Essential Bathroom Remodel Terminology

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Every industry has its own language and terms. These words and phrases can be confusing to anyone who is not part of the daily operations of a specific sector, and the bathroom remodeling business is no exception.

To help you understand the terms, acronyms, and phrases regularly used when undertaking a bathroom remodel, Anew Bath Concepts has created this handy reference guide. Here, you’ll find valuable information allowing you to comprehend and communicate your bathroom remodel needs effectively.

Wet Area: It refers to your shower/tub area only. 

Bypass or Pivot Shower Door: Bypass is when one or both sides of the shower door slide open/close, while pivot is when the door will swing in or out to open/close. 

Bathtub/Shower Base Measurements: Most homes have a 60” x 30” base, which means your width is 60” and your depth is 30”. Many times, we take wet areas down to studs, and while rebuilding, we may be able to gain 2” in-depth or more. 

Vanity faucet measurements: Faucets for your vanity top can be a single hole, 4” or 8” widespread. It’s important to know which faucet will work with your sink. Also, remember that many faucets don’t include the pop-up drain or new water lines. Those may be an extra expense. 

Toilet Measurements: Toilets can vary in mounting sizes. They usually are considered 12”, but we will occasionally run across 10” mounts, usually in older homes. It’s another critical item to be aware of in regards to the costs and installation purposes of the bathroom remodel. 

Subfloor: It refers to the bottom (plywood) flooring in your space. When we replace bathroom flooring, we often run into rot under the wet areas and toilets. On these occasions, we will cut out any damaged floor and replace it accordingly. 

Shower or Tub Surround: It refers to the wall covering you decide to install on the walls of your shower or tub area. We offer 100% waterproof and antimicrobial options in Polymer, Composite or Compressed Baltic Birch. Each offers distinctive styles and carries a ten-year or lifetime manufacturer’s warranty, depending on which product you select. 

Shower Pan: It’s also called shower base, and it’s what you step on in your wet area. It can get made of acrylic material, solid surface, tile, or a concrete polymer mix. We set every base in a thin-set mortar mix to ensure a level, solid, long-lasting surface. 

Threshold variances on shower bases: Normally, a shower base will have a 2.75-3” threshold (your step-over portion to shower). It’s what most shower doors will require for installation. If you need something less for accessibility purposes, there are versions called low-barrier or zero-barriers. These bases will allow easier access for walkers, wheelchairs, or rolling shower chairs. In these cases, we would install a fixed-mounted shower curtain rod rather than a shower door. 

Whether you decide to remodel your bathroom on your own or hire someone like us to manage the project, it’s essential to consider your options, know what the average remodel costs are in your state, and never be afraid to ask questions. 

Get in touch with us today!

If you’re looking for a bathroom remodeling company in Central Illinois, contact the experts at Anew Bath Concepts. With many years of experience in the bathroom remodeling industry, we specialize in offering premium products and quality design services that come with a warranty.

We offer our services across Forsyth, Decatur, Mt. Zion, Chatham, Springfield, Taylorville, Lincoln, Champaign, Shelbyville, Sullivan, Bloomington, and the surrounding areas. 

View our complete list of services hereread customer reviews here, or get in touch with us by calling (217) 619-5977. Alternatively, you can email