There are many elements required to complete a functional bathroom. You will need a shower area, a toilet bowl, as well as other fixtures that you may need. However, space is arguably one of the most important elements that you need to consider in any bathroom remodeling project. For most homeowners, space is a limited commodity, which is why you need to make the most out of whatever space you have available for your bathroom. In order to do this, you will need an efficient bathroom layout.
When trying to choose a good layout for your bathroom remodeling, you may be tempted to base your decision on what looks good. However, this may not be the best thing to do. You should always prioritize function over form. While your tub might look good in a specific area, it might not be the best place for a tub due to the location of your plumbing or certain ergonomic concerns. This also holds true for the location of your shower area, your toilet bowl, and your sink.
Most bathrooms are cramped affairs as far as rooms go which is why placement plays a very important factor. If you are unsure of where to place what, then you may want to consider taking a gander at guidelines provided by the International Residential Code or your local building codes. They often offer practical, tried and tested guiding principles for your bathroom layout. Once you have picked a floor plan for your bathroom, then you can move on to other things such as lighting.
When thinking about a lighting layout for your bathroom remodeling project, there are generally four considerations to make: decorative lighting, accent lighting, ambient lighting and task lighting by order of increasing importance. Once you have all the lighting elements in place, then you can finally start down the road to your dream bathroom.