Bathroom Planning Guide

A well-planned bathroom will take more design time than any room in the house other than the kitchen. A lot gets packed into the bathroom: oddly shaped fixtures, lots of plumbing, specialty electrical equipment, cabinetry, a door or two, and possibly windows or skylights -- or both. And it all has to go into a relatively small space.

Along with the floor plan, other design decisions involve questions about ventilation, moisture evacuation and heating. And you'll have to make choices about a shower, a tub, a toilet, possibly tile, and at least one sink. The list goes on and on.

In this special collection from the pages of Fine Homebuilding, we give you what you'll need to plan a perfect bathroom. We've also included articles on six cool bathrooms to inspire your design and to showcase some fine craftsmanship. Fit and finish are extremely important in a bathroom due to the fact that while the audience is usually small, they tend to be discerning as they sit with nothing to do but look around the little room (or maybe read a magazine).

Essentials

Ten Important Elements of a Good Bathroom Online Membership Required
A little planning along with a thoughtful selection of fittings and fixtures can make all the difference
Showers in the Forecast Online Membership Required
From showerheads to spa showers, new options look good and feel great
Hot Water Now Online Membership Required
Recirculation systems eliminate a long wait at the tap and save thousands of gallons of water
Directions to the Powder Room

Bathroom Design

Directions to the Powder Room Online Membership Required
Pack big value into little spaces with custom fixtures and efficient floor plans

The Perfect Master Bath
An architect's advice on turning a good bath into a great bath -- without breaking the bank

Ten Important Elements of a Good BathroomOnline Membership Required
A little planning along with a thoughtful selection of fittings and fixtures can make all the difference

Small Baths That Live Large
Two remodeled bathrooms showcase strategies that make small spaces feel roomy, without big changes

Preventing Moisture Problems in Bathrooms
A poorly designed bathroom is no better than a leaky roof; an experienced bath designer tells where the worst problems occur and how to prevent them

Hot Water Now

Materials and Fixtures

Hot Water Now Online Membership Required
Recirculation systems eliminate a long wait at the tap and save thousands of gallons of water

Showers in the ForecastOnline Membership Required
From showerheads to spa showers, new options look good and feel great

21st-Century ToiletsOnline Membership Required
New features flood the market, and basic toilets keep getting better and better

Breathing Fresh Air Into Bathroom VentilationOnline Membership Required
Powerful, quiet exhaust fans and their smart switches have made it easy to avoid mold, mildew, and stale air in the bath

Sink Choices for Small BathroomsOnline Membership Required
Sink choices for small bathrooms

Two Baths From One

Cool Bathrooms

Two Baths From One Online Membership Required
Born from one tired old space are master and kids' bathrooms full of style, storage, and daylight

Beach-House Bath on a BudgetOnline Membership Required
Off-the-shelf materials dressed up with custom details yield a modern look with a modest price tag

Better Roof, Better BathOnline Membership Required
Enlarging an existing dormer made space for twin vanities, a curbless shower, and a generous closet

Vineyard Bath RetreatOnline Membership Required
Curving stainless-steel and teak partitions create distinctive quarters with a nautical theme

Bath MathOnline Membership Required
Adding a dormer and subtracting a double closet yields a compact but luxurious master bath

Putting the Craft Back in a Craftsman BathOnline Membership Required
Tilework triumphs over sagging floors and out-of-plumb walls