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If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.

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Tips For Designing An Asian-Inspired Bathroom

by Edwin Johnston

With clean lines and elegant simplicity, an Asian-inspired bathroom can make your mornings feel uncluttered. Such a bathroom is especially cohesive in contemporary homes, though the design is appropriate for any layout. As you make your bathroom remodeling plan, consider paring down and including Eastern-style details.

Soaking Tub

One of the hallmarks of an Asian bathroom is the soaking tub. A Japanese style soaking tub is extra-deep to allow for total submersion. Typically a small stool is installed to make for comfortable soaking. Better Homes and Gardens suggests using a custom material for the tub such as cedar, which emits a lemony scent when filled with warm water. Consider a floor-mounted filler for this freestanding tub as the exposed plumbing adds to the clean lines of the aesthetic.

Teak Vanity

Teak is a common material in Asian design. For your bathroom, an attractive idea is using a console-style table as a vanity. Choose a teak table with the distinctive slats, and have a vessel sink mounted on top. The open shelving keeps the look open. Store necessary supplies in bamboo containers.

Shower Seating

If you include the soaking tub in your design, you'll probably have a walk-in shower. To enhance your showering routine, include a bench for seating. Water-proofed teak promotes the Asian design. However, contractors can also build a seat out of the same tile as the rest of the shower.

Textured Walls

Japanese homes typically feature dividers made out of natural materials. Recreate this feel in your bathroom. One way is to have a wooden panel installed to delineate spaces. Choose a dark wood with strong geometric details. Another method is to have coverings that simulate spun material installed on the walls.

Window Treatments

Your window coverings are another area where you can add texture. Bamboo window treatments give the feel of the reed panels in Japanese homes. They can be light-colored and airy. However, some are stained dark. A bamboo Roman shade is weighty enough to serve as an actual divider of your space, which is ideal if you place your soaking tub in front of a window.

Ambient Lighting

Geometry and texture should come through in your lighting. For instance, consider pendant lighting with bamboo slats. Another option is a wall-mount light in a sharp circle with rattan or willow detailing. Yet another option is a wall or ceiling light that mimics the ambient lighting from a Japanese lantern.

Bamboo window treatments, a soaking tub with a floor-mount filler, a teak vanity – any or all of these transform your bathroom with Asian simplicity of design.

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