Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

Remodeling a bathroom is a big job.  There is so much stuff crammed into a small space that it turns out to be overwhelming for many people.  In my opinion, the only remodeling job that's more difficult in the home is the kitchen, and that's only because it is so much more expensive.  With all of the fixtures and cabinetry that goes into the bathroom, it's extremely important that you have a detailed plan before getting started.  To help you formulate that plan, I want to offer some ideas on vanities and cabinets that should help you clarify your vision.

Bathroom vanities are the unit that encompasses the sink, faucet, mirror, lights, and the cabinet below.  There are really two options to consider when getting a new vanity.  You can buy a prefabricated one, or build your own.  The costs of both are relatively similar, but the work that goes into building your own is (obviously) much higher.  The size of your bathroom will determine whether you should get a single or a double vanity.  Double vanities will have two sinks and faucets, as opposed to a single only having one.  Keep in mind that if you're buying a prefabricated vanity, the company may require that you have a construction crew on hand to receive it.  This is to make sure that it's properly received and not damaged while getting it into the house.

A bathroom wall cabinet is also something big and important to consider.  Many people want more space than their vanity provides and turn to wall cabinets.  The problem with these is that you sacrifice a lot of space with a wall cabinet, unless you have a really efficient place to put it.  The area above the toilet is a very underutilized space and works great for a cabinet, but most other spaces in the bathroom don't work as well.  Consider options outside of the bathroom as well for storage if you're working with a small room.

Bathroom remodeling is a tough job, but one that anyone can do with a thorough plan and a manageable budget.  Your vanity and storage space are going to be the biggest chunks of that budget, so be sure to plan accordingly!

A Vessel Faucet Will Make A Bold Statement

If you have been to the grand opening of a local day spa or new construction home open house recently you will have noticed the influx of new designs that are available for today’s bathrooms. The vessel faucet is one of the trendiest items to have hit the interior design market in the last couple of years and with good reason.

Vessel faucets are a rebirth of an ancient design of gathering or catching water. Prior to pressurized plumbing these faucets were used in conjunction with pump handles to manually draw water. Although today you can re-invent this style with your own personal tastes in many configurations.

Design themes for the faucet and sink combinations run from a purely classic style, contemporary styling, vintage like old world or Victorian, and even earthen stone styles to give a warmer appearance to your boudoir. The vessel faucet is separate from the sink or bowl and the number of combinations are only limited by taste and personal choice.

Your bathroom sink is the most important focal point when it comes to visitors and you will have every one of your friends and relatives green with envy when they see your new interior design creation. A bathroom vessel faucet would make a terrific addition to just about any style of bathroom.

But before purchasing one of the works of personal plumbing art you should consult an interior designer at your local home improvement store or hire a consultant to help you chose what look and functionality that you want for your home or office.

You will find these faucets made from most common metals such as chrome, brass, bronze, nickel copper. The choice you make should be determined by the fittings that already exist in the room.

Plumbing is also a consideration especially if you chose the vessel faucet that extends from the wall instead of the vanity cabinet or bowl itself. There will have to be modifications to accommodate the hidden pipes in the wall. Also ask the plumber who is quoting your installation if any building permits for the city or county are required.

One final option to consider are the faucet handles. The most common is the single throw lever handle and is used mostly with cabin or counter mounted installations. The double or dual throw handles faucets are typically used for the wall-mounted configurations. Separate handles are also available that are separated by horizontal space in your wall-mount installation. The later is a bit pricier than most but really makes a bold design statement and creates a more unique look.

The cost of ownership can be a little higher than standard bathroom fixtures due to the intricate installation process. If a pipe leak or some other behind the scene plumbing failure happens then having to rehire a plumber and possibly a drywall or tile person to reseal the repair could be prohibitive.

The Convenience of Automatic Faucets

When your hands are tied up with other matters or you simple don't like the idea of possibly spreading germs around the home, the answer may well be automatic faucets in the bathroom or the kitchen. They used to be the sole realm of commercial locations but they are becoming more of a common sight in domestic locations too. Although they supply a lot more functionality the good news is that installation will not involve any more work than the standard plumbing.

The obvious convenience that you get with automatic faucets is that you don't have to turn the knowbs or handles yourself. This is the most common spread of germs throughout the house and by eliminating the need to touch them it takes that risk out of the equation.

By controlling when they turn off and on merely by the motion in front of the sensor the water wastage is greatly reduced. You can also pre-set the water temperature so that every time you want the water it will be available at a perfect temperature.

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The hygienic benefits or autamatic faucets over traditional faucets is quite great too. There have been studies that have shown that the greatest concentration of germs in the home is in sinks and surrounding areas in the home.

From the perspective of how they look it must be said that they fit in well with a wide variety of looks and wil suit a lot of different types of concepts. In a lot of cases they are powered by a long-life battery so there is no need to have the faucet connected up to an external power source.

The result can be a much neater looking bathroom vanity top with no handles sitting on top or coming out of the wall. This also means that the plumbing requirements with respect to extra pipes are reduced with the water regulation being handled by the faucet unit itself.

