New Washrooms designs/ style?

Hello again everyone,

We will be building 2 news baths for our guests. Could you give me any tips advice that will help with better maintenance… eg. color of tiles, tub Vs shower, glass doors & types, toilet types and anything else you could think of from your experience.

Thanks so much !

We’re finishing a new small bathroom, and we are not going to use a shower door at all. There will be a divider of heavy tempered glass for about half the length of the shower and that’s it.
The floor is porcelain tile, and we’re tiling the walls with subway tiles, so we’re good in case the water splashes a bit.


Thanks , sounds interesting

Keep it simple and bullet proof!
All surfaces should be able to tolerate multiple cleanings, I chose a toilet that was a couple of inches higher than average as to accommodate taller folks and elder whom have difficulties getting up, & tile with very slim grout lines. Glass is a real pain to clean, I chose to go with a shower curtain.


It would be helpful to know where you live.

I agree — ceramic tile on as much wall as you can, glass shower doors, keep it simple and make it easy and quick to clean, and a good ventilation fan. If you are able to incorporate radiant heating in the floor and heated towel racks that would be a real plus.

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I have one suite with a bath tub and hand held shower over, and two further shower rooms. I would much rather get rid of the tub but the room is vaulted and won’t take a shower. I have to be explicit in walk-through that it is not possible to take a shower in the tub, without flooding the floor and leave water to come through an ancient ceiling.

I love Gerberit toilets and their built in, thermostatic showers, and glass shower screens. I have no problem cleaning them with Astonish Daily Shower Cleaner; just spray, leave and with the occasional need to e-cloth polish.

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Thanks so much for the information

I live in Toronto Nordinghouse

If possible I would not even use glass. Just a concrete tiled wall as a divider.
Glass looks better, but is also fragile. If the temperate glass is not laminated the bathroom could turn bloody nightmare very fast, in case of a breakage. (Accidentally hitting it with a wedding ring or other sharp object)

Private use OK, for hospitality a no go!!


If possible, consider a curbless shower:

  • cleaner look
  • easier access / less tripping / make it wheel chair / walker accessible.
  • one less crevice / grout joint
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If possible, have a bench integrated within the shower.

Install a handheld shower … it can either be on an adjustable rod (to accommodate different heights) or in in addition to a wall shower head.

  • I’ve had guests who required a handheld.
  • it is convenient for cleaning.

Exposed shelves for easy & visual access to Toilet Paper and Towels


  • If you use porcelain tile, many offer both Polished and Matte finishes. Matte for floors (traction) and polished for walls (easier to clean).
  • Minimize grout lines by using large size tile, or if using mosaic, use a darker grout.
  • Ideally use tile on the walls around your toilet, rather than Sheetrock or Wallpaper. Easier to clean and much more sanitary.
  • If you have the option with the tile you select, use a cove base tile, instead of baseboard - one less thing to paint or worry about water damage.

Consider using timers on your exhaust fans. I’ve used these


Thank you for the advice - we’ll look into getting laminated glass. All of our windows are laminated - we’re in a hurricane region.

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Starting from scratch is the best time to install safety features such as grab rails. We have a low threshold shower, no tub, but it is as big so we incorporated a seat. Many guests appreciate it.


Reinforce your framing with additional 2x4s where you intent to install towel bars, hooks and toilet paper holders to keep them from being pulled out of the wall. If possible, install a small linen closet.


Better advice than anything you can get about style/decor. Also, frame up behind where any glass panels will get hung (shower walls/doors, etc.).


If you don’t intend for it to be a luxury listing, go for simple, easy to clean, and easy to repair.

The bathrooms in my listing have cultured marble on the shower wall and countertops and fiberglass shower pans. It was all there when I bought it and I left it there. As much as I dislike it for not being stylish, it is MUCH easier to clean than any of the natural stone and ceramic tile I have in the bathrooms of my own home.


Completely agree - decide what your business model is - cheap and clean and cheerful, or luxury (or in-between).

Our business model for the new property is: we’ll live in the property for a few years and then rent it out. It’s not full-blown luxury, but it’s definitely going to be higher-end.

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Definitely a hand-held shower to make rinsing shower walls easier/quicker.


@PitonView. I don’t recommend this at all. A cottage in England my husband and I have stayed in twice has this set up and it terrifies me.

The bathtub is tall, there are no grab bars, and there is only this set up with the glass extending half the length of the tub. I am so afraid of falling when getting in or out of the tub, and there’s nothing to hold onto. Furthermore, the glass isn’t long enough to keep the water from the shower from getting out onto the bathroom floor. So I am getting out of a tall bathtub, onto a soaking wet tile floor, and there’s nothing to hold onto.

As much as we love the cottage, the hosts, and the location, I won’t go back. The possibility of a bad or fatal fall, for me, is too great.

And I definitely agree with those that say to have a bench and a handheld shower wand. I actively look for those features when I book an AirBnB. The one bathroom we have totally redone in our AirBnB has those things.

We install universal height toilets too.

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If it wasn’t for the glass, Keugenia, I would swear that you must have stayed with us!

I am absolutely clear about my bathroom, and the fact that whilst it looks splendid, the tub can present difficulties for people with mobility issues.

I can’t put a decent shower in a vaulted room, nor grab bars on the walls. I despair when people book it, and arrive too obviously frail to use it without flooding the floor/ceiling/dining room. When I’m able to, I offer them the use of an adjacent shower room, but not once have I been thanked for doing so.