crisp clean white as a backdrop to make the new colors pop. Accented with chocolate brown and lime green, the fresh palette suits the space and gives it an open and airy feeling.

Jennifer After
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Tips and Advice from My Remodeling Experience

We learned that planning was key to the success of this project. After planning for six months, collecting materials and tweaking the plans, my husband and I both took a week of vacation to spend time with each other as well as renovate this bathroom from start to finish. Our well-laid plans meant very few surprises and unexpected costs. We installed a bright white quartz-urethane grout on all of the mosaic tile in order to let the color really pop. This grout was new to the commercial market and has been priceless to us, as it has been very easy to maintain and virtually un-stainable.

Before-and-After | Judith S.

Judith Before
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My Remodeling Goal

Our original goal was expanded from changing our master bathroom from bland to a user friendly,elegant bathroom. We started by choosing a vanity several inches higher. The counter top is a granite. The sinks were replaced with larger, deeper bowls.

Judith After
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Tips and Advice from My Remodeling Experience

Discuss your budget with your spouse/partner before you plan to change your room. Get an idea of what the market has to offer. Call contractors and get estimates.

Before-and-After | Keren B.

Keren Before
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My Remodeling Goal

Mold and water damage destroyed our home last year, and we remodeled out of necessity. But as long as we had to do it, we were going to do it right! We replaced the old shower stall with a large tub, replaced the bulky 1970's cabinets with compact vanities, and replaced the dated laminate and linoleum with travertine and granite. My wife is an artist, so she included some understated mosaic work when installing the travertine. Natural colors make the room feel bigger. We also replaced the door with a bamboo screen and sliding panel door.

Keren After
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Tips and Advice from My Remodeling Experience

1) Remodeling is a marriage-strengthening undertaking . 2) Travertine is heavy, so lift with your legs. 3) Natural surfaces are beautiful. 4) You can find great deals if you look for them. 5) It's really rewarding when it's all done.

Before-and-After | Lila B.

Lila Before
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My Remodeling Goal

We fell in love with a Cape that was built in 1941 so we knew we would have to do a little updating. After painting the upstairs bath I was too tired to go down to the washroom to clean out the paint brush, so I thought, save some time and the paint is water soluble I'll just clean it here in the sink. Well, it started out with a drip, drip, drip behind the wall, and the rest is history. We had to do a gut out to get to the problem, and then replace some old galvanized sewer pipes. We have a kitchen and a bath to go on the plumbing end and have learned a lot about renovation, hands on!

Lila After
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Tips and Advice from My Remodeling Experience

The best tip I can give someone is to find someone who is reliable, listens, cares about what you want, and does excellent work. We found Smith Construction, a two man local contractor who knows all the best contractors in the area. Scott, the main carpenter, works with the local hardware store and a buddy he graduated with who does his own tile work. They all work as separate contractors, but as a team when needed. The result is whatever you can envision.

Before-and-After | Marilynn F.

Marilynn Before
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My Remodeling Goal

My goal was to provide a relaxing atmosphere for my husband and I.

Marilynn After
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Tips and Advice from My Remodeling Experience

Wow....the choice of products is amazing. Know what you like before you shop. Look at magazines and websites to get ideas. Organize them in a binder so you can show them and use them as a reference point. Ask neighbors who they used and where they shopped.

Before-and-After | Steve S.

Steve Before
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My Remodeling Goal

Get rid of all the pink tile, the pink toilet, the pink sink. Let's get with the times and update this bathroom into something beautiful.

Steve After
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Tips and Advice from My Remodeling Experience

Glad not to have to do any of the work this time. Make sure all water lines and such are tested completely before the contractor leaves for the day. You don't want to spring a leak inside the shower wall because the pipe fittings weren't soldered completely. When having someone else do the work, be prepared for unexpected delays.

Before-and-After | Tiffany G.

Tiffany Before
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My Remodeling Goal

Our original bathroom was small and outdated. It needed updating and better usage of the limited space. We wanted double vessel bowls, two shower heads and heated floors. We used pocket doors, a 17" toilet, two 24" vanities. We placed the shower and tub in one wet area enclosed with a frame-less shower door.

Tiffany After
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Tips and Advice from My Remodeling Experience

Be your own General Contractor. It is a lot of work but in the end it kept all cost down. You will save thousands sub-contracting and shopping via the internet. If you have the foresight and research all the aspects of what goes into a renovation you will be successful and save money.

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