Remodeling the Bathroom
Are you ready to transform your drab or outdated bathroom into a place of beauty and relaxation? At Different By Design, Inc. we look forward to helping you create your dream bathroom, whether you want a basic bathroom remodel or you want fully customized options like a steam shower, stunning quartz countertops and a soaking tub.
Make builder-grade sinks a thing of the past. There are many types of sinks to choose from for your bathroom, such as wall-mounted sinks, pedestal sinks and even vessel sinks, which are free-standing bowls resting on the vanity. You can also choose from many materials like copper, glass, stone, porcelain and cast iron.
Bathtubs are pure luxury, whether you want a basic three-wall alcove bathtub or something more sophisticated like a clawfoot or contemporary freestanding tub or even a soaking tub that is inset into your bathroom floor or a raised deck.
Do you have a small bathroom or powder room that is cramped and unpleasant to use? Is your bathroom underwhelming or just outdated? At Different By Design, Inc. we welcome a challenge! We will help you make the most of your bathroom space and give you the features you want the most, including custom made bathroom storage solutions, freestanding bathtubs and soaking tubs, and stunning walk-in showers.
Are you ready to rethink the possibilities of your space? Do you dream of a beautiful, functional and welcoming kitchen, or a bathroom that is a luxurious retreat from the stresses of a long day? Contact Different By Design, Inc. today to get started on your project!
Custom Bathroom Bathtubs
Bathtubs are by far the most durable fixture of any household, many of which can be used for over a century. Whether you want a stand-alone bathtub, a shower/tub combination or a soaker tub, the bathtub offers you a retreat from a busy day and the opportunity to unwind and let go of your stress in comfort.
Bathtubs come in many styles, sizes and materials. At Different By Design,Inc. we will help you choose a custom bathtub design that matches your vision for your bathroom, as well as your needs.
The most popular and design-oriented type of freestanding tub is the clawfoot tub with legs, although there are other styles you can choose from, including contemporary pedestal tubs.
Soaker tubs are usually installed next to a shower and they are designed for relaxation rather than washing. Soaking tubs are very deep and usually inset into the floor or a deck, and the design is deep enough to allow you to sit and soak in the water up to your neck. While traditionally these tubs are made from tile or wood, they can now be found in fiberglass or acrylic.
Three Wall Alcove Bathtubs
This is by far the most common type of bathtub, and the most basic. Three wall alcove bathtubs are made to fit a recess in the wall, and they account for over 80% of bathtubs in homes today. This is most likely the type of bathtub you already have, but you can choose to replace it with a brand-new style.
Shower/tub units are usually made from fiberglass or acrylic and are made up of a tub with a surround, whether it is a single unit or a three- to four-piece unit. Some integrated shower/tubs have a shower curtain, or you may choose to have integrated glass doors. These units can be very basic or with extra features, such as cast-in seats and shelving. Integrated units are the least expensive shower and/or bathtub option, and they offer many advantages. Most are made with a fungicide built in to the composition to resist mildew and mold. This type of system is very easy to maintain, but it pays to get a high quality, thicker unit for better performance and style.
Shower Over Tub
If you do not like acrylic or fiberglass for your new bathroom, you may want the shower over tub, which is the most common combination option today. Virtually all tubs installed today are made with a shower built over the tub with a shower door or shower curtain to close off the tub while the shower is in use. The three sides of the shower, or tub surround, are usually finished with ceramic tile or a solid surface material.
This type of installation can be as high-end as you want with beautiful marble or granite tile, or even wood or stainless steel surrounds.
Custom Bathroom Toilets
The modern toilet design with a bowl and hinged seat has been around for more than 150 years, and this design has persisted because it works. Despite a basically unchanging design, there are many types of toilets available today to fit the design of your bathroom. Different By Design will help you choose a model that fits your bathroom design as well as your needs.
Bathroom cabinetry defines your space and gives you customized storage options. We can make anything you imagine a reality, including cabinetry that looks like vintage furniture, open shelving, freestanding vanities, and built-in cabinet storage. We offer solutions for large master bathrooms as well as small powder rooms to make the most of what you have.
Types of Toilets
There are two basic types of toilets sold today: two-piece and one-piece toilets. A two-piece toilet has a separate tank and bowl that are bolted together, with the tank sitting right on the bowl. This is the most common type of toilet today and it works well for most homes. The other option is the one-piece toilet, with a low-profile that can be installed beneath a storage shelf or in an area where a taller toilet will not fit. This type of toilet is one piece with no space between the bowl and tank, so it is easier to keep clean.
What to Consider When Buying a Toilet
The design of the toilet is not the only consideration you should have in mind. The following are important factors to consider.
Elongated toilet bowls work better as a urinal, adding two extra inches to the length. This type of toilet will take up more floor space, however. If you have a very small bathroom, a round bowl will be a better option. You can make a compromise with a compact elongated toilet that is designed to fit in the space of a rounded toilet.
You may want a taller seat height, as round and elongated toilets are available with seats up to three inches higher than standard. Most people find this more comfortable, particularly homeowners with joint problems or mobility issues.
Flushing efficiency is a big factor. While all toilets sold today must be low-flush toilets, their performance is rated. Choose a toilet with a MaP score of at least 600 and skip toilets with no MaP scores.
Do not forget to consider the flush type of the toilet. The basic types of flushes are gravity or assisted flush. Gravity-assisted flushes are the most common, as you press down a lever to release water from the tank into the bowl. The force of the water moving over a trapway creates a vacuum, siphoning the water away. Another option is the pressure-assisted system, in which water enters the tank under normal pressure and compresses an air bladder in the tank. When you use the lever, the pressurized water surges through a jet, expelling waste with more force. While this system has a louder flush, it refills quieter with no condensation on the tank.