Bathroom Fixture Guide
When choosing bathroom fixtures and materials, one of the most important things to consider is the quality of the construction and finish on the product and material you select.
In the last ten years bathroom fixtures and materials have changed dramatically. Energy efficiency has become a focus with companies manufacturing more efficient flushing toilets, faucets and shower heads.
The products and fixtures you choose for your bathroom will ultimately determine how the room will function and taking the time to research quality products will pay you dividends with longevity of you purchase.
Develop a list of fixtures and furniture needed for your new bathroom. For example, a separate shower and tub requires double the fixtures as well as a glass enclosure as opposed to a combination tub and shower enclosure.
If you are planning a remodel, take the time to learn how to plan a bathroom remodel prior to tackling a project. This ensures you’re ready for the hidden problems and unforeseen issues that always creep into a project. Be sure to check the following during the research and planning phase:
- Purchase and dig through consumer home magazines, as well as interior and architectural design magazines.
- Visit design blogs and manufacturer websites to look at the newest fixtures and to read reviews on features and how they perform.
- Visit home and plumbing centers to look at actual life size displays and to see the fit and finish quality
- Communicate directly with your everyone who might be involved in the project.
- Consider hiring a professional designer to assist you in the process.
Bathtubs and Whirlpools:
How much room you have will be one of the biggest determining factors in which tub you choose. Other factors to consider are: how big you want the tub, where the drain needs to be located and whether or not you will be installing glass doors, walls and surrounds.
It is important to choose a tub that not only looks great but is also functional. Today, tubs can range from basic to top-of-the-line. Some tubs provide the ultimate home spa experience with a variety of massage options ranging from a gentle air bubble massage to an invigorating water jet massage.
When I think of glass doors I immediately go back to my childhood and think about the sliding glass doors that were affixed on top of tubs. While those types of doors still exist, today’s walk-in showers are becoming the norm in more luxurious bathrooms. Large luxurious walk in showers seem to dominate with custom glass enclosures.
Shower options are only limited to your imagination and budget. There are showers that have spa like steam systems, music, lights, seating, rain-simulating shower heads, body sprays and hand held sprayers enclosed in custom glass enclosures.