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If you are trying to find a place to start with your bathroom design, might we suggest right here? We get that designing a bathroom isn’t the easiest of tasks so we talk you through all you need to know, from the very very early planning stage to the (admittedly more exciting) decorating stage.

Whether you’re looking to overhaul your current setup, or simply looking to update a few existing elements in your space, knowing the basics so that you can get it right the first time is a must. So keep scrolling for everything you need to know, and be sure to visit our (truly fabulous) roundup of bathroom ideas when you’re in need of looks to copy and endless inspiration.

How much does a new bathroom cost?

Budget from around £4,000 for a bath, basin and loo combination, and around £4,500 for

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Iconic Home Floor Plans Reveal Urban History

Contributors: Bloomberg News

Updated on September 21, 6:17 PM EDT

What You Need To Know

To understand a city, start with the foundation. Floor plans from homes around the world explain how the way we live has shaped the design and architecture of urban neighborhoods — and vice versa.

In Amsterdam, for example, a continuing quirk of local housing — its extremely steep staircases — reflects the city’s long history as a merchant port, in which its older canal houses needed to maximize floor space not just to live in, but also to store goods. In Singapore, the clearest monuments to the government’s paternalistic ethos are the homes people live in — spacious units in publicly built housing projects that are inhabited by all but the very wealthiest Singaporeans. The example of London, meanwhile, shows that local expectations of how a home should be organized can be so ingrained that

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Tiny home community appeals to minimalist lifestyle

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Before the pandemic began, Tim Mastic dreamed of traveling the country in a recreational vehicle.

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Since 2016, the University of South Florida graduate has worked remotely for iCIMS, a New Jersey-based company that creates hiring and other human resources software, and he planned to take his job on the road.

But when campgrounds began shutting down, it forced a change in direction and a new tiny homes community in Thonotosassa caught his attention.

“I’ve always kind of followed the minimalism path of not trying to consume and buy everything and have a ton of stuff,” said Mastic, 31.

So he downsized, getting rid of his house and his second car so he could reduce his debt. Now Mastic is one of three residents at the 10-home ESCAPE Tampa Bay Village.

Located in a somewhat rural part of the Tampa Bay area, the development at

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Fall home decor trends: Comfort, flexibility

In recent years, brown anything in a living space was considered by some arbiters of decor as drab and outdated. But this fall the hue is back in favor, in part because of the unsettled, anxious state of the world.

“Brown traditionally makes people feel comfortable and safe, and those are feelings that many of us are looking to our homes to provide,” says interior designer Dawn Hamilton of Oakland Park, Fla.

It’s just one of the trends in decor this season, when the pandemic has made home an even more essential space for living, working, studying and more. Also on the watch list: flexible rooms, indoor and out.

Cozy palette

Hamilton says today’s brown palette is being used in new ways, as a neutral in all kinds of materials, and as an accent color.

“Brown feels very earthy and rich. It’s warm and inviting, and has the same grounding

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Challenges: Bathrooms Evolving

Bathrooms have certainly come a long way from the crescent moon carved in the door of the quaint (if scented) privy out on the south forty, and the communal tub by the kitchen fireplace!



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(Photo courtesy of Robert Boccabella) Function can include beauty — even in our most personally pragmatic Interior space!

Time passed, and in many of the stately old Victorian homes, the “evolved” bathrooms consisted of several small rooms in close proximity; one for the water closet and commode, one for a sink with counter and cabinets and one for the bathtub!   Of course, there were variations on those themes and configurations, in order to accommodate all the functions of ablution at that time in history.

The logic applied then, and the design rationales, were partially related to the difficulties of heating, the conservative values concerning segregation of the genders, and

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Modern design earns historic status for Tucson home by famed local architect | Local news

The modern-looking two-story home he designed for himself on Lind Road, near Fort Lowell Road and Tucson Boulevard, is an example of Brutalist architecture, a postwar movement that first emerged from Great Britain in the 1950s.

The form is characterized by angular geometric shapes and bare building materials — usually exposed concrete or brick — with monochromatic colors and little adornment.

Clinco said many civic buildings were built in the Brutalist style during the middle of the 20th century, including Pima Community College’s West Campus on Anklam Road and the Mathematics Building and library at the University of Arizona.

Style goes from villain to hero

Brutalist houses are much harder to find. “I think there are just a very, very small handful of homes in Tucson that are built in this style,” Clinco said.

Brutalism eventually fell out of favor after critics labeled it as cold and soulless, even linking

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Top Litchfield Park AZ Realtors Share Checklist For Making a Selling House Exterior Impeccable

There is no second chance to make a first impression. A home buyer is going to make an initial decision when pulling into the driveway of a home for sale and make that first impression. It is important that the exterior of the home look as pristine as possible.

Realtors in Litchfield Park, AZ, Matt and Shalin Caren have created a partial list of tips for those who are thinking about selling their home. Their tips represent years of experience in the real estate industry and have been proven time and time again to help sell a home.

“There should be no cars in the driveway or near the home. Park away from the house as this will give the potential buyer the feeling of coming home to their house and not someone else,” said Matt, one of the best Litchfield Park Arizona real estate agents.

The lawn should be

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White Kitchens Are Getting Kicked to the Curb

Takeout couldn’t hold us over forever.

With restaurants only now slowly reopening, the pandemic has presented an opportunity to get reacquainted with our kitchens. The pesky drawer that doesn’t fully close, the rumble of the fridge on a hot day. And more acutely, the same white cabinets, the same white walls and the same white countertops.

The whitewashed look that once seemed so fresh now feels bland—not to mention less crisp thanks to constant use and omnipresent crumbs and sauce splatters. It’s no wonder homeowners are clamoring for more colorful kitchens.

“People have been staring at their kitchens or bathrooms or living rooms for six months,” said Kelly Finley, founder and principal designer of Joy Street Design. “They knew they needed to do something to them before all of this happened, but now it’s like, ‘I can’t look at this for another six months.’”

Blue-gray cabinets add color to this

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Meet Your New Favorite Interior Designer, Shea McGee (Video)

Netflix is wiping its feet on HGTV’s welcome mat with new home redesign series, “Dream Home Makeover.”

The six-episode series from production studio Goodbye Pictures follows Syd and Shea McGee, who are raising two daughters and building their own dream home while simultaneously running businesses Studio McGee and McGee and Co.

Yeah, the McGees have their hands full.

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Each half-hour episode of “Dream Home Makeover” features one client’s home design project — and the budgets are all over the place.

“Whether our clients have $2 million or $20,000, I want them all to feel that sense of peace when they walk in the door,” Shea McGee says in the show’s trailer.

LOL, $2 million. You really wanna wow us? Whatcha got for like $350, Shea? (We know, we know: It’s TV.)

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New Tokyo Toilet Project designs public restrooms to foster inclusivity

Japan-based Nippon Foundation has launched its Tokyo Toilet Project to design and build new, inclusive public toilets at 17 different locations throughout the Shibuya district of Tokyo. Starting August 5, 2020, three of the toilets have become available, with the rest to follow.

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Japan, regardless of its reputation as one of the world’s most hygienic countries, still holds a negative stigma among its residents when it comes to public toilets. The Nippon Foundation hopes to dispel these misconceptions that public bathrooms are always dark, dirty, smelly or scary by actively renovating public toilets in Shibuya, Tokyo in cooperation with the local government. The project is equally engaged in fostering community inclusivity with designs for male, female and nonbinary restrooms.

Related: High-tech public toilets proposed for San Francisco can recycle rainwater for reuse

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The toilets are designed by leading creators with advanced technologies to make

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