Important Things You May Not Know About Bathroom Remodeling

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Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in our homes, which is why they are normally at the top of the remodeling list for most homeowners like yourself.  While many bathroom remodels go off without a hitch, there are certain things that you need to be aware of before you start.

Here are 6 important things you may not know about bathroom remodeling:

1.     Contractors are Not Always on the Same Page as You

 

While it would be wonderful if every contractor can see exactly what you want as a finished project, that is not going to happen all the time.  Therefore, do not think that your contractor knows exactly what you are talking about or that they are going to do what you want.  We recommend that you walk through the plans with your contractor and spend a good amount of time going over the specifics to avoid any major issues that will delay your project. 

 

2.     The Cost

 

Many people think that they can easily remodel their bathroom for a thousand dollars or less, but in reality, it costs much more.  The most basic bathroom can cost a couple thousand dollars, while a top of the line remodel can run upwards of twenty thousand dollars or more. 

 

3.     Planning is Required for Lighting

 

Installing lights in different areas of your bathroom may seem nice and easy, but you must plan every single light placement to get the best lighting in this space.  Your contractor, or an electrician, can easily go over your options with you, so you never need to worry about not being able to see when you want to in this room.

 

4.     Outlet Accessibility

 

Outlets are not always in the best places, especially in bathrooms, which is why we want to caution you to have them installed in better spots when you are remodeling this room.  Consider where you will be plugging things in and then make sure that you have handy outlets nearby. 

 

5.     Consider the Size of Your Vanity and Toilet

 

Vanities and toilets come in a variety of sizes, so you need to be prepared to choose the proper ones for your bathrooms.  We recommend compact versions of both for smaller bathrooms to avoid making the space feel more cramped than it already is. 

 

6.     Don’t Think of Storage Afterwards

 

So many homeowners forget about the storage that they need in their bathroom until most of the work is done and it is too late to make any changes.  Do not make this same mistake or you will end up hating your bathroom until you finally remodel it once again. 

 

These are the six most common things that most people are not aware of when it comes to remodeling their bathroom.  Now that you are aware of them, you can easily avoid making the same mistakes that many others do, and that means that you will love how your bathroom looks when it is completed. 

 

Factors that Will Help You Choose the Best Kitchen Flooring for Your Remodeling Project

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How many people are in and out of your kitchen every single day?  Does it seem like a minute doesn’t even go by before someone else is in there looking for food or something to drink? 

That is how almost every kitchen is, which is why you need to make sure that you pick the best flooring material to fit your needs when you remodel that space in your home. 

Here are 4 flooring factors that will help you choose the best kitchen flooring for your remodeling project:

1.     Durability

 

Kitchen floors need to be durable, due to the amount of foot traffic they receive and the amount of stuff that is dropped on them.  Therefore, we recommend that you choose a material that is going to withstand all that and more.  Of course, it is also a good idea to make sure that the flooring material that you choose is easy to clean, so you do not need to worry about dirt and grime reducing the durability of your floor over time. 

 

2.     Style

 

There are so many things that your new floor is going to need to match in your remodeled kitchen, so it may not be as easy to just throw one specific material down there and say that you are good to go!  We recommend choosing a material that you think will work the best for your needs and then determining a color from there.  Of course, if you have an open floor plan, you should consider the flooring in the rest of the rooms that lead to that space, as it can affect your decision. 

 

3.     Comfort Levels

 

Not every flooring material feels comfortable under your feet, so that may be a deciding factor for you when choosing between two different materials.  A concrete floor may look unique and beautiful, but it is going to be quite hard to stand on while you are cooking meals and doing dishes.  Cork floors are becoming more popular, because they are so soft underfoot. 

 

4.     Price

 

Everyone has a budget for their remodels and the flooring material that you choose must match the amount of money that you have set aside.  While material costs can be reasonable, you will also have to include installation in your price and some materials cost more to install than others.  Therefore, we recommend that you keep that in mind before you make any final decisions or fall in love with one material that you will eventually realize that you cannot afford. 

 

These four things will have you choosing the perfect floor for your kitchen remodel, although you may still have a little trouble deciding at first.  Your contractor can help you if you are struggling a little and before you know it, you will have a brand-new floor to walk on.

