The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 26, 2014

Bathroom break

Don’t forget ‘the necessary room’ in home makeovers



Bathroom redo rules

1. Plan a budget. “There are literally thousands of choices out there. A designer can help you stay within budget and can narrow down the choices to the best ones for your room,” said Jeannie.

2. Determine your layout. Try to avoid relocating fixtures — plumbing is expensive to move!

3. Don’t overlook lighting, including sconces, light bars, overhead, recessed and track.

“I like recessed with wall sconces installed at eye level to light your face evenly,” suggests Jeannie.

4. Don’t forget ventilation. “Mold and mildew will quickly destroy your new renovation, so purchase a good vent. Watch for CMF and sone ratings. The higher the CMF, the better for pulling out humidity. The lower the sones, the quieter it will be.”

5. Know that bathtubs are optional. “Many of my clients have taken out their tubs completely (for showers). My rule of thumb is to keep one bathtub in the house. There may be a time when you or a future owner will need it.”

6. Define your style. “Purchasing magazines and bath books will give you many ideas. Select ones you are drawn to and those you do not like. You should see a theme develop which will help you and a professional select appropriate materials.”

7. Be particular about the details. To add luxury to a bathroom, install a sound system, a television and/or a chandelier.

For more design tips, visit or call 304-255-6808.

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