Archive for the 'Baths' Category

Laundry room/bathroom combo a great idea

In a previous post, Andrew C. wondered how to best use the extra space on the ground floor of his Crofton, Md., townhouse. He wanted both a larger laundry area and a bathroom. Several readers gave good suggestions. Helen thought up a different configuration for the space with room for a big bath and a [...]

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Design challenge: A bigger laundry room or a new bathroom?

Andrew C., a reader from Crofton, Md., needs our advice on whether to add a bathroom to some extra space on his ground floor, or to enlarge his cramped laundry room. (See the miserable laundry room here and here.) A little background: Andrew bought his three-story townhouse a year ago and plans to live there [...]

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My new shower curtain: Should I toss it out?

I was so excited about this new shower curtain, which was a gift for my husband. It was at about 35,000 feet, breathing airliner air, when I saw in a magazine this really neat shower curtain. The clear vinyl on the top would allow our dark and narrow shower stall some needed daylight. And the [...]

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Blend your own glass tile

Do you ever feel “terminally unique?” I do. And that’s why blending my own glass tile backsplash is so appealing. Oceanside Glasstile of Carlsbad offers an online tool for mixing up the colors you like best. Here’s my favorite blend! It feels exciting to my bones. Granted, it’s not relaxing. It’s not classic. But, it’s [...]

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Luxurious rain-type showerheads need not be pricey

I’m not big on showers. Baths are my daily therapy. (However, according to my poll, only 22% of you agree with me.) But I’ll admit that my husband’s rainfall-type showerhead makes for an extremely satisfying experience. And it occurred to me while reading an article about rainfall showerheads in the Chicago Tribune that standing under [...]

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In remodeling: emotional choices, logical rationalizations

Perhaps you’ve heard this ditty about the choices we make in life: We choose based on emotion, and then rationalize our choices with logic. It’s like that with me and claw-foot-style tubs and pedestal sinks. The logic says: bad choice. And a previous posting on this blog brought many well-thought-out comments from readers on why [...]

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Q&A: Where to find locally quarried stone?

If you’re going green, you know that transportation of your green goods must be factored in. Even if a product is made of recycled materials, for instance, when you have to ship it halfway around the world, that creates a lot of greenhouse gases and negates your green efforts. All this is especially so with [...]

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Q&A: Where to find locally quarried stone?

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Poll: Should bathroom light point up or down?

A reader sent in this question and I’m glad because I’m having the same quandary. The question: I’ll be purchasing lighting for above a bathroom mirror. Which is better? Mounting the fixture so the lights point down or point up? Currently there is a bar fixture so I have no experience with this lighting issue. [...]

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Encinitas powder room wins award

This gorgeous (and expensive-looking) powder room in an Encinitas home won a design award from the National Kitchen and Bath Assn. Here’s the design statement for what the judges call a "New Mexican masterpiece": "The home was totally gutted and remodeled in a New Mexican design style. All materials were reclaimed where possible and the [...]

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Shower power in a Glassell Park bungalow

In response to Erik’s bathroom design challenge (below), I’d like to offer this bathroom that was remodeled by Kristina and David in the Glassell Park area of Los Angeles. I’d been out to the house recently to see their new kitchen, which will be appearing soon in my Pardon Our Dust series in the newspaper. [...]

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Designer for a Day: What about this old tiled bathroom?

Let’s put on our design caps and see if we can help Erik, a reader with an old tiled bathroom he’d like to update. He writes: “I’ve got a Monterey Spanish house in the Hollywood Hills, where there is no master bath, and the main bathroom for the bedrooms is fairly large, and is tiled [...]

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Big challenges in a little bathroom

I’ve often suspected that the house I live in (built in the 1970s?) was made from "found materials." We have ceiling beams of different thicknesses, various kinds of siding and window sizes that make no sense other than that’s what someone found cheap or free. But what I’m happy the original builders found was a [...]

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Ask a SoCal Realtor: Huge shower and no bath OK?

Question: My wife and I are getting ready to remodel our master bath. However it's small and our options are limited. We can get a better look and use out of a huge walk-in shower, but I'm fearful a bath/shower combo may be better for resale. Any expert thoughts out there would be appreciated. Answer: [...]

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Ask a SoCal Contractor: How small is the smallest powder room?

Question: What are the minimum dimensions for a half-bath that the city of Los Angeles will permit? In other words, how small a room can I convert to make a powder room and still get a permit? — Kris in Highland Park Answer: From licensed general contractor Alon Toker of Mega Builders: The minimal dimensions [...]

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It’s a man’s toilet

Ever notice how designer toilets are so curvy and sensuous? Not this toilet, by Toto, which is going in the opposite direction. It’s big. It’s solid. It’s angular. It’s a man’s toilet. This toilet was included in a "gentleman’s retreat" bathroom, designed by Christy Schneider of Mariposa Design Group in Dana Point, and featured on [...]

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The epitome of an un-green bathroom

The good news is that I have a perfect example of a bathroom that breaks some of the basic rules of green building. The bad news is, the bathroom is in my house. Ideally, to cut back on energy use, a bathroom should have natural light and natural ventilation. This bathroom has neither. Despite the [...]

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Bathroom in Carlsbad has style and accessibility

Have you ever wondered how an accessible bathroom could look less like a nursing home and more like a tropical retreat? Check out this missive I received from Debra B. in Carlsbad: A leaking shower pan became the impetus for a long-postponed bathroom remodel. The dark, narrow, corridor-like master bathroom (pictured below) in my 1950s [...]

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The $1,400 Ikea bathroom remodel

Here’s one of the latest creations posted on Ikea Hacker blog, where clever people find ways to create cool environments on a budget and mostly with Ikea products. The coolest thing in this $1,400 bathroom, from my perspective, is the simple wall-mounted sink set into a wooden shelf with a hole cut in it. This [...]

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Is a home urinal in your future?

We’re pretty stuck in our ways in this country when it comes to bathroom fixtures. Despite decades of marketing efforts by fixture manufactures, it still comes down to: Toilet? Yes. Bidet? No. Urinal? No. Of course there are exceptions, but for the most part we accept the standard toilet and reject the rest. As an [...]

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