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Bathroom Remodeling Index

The bathroom is usually one of the smallest rooms in the home and yet remodeling a bathroom can absorb more money in; fixtures, flooring, decoration, and detail than any other room in the home.

Remodeling a bathroom is one area in the home where your creativity is only controlled by your budget. Every possible theme, with the latest in fixtures are available. Your bathroom remodeling can include everything from a roman bath theme to a conservative bath/shower combo unit.

Steam generators, soaker tubs and whirlpool tubs can turn any bathroom into an area of deep contemplation and relaxation. Two person tubs can provide a room for romance and intimacy.

Bathroom floors can be covered with natural stones such as marble and granite or you can use vinyl sheet or even laminate flooring. Walls, can be covered in ceramic and porcelain tiles in a host of colors, sizes and textures.

Lighting can be mounted in bathrooms on ceilings or walls. Heat lamps or radiant heating can be installed to provide the ultimate in added comfort and luxury.

Bathroom cabinetry can be conservative, or ultra modern, with laminate or natural hardwood finishes.

The following directory will guide you to additional information on each aspect of bathroom remodeling.

bathroom air quality

Air Quality

If you are planning to undertake a bathroom remodeling project, steps should be taken to minimize pollution from sources inside the home. In addition, residents should be alert to signs of inadequate ventilation, such as stuffy air, moisture condensation on cold surfaces, or mold and mildew growth and use the bathroom remodeling project to correct underlying problems. While all of our general recommendations may not apply to your home, you should be aware of the issues, from radon gas and lead paint, to ventilation, and good work practices.

backsplash tiles

Backsplash

Installing a tile backsplash in a bathroom is not a difficult home improvement project for the diy home handyman. It is a great addition to a bathroom on its own or as part of a complete bathroom remodeling project. Backsplashes allow the homeowner to be creative, make clean-up easier and enhance the value of the home..

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Basin / Lavatory / Sink

There is probably no other single item within a home with more selection than the bathroom sink, basin or lavatory. There is a wide selection of materials, shapes and styles to choose from that will compliment any bathroom remodeling project.

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Bathtub Caulk

Bathtub Materials

Bathtub Styles

In most homes the bathtub is used many times a day, we stand in it, we sit in it, and we lie in it! It provides comfort, and relaxation. It is a place for contemplating the problems of the world and many of us use it as the area to express our thoughts through song. We use it to wash the kids, the dog, and delicate drapes. Yet, with all its uses and its importance in our lives, it is probably the least thought about bathroom remodeling fixture.

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Bidets

Bidets are principally used to wash and clean the external genitalia and the anus, as well as the skin near these areas. They may also be used to clean any other part of the body; they are very convenient for cleaning the feet for example. Not the most common bathroom fixture in North America, it is beginning to be shown in a lot of model homes.

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Building Permits

Most states, provinces and local municipalities have bylaws that require homeowners, or contractors working on behalf of a homeowner to obtain permits for many building and remodeling projects. A complete bathroom remodeling home improvement, because it usually includes work on plumbing and electrical, as a general statement, require a building permit.

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Caulking - Using

Caulking - Choosing

For the homeowner, caulking is one of the most beneficial products made. It can be used both indoors and outdoors, as an adhesive, as a decorative finish and at the same time it provides a weather and moisture seal. Using the right caulking is as important as using caulking at all. In a bathroom, depending on the materials used to manufacture the bathtubs, shower enclosures and other fixtures certain types of caulking perform better than others.

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Contractor

Whether you are looking for a general contractor or a specific trade, determining who you should contract can be a very frustrating experience. Reference checks are a critical part of the exercise. Bathroom remodeling is an expensive exercise, and if you are not a diy home handyman - it is important that you choose your contractor wisely.

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Countertops

Concrete Countertops

Countertop Materials

Countertop Cost & Edging

Build Your Own Countertops

Countertops are a primary focal point of any bathroom. You have many choices of material, edging and cost, each has advantages and disadvantages – learn which is best for you! If you are remodeling your bathroom with a tight budget, learn how to build your own counter tops.

rectangular bathroom mirror

Defogging Bathroom Mirrors

Getting out of a hot shower and finding the bathroom mirror fogged is a frustrating situation at the best of times. Now there is a way that you can eliminate fogged bathroom mirrors. Something that should be considered as part of every bathroom remodeling project.

