What can I expect as I begin my new project?

So you’re starting a new project, but you don’t know what to expect. Should you be concerned? Will you have the time? How much will it cost?

Fear not, whether you’re replacing a shower head or constructing a new house, we have answers for you!

Most people think purchasing new bathroom fixtures or door hardware is a daunting experience, which often leads them to avoid it all together. They tend to leave everything the way it is and just move when things gets old. In reality, purchasing new bathroom fixtures or door hardware is no more difficult than buying a new sofa or bed, and the end result is much more satisfying! However, there are a few things you should consider. We’ll break it up into four points: budget, size and location, style, and comfort and personal experience.

 1. Budget

Your first step after you’ve decided to start a new project is setting a budget. The question is, how do you decide on that budget? Everyone’s budget will be different, but as a rule of thumb your budget should be dictated by the value of the home. If the house is not worth more than you are willing to spend on the project, you might need to rethink the project. You want to spend as much as the house will allow. After all, bath and kitchen renovations are the only ones that guarantee a better selling price, and a quicker sale when you are ready.

 2. Size and Location

Your bathroom should be planned according to space and location. For this reason, we recommend that all our customers prepare a floor plan with measurements of the existing bath before they meet with us. If you don’t plan according to your measurements, you might just fall in love with items that just don’t fit in your space. To prevent this from happening there are a few key things you should look out for.

  • Be sure to look at the size and location of the windows. Windows can be helpful in providing “centering”; however, they can also become a problem if you are not careful. For example, a window can become problematic if it is behind a vanity, since it is very difficult to put a mirror on top of a window. Windows in the shower can also be an issue, as most people like their privacy.
  • Be mindful of the position of the toilet. The toilet is the most expensive piece to relocate, so when it’s possible it’s best to leave the toilet location intact. Even moving it 1” will be extremely difficult! By code, a toilet needs 30” of space, meaning there cannot be anything closer than 15” from the center of the toilet. In addition, be sure to keep leg space in mind. This is one area where comfort is crucial

Tuthill Architecture    B+G Design Inc.

3.  Style

When it comes to style, the bathroom should match the rest of the house. If the house and furniture is very traditional, you may not want to go modern in the bathroom. On the other hand, a contemporary home would not welcome a very classical or ornate bathroom.

Charlotte Dunagan Design Group    Tuthill Architecture

If the style of your house allows it, contemporary is a great option! Clean lines are in and polished chrome will keep costs down and will be beautiful many years after it’s installed.

4. Comfort and Personal Experience

Your daily experience in your bathroom is extremely important, and the way you plan your bathroom will have a huge effect on that. We all use our bathrooms in different ways, so it’s important for you to discuss with us how you use yours and what kind of experience you would like to have.

For example, do you like a spa like atmosphere? Do you want a separate room or rooms for the toilet area? Do you prefer a strong shower, or a soft rain like experience? Do you want a cool clean look, or do you prefer warm and cozy? How about a sauna, or steam?


Functionality is also very important. Who will be using the tub and how will they use it? Some people like to share the tub as a couple, while others only use it to bathe their children or grandchildren. We once had a customer tell us that she needed a bidet, and when we asked her why she said it would be used as a drinking fountain for her dog!

No matter what your request, we can help! All you need to do is tell us how you want to use your bathroom!

Alene Workman Interior Design, Inc  Duravit