House Beautiful Bathrooms

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Of all the rooms in the house, it is the bathroom, along with the kitchen, that is the most likely candidate for renovation. Following the success of House Beautiful Kitchens, here is a book that will inspire readers with an amazing variety of exciting possibilities. House Beautiful Bathrooms covers a wide spectrum of styles and tastes, materials and fixtures, from Early American to Modern Minimalist, from old-fashioned claw-foot tubs to sleek granite-topped counters. While emphasizing luxury and offering a ...
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Overview

Of all the rooms in the house, it is the bathroom, along with the kitchen, that is the most likely candidate for renovation. Following the success of House Beautiful Kitchens, here is a book that will inspire readers with an amazing variety of exciting possibilities. House Beautiful Bathrooms covers a wide spectrum of styles and tastes, materials and fixtures, from Early American to Modern Minimalist, from old-fashioned claw-foot tubs to sleek granite-topped counters. While emphasizing luxury and offering a glimpse of "fantasy" or "dream" bathrooms, House Beautiful Bathrooms also offers plenty of practical, realistic solutions, demonstrating how to achieve balance between luxury and utility. It depicts many different types of bathrooms, including master baths, spas, whirlpools, hot tubs, and outdoor showers. It features clever and ingenious solutions for making the most of limited space and/or highlighting a particular fixture — a wall sconce with a harlequin lampshade, a mobile suspended over the tub, colorful mosaics, different combinations of tiles and wallpapers, seating and storage options — to transform even the most ordinary bathroom into a designer showcase.

House Beautiful Bathrooms indulges super-luxury fantasies such as an octagonal bath surrounded by rich paneled eaves in matching wood; a towering, sky-lit shower with inset windows; French doors opening directly onto a terrace from a large bath/sitting room; and a fabulous copper bathtub. It also presents decorating and design extras such as art display, chairs for a sitting area, television and/or radio placement, and adjoining dressing rooms, and offers valuable information on state-of-the-art fixtures, luxurious towels, and gorgeous tile. Here is a book to indulge in and enjoy.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780688167509
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/2/1999
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 9.37 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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Luxury

What constitutes luxury in the bath?Obviously swank materials to start: stretches of silvery mirror, richly veined marble on walls and counters, gleaming touches of brass, chrome, or satiny nickel.A generous vanity surface, a large pedestal sink with roomy edges, a commodious tub to loll in-all are elements that lend a sumptuous feel.But space itself is perhaps the greatest luxury of all.The ideal room-at least for a master bath-is large enough to embrace a whirlpool soaking tub, a roomy shower niche, separate areas for a vanity or two, enclosed w.c., and perhaps an exercise area as well.The best sybaritic baths combine beauty with utility, and form with function.Multiple shower heads, electric towel warmers, and bath faucets that gurgle at the command of preset timers-these are just some of the mechanical amenities that make a bathroom a great pleasure.And what could be more indulgent than the bath that puts the user close to nature-a window filled with light, looking out on leafy greenery or summer-blooming roses, a bather seeking refreshment through a few moments of tranquility in her private refuge.

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In no other room do style and function come together quite so essentially as in the bathroom.A well-designed bathroom has to please the eye, but it also must work efficiently.Lighting needs to be plentiful and flattering, fixtures should feel substantial and operate easily, and surfaces should stand up to water and moisture, yet be pleasant to touch and brush up against.Every aspect of the bath, form the major components of tub and sink to such details as towel bars and faucets, should be considered for performance as well as design.Finalchoices must be influenced ultimately by personal taste.That may mean setting a vanity counter higher than the standard 36 inches to eliminate the discomfort of stooping over-a consideration even for those who are not particularly tall-or installing a combination of custom lighting units.Or it may mean doing extra research to find just the right design of wall-mounted toilet (important to the person who likes a clear floor under the w.c.) or the best-fitting corner bath tub (an excellent space-stretcher in small baths).

Copyright © 1999 by Hearst Communications, Inc.

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