Considering what we put them through each day, sinks, showers, tubs and toilets deserve special cleaning attention. Thankfully, modern plumbing fixtures are designed to make the job of bathroom cleaning as easy as possible.
Count on dust, noise and traffic from trades that you’ll probably get to know quite well as they become part of your daily grind. Remodeling gets messy. And then there’s the inconvenience of construction encroaching on your most personal space—the bathroom.
Do you have a small bathroom but still want a bathtub in it rather than just a shower? Maybe you have a half bath that you would like to convert into a full bath for a growing family. With all of today’s small bathtub ideas and options, fear not—it can be done with a little research and creativity. Read More
By organizing functional areas around a central space, you give the bathroom plenty of open space no matter its size. While kitchens apply a tried-and-true work triangle, there is no exact prescription for the best bathroom layout.
Space planning all depends on your lifestyle and the way you use the space. However, keep in mind when planning that if you must move the plumbing to accommodate your new design, the price tag of your project will be much higher than if the “guts” of your bathroom can stay put. That said, layout options are more limited when relying on existing plumbing hookups, drains, ventilation, etc. Read More
You get home from a long day at work. You’re tired, stressed, and all you want is a nice warm bath. There’s just one problem, you don’t have a bathtub or your bathtub isn’t the right one for you. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. We have all been there. Read More
Bathrooms seem to be the one area of the house that are the most frustrating to clean. Not everyone has a housekeeper, so when you are the one who has to do the cleaning, your design choices will make an impact on you every day. Implement the strategies below and you will end up with a bathroom that looks and feels like a dream bathroom, but cleans as easily as a no-nonsense public restroom.
Just say no to grout. Scrubbing grout lines has to be one of the least favorite chores when it comes to cleaning a bathroom. Using a solid-surface choice for your walls will save a lot of elbow grease. Consider using stone slabs, which have few seam lines and are very thin. Other options include: caesarstone (which can be used alone or in a combination with tile), vinyl wall coverings, and back-painted glass. In areas where your walls don’t have to be tiles, paint it a great option. Use one specifically formulated for bathrooms for its resistance to mildew. If you can’t eliminate grout lines entirely, then reduce the number and thickness.
Buy a (quiet) fan. Yes, buy a fan for your bathroom and put it on a timer. This may not sound like a design strategy for making your bathroom easier to clean, but it is. If you have a fan that sounds like a jet engine, you will be less likely to turn it on and that will lead to an increase in mildew- which means more cleaning. A whisper-silent one is so quiet that you’ll need a timer so you won’t forget to turn it off.
Select a linear drain. Installing one of these drains means that your shower floor will have a flat slope in one direction. You will be able to run your large-format floor tile right on into the shower instead of using little mosaic tiles to accommodate multiple directions of slope.
Say good-bye to glass. Cleaning glass is almost as bad as cleaning grout. Instead, strategically plan your shower around a corner in a wet zone. This will eliminate the need for a glass partition. With large-format tiles and a slab countertop as well, the bathroom would be very low maintenance. You may go even more extreme and create a fully watertight wet room. The handheld showerhead lets you hose it down and go. In fact, handheld showerheads are a real help in cleaning your shower, even if you have a more conventional-style bathroom. Get one with a long hose. If a wet room isn’t for you, consider a shower curtain and its waterproof liner in the washer to clean it. A bonus to using a shower curtain is the visual warmth fabric it adds to the décor.
Go frameless. The aluminum frames around glass shower doors are a magnet for gunk. Going frameless on your glass gives you a simple sheet to clean. There are a number of options for coatings on glass that also help it to repel water and soap scum. Check with your glass shower door manufacturer for factory coating options. Many recommend Rain X.
Get everything off of the floor. Getting on your hands and knees to clean a toilet crammed into a narrow space with that horrible, convoluted shape on the side is not a fun task. Wall-mounted toilets are easier to reach all the way around. They also make cleaning the floor easier. Mounting your vanity on the wall will also make the floor easier to clean. If you choose to not install a wall-mounted toilet, then at the very least, choose a skirted model. The smooth sides don’t catch as much as dusk and gunk.
Wall-mounted faucets are a better choice than deck-mounted ones. Gravity is working for you, carrying the soap and water residue away from the faucet instead of having it all collect at the base. Wall-mounted facets also keep the counter clear, making it easier to wipe down.
Choose tile placement carefully. If you absolutely love tile and want to have some in your bathroom, then place it where it will need the least amount of cleaning. Try to place tile out of any splash zone.
Have a place for everything. One thing that makes it easier to clean a bathroom is to have a spot for what you want to put away. No thinking about where to place it or having to organize a messy drawer to make room.
It can be challenging designing a small bathroom space. However, there are so many options available that can enhance and make any small bathroom into the most welcoming place in any home. Here are a few ideas to take advantage of. Read More
In today’s world, your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your house, so why not make it luxurious and comfortable or a soothing oasis away from the outside world. When designing or remodeling your bathroom, make sure you choose the things that you would really, really like to use every day, since according to fact, you will spend approximately 2 weeks a year in your bathroom. Both bathtubs and showers offer benefits and disadvantages, so you need to consider your needs before deciding which one to install.
Space, safety, features and style should all be considered when making your decision. The size of your bathroom will determine whether you install a shower or bathtub. Safety needs to be included when you have handicapped or children in your home, for their ease of use. Both bathtubs and showers offer different features and styles to choose from. There are a full range of traditional and contemporary designs, including shower heads and fixtures and bathtub types. Bathtub types can include three – wall alcove, recessed, drop-in, or freestanding styles. Showers can be combined with the bathtub if you want the best of both worlds.
Benefits and Disadvantages of Both:
Bathtubs provide a great spot for extreme relaxation. Historically, baths have been used for their therapeutic and healing properties. If you add the right mixture of aromatherapy bath salts to your bath, you can relax your mind and aid in rheumatic, inflammatory, and muscular ailments, as well as relieve stress, since you can relax and take time for yourself. They help your circulation by dilating your blood vessels, which can help to relieve aches and pains and be therapeutic. Also, by immersing yourself in a bathtub of water you can take the weight off your joints and muscles and which can be helpful for arthritis, back pain, headaches, sports injuries, and many more ailments.
Showers are invigorating and perhaps more cleansing and generally use less water if you have a low-flow shower head and don’t spend much time showering. Beside water use, showers are quick to take, they’re effective since you can wash and rinse at the same time, feel good with the water flowing over or massaging your body, and can be incorporated into your hydrotherapy treatments since you can change from hot to cold water almost instantaneously.
Regardless of which you choose, make the most of out of your bathtub and shower by pampering yourself while bathing. Make sure you get the maximum relaxation and benefits from both by using warm water, shower/bath gels and soaps, and aromatherapy bath salts to indulge your senses. Enjoy the most benefit from your bathing experience, no matter which method you choose, by setting the mood – turn down the lights, light a candle, and indulge in your “you” time!
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Renowned designers who have created products for Duravit include Andreas Struppler, Norman Foster, Philippe Starck, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Jochen Schmiddem. Read More