Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tips for Remodeling Your Bath + Cabinet Lighting

Photo: Mark Lohman/This Old House

The editors at This Old House Magazine polled contractors, designers and other professionals for their top tips on remodeling a bathroom. Here’s just a sampling:

Photo: David Carmack/This Old House

Best Caulk: Use an acrylic or hybrid formula that you can remove without using harsh chemicals.

Photo: Don Penny/Time Inc. Digital Studio

Easy-Care Floors: Choose porcelain or glazed tiles over natural stone tiles like limestone, which need to be constantly sealed otherwise they’ll absorb spills and drips and become stained.
Illustration: Eric Larsen/This Old House

Light a Vanity Right: Position fixtures at eye level (about 66 inches) on either side of the mirror and ideally spaced 36 to 40 inches apart. If there’s no room for side sconces, install a long fixture on the wall above the mirror.

Photo: Andrew Bordwin/This Old House

How Much Space for a Half-Bath? Try and seek an area that’s 3 to 4 feet wide and 6 to 8 feet long for comfort’s sake (an 11-square-foot spot meets national building codes). Be sure to check local codes for specific requirements. 

Photo: Keller & Keller Photography/This Old House

Pick the Right Vent: A fan shouldn’t be an afterthought! For the master bath, splurge on an ultra-quiet fan that won’t wake up your mate yet has enough power for back-to-back showers. For a family or guest bath, a mid-range noise option works and for a powder room, install a loud fan for privacy.

This Old House

Toilet Selection: Don’t settle for less on the toilet, either. Look for a toilet with a Maximum Performance testing of 500 or higher and a high-efficiency model. Visit map-testing.com for information on the best options.

Photo: Muffy Kibbey/This Old House

Skip Wallpaper: Since it doesn’t stand up to humidity, instead consider wainscoting as an alternative to tile.

Cabinet Lighting

Photo: Kolin Smith/This Old House

Incorporating glass cabinets in a kitchen remodel is a great way to display collections, and the right cabinet lighting can make the right impact and draw attention to your treasures. But lighting choices can be overwhelming.

According to Woodsmith magazine, just a few years ago there were only two choices for lighting: fluorescent and incandescent. Today, the choices are endless, and different types of bulbs emit light within a certain range of the color spectrum, from warm to cool.  The writers of Woodsmith did a great job of breaking it down:

Incandescent Bulb

The Difference between Incandescent and Fluorescent: Incandescent is the oldest and common type of lighting. While it produces a warm yellow glow, it’s also the least efficient and produces a lot of heat! Not a good choice for enclosed cabinets. The much more efficient fluorescent is at the opposite end of the color spectrum and casts a blue-violet glow.


LED: For high-intensity light, LEDs are the best choice. They’re the most energy efficient and last much longer. They’re also expensive and their blue tint doesn’t give the best color rendition.


Xenon: Xenon might be the best choice for cabinet lighting. It burns cooler and still gives off a bright white light (like natural daylight).

Puck fixture

Puck Lighting: Puck lighting is a great option for a fixture because it doesn’t take up much space nor does it require venting. Other puck lights are battery powered and don’t require special installation.

Strip lighting

Strip Lighting:
To light multiple shelves with one light, mount a strip light in the upper inside of a cabinet. The fixture comes with LED, fluorescent or incandescent bulbs. A nice feature of strip lighting is that you can get linkable strips which allow you to connect multiple lights together for any project.

1 comment:

glass installation Mt. Laurel said...

When you remodel your bathroom make sure that you have made a plan ahead of time so that everything will look perfect. Always choose the appropriate materials needed to prevent from spending a lot.