Column: It’s all in the details


Commentary by Randy Sorrell and Bill Bernard

“God is in the details” is an expression that alludes to the need for attention at every level of design and execution in order to achieve anything of worth.

Attention to detail is critical, even in a hall bathroom

Developing the initial layout of a new or remodeled space can seem (and frequently is) relatively easy, depending on the scope of work involved. Sometimes your available options for placing the major elements of a room are limited by economic or spatial requirements. There are only so many ways you can rearrange a hall bathroom.

Although some of the major design decisions may be accepted as given, the attention needed and given to all the remaining details will determine the ultimate beauty and enjoyment of the space. Here are a few of the many details to consider even when designing a “simple” hall bathroom.

Cabinets, countertops, sinks, faucets, cabinet hardware, backsplash, mirrors, lighting, electrical outlets, ventilation, flooring, toilet, tub/shower, shower enclosure, shower surround, tub/shower fixture, etc. Within each of these items is a subset of decisions that must also be considered and interwoven.

Don’t ever settle for making decisions based on the way someone has always done it. There are always unique needs that should be pondered and addressed in order to make the space work best for you and your family. Enlisting the help of an experienced design professional who can guide you through these decisions is a great way to identify and focus on solving your unique wants and needs.

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