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Sometimes Half is Better

half-wall-bath-300x198Remodeling an existing bath into a half wall bathroom provides a different level of versatility and complements almost any design. Talk to your Metro D.C. remodeling contractor about the possibility of incorporating a half wall into your bathroom design.

Multiple Uses, Multiple Materials

There are many reasons to use a half wall in your Metro D.C. bathroom.

Spread more light throughout the room.  Most bathrooms, especially in older Metro D.C. homes, have only one window. If you can reduce the number of floor-to-ceiling walls in a bathroom without taking out a load-bearing wall, you’ll have more natural light.

Make room for a decorative feature.  Many Metro D.C. homeowners are converting utility bathrooms into more of a spa paradise, complete with hot tubs and fireplaces. In master suites, fireplaces are often built into half walls that separate the bedroom from the bath.

Add more functional space.  If two people feel comfortable sharing a bathroom at the same time, it helps to divide the space to accommodate individual tasks.

Ensure privacy. Partitions are most often used to provide privacy in the toilet area.

The types of materials to use for half walls vary widely.

  • Some Metro D.C. homeowners extend the decorative look of the floor or shower tile onto the half wall. If you don’t want to invest more money into tiling the wall, but do have some fragments of tile left over, paint the wall and use the tile pieces as an accent.
  • Half walls can follow the line of the new or existing bathroom cabinets, and other architectural features of the room.
  • Glass block is a popular partition option as well. Some systems use aluminum framing and acrylic blocks, while others are glass set into grout. This method really lets the light shine throughout the room.
  • Get creative with other materials, too. A long piece of stained glass suspended from the ceiling makes a good half wall, as would a series of old window panes still set in their framing. Both of these items can be found at Metro D.C. salvage and antique stores. Also consider building a shelving unit that matches the woodwork or the bathroom hardware.

Article Source:  http://homeimprovement.lovetoknow.com/Half_Wall_Bathroom

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