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How To Start Bathroom Planning Like a Pro

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How To Start Bathroom Planning Like a Pro

You’ve thought about bathroom remodeling for years and you’ve finally decided now is the time. You’re past the dreaming stage and ready to dig in and get the process going. Bathroom planning can be overwhelming- there are so many things to consider and many decisions to make. Your new bathroom should be planned with care. But where do you start?

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Start by asking yourself some preliminary questions:

  • What is the main reason for remodeling my bathroom?
  • What features are important to me?
  • What problems do I hope to solve?

It’s important that you write down the answers to your questions because writing nurtures inspiration.  Doodle on the page and let the creative juices flow.

This process may take a few days. When you can’t think of any more answers, it’s time to put your tablet down and start again tomorrow. Time spent on this exercise will make the rest of the remodeling process easier.

Here are some key questions to get you started:

1. What is my primary goal?
Do you want to replace just your bathtub and wall surround, or completely remodel your entire bathroom with the latest style and features, or somewhere in between? Write down as many answers to the question as you can. The purpose is to jog your brain and think through all the reasons why you want to remodel.

2. What problems do I hope to solve? 
Think about how you use the bathroom. What works well and what creates frustrations? Is there anything that really irks you? Write down every dislike in as much detail as you can.

3. Write a description of your dream bathroom.
What features must you have? What luxuries would make your bathroom spa-comfortable? What features would make you smile every time you stepped into your new bathroom? What color would you use? Write as many details as you can, even though the budget may exclude them.

4. Look through magazines and online to find ideas.
Make a scrapbook of design ideas and features that appeal to you. Tear out magazine pages and make notes on them. Print interesting online articles. Write down anything that’s the least bit interesting—we’ll sort through everything later.

When you can’t look at one more home magazine and you feel comfortable with your scrapbook, it’s time to purge. Review all of your notes and pictures. Throw out pictures that don’t make the grade and rewrite all of your notes in a more organized fashion. This process will eliminate the ideas you no longer like and clarify your overall design concept.

Now that you have your design concept along with all of the details, you are ready to either tackle the project yourself or to talk a professional bathroom remodeler. You should feel confident that you know what you want and how you want your bathroom to look.

Ask The Expert: Window Trim Rot Repair

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Ask The Expert: Window Trim Rot In Bathroom


“The trim on my window, which is located on the back wall above my bathtub, is rotting. What kind of paint should I use to keep the window trim rot from getting worse?” – Chris M.

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Window sill rot


“Chris, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if the trim is rotting chances are there is more water damage than meets the eye. My suggestion is to replace the window with a vinyl window. You can buy a vinyl replacement window at any home improvement store or you could hire a window company to replace the window. Repair any water damage before replacing the window. If you find mold, treat it accordingly. Use vinyl trim, acrylic, or tile to trim out or case the window. Good luck.” -Tim

Wood is a very porous substance that tends to retain water, making it less-than-ideal in a bathroom. A wooden windowsill is even less practical IN your shower.  Although coatings like paint, lacquer or varnish create a waterproof seal for a little while, it’s only a matter of time before it erodes and leaves your wooden window units exposed to water damage and mold.

When you are able, reinstall a vinyl window unit, avoid using porous grout or caulk that can also harbor mold spores. Be sure to check your window frame and surrounding sheetrock and wall frame to make sure the water damage hasn’t spread further than you may have anticipated.

Vinyl window units or glass blocks are great alternative to wood window units. Glass blocks and textured glass windows can provide needed privacy without reducing the natural light coming into your bathroom. Switching to glass block windows or textured glass also means you can get rid of blinds or curtains that may also be suffering from moisture.

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Different styles of textured glass




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