Planning

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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Bathroom plans that have been approved by the NKBA

Reviewing NKBA Planning Guidelines

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), a trade group of design professionals, suggests these planning guidelines for a safe and functional room for all to enjoy. When these people refer to "clearance space" around a fixture, it means the space required so that the fixture can be used with comfort and ease. Note that these clearance spaces in front of or around fixtures can overlap.

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A handicap accessible bathroom

Gaining Easy Accesses: Universal Design

Not so long ago, universal design was associated with physical disabilities, but today it means a home design philosophy that is user-friendly, regardless of a person’s age or limitations. Really savvy homeowners are remodeling their homes, especially the kitchen and bathrooms, with an eye to the future.

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A fancily designed bathroom

Ten Great Remodeling Web Sites

When you need help planning a new bathroom, spend some quality time online. Many Web sites are worthy of a long visit. You can get help visualizing colors and styles and find design tools to create a floor plan that lays out the fixtures and furnishings. Many of these design tools are simplified versions of the software that professional designers use, and some are just fun to use because they're interactive and let you play around with different color schemes and palettes. If you have access to the Net, let your fingers do the walking - on the keyboard, that is. Visit these sites, and you'll come away with some good insights and ideas, along with printouts of floor plans or product spec sheets and shopping lists.

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A decorative bathroom with red and orange tiles

Ten Easy Bathroom Decorating Ideas

Try some of these easy-on-the-budget and easy-to-execute ideas to give your bathroom that finished look that professional designers do so well- the results may surprise you. No, your bathroom probably won't be featured in Architectural Digest, but your family and guests will notice the improvement.

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A very spacious bathroom

Ten Ways to Increase Storage Space in a Bathroom

For being one of the smallest rooms in the house, a bathroom is expected to have a whole lot of stuff. It’s no wonder storage is always at a premium. Consider using these ideas to help declutter and take advantage of every inch of space you have.

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Small bathroom with jacuzzi

Discovering Some Coping and Scheduling Strategies

Some simple tips on when and when not to schedule a bathroom remodeling can make your life much easier. For example, do not remodel your bathroom in time for a major event such as a graduation or birthday party. You'll create undue stress that can't be avoided and make the project much worse than it has to be. It’s better to schedule the project when you’re not facing an imminent deadline and keep everyone happy.

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Two people shaking hands as if over a contract

Warning signs of questionable practices

Anyone who enjoyed watching the movie Tin Men may remember some of the deceitful business practices of the main characters. You need to be on the outlook for some of these practices, too. If you notice any of the following during or after an interview with a contractor, don’t hire that person:

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Painting warning on wall that says, "safety first"

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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Bathroom with black counter and brown walls

Recognizing a Good Contract

A contract may be one page that describes a basic service or installation if you’re hiring a subcontractor, or it may be a lengthy document that outlines in detail a major renovation that a general contractor will perform. NARI recommends that you consult with your attorney or personal advisor whenever you have questions or concerns about a remodeling contract.

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