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Trans 1) Getting Started Trans
2) Building Codes
3) Removing Toilets & Sinks
4) Demolishing Tubs and Walls
5) Framing Walls & Windows
6) Framing Showers & Tubs
7) Mechanical Systems
8) Drywall and Backer Board
9) Cabinets
10) Countertops
11) Ceramic Tile
12) Vinyl Flooring
13) Picking Faucets & Sinks
14) Choosing Showers, Tubs & Toilets
15) Finishing Touches

Choosing Fixtures

When you shop for bathroom fixtures, it's always a good idea to go with a name-brand item. You'll probably get better service if a problem arises, and replacement parts are easier to get.

White has always been the most popular bathroom fixture color. As a result, white fixtures are usually less expensive. Almond fixtures cost a bit more, and designer colors can really tax a budget by costing up to 50% more.

A distributor's showroom will have high quality fixtures that aren't normally sold in retail stores. Most showrooms aren't open to the public and require a referral by a plumber or contractor.

If you're working with a plumber, ask about arranging a visit to a distributor's showroom because it's an excellent place to get more fixture and design ideas.

Faucets & Sinks

faucetA simple way to give a bathroom a facelift is to buy a new tub or sink (lavatory) faucet. New faucets might not make a big impact on your house guests, but it can provide a refreshing, new look.

Think about faucets in a range of colors like solid white, chrome, gold-plated, even red or black. Installation is relatively easy and may cost around $75 to $200.

NOTE: Consider replacing the shower head, tub faucet and sink faucet all at the same time if matching them is important to your design.

marble sinkChanging a sink is also an easy fixture upgrade that may cost around $200 to $400. A Cultured-marble countertop and sink is a "pre-formed," integrated piece. Self-rimming sinks set in the vanity opening with the rim resting on the countertop. Undercounter models utilize fasteners to hold the sink in place below the countertop's surface.

Pedestal sinks don't provide a bathroom with countertop space nor storage, but do create more space. They're made to look old-fashioned and can add more charm and character to a wall/corner area.

For installation information, see Plumbing: Vanity and Pedestal Sinks.

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