EON FaucetThe latest design in hands free or automatic faucets is a new type of faucet from Sonoma called the e-ON. This faucet is different from other automatic faucets because it uses electromagnetism in the spout rather than infra-red sensors to start the water flow. This particular faucet is very reminiscent in appearance to a traditional bamboo water spout so it would be suitable for a rustic style bathroom. The fact that there are no faucet handles adds to the rustic charm and appeal.

Whether you are going for a healthy option in choosing an automatic faucet or trying to emulate the older appeal of a traditional looking water spout there is a great deal of convenience that can be attained by installing automatic faucets. Add the water saving benefits that you get through the water flow being cut off automatically when there are no hands around that need washing and you have a very handy device for the bathroom.

Why Buy An Automatic Faucet?

Once typically seen only in commercial applications, automatic faucets are now becoming more and more popular for residential use as well. They fit into the designs present in many of today’s homes, and automatic faucets offer several benefits that traditional home faucets do not. Automatic faucets are available for use in bathrooms as well as kitchens, and the installation process is no more difficult than that for traditional faucet fixtures.

Automatic faucets have become standard in public restrooms because they are convenient and easy to use. Why not experience the same convenience at home? They work simply by waving your hand in front of or underneath a sensor, depending upon the model you have. The water begins flowing automatically, and it also shuts off automatically - reducing waste. The ease of use is also great for getting young children to wash their hands. As an added benefit, most models allow you to set the water temperature. This makes hand washing much safer because the risk of scalding can be reduced or eliminated.

Sloan Automatic FaucetHands-free automatic faucets offer many hygienic benefits when compared to traditional faucets. Studies have shown that there are more germs present in sinks and their surrounding areas than in many other areas of the home. With an automatic faucet, there is no longer any need to come in contact with nasty germs and bacteria present around the sink. Homeowners are able to wash their hands without needing to touch the faucet afterwards to turn the water off.

From a design perspective, automatic faucets are extremely attractive. They are available in several different designs and styles, and they fit in well in any design style. Because there are so many different styles available, you can find an automatic faucet that fits into modern, contemporary homes as well as in more traditional styles. They are available in a variety of finishes as well, making them a perfect match in any home. Most models are powered by a long-lasting battery rather than needing electricity. Because of the lack of wires or power cords, they fit seamlessly into any bathroom or kitchen.

Toto Automatic FaucetManufacturers of automatic faucets include Kohler, Zurn, Toto and Sloan and each make a line of sleek and efficient products.

For example, the Toto line of EcoPower products provides the hands-free technology over a wide range of products in shiny chrome plating that will appeal to many people.

Kohler Automatic FaucetOne of the things that the Kohler company emphasizes strongly is the need to conserve water and has a lot of water saving tips on its website. One of the methods you can save water is by using the company’s touchless faucets. As well as looking particularly stylish, these faucets come with a range of features apart from simply being automatic. They are equipped with built-in aerators to give you substantial water savings right off the bat. Some of the faucets also come with a temperature mixer so you don’t have to waste water getting the temperature right.

In all cases, there is a lot of technology going into the automatic faucets that are being produced. Hygiene is a significant consideration that is driving their manufacture and sales, but the broader impact on our environment cannot be underestimated either.

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You Have Room For A Corner Sink

Rooms that require a water source such as the kitchen, the bathroom, the laundry or the lavatory but are short on space may have to look for inventive or alternate ways to fit the sink in. In the case of the kitchen and the bathroom there is an option that has been made increasingly popular thanks to some clever designs and that is the corner sink.

A corner kitchen sink is available in a number of clever designs that maximize space that might otherwise have been considered unusable. See the following article about corner kitchen sinks for more details.

A bathroom corner sink is a more commonly seen feature with the sink far less of a focal point of the room than the sink in the kitchen. The sink in this case may be part of a corner sink cabinet in which case it may be located at the end of a small countertop, or it may simply be a corner pedestal sink that is positioned so that the difficult area is better used. Above the pedestal sink you may install a corner shaving cabinet to continue the smart use of a tight space.

Wall Mount Corner SinkBy putting the bathroom sink in the corner of the room you may be able to give yourself a small vanity counter as well. The options available to you include a wall mounted corner sink, which is probably necessary for the smallest of bathrooms, a pedestal corner sink which uses slightly more room but is still a fairly innocuous unit, or a sink and vanity which you may use in a bathroom that is slightly larger.

Corner sinks will work just as well in the laundry or utility room, another room that is traditionally pushed for space. Although it is generally accepted that a large laundry sink is necessary sometimes it may turn out that the only way to fit one in is to position it on the corner of an L-shaped counter. In this case I believe the best type of sink that will serve your purpose will be a ceramic farmhouse sink.

No matter what your situation and space that you’ve got to try to fit a sink in to, there is generally a solution that will meet your needs. It may simply be a case of doing your homework, visiting as many showrooms as possible or view as many online sites as you can. No matter how small the space, a corner sink should be able to fit into it.

