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Remodeled bathroom with new tub, sink, and toilet
January 28, 2012

Reinventing Your Bathroom with a Splash On emotional, practical, spiritual, and financial levels, a remodeled bathroom can be a very good thing. Maybe you’re thinking that colorful new wall tiles will lift your spirits when you walk in there each...

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Top Toilet Manufacturers

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A toilet with a bright idea

Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies has compiled a list of top toilet manufacturers. This list of top toilet manufacturers was compiled after researching various analytical sources. The following top toilet manufacturers have been held in high esteem for low water consumption, easy installation, perfomance, and plumbing quality.

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A colorful bathroom faucet creating a steamy bathroom

Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies has compiled a list of top bathroom faucet manufacturers. This list of top bathroom faucet manufacturers was compiled after researching various analytical sources. The following top bathroom faucet manufacturers have been held in high esteem for valve assembly, style, water pressure, and spout productivity. 

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A lemon colored and shaped bathroom sink

Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies has compiled a list of top bathroom sink manufacturers. This list of top bathroom sink manufacturers was compiled after researching various analytical sources. The following top bathroom sink manufacturers have been held in high esteem for cleanability, cot effectiveness, style, and size.

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A shower and tub

Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies has compiled a list of top shower and tub manufacturers. This list of top shower and tub manufacturers was compiled after researching various analytical sources. The following top shower and tub manufacturers have been held in high esteem for price, water conservation, shower and tub comfort, and style.

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bathroom cabinets

Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies has compiled a list of top bathroom cabinet manufacturers. This list of top bathroom cabinet manufacturers was compiled after researching various analytical sources. The following top bathroom cabinet manufacturers have been held in high esteem for storage capacity, style, construction quality, and accessibility.

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Top Tile Manufacturers

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Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies has compiled a list of top tile manufacturers. This list of top tile manufacturers was compiled after researching various analytical sources. The following top tile manufacturers have been held in high esteem for ease of installation, durability, cost, and moisture resistance.

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An X shaped bathroom faucet handle

Getting a Handle on Types of Faucets and Controls

When you’re selecting a faucet, make sure that it’s compatible with the sink you choose. Lavatory sinks are drilled for faucets with a distance of 4 inches (center-set) or 8 inches (widespread) between the hot and cold faucet handles. A single hole accommodates most single-control faucets. Many sinks are also available with centered single holes, and some have no drillings for faucets mounted directly on the countertop or on the wall.

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A decorated bathroom sink basin

Looking at Types and Styles of Basins

Before you walk into a bathroom design center to look at basins and faucets, do some noodling about who uses the bathroom, what the priorities are, how often it will is used, the style you like, and how maintenance friendly you want the room to be. Yes, a snappy red pedestal sink would be a knockout, but in a family bathroom, a better choice is a countertop sink with a vanity for storage in a light color that doesn't show soap scum and is easy to clean.

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A building permit

Making It Legal: Remembering Building Codes

The building codes that are decided by the city or county where you live are designed for new homes and renovations to existing ones. So remodeling a bathroom will put you in touch with your local building department. The codes are created as a way to protect you from poor workmanship, which can be dangerous, and to provide a standard and uniform way that work, especially electrical and plumbing work, is completed. A building permit is issued by your local building department, which follows up with a series of inspections during various stages of the construction process and at its completion.

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Acrylic block windows and shower walls in a bathroom

Introducing Glass’s Second Cousin, Acrylic

Acrylic block combines the beauty of glass block with a tough scratch-resistant acrylic plastic, making it considerably lighter than glass block. It is available in prefabricated window and door panels that are fully glazed. These acrylic block assemblies are held together by resilient polymer clips and encased in aluminum or vinyl frames. The window and door panels are easy to install with standard tools, and because acrylic block is installed without mortar, there’s no mess and fewer headaches. The blocks are available in three finishes: clear, patterned, and frosted. They come in standard 6-inch and 8-inch square sizes and 2- and 3-inch thicknesses. The block can be used for custom windows, door inserts, wall partitions, and curved shower enclosures.

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