Is your bathroom 15 or 20 years old? How about your personal computer? These two questions may seem incongruous but there is an analogy here. The PC of today is a worldwide communication, entertainment, publishing, broadcasting and business enterprise machine – far beyond being a cool word processor. How about the bathroom of today? Amazing technological advances in materials, waterproofing, plumbing, engineering and electronics make today’s bathroom more of a luxury spa than a water closet.
Gone are the standard combination tub & shower installations. Hot tubs and Jacuzzis have become passé. These units are being replaced with multi nozzle walk in showers and steam showers that create a vigorously refreshing and relaxing experience. Precisely controlled water and/or steam flow, nozzle selection, temperature, tanning lights and even your favorite music can all be at your command. How about TV and video? Your bathroom mirror can serve as part looking glass and part LCD video screen. Be entertained as you brush your teeth, shave or put on your face in the morning.
“You can’t always get what you want…” Unless…
Bathrooms are generally the hardest working rooms to renovate and require the coordination of designer, plumber, carpenter, and sometimes even an engineer. Designing your new bathroom space may seem simple enough, depending on what you’re starting with and what your want to do with it. An interior designer with experience in structural, plumbing and electrical considerations can save you from frustration and false starts.
Knowing what’s possible to accomplish in your available space and what it costs will help you decide on what features to include in your bath remodel. Of course, when money is no object, the only real question is: What do you want for your bathroom? If you can dream it, there’s probably a way to make it happen with today’s building, plumbing and electrical technologies.
Do it yourselfers, be humble!
The skilled labor required to successfully rebuild your bathroom is specialized. The plumbers and installation technicians who do this work are well educated in their fields. Unless you do this work for a living, it’s best to hire professionals who know how to do the job once. Letting go of the “I did it!” thrill can be tough for some of us but having your dream bath is worth giving others credit. You can chip in some labor if you want. Just follow instructions from your skilled contractors and make sure that both of you understand each other’s responsibilities on the project.
The constant exposures to high humidity and splash in bathrooms require special materials and know-how. Fixtures, furnishings, paints, calks, hardware and more must all be resistant to moisture damage and water corrosion. Expertly specifying materials is critical.
Knowing how to prep, construct and install new bath fixtures, piping, valves and plumbing assemblies requires the skill of, well, a plumber! In some cases, you may need a structural engineer to review plans and make sure that the excess weight of luxury showers, tubs and bathwater can be supported.
The 3W design team offers a sub-specialty in bathroom remodeling. We can provide creative ways to make the most of your life at home. Feel free to contact us if you have questions about creating beautifully functional bathrooms. (603) 226-3399.