The showrooms at Frank Webb's Bath Centers offer you a great resource to search for the kitchen and bath products that are right for you.
To help start your project off on the right foot, we put together a quick list of helpful planning tips. Please come in and visit the Frank Webb's Bath Center closest to you and one of our experts will sit down with you for a one-on-one consultation to help you build the bath or kitchen of your dreams!
- It is important to remember that all toilets require a specific rough in dimension. When you replace an existing toilet you should verify the rough dimensions to make sure the new toilet will fit correctly. This can be done by measuring from the finished wall to the bolts that secure the toilet to the floor. (The standard rough in dimension is 12 inches but can be 10 or 14 inches)
- If you have decided to install a whirlpool or an air tub it is imperative that you leave access to the motor, any blowers or in line heaters.
- Confirm with your contractor and/or plumber that you will have an adequate supply of hot water before you decide to purchase a new soaking tub, whirlpool, air tub, or custom shower.
- Before you decide on a vanity for your bathroom make sure you have an accurate measure of the space available so that you have enough room to open the doors and/or drawers.
- Grab bars are becoming more and more common in tubs and showers - not only are they a great safety feature, they also provide increase ease of entry and exit into the tub and/or shower. Planning for blocking or anchoring is important.
- Living in the northeast we all know what its like to step onto the bathroom floor on a cold winter morning. While you're remodeling (or if you're building a new home) you many want to think about putting radiant heat into the floor to warm you up on those cold days.
- Don't forget to pick out your accessories when you select your fixtures. We have many accessories available (like towel bars, soap dishes and decorative lights) that will match your fixtures and faucets to complete your new room.
- Several states require that a vent fan be installed in every bathroom - check with your contractor and/or plumber to ensure that you have installed adequate ventilation to meet your state's requirements.
Remember: Never remove your existing fixtures until the new ones have arrived!
If you have a new layout in mind for your kitchen or bath makeover (in other words, you're planning on completely moving around your current fixtures) it is absolutely vital that you know how your current kitchen or bath is plumbed. The amount of work and cost involved with a new layout really depends on how many walls currently have plumbing and how many walls in the new kitchen or bath are going to need plumbing. There are three common plumbing layouts: one-wall, two-wall and three-wall. It goes without saying that the least expensive way to go is to use the same plumbing layout you currently have.
One-wall PlumbingThe most common and simplest of all plumbing layouts is the one-wall system. This layout is where all the plumbing for the entire room is in a single wall. One-wall layouts are also usually the only choice if you have a really small bathroom.
Two-wall PlumbingTo create more flexibility, even in some smaller bathrooms, you can extend the plumbing lines to the wall that is next to current plumbing. This type of layout can also generate additional space around your sink.
Three-wall PlumbingThis layout is becoming more common in bathrooms with the popularity of separate spa showers, toilet compartments, jetted tubs, and soaking tubs. This layout will definitely require the most planning for framing and piping.
It is also important that you consult your contractor and plumber as well as your local plumbing inspector to make sure your project meets all local plumbing codes.
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