Not since the height of the 70’s have we seen brass so strongly embraced in interior design. Along with its other warm metallic counterparts (copper and bronze), brass is enjoying a huge revival. Beaten, folded or polished – designers are celebrating its luxurious, yet industrial appeal, making everything from chandeliers, pendant lights, tables, dressers, chairs, bath and kitchen fixtures and decorative accessories out of this ancient metal.
You would be hard pressed to find a room in your home that gets more use, in proportion to its size, than the bathroom. It stands to reason, then, that it should be the inner sanctum you want it to be.
Bathrooms are the most remodeled rooms in homes today. Despite their small size, without proper planning and professionalism, renovating them can cause some large inconvenience.
So, here is a straightforward, honest guide to your bathroom remodel, and what to expect going into it, so you can get through it more easily.
Expect Only A-1 Service from the Contractor and Designer
Few rooms in your home have plumbing, electrical, fixtures, cabinetry, HVAC, special flooring and much more all together in such a confined space. Therefore, expect to check out a few contractors and designers.
There is much more to a bathroom remodel than just the price or replacing the tub and sink. Consider some bathroom remodeling ideas that could really spruce up this frequently used room and make it unique and comforting as well as functional.
Add Simple, Unique Touches to the Shower
- Create some extra storage by having alcoves inserted into the shower wall between the studs. Even just little shallow ones will break up the lines of the shower walls and be great for holding soaps, shampoo bottles, even toys.
- Two shower heads! Side by side, with separate controls. So handy for couples or for children.
- Give the bathroom a lift and yourself a little light show by embedding strips of
waterproof LEDs into the floor or the walls in front of the shower.Read More »
When you want to add value to your home, it’s because you will one day sell it. Therefore, you want it to sell for the best price you can get.
We all spend a significant portion of our lives in our bathrooms, and for some it may be the only alone time we get in the day. Making the bathroom(s) look and feel clean, modern and luxurious doesn’t mean you have to break the bank but it can have a great positive impact on would be buyers.Read More »
One side reads practical, the other says stunning. Flipping a coin when it comes to bathroom remodels is out of the question: you need to incorporate both for the best result.
The Functional Side of Bathroom Remodels:
Not everything can be about beauty. So do some brainstorming about what will make your new bathroom fabulously
functional, as well as good looking. Safety, efficiency, and adequate storage should all come to mind.
Safety is common sense in any room of your home, but the bathroom can present its own particular set of hazards. Designs for bathroom remodels should take into account the needs and ages of the bathroom users—are there seniors or young children in the home, for example, needing adaptations that aren’t necessarily standard?
Safety first: Here are a few solid bathroom safety tips to talk to your builder about:
- Surefooted – Using slip-resistant materials in and around wet areas to guard against slips and falls.
- No zaps, please – Protecting outlets with a ground-fault circuit interrupter. Your builder’s electrician can easily install these for you to prevent shocks if water and electricity come together.
- This grabs me – Or the other way around. These days, grab bars in bathtub and shower areas don’t have to Read More »
Bathroom remodeling can be a fun and exciting project, but even with experienced home building specialists at the helm, be prepared to make firm decisions about your preferences for the basic elements of design, materials and the final trimmings, including a good-looking mirror that suits the dimensions of the space. Before you get overwhelmed, read on for a great method to help you narrow it down.
There are many mirror manufacturers out there and plenty of options to choose from. One of the most important aspects of selecting the right bathroom mirror, however, is size. With a few simple measurements, it’s easy to determine a mirror’s suitability for a given space.
Bathroom Remodeling: Picking a Marvelous Mirror
When browsing for mirrors, decide whether you prefer a smooth or more textured metal finish, such as polished or brushed chrome, nickel or brass. Maybe wood is your thing, or even no frame at all. Be sure to complement theRead More »
Staying in a special 5-star hotel is always appealing, especially with such luxurious amenities as a marble bathroom with a roomy soaking tub and heated floor. When the holiday comes to an end, however, so does the daily pampering and you remind yourself that all good things do come to an end. Or do they?
The solution is to recreate that same lavish ambience under your own roof, with all of the indulgent perks your personal taste and imagination can conjure. A great bathroom remodeling project can turn your drab and time-worn bathroom into a unique and well-appointed spa experience, with all the comforts and familiarity of home.
Tips for 5-Star Bathroom Remodeling
- Striking symmetry & simplicity – You’ve probably noticed that most great hotels have a particular décor theme for all of the rooms, often one that is tastefully simple with minimal clutter. When it comes to your own bathroom remodeling, consider a similar approach. Opt for subtle, luxurious colors, such as silver and white or champagne and ivory cream. If your bathroom is large enough, create symmetry byRead More »
It’s a bit strange that a bathroom can become such center piece in a home. It’s supposed to be the most private of rooms and yet when it comes to showing off a house for sale it is one of the spaces people are most interested in seeing.
Far more design hours go into making the bathroom look good than the bedroom, or even the living room!
So let’s face it, for whatever reason when you remodel your home you are going to want a bathroom that looks great and, more important, functions well.Read More »