Bathroom Remodeling Start a Planner for Bathroom Design Success

As one of the most used rooms in the house, bathroom remodeling requires careful planning for the best bathroom design. Building code requirements, complexity of bathroom plumbing, and other important considerations make do it yourself bathroom remodeling a challenging undertaking.

Many DIY bathroom remodeling homeowners depend on a reliable bathroom contractor or contractor handyman to help with at least some aspects of the project. This helps to ensure residential building code requirements will be met, and avoid costly errors.

Basic Standard Building Code Requirements

While building code requirements need to be checked on a local level, there are some bathroom design requirements that fall under standard building code guidelines.

Some of these basic requirements are:

Toilet enclosures - bathroom stall enclosures must have at least 36" X 66" of space

Toilets - center at least 15" from walls and tubs; 21" clearance in front.

Faucets -for bathroom shower and combination tub/showers must include anti-scald devices

Bathroom Light fixture - at least one that is permanent, controlled by a wall switch

Wall switch - at least 60" from tub and showers

Waste and drain lines - must slope ΒΌ" per foot toward the main DWV stack; to aid flow and prevent blockage

All receptacles must be GFCI-protected

For full residential building code requirements in your area, check with your local Department of Building and Safety.

Start a Bathroom Remodeling Planner

If you design your own bathroom, start a bathroom remodeling planner to keep notes, ideas, and important aspects of your bathroom remodeling plans. Follow the steps below for planning success:

Bathroom Floor Plan - draw your bathroom floor plan and wall dimensions to scale. For help on how to do this, research the topic online or acquire the services of a bathroom designer. Buy or make templates; draw the existing bathroom layout, and then experiment with different layouts for the room. Include plans for fixtures and bathroom plumbing lines. Remember, relocating existing fixture drains can add considerably to cost and complexity of your project.

Check Local Building Code Requirements - if you haven't already, contact the Department of Building and Safety for local residential building code requirements. Pay particular attention to minimum clearances required around fixtures. In addition to space available, this will determine whether compact fixtures and/or built-in fixtures will be required. If you are designing a handicap-friendly bathroom, obtain a universal building code list instead of the standard. Use universal building code guidelines to create a more flexible bathroom design; one that meets the needs of persons of all ages as much as possible, regardless of size or physical ability.