 

 

 

 

Combine Comfort and Luxury in Your Newly Remodeled Bathroom or Kitchen

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When you take the time to remodel your bathroom or kitchen, you might think that following the current trends is the way to go.  However, we want to encourage you to think of all those comforts and little luxuries that you want and that will enhance your experience at home even more.  After all, it is those little touches that will make you love those rooms even more than you thought!

When you are remodeling your master bathroom, you may want to consider installing an island retreat in there.  Yes, we know that islands are usually reserved for kitchens, but imagine the space that you will have if you place one inside your bathroom.  You can have extra storage, a place to sit to do your hair or makeup, and even a spot to put a coffee pot. 

Another feature that we love for bathrooms is the newer mirrors that works with voice-activated services.  Imagine being able to ask Alexa or Google Home what the weather is going to be like or to play your favorite songs while you are in the shower. 

Kitchens are becoming more customized and we love the newer appliances that let you have exactly the amount of freezer and refrigerator space that you need and want.  Columns can be created for you to slide in separate units, so you can have a large refrigerator, smaller freezer, a wine cooler, and any other combination that you can think of. 

We also recommend considering having appliances that are hooked up with technology in your kitchen, so you can have the same experiences that you do in your bathroom.  You can look up recipes on your refrigerator, ask Alexa or Google Home what the next step is in a recipe, and turn on your oven or crockpot from your desk at work. 

Creating a focal point in your kitchen is going to be as easy as installing a gorgeous backsplash that reaches from the counter all the way up to the ceiling.  Choose bold colors or create a stunning design that no one else would dare duplicate. 

There is no limit when it comes to the luxuries and comfort that you can include in both your kitchen and bathroom when you remodel them.  You may think that some of these things are a little out there, but once you see them in your space, you will wonder what took you so long to incorporate them since they are definite life changers!

 

Bathroom Remodeling Factors to Take into Consideration Before You Begin

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There are so many things to know when it comes to bathroom remodels, but we have found that there are a few that everyone seems to forget about or ignore.  Therefore, we want to share a few things that we know will be helpful for you to know before you tackle your bathroom remodel.

Here are 5 bathroom remodeling factors to take into consideration before you begin:

1.     It is So Easy to Go Over Budget

 

Creating a budget for a bathroom remodel may seem easy but sticking to that budget can be more than difficult.  After all, the bathroom is the room where unexpected issues normally occur, whether it is mold, rotted materials, or bad pipes.  You may find yourself needing to give up some wants to stay within the amount of money that you have. 

 

2.     Prices Vary Per Contractor

 

It would be nice if all contractors could charge the same amount of money for the job at hand, but that is not how it works.  So, you must be aware of what each contractor you are considering is charging and what that cost includes.  Some contractors may be charging you less, because they are not doing as much as they should be.  In those instances, you may be better off choosing the contractor who is giving you more for your money.

 

3.     Always Stick with Your Existing Floor Plan if Possible

 

Moving pipes and wires around in your bathroom is going to deplete your budget faster than keeping everything in place.  That is why we always recommend leaving everything where it is unless you absolutely must move things around. 

 

4.     Choose Your Materials Wisely

 

Some materials will not work as well in bathrooms, due to the moisture content, so you may want to avoid materials like wood and other things that can warp easily.  Of course, you can take a chance, but we do recommend installing extra ventilation, to ensure that moisture and mold does not build up over time. 

 

5.     Always Remember to Add Storage

 

We couldn’t tell you how many times we see homeowners forget about storage options in their bathrooms and how we are always trying to catch that issue before it is too late.  Please tackle this step as you are planning and designing your bathroom, or you may find that you are tearing things out and redoing them in order to keep certain items inside this space. 

 

Your bathroom remodel will go much smoother now that you are aware of these five things and what you need to do to prevent problems from occurring.  If you have any concerns or questions during the entire process, we encourage you to talk to your contractor, as they can keep things moving forward without any problems at the end. 

 

 

A to Z Overview of the Whole Home Remodeling Process Part 2

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The renovation process of a whole home remodeling project can be worse than the planning stages, because this is when things start to become real.  However, we do not want you to worry about these steps, because they are easier than they seem. 

Step by Step Renovation Process

1.     Demo Time

 

Before anything else can be completed, demo work needs to be done on your home.  This is when walls will come down, floors will be ripped out, cabinets will come off the walls, and much more.  Sometimes the demo will only take a day, but it can take longer depending on what needs to be completed. 

