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This lavishly illustrated book features hundreds of design ideasfrom traditional to high techto make potentially daunting bathroom remodeling jobs simple, rewarding, and fun. 385 color photos. 25 color illustrations.
About the Author
Andrew Wormer is a contributing editor to "Fine Homebuilding" magazine and the author of "The Builder's Book of Bathrooms" (The Taunton Press) and "The Bathroom Idea Book" (The Taunton Press). An experienced builder and bathroom remodeler, Andrew lives in Ferrisburgh, Vermont.
Table of ContentsINTRODUCTION
GREAT BATHROOM DESIGNS
Defining the bath
Guest baths/powder rooms
Elements of good design
Organizing the space
Accessibility and safety
FINISHING THE BATH IN STYLE
Taking a look at style
Natural finish materials
Tile and stone
Glass and metal
Paint and wallpaper
BATHTUBS AND SHOWERS
Tubs and whirlpools
Tub/shower combination units
Faucets and sprays
TOILETS AND SINKS
Toilets and bidets
Freestanding and pedestal sinks
Other cabinetry and storage
Shelving and special storage
LIGHTING, HEATING, AND VENTILATION
Looking at lighting
Doing it with mirrors
BEYOND THE BASIC BATH
Saunas, steamrooms, and spas
FOR MORE INFORMATION
The average family bathroom is arguably the hardest-working room in the house. People come and go at all hours of the day and night, water gets splashed around, the air gets humid enough to grow mold and peel wallpaper right off the walls. No wonder the bathroom is also the most frequently remodeled room in the house.
Time was, all this activity took place in a nondescript, utilitarian room not much bigger than a closet (remember the term water closet?). After being fitted with a tub, toilet, and vanity, the roughly 5-ft. by 7-ft. space that evolved out of the postWorld War II building boom just didn't offer much room for design creativity. For several generations of new homeowners, having a hand in the design of their home's bathrooms didn't mean much more than choosing the colors. A major overhaul meant new vinyl on the floor, a new vanity, or maybe new pink or blue fixtures instead of the old white ones.
Today, a stroll through a bath showroom or a quick look at some of the bathrooms featured in this book proves that those days are long gone. Forget great rooms and kitchens; bathrooms are the new frontier in home design. Working couples, traditional, blended, and extended families, the young and old and physically disadvantaged--we all have greater expectations for the places in which we live. We want our bathrooms to be beautiful and functional. Easy to clean. A refuge from our busy lives. In response, bathrooms are getting bigger, offering more features, using a wider variety of better materials, and becoming more fun to look at and more pleasant to spend time in.
If you're planning to create a new bathroom or remodel an existing one, you're looking for ideas that will help you transform this room from the merely utilitarian to a personal space that fits your needs. That's where this book comes in. Think of it as a guided tour of some of the most beautiful and creative bathrooms being built today. The tour guides? Some of the best designers and architectural photographers in the business.
Bathrooms today are asked to serve many different functions, from the most mundane to the almost spiritual. My 10-year-old son uses our bathroom as a refuge, a quiet place to read where his younger sister can't bother him. She, in turn, uses it as an entertainment center, a place to apply lipstick and nail polish to her 5-year-old face and fingernails (and different parts of the bathroom itself).
When I'm not picking up after the both of them in there, I'm thinking about ways that it could be improved. What if the lighting were better, more flattering at the vanity, not quite so bright over the toilet and dim in the shower? What if there was better storage for clean towels and more hooks for the wet towels lying on the floor (as well as some device that would automatically pick them up)? How about shelves for the books my son loves to read, more drawers for my daughter's brightly colored cosmetics? What if there were a built-in step stool, or a lower sink, or a bigger mirror so that she wouldn't have to climb up onto the countertop? What if the tub had a handheld shower as well as the fixed showerhead, making it easier to clean both my daughter and the tub afterward? And while we're at it, why not get rid of that crummy shower curtain?
My musings about bathrooms aren't exactly idle ones; I build them (among other things) when I'm not writing about construction. Not long ago, I contracted with some friends to renovate one of the bathrooms in their house. Although I approached this particular job with some trepidation (working for friends and relatives is always a potential disaster), everybody seemed happy with the finished result. But one of the things that irked me was that I had few visual references for some of the ideas that I was trying to convey to my clients. While we did finally manage to filter out ideas from previous projects, magazines, and manufacturer's product catalogs--all good sources to refer to--I know that this book would have been extremely helpful in the design process.
Like my friends, what you're looking for is ideas; that's why you've picked up this book. What you'll find here are different approaches to bathroom layout, styles, and colors. You'll learn about different finish materials. About different kinds of fixtures. About cabinetry and storage. Even about lighting. Some of these ideas will seem pretty esoteric--how many of us with children will rest easy with a glass sink in the house, for example?--while others may seem pretty mundane. The point is, there are dozens of details that go into making a successful bathroom, and what works in one situation might not be appropriate in another. What you are holding here is a compendium of details, ideas that look good and work well together. Ideas that just might work well in your bathroom.
This isn't a book about wildly impractical, pie-in-the-sky bathrooms for the rich and famous (although there are some of those as well). These are, for the most part, working bathrooms (rather than stylized spaces) designed by professionals for a wide variety of clients and intended to express different ideas about the different elements that go into each bathroom project. Chances are, you'll find some ideas that correspond with your own notions about what is important in this most personal and intimate of spaces. Other ideas you'll reject outright. In either event, you should find plenty of inspiration, as well as practical and essential information, for planning your own bathroom.
Large, small, or somewhere in between, there's a bathroom in here--or some part of it--like the one that you're thinking about. Now is the time to stop dreaming about that new bathroom and start doing something about it.
Copyright © 2001 by Andrew Wormer