Bathroom Remodeling Basics

by Jane VanOsdol on June 16, 2011

You may have visions of sparkling tile, soaking tubs and vessel sinks dancing in your head as you dream about your new bathroom remodeling project. Those details are the crowning touches on a well-planned home improvement project. But before you begin planning that stage of your remodel, you need to be sure that you’ve got the basics down.

One of your initial concerns with a bathroom remodeling project should be the bathroom layout plans. As you’re deciding where to place your fixtures in the bathroom, you’ll need to take into consideration your current layout of the bathroom and whether or not you’re going to keep that layout the same. If you want to make changes to the placement of the bathroom fixtures, then realize that this will increase the price of your remodeling project.

Bathrooms are generally designed in what is called one-, two- or three-wet-wall bathroom layouts. A wet wall simply means a wall that contains plumbing for your fixtures. As you’re planning the layout for your bathroom, the major consideration is how many wet walls you will have in your bathroom. The number of wet walls will influence the layout and expense of your bathroom remodeling project.

One-wall Layouts

A one-wall layout is the least complicated of all the designs and requires the fewest number of plumbing fittings for the project, which means it is also the cheapest. Unfortunately, it is the most limiting as far as design creativity goes, because all your fixtures—tub, toilet and sink, need to be located along the same wall. This type of layout usually results in an L-shaped bathroom with the sink and toilet along one side wall and the tub/shower against the back wall. In this way all the plumbing can be located along the shared side wall.

Two-wall Layouts

Two-wall Layout (Corridor)

In this design, the plumbing fixtures are located on two different walls, which allows for more floor space and storage space around the sink. It’s a nice compromise of the three options. This design is often called a corridor bathroom, and typically the bathtub is located along one side wall with the sink and toilet on the wall directly opposite the tub.

Three-wall Layouts

This third layout is the most expensive because it requires three wet walls in the design; it, however, allows for the most creativity in the design plan. You typically need a large space for this layout. These are often called U-shaped bathrooms because of the fixtures being situated on three separate walls.

As you decide upon your bath remodeling plan, keep in mind your current layout, your budget and the size of your room. Planning your layout wisely will guide you in your decisions when it comes time to take those visions in your head and bring them to reality in your bathroom remodel.

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