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Design Software

A total bathroom remodel, with the exception of adding additional living space, is by far the most expensive and most complex home improvement that one can undertake. With the new design software packages that are available you can see your finished bathroom in 3D before you start.

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Drilling Holes - Ceramics

Drilling Holes - Porcelain, Stone, Marble, Granite

Drilling holes in ceramics, porcelain, natural stone, marble, granite, and glass is not difficult, it requires some patience and as with most projects, the proper tools for the job. Very few bathroom remodeling projects do not have a requirement to drill holes in tile.

bathroom exhaust fan

Exhaust Fans

Exhaust Fan Installation

Exhaust Fan Timers

Exhaust Fan Noise

Exhaust Fan Performance Graph

Exhaust Fan CFM Table

Exhaust Fan Sizing

Bathroom exhaust fans come in many noise levels, sizes, shapes and configurations. It is important that the bathroom ventilation system meet the needs of the square footage of the bathroom that it is to ventilate. You can save energy by installing timers on your bathroom exhaust fans.

bathroom sink faucet

Faucets - Basin / Lavatory / Sink

Faucets Shower & Tub

Faucets - Cleaning & Polishing

Faucets come in a variety of styles, finishes and quality levels. These faucets can be one piece or three piece styles. In the vast majority of cases the one piece style uses holes in the vanity top or sink or basin itself on four inch centers. Three piece, separate hot and cold valves and a separate spout, generally use eight inch centers for the holes in the sink, basin or counter top. It is important to determine the faucet style that suits you before committing to new sinks or counter tops for your bathroom remodeling project.

marble tiles for kitchen and bath remodel

Flooring

Flooring Index

Pebble Tile

Tile Patterns, Designs & Layout

When considering the flooring material for a bathroom remodeling project there are two major considerations; safety and the material's ability to stand-up to moisture. There are many choices for your bathroom remodeling project including man made tiles, laminates, vinyl and natural stones.

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Glass Blocks

Glass Block Shower Installation

Glass Block Styles & Types

As a somewhat unique building material glass blocks blend with many architectural styles. It has the characteristic that it can provide privacy, yet permits substantial amounts of light to pass from room to room or from outdoors to indoors, making it and excellent choice for bathrooms. Consider glass blocks for your bathroom remodeling project.

tankless water heater

Hot Water

On demand or tankless hot water systems have been in use in Europe and Asia for over 40 years, although the vast majority have been fueled by natural gas or propane and were installed in locations within the home that required hot water, primarily kitchens and bathrooms, as they did not use a central hot water tank for an entire home. Tankless water heaters have a number of advantages. But installing one as part of your bathroom remodeling project can become expensive, especially if your current electrical service cannot delivery the necessary power.

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Lighting

Adequate lighting in a bathroom can be a complex exercise. Florescent lighting, as a general statement, produces a light spectrum that is somewhat limited and hence colors are not what they appear to be. Glare and shadows from light bouncing off ceramic tile and enclosures add to the lighting problem. Do not leave the lighting as an afterthought in a bathroom remodeling project.

bathroom medicine cabinet

Medicine Cabinets

The bathroom medicine cabinet provides an area for storage and generally provides the mirror that resides over a sink. Medicine cabinets come in a variety of sizes, finishes and functionality. Because they are generally mounted in the wall, rather than on the wall, it is important that consideration be given to the style and size of the medicine cabinet before you start framing and installing plumbing pipes and electrical wires.

bathroom mirror

Mirrors

Defogging Mirrors

Mirror Quality

Installation, Maintenance & Disposal

Bathroom mirrors accomplish two tasks. They allow us to groom ourselves and they give the feeling that the room is larger than it is. Use mirrors to create the feel of a large bathroom, when you are facing a smaller bathroom area.

bathroom mold

Mold & Moisture

Molds are part of the natural environment. Indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Bathrooms are the perfect haven for mold growth.

ceramic tile

Painting Ceramic Or Porcelain Tile

It is a fact of life in decorating that what is the in thing today will most likely not be the in thing tomorrow and because of that many homeowners end up with outdated room decoration. This is especially prevalent in ceramic and porcelain tile. If you are on a tight budget or you are not prepared to replace perfectly good ceramic or porcelain tile, it is possible to paint them!

pedestal sink

Pedestal Sink Installation

A pedestal sink, is a good alternative to a vanity and sink combination especially in smaller bathrooms and powder rooms. Bathroom vanities tend to make a small bathroom look and feel smaller.

