There’s plenty to consider when tackling a bathroom remodel. Every small decision—from toilet choice to finish selection—can impact the end result. Examine the functionality of the space first then start looking at toilets, vanity, faucets and finishes, and accessories.
Function First When planning a bathroom remodel, homeowners should remember that form must follow function. “Function is critical,” says Diane Quintin, Certified Kitchen Designer and founder of Studio Q Interiors in San Diego, Calif. “You can have a beautifully designed bathroom but if it’s not functional you won’t want to spend any time in it.” The first consideration should be the intended use of the bathroom. A full master bathroom will see more functional use than the downstairs half-bath, for example. Keep in mind storage, vanity choice and configuration and accessories will be important in these scenarios.
Accounting for available space is crucial to a functional bathroom. “Bathrooms can be a tight space where a lot of things happen,” says Ji Kim, design manager for Moen. “People are spending more time thinking the space through, thinking about workflow.” Spatial restrictions (or lack thereof) and bathroom configuration will influence many of the necessary choices, including sink number, size and configuration; storage decisions and even the toilet selection. A master bathroom may need to accommodate two occupants at once, so fixture and accessory size and placement should account for this.
Toilet Options Although it may seem purely functional, toilet selection can also reflect the values of the homeowner.
Bowl shape is one decision that must be made. Remodelers can choose a smaller round bowl shape or the larger elongated bowl. The former is good for smaller rooms while the latter is built for greater comfort and larger spaces.