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Adventures in virtual bathroom remodelling

Filed Under: bathroom, plumbing, remodeling

Oh, happy day! We are finally going to renovate one of our nasty, outdated bathrooms. This is great news, although I can't help but dwell on the niggling problems. Problem 1: I will have to undertake the nightmarish task of finding good, pleasant, honest contractors who are actually available to do the work sometime this century. Although my hope is that this should be easier given the downturn in the housing market. (Hey, gotta make lemonade from lemons...) Problem 2: the room is very small and narrow. It also has an odd, sloping roof with no crawl space above the ceiling, so replacing the ancient light fixture could be tricky.

Can my dream tub fit within this weird little room? That is the question. Okay, the answer is probably a big fat "No" -- at least to the big bathtub of my dreams. However, I'm willing to compromise on a smaller, narrower tub. So last night I spent a little time surfing around on the Web looking for inspiration. First up: I continue to be shocked at the lack of practical planning advice on manufacturer web sites. I'm looking at you American Standard and Kohler. You both need to send your Web design monkeys back to the drawing board 'cause although your sites are stylish, they aren't much help to the confused homeowner!

Let down by the big trusted names, I went looking for virtual design tools of any kind. (I found virtual tools really useful when we were reflooring last year.) Here's one I found useful: British site Bathroom Design Guide has an interactive feature called the Does it Fit? Bathroom Planner. Check it out. Pros: it's easy to use, loads quickly and does not require registration or any downloading of software. Cons: Being a Brit site, measurements are entered in centimeters. Therefore, you'll have to convert from inches, but if you can't do that in your head very efficiently, there are Web tools to help with that, too. I like Manuel's Web.


  • Ellen from

    I myself am in the process of trying to get started with a bathroom remodel and i too feel like it is a difficult process. It seems like there is a great opportunity here for a US based virtual bathroom planner service. If anyone out there is a bathroom designer, consider making a MindBite video on how to get started, resources, design, considerations etc.

  • tomcom

    Yes, Kolher and American Standard are trusted names. I personally like Kolher better because they have better designs and the quality is superior. Of course, many other brands are good too like the following:

  • diane.rixon

    I've always heard that Kohler is the best brand out there. They certainly look fabulous in the bathroom showrooms I've visited.

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