Is it time to remodel a bathroom in your home? Does it desperately need an update? Do you long for a larger, functional and relaxing space? Or if you plan on aging in place you may want accessibility, comfort, and safety. Whatever your reasons are, all it takes is a plan.

A good bathroom layout will strive to have as much open space as possible and good flow no matter what the size of the room.  Consider the placement of fixtures, determine whether plumbing needs to be moved. If you are working with a large space, you may want a shower and a separate free-standing tub. If space is an issue, it may be better to remove the tub and focus on creating a fabulous shower.

If your bathroom is on the smaller side, there are ways to make it appear larger. One way is with mirrors and sconces. Installing sconces on mirrors reflects light and brightens the room. Popular right now is streamlined tube lights that with a flip of a switch both provide task and soft ambient lighting.

Another way to open up any bathroom space is with a curbless shower with linear drain and frameless glass enclosure. This would also be useful for aging-in-place design. There are additional safety features that can be incorporated into your plans such as slip-resistant surfaces and attractive grab bars that can work as a hanger for towels.

Photo courtesy of Remodelers of Houston. This whole house remodel features a master bath with freestanding tub

With any bathroom remodeling plan, I think we’ll all agree that the toilet should not be the first thing you see when you are walking into the room.  Consider a modern wall mounted toilet which minimizes how far it protrudes into the room.  It can be tucked behind a vanity, half wall or in a larger bathroom in its own closet.

Something often requested by homeowners is the need for more storage.  Incorporating niches in showers, adding a narrow counter to ceiling cabinets on vanities and adding open shelving are some useful solutions.

Barn doors and pocket doors are great space savers and provide improved accessibility especially for bathrooms. Add a frosted glass panel to your door for privacy and to let in some light.

So, if it’s time for that bathroom makeover, consult a professional remodeler to bring your home improvement dreams to life.

Please Note: All electrical, plumbing & mechanical work is subcontracted to contractors licensed by the State of Texas.

About the Author

This article was provided by a member of the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association. The Remodelers Council is dedicated to promoting professionalism and public awareness of the remodeling profession through education, certification and service to the Houston community. For more information on this article, please contact Lorraine Hart at To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit

The Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association is an organization of remodelers and industry professionals. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence and professionalism within the industry, and public awareness of the Remodelers Council. We achieve this through education, certification and service to the membership, industry and the community. Members of the Remodelers Council give back to the Houston community by participating in an annual charity project. The Remodelers Council holds an annual Garage Sale at the September Texas Home and Garden Show with proceeds going to their local charity project. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit the GHBA website.

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