Bathroom Design Considerations for Remodeling in the San Francisco Bay Area:
Storage needs: Do you need/want a linen cabinet in the bathroom or perhaps added in a hallway nearby? Would you like a medicine cabinet (or two)? How do you prefer to store a hairdryer or other equipment? How many towels do you use? Would you like a recessed niche or 2 in the shower/tub area? If yes, how large?
Physical limitations: Should the remodeled bathroom be planned for accessibility? Lever handles on faucets & shower/tub valves, grab bars, a shower bench & thermostatic valves are just a few of the options to consider.
Desired features: Do you want a separate shower as well as a tub? Other options to consider when remodeling (depending on space & budget): steam, sauna, music system, TV, towel warmer, exercise equipment. Is space needed for pet bathing, laundry, a dressing area?
How many people use the bathroom at the same time: Depending on space available, do you want a double vanity? Tub or shower for 2? Is privacy for the toilet important?
How many bathrooms are in the house: If there is at least one bathroom with a tub, would you prefer the bathroom you are remodeling to have just a shower?
Who will use this bathroom: If you plan to live there more than a few years you can customize your master or kid’s bath to meet your needs. The vanity can be at a height that suits you best. A hall or guest bath might have guest towels, etc. Physical limitations of potential users should again be considered.
Ease of relocating plumbing: If there is finished living space below the bathroom, relocating the toilet when you remodel may be cost prohibitive. Other plumbing changes could also be problematic. A knowledgeable contractor or plumber will need to be consulted early in the design process.
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