Oil Rubbed Bronze Waterfall Faucet

When you decide that you’re going to do something different in the bathroom there are quite a number of options open to you. From the shower heads to the tiles and on to the vanity, you have an enormous selection of accessories and features that are going to combine to give you a bathroom that you can be proud of.

This amazing choice does not stop at the faucets and the bathroom sink and one of the most striking kinds of bathroom faucets are waterfall faucets. These amazing pieces of sink hardware give you the impression of a flowing stream as it pours over a precipice in a waterfall to the sink. It’s a great idea for a bathroom faucet system and one that can even be seen as a calming feature of the bathroom.

Bronze Waterfall Faucet

There are a number of lovely looking types available but one that has really been an eye catcher is an oil rubbed bronze waterfall faucet that has been designed to sit above a vessel sink. The dark and distinctive color of the faucet is the first noticeable feature that gives you a brooding, good looking faucet that will look just perfect in a period inspired setting. A matching bronze bowl sink or a stone sink would complete the picture.

Pictured is the modern oil rubbed bronze waterfall faucet which allows the water to simply flow over the lip of the bronze outlet. Another option is to buy a bronze waterfall faucet that comes with a glass tray to give you an even more visually appealing waterfall effect. Either of these options are stunning looking faucets.

Because the oil rubbed bronze effect is a worked finish the color may be a little lighter or darker than that which is displayed in the picture and if you think this will cause a problem when matching it to a sink, it would be a good idea to select the exact one you want personally.

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The waterfall faucet is a unique type of bathroom faucet to put in a newly restored or renovated bathroom. The character it adds to the room is almost immeasurable.

More articles about bathroom faucets:

A Roman Tub Faucet
Convert To Automatic With A Faucet Adaptor

A Roman Tub Faucet

There are simply so many choices of faucets for a bathroom available that it pays to get an idea of the various types of options that are out there before you walk into a store and find yourself dazzled with choice. Mixers, hand washers, wall mounted fixtures and more could all be part of the new look you’re after, or you may be looking for something that will give you some older world appeal.

When installing a new bathtub you will also have to decide on a new set of faucets that will complement the new tub. One of the choices that you might go for is a touch of elegance in a Roman tub faucet. These faucets are designed to go with a Roman style bathtub, but they will look good in a range of bathroom settings.

Roman tub faucets are a traditional look for a modern setting, although manufacturers are creating some very fresh and new looks with their Roman tub faucet lines. A Roman tub faucet is different to what we might consider a regular bathroom faucet in that it is mounted on the horizontal surface. Most bathtub faucets are vertically mounted on the wall above the tub.

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You can expect your faucets to remain looking good and lasting well beyond the 20 year mark. Naturally, because the mounting is a specialized one you’re going to be limiting your choices in bathtubs, requiring one that can take the mounting, but that should only require an awareness that you will be looking for a Roman tub.

In general when you buy a Roman tub faucet they come with two handles for the hot and cold water controls. There is quite an array of choices available that can give a traditional or more modern charm, depending on your preference. A nice feature with many styles of Roman tub faucets is the faucet handles which are lever handles to give that old style charm and appeal. For a more regular style handle you can opt for the traditional four prong handles.

The hardware in your bathroom can sometimes be thrown in as an afterthought but its these small flourishes that really sets the bathroom apart from others and can make or break the look in a design perspective.

The major manufacturers all produce an impressive line of Roman tub faucets with names such as Pfister, Grohe, Delta, Kohler and Danze all reputable brands to look out for.

Convert Your Faucet To Automatic With A Faucet Adaptor

It is possible to turn your normal everyday manually operated faucet into a hands free autmoatic sensor faucet with the EZ Faucet Automatic Sensor Faucet Adaptor. This little gadget is designed to fit to a standard faucet and works with an infrared sensor that starts the water flow when the hands are under the beam

Although people may like to install one of these Faucet Adaptors in the kitchen, the best use you will get out of it will be in the bathroom when washing your hands. It is a water saving device and a healthy way of turning the faucet off and on.

This product is a really nice idea and has the potential of providing a cheap alternative to the complete hands-free faucet systems. It can be installed without the requirement of plumbing modification. The sensor detects movement under the faucet which begins the water flow and it will continue to flow while there is motion under the sensor.

There have been problems with the product with a significant number of reports stating that the EZ Faucet is not completely reliable. Brand new units have either not worked at all or worked for a short period of time before giving up the ghost. It seems that the problem is in the sensor and when that fails the water fails to begin flowing.

As I mentioned at the start of this post, it is a really good idea and if it were to be upgraded to a more reliable model I would be inclined to say, sure go ahead and put it in your bathroom. However, with so many people reporting exactly the same problem, that it simply refuses to work after a short period of operation, you would have to caution against buying and installing one.

At the top of the page is a link to the Amazon page for this product. I suggest you visit the page to read the customer reviews of the EZ Faucet to get an idea of the troubles that have been experienced.