The bathroom is the most private space in a home. For this reason, homeowners are constantly looking for ways to make their bathrooms more tranquil. Remodeling a bathroom can be both an overwhelming and daunting task. There are many issues to be considered from plumbing and electrical requirements, layouts and spacing, to decor. Bathroom remodeling books help take the ease off your shoulders with useful tips and decorating ideas. Not every bathroom book will be applicable to your space. Some focus on design trends and tips while others concentrate on more technical information. With hundreds of books on the market, here are our top five picks that will help you remodel your bathroom.
Design Ideas for Bathrooms
Author: Susan Boyle Hillstrom
List Price: $19.99 ($3.99 clearance online- Barnes & Noble)
Design Ideas for Bathrooms is a top choice among designers and those with the Do It Yourself spirit. Though not a technical book, it is an easy read that provides wonderful illustrations of bathroom designs and products. In particular, Design Ideas for Bathrooms breaks down cabinet styles and finishes, flooring and tile options, and fixture options. Readers can learn about the advantages and disadvantages of steam devices, body sprays and rain showers. This book does a nice job of incorporating essential consumer information with decoration ideas. Homeowners will be able to understand the basic principles of bathroom design while narrowing down fixture selections to fit their individual needs.
The Complete Guide to Bathrooms: Ideas and Projects for Building and Remodeling
Author: Creative Publishing International
List Price: $24.95 ($3.99 clearance online- Barnes & Noble)
If you find yourself to be handy around the house than this book is ideal for you. Written from a contractor’s perspective, The Complete Guide to Bathrooms offers in depth instructions on how to renovate your bathroom. With over 200 pages, this book provides step by step instructions on how to deal with exposed plumbing, replace tiles and fixtures, and install flooring. This book is intended for people who know their way around Home Depot and have moderate-advanced knowledge in home improvements. While this book provides detailed information about installation, it does not offer specifics on design trends and ideas.
The Bathroom Planner: Hundreds of Great Ideas for Your New Bathroom
Author: Suzanne Ardley
List Price: $29.95 ($5.99- Amazon.com Marketplace)
This book is a planner’s dream! Filled with layout grids and information charts, The Bathroom Planner serves as the ultimate resource for renovating your bathroom. Both enjoyable and practical, this book truly captures current design trends in the industry while addressing the personal needs of a bathroom. What separates this book from other bathroom books is its organized layout. Thanks to the page composition, readers are able to mix and match fixtures with flooring and wall options. The Bathroom Planner is a perfect book for homeowners who are either in the beginning stages of their project, or do not have any decorating ideas. This book makes for an easy read with elaborate bathroom photos, but does not offer much technical support.
The Bathroom Book: The Ultimate Design Resource for the Home’s Most Essential Space
Author: Editors of Woman’s Day
List Price: $29.00 ($19.14- Amazon.com Marketplace)
Although this will not satisfy your technical needs, The Bathroom Book showcases exquisite bathrooms designs from all across the country. This book gives specific attention to style from a professional point of view. Design professionals from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) in addition to Women’s Day give their insight on the newest hardware and materials as well as offer ways to implement them into your project. The Bathroom Book is best suited for people who have an understanding of the logisitics of their bathroom but need assistance in design ideas and themes.
New Bathroom Idea Book
Author: Andrew Wormer
List Price: $19.95 ($7.98- Amazon.com Marketplace)
The New Bathroom Idea Book is a concise and well organized book that tackles bathroom renovations. Not only does the book focus on trendy decor styles, but it also focuses on bathroom safety with tips and accessibility layouts. The book however does not place a high emphasis on bathroom styles as most do. Instead, it focuses on the pros and cons of various materials in a bathroom application such as: countertops, flooring, and cabinet options. Compared to other books, the New Bathroom Idea Book does not have hundreds of pages dedicated to photos of bathroom designs and decor. It also does not plunge into the technical requirements for installing a rain showerhead with body sprays. What it does is provide a great breakdown of commonly used materials in the bathroom and explain why they are useful (or harmful) to your space.
Rating: 5 out of 5