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360 Home Living bathroom remodeling: number 1, number 2 or number 3?

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How many times going in the bathroom you think: “I wish I had more privacy in my own bathroom” or “I don’t need a tub, a shower will do fine”. These are questions a result from poor planning and not building a home with the idea of 360 living: around the functionality of your everyday life.

The trends in bathroom design are leading to spa like rooms, where you can relax and enjoy a peaceful moment with yourself. With small or big spaces, the design of a bathroom should communicate a privacy feeling, but it should also embrace the qualities of the sharing space that it often is. Whether you are thinking of remodeling or building, work on your plan wisely. Ask yourself what is working and what is not in your current situation.

The simple drawings you see is a good example of how a bathroom that seems functional is not. Sometimes, the solution is right at your fingertips but you can’t see it. You just need a little vote of confidence to make the decision and a builder+ designer to help you see the changes. Look at the drawings and you will find that the changes are simple. This remodel plan, though a pencil drawing, is a real case. One, that by using the same water supply outlets, resulted on a space efficient and cost accommodating remodeling project. There were empty spaces that were not being used efficiently. Nevertheless, the bathroom seemed ok. It worked. The new idea, shows a real flow and more privacy than before. A slope in shower that avoids mess and gives a modern look, and a separated toilet that enables privacy at all times.

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The changes were, again, plain simple- just as the pencil drawing. 1. Move the toilet to the end and enclose it, so that it is not the first thing to look at when you walk in – especially if someone has to use it. 2. Take the tub out and give more space to a modern shower. 3. Distribute storing spaces differently to allow functionality.

What to look for when you are planning your bathroom:Rustic bathroom traditional look

Are you sure you want the toilet to be right in the middle of the room? There are ways to separate the toilet from the rest, you know? You don’t need a big space to ensure that the toilet is the last thing you jump into when you go in your bathroom. I challenge people to tell me that they have not had an interruption from either wife or kids when you are “minding your business”. Ok, there might be some people who would never allow that, but most likely families will have this kinds of "sharing". This picture of a Craftsman Bathroom by Minneapolis Architects & Building Designers, Joseph Metzler / SALA Architects shows one creative way to hide the toilet.

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Rushing to get to the first turn for the sink? two sinks can make a big change and it has become a given in all new homes. The question is how to incorporate them in a renovation with an old floor plan? The good news is, there are ways to incorporate it in small places! The not so good news is that you do need enough space. Think about using the corners or a double faucet solution. There are many creative ways to do this.Modern double sink bathroom

Make sure the bathroom has the correct flow. Think about how you use your bathroom and the time you spend in it. Not everyone likes to take a lot of time in there. If you rather spend that time choosing what to wear you may consider moving your “spa” experience to your walk in closet. The contemporary sink duo by AV Architects + Builders show

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Current trends:

On one hand, in spaceful floor plans, separating shower and tub.

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On the other hand, tubs are occasionally used and people are opting out of having them.
Occasionally people are switching to add separate whirlpools and Jacuzzis or simply putting the attention in an inspiring shower experience. This offers a new possibility for shower designs with built in seating space or built in nooks.

Jet showers and spray showers are the ultimate experience and there are all kinds of gadgets you can add there.

Practicality Vrs. Indulgence. I mean, you can go crazy and add a refrigerator in your bathroom if you want, but who wants to eat in the bathroom? Some other features that people consider are built in speakers and digital TVs. This gives you opportunities to either relax with meditating music or catch up with the latest news. This is an option that goes with your style. With technology these days, you can even find tubs with built in speakers that will fit in smaller spaces.

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Environmentally conscientious bathrooms. Water efficient toilets have smaller water tanks (about 1.5 Gallons) and have two flush options. One with less use of water for number 1 and one….you get it! Space efficiency toilets require some extra inches to your wall but it helps save space when you hide tanks behind.

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Other nice features people are using in small or big spaces: These are optional to your final details, but some of these features are not expensive if you incorporate them early in your plan.

Heating floors. Heating can be as easy as DIY or as complicated as a water heating system. Electric radiant heating mats go under your floor. The mats are sold by sq. ft. and as cheap as $7 per sq. ft. You want to make sure choose a good heat conductor - wood, for example takes a while to heat, while tile or stone may heat faster. Cost depends on the area of traffic you are covering. Water heated systems may be more efficient in the long run but more expensive as an immediate expense. The principal is the same, but is like having a water heater under your feet.

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Towel warmer bars. Like the floor there are plenty of solutions for this feature. You don’t want cables hanging in your bathroom. That is why is better to plan and choose to have these embedded into your walls.

Live wall in your bathroom

Outdoor experience. What better sense of freedom than bringing the outdoors into the bathroom. Having the feeling that you are in the tropics, even when it's forty degrees outside. The exposure to nature in your bathroom is possible even if you don’t have close outdoors- nor a window. Adding a bathroom living wall is a creative idea to get you closer to the contact with nature. Like this image from Fresh Home and Design Magazine is showing. Or in this other picture, people really brought in the tropics inside.

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Outdoor experience. What better sense of freedom than bringing the outdoors into the bathroom. Having the feeling that you are in the tropics, even when it's forty degrees outside. The exposure to nature in your bathroom is possible even if you don’t have close outdoors- nor a window. Adding a bathroom living wall is a creative idea to get you closer to the contact with nature. Like this image from Fresh Home and Design Magazine is showing. Or in this other picture, people really brought in the tropics inside.

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