The Powder Room, Half Bathroom, or 2 Piece

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This little space is one of the most used bathrooms in the home, and is the one primarily used by guests and visitors. Elegant Bathrooms Stoney Creek understands that this is the bathroom that sets the tone for the entire home, and if there is one bathroom that our clients typically like to splurge on, this is the one!   There are usually 2 primary layouts: one with the toilet and the vanity system across from each other, and one with the toilet and the vanity system beside each other, or side by side. I find that they are usually located near the main entrance of the home, or tucked off to the side by the side entrance of the home. These types of bathrooms are very utilitarian, and, because of their smaller nature, most clients treat it like a blank canvas and it gives them the opportunity to be bold with their choices.

Layout #1
Layout #1
Layout #2
Layout #2

Plan

Not sure where to start?  First, you need to decide on what you want for your powder room. Are you going to remodel the whole bathroom or are you just doing a partial bathroom renovation? Full bathroom renovation involves removing toilet, vanity system, mirror, light, accessories, any wall coverings and flooring. A partial renovation typically involves removing your existing toilet and or vanity system only and leaving the floor as is. The choice is yours. To prepare for your bathroom renovation, you will need to keep all of your ideas in one place. It is also a good idea to keep pictures of what you like. This will help you to move onto the next step: Design.

Design

Time to measure the bathroom space. It is important to get the answers to the following questions because they may affect your plan:

  1. Where does your plumbing come from:
    a) From the wall behind the vanity?
    b) From the right or left hand side of the vanity?
    c) From the floor, or
    d) Combination of both, back wall and side, or floor and wall
  2. Where is your water supply located for your toilet floor or wall? (Measure the distance from the center of the toilet to the water supply).
  3. Measure from the wall to the toilet bolts.
  4. Indicate any outside walls on your drawing.
  5. Measure your vanity from the center of the toilet, to the left, and to the right.
  6. Is the flooring in the powder room the same as the hallway?
  7.  If you have a floor heat vent, remove the cover and see which way the pipe runs, then indicate this on your drawing.
  8. Take pictures of your current space and bring them with you.

Now that you have all of the information you need, we can answer any questions and see what options are available for your space.  Then, we can move on to the next step:  Select.

Select

Now you are ready for your half bathroom renovation. With all of this information, you can now start selecting. I like to start with the flooring because that is the predominant area. Next would be the cabinet and countertop, followed by wall coverings, toilet, and sink.  Now the fun stuff, fixtures and accessories:  faucets, toilet paper holder, towel bar, cabinet hardware, lights, and mirrors. As a helpful tool, you can use our handy check list to make sure that you have everything you need. This is also a good time to consider the luxury items like heated flooring, heated towel racks, and washlet toilet seats, but they can be added later, as well. Once everything has been selected, we can order all of the products, then we’re ready for the next step: Install.

Install

This is where everything comes together! Whether you are doing it yourself, working with a contractor, or having us install it for you, this is the moment we’ve all have been waiting for!  Once the demolition is done, confirm that all plumbing and electrical are properly placed and functioning. Remember that there is the possibility of some type of surprise issue at this stage, for example, a pipe coming through the floor under the vanity that might need to be moved or an electrical line without a junction box where the light fixture is installed. Depending on how extensive your project is, I find a renovation typically takes about 3 to 5 business days. If you are doing this on your own, remember that we are here to help. Just contact us, and we can set up a service call, if needed. The final step: Enjoy!

Enjoy

Be sure to clean your bathroom of any construction dust (this might take a couple of cleanings before it’s all gone), and we advise that you register all of your products for warranty purposes. Add your final touches, and if you find yourself thinking that you wish you had added that hand towel bar, or anything else, it’s never too late.

Don’t forget to congratulate yourself on a job well done!

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