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Pictures - Bathroom Design & Layout

More than 50 pictures of bathroom designs and layouts showing all aspects of a bathroom remodeling. Vanities, Flooring, Lighting, Fixtures, Tile

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Planning Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom remodeling is one of most expensive and most complex home improvement that a diy home handyman can undertake.

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Plumbing - Drains, Vents & Water Lines

The most complex part of any residential plumbing system is located in the bathroom. If the rough-in portion of the plumbing is not installed properly, the homeowner will have no end of problems, that include water hammering, sinks and lavatories that drain slowly or create gurgling sounds and sewer gases entering the home - a true health hazard.

chipped bathtub

Porcelain Repair:

Many homes have porcelain on steel and porcelain on cast iron plumbing fixtures. This manufacturing technique is commonly used for bathtubs, laundry sinks and tubs, kitchen sinks and bathroom basins. The problem is that these materials chip, scratch and fade and either need to be replaced or repaired.

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Remodeling On A Budget

Remodeling your bathroom can be one of the most expensive remodeling projects you undertake on a square foot basis. However, there are some things you can do to get the luxury bathroom you want at a fraction of the cost. Bathrooms are generally small rooms and that fact is one of the primary keys to saving money.

shower and tub enclosure

Shower & Tub Enclosures

There are very few bathroom remodeling projects that require more planning and thought then the installation of a shower or tub enclosure. A new or replacement shower or tub enclosure will require working, at a minimum on the walls, hot and cold water lines, tub spout and shower piping.

shower and tub doors

Shower & Tub Doors

Repairing Leaking Shower Doors

As in most things, you get what you pay for. But with shower and tub doors that statement has a lot of meaning. It is very easy for manufacturers to skimp on quality while still providing a product that has aesthetic appeal, in the short term. In the long term, inexpensive products will bend, warp, discolor and generally fall apart. No one wants to do bathroom remodeling every few years. Understand the materials you are choosing for your bathroom remodeling project.

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Showerheads

When it comes to the shower head, most shower and tub faucets include a matching shower head. If you are purchasing a separate shower head, make sure that the finish actually matches. Chrome glosses vary as do other types of plating between manufacturers. A brushed nickel from one manufacturer may not match the brushed nickel of another manufacturer.

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Steam Generator

Taking a steam shower is a refreshing and invigorating experience which can be enjoyed in almost any bathroom. A compact steam generator delivers steam to a shower enclosure with suitable seals, creating a leisure facility in the privacy of your own home. Definitely a fixture to consider if you are contemplating a bathroom remodeling project.

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Toilets

Toilet Repair

Toilet Replacement

Toilet Sweating

Molded from porcelain, toilets are the basic essential for a bathroom. With the ever dwindling supply of water, manufacturers have been pushed to create toilets that require as little water as possible in order to properly dispose of waste material. However, some toilets work with less water and others don't - learn why.

Brookhurst vanity

Vanities

Make Your Own Vanities & Cabinets

Cabinet & Vanity Hinges

Face-Frame Versus Frameless (Euro Box/Style) Cabinets

How To Build Bathroom Vanities & Cabinets - Free Plans

In many cases the vanity and sister cabinetry is the focal point of a bathroom. Besides providing an area to perform self grooming, it provides a place to house the sink or basin and provides space for storage. When remodeling a bathroom it is important to consider what you need in cabinetry before commencing the project.

bathroom mosaic tiles for a remodel project

Wall Tile

Tile Patterns, Designs & Layout

Pebble Tile

From 1″ to 18″ squares, from diamonds to rectangles, bathroom wall tile comes in an unbelievable amount of shapes, patterns, colors and materials. Take time to see what's available before you start your bathroom remodeling project.

bathroom window treatment

Window Treatments

Choosing window treatments for a full bathroom can be a bit of a daunting task. Unlike the majority of the rooms in a home the high levels of moisture generated in a full bathroom can have a detrimental effect on a number of materials used for window treatments.