 

2.     Rebuilding

 

Once your demo work is completed, it is time to start rebuilding parts of your home.  This may include putting up walls in new areas, installing new windows or doors in places where there were none before, or adding on a new room.

 

3.     Mechanics

 

This is the part of the project when all your pipes and wires will be relocated if needed.  This is also the time when appliances can be moved to new spots, heating and air conditioning ducts can be moved, and electrical panels can be updated. 

 

4.     Close in the Walls

 

Once all the interior wall work is complete, the walls can be enclosed, and your home will start looking like a home once again. 

 

5.     Flooring

 

Some contractors will install the flooring after the walls have been painted, while others will do it prior to that.  We try to do everything that we can to ensure that your new floors are not damaged, so we may alternate what we do depending on the flooring material and what else needs to be completed inside your home. 

 

6.     Cabinets

 

It is finally time to install all those new cabinets and this is when you will finally see that everything will be completed sooner than later. 

 

7.     Appliances

 

While you carved out those spaces for your new appliances earlier, it is now the time that they will finally be put in place.  Obviously, if you kept your old appliances, they will just be slid into their new homes at this point. 

 

8.     Final Touches

 

No whole home renovation is completed until all the final touches have been done.  This could include touch ups to the paint, customizing backsplash, installing special lighting fixtures, and adding the hardware. 

 

As soon as the final touches are completed, you will be ready to start enjoying your newly updated home.  Hopefully you will love it as much as you thought you would and that the entire renovation process was worthwhile. 

 

 

 

A to Z Overview of the Whole Home Remodeling Process Part 1

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Whole home remodeling is time consuming and stressful, but at the end of it all, you practically have a new home and you will love every inch of it!  Whether you need more space, or you want an open concept, a whole home remodel might be your best option.  

Create Your Plan

Every whole home remodeling project needs to start with a plan!  After all, we know that you are not going to want to start tearing walls out and removing cabinets, countertops, and floors without knowing what you are doing next! 

We recommend starting with creating a vision, so you know how you want your house to look when it is completed.  You can find thousands of ideas on Pinterest, in magazines, in homes of family and friends, and on home improvement shows.  Please keep in mind that you have a budget that you need to work with, so you may want to create your vision accordingly. 

You may also want to determine how much of your home you want to remodel.  While you may want to do every single room, your budget may not allow for that at this time.  Do not let this discourage you, because you can easily create a plan for a whole home remodel and then do what you can afford and continue on with the projects as you have more money set aside. 

It is important to determine the style and design that you want incorporated into your new spaces, so keep that in mind as you are looking for ideas.  There is no point in creating a traditional home if you prefer a more modern look, so make sure that you know your wants before you start to choose any materials or designs. 

A contractor can be helpful throughout the entire whole home remodeling process, so we recommend that you hire one sooner than later.  It is always best to find someone that understands the vision that you have and that is willing to work with you to get you what you want.  The best part is that your contractor can easily hire all the subcontractors to do all the specialized work that you may need to have done on your home. 

One thing that we like to share with everyone is that you should look far into the future when planning remodeling projects.  While you may not know exactly what the future holds, you should know enough to understand that you may need certain features sooner than later.  This is the perfect time to include updates for aging in place or creating spaces that you can switch around as the kids start to move out. 

Now that you have your visions and a plan in place, it is time to understand the step by step process of the renovations, which we cover in part two.

 

Types of Layouts to Consider for Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

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Bathroom remodeling projects can be a little overwhelming in the beginning, because that is when you need to decide how you want this space to look. It is never easy to know if you are going to get it right or if you are going to regret your decision, weeks or even months down the road.

When you are beginning your bathroom remodel, you should start by determining who uses the bathroom and where it is located within your home. The answer to those questions will allow you to determine how to best use this space.

Here are 2 types of layouts to consider for your bathroom remodeling project:

1.     Two Wall

 

A two wall bathroom features the sink and toilet on one wall and the shower and tub on the other. These are the least expensive bathrooms, because the plumbing is only in two spots.

 

2.     Three Wall

 

A three wall bathroom layout is a little more complicated, as well as more expensive, but it is also the most versatile option available to you.

 

Most people know what type of layout they will use with their bathroom, simply because they will not want to move things around too much. The reason for that is it can be quite expensive to move pipes and other fixtures.

