The "loo." The "WC." The "john." Or - for the more civilized folks - the "powder room" or the "lavatory." Whatever you choose to name that room in your house that comprises a toilet, shower/bath, sink and a mirror, you use it - a lot.
In fact, according to a study done last year by the National Association for Continence, the average American spends about an hour a day in the bathroom, whether they're bathing, shaving, applying makeup, or using the toilet - and that adds up to approximately 14 days a year that we spend in our salle de bain. That's two full weeks out of 52 that are spent in a room that most people don't think of as part of their primary living space.
Perhaps you just purchased a great new sofa for your living room or a new lamp for your bedroom. Maybe you had a new stove put in the kitchen or decided to paint your hallway that perfect shade of mint green you saw in a favorite magazine. But when was the last time you thought about the state of your bathroom - beyond the soap rings around the side of the tub, that is? If you're going to spend two weeks a year using it, it might be in your best interest to make it as nice a place as possible.
There are many reasons why your bathroom might need a facelift. One might be updating the general aesthetics - like updated fixtures, tiles, and so forth - while another might be improving basic functionality. Whatever the reason, there are always certain technical considerations to contemplate.
Rebecca Alston, of Rebecca Alston, Inc., an interior designer based in Manhattan, says the first thing you must do before you start a remodeling project is to take a look at the space.