 

When you go to plan your new bathroom layout, you will want to consider these 3 things:

 

1.     Wet and Dry Zones

 

The wet zones inside a bathroom are basically the shower and tub area and everything else is considered to be dry.

 

2.     Toilet Placement

 

Some people do not mind having their toilet in the middle of the bathroom, right next to everything else. However, if you are the type of person that likes a little privacy while going, and people use the bathroom while you are in there, you may want to tuck your toilet away somewhere. This may be as easy as placing a half wall next to the toilet.

 

3.     Consider Storage Options

 

Storage can be placed inside furniture or items that you bring into your remodeled bathroom or you can create storage inside little niches that are carved into the room. No matter which option you choose, you will need at least twice the amount of storage than you think that you do.

 

Remodeling a bathroom can be fun once you determine what your layout is going to be like. We recommend figuring out what type of bathroom and layout you want first and then working on the smaller details afterwards. The process will take a little extra time, but it will be worth it when you have the bathroom of your dreams.

 

Decorate Your Small Bathroom Easily and Make it Look Larger with These 6 Tips

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Most homeowners have a tendency to neglect decorating their bathrooms, simply because they do not have the patience to figure out what they should do in there. If you have been struggling with decorating your small bathroom, we want to share a few simple things that you can do in this space to make it more beautiful and even larger than ever.

Here are 6 tips that will help you decorate your small bathroom easily and make it look larger:

1.     Declutter

 

The first thing that you should do in any space is remove all the clutter. The reason for this is that you will then know exactly what you are working with in this room. Plus, your bathroom will instantly look bigger!

 

2.     Bring in Light

 

Bathrooms can seem dark, especially if it has been painted a dark color and offers little lighting. We recommend that you paint the walls a light color and install a lighter colored floor as well. The light that comes into this room will then bounce off the walls and floor, making this space look lighter and brighter.

 

3.     Bring in Natural Light

 

Even the smallest window can light up a bathroom, as long as you have the right curtains in place. We recommend translucent curtains, as the light will flow right through them while keeping those prying eyes out.

 

4.     Add Lighting Fixtures

 

Most bathrooms do not get enough natural light, which is why we always recommend adding light fixtures too. We recommend adding task lighting over your shower and sink, while also considering lights to add height and depth to your vanity area.

 

5.     Add Mirrors

 

If you really want your space to look open and bright, we recommend installing mirrors. The light will instantly reflect off the mirrors, creating a large open bathroom.

 

6.     Think Smaller

 

The items that you choose to decorate with in your small bathroom should be smaller, so that they do not overwhelm this room. Consider smaller fixtures, so that you do not have those items taking up considerable space. The only time that we think that going big is good is when we are hanging one piece of art on the walls. This piece can become a focal point in your bathroom and will instantly make the room look bigger than it is.

 

These six tips will have your bathroom looking larger and more beautiful than ever before. And it will just be the start of everything that you will eventually do in this room to turn it into the bathroom of your dreams.

 

 

Custom Laundry Room Ideas that Will Make You Rethink Your Remodeling Plans

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Your laundry room can be much more than a dark place to throw dirty clothes into the washer and dryer before dashing back out of the room again. When you take the time to plan your laundry room properly, you will find yourself wanting to spend more time in there than necessary.

Here are 6 custom laundry room ideas that will make you rethink your remodeling ideas:

1.     Add Slanted Storage Over Your Washer and Dryer

 

Slanted storage over a washer and dryer is perfect if you do not have a lot of space in your laundry room. This type of storage is perfect for your laundry baskets, whether you use them to hold dirty or clean laundry.

 

2.     Install a Drying Rod

 

Drying racks are nice for all those clothes that cannot go into the dryer, but they can take up a lot of space in a laundry room. We recommend hanging a drying rod, either over your washer and dryer, or over a countertop, so that you can easily dry your clothes without having them in the way.

 

3.     Hide a Pull-Down Ironing Board

 

If you plan on installing cabinets inside your laundry room, we recommend leaving an area for an ironing board. You can simply open the cabinet door and pull the ironing board down when you need it and tuck it away when you are finished.

 

4.     Add a Change Jar

 

You know how you are always finding coins in the bottom of the washing machine? And wondering why it is always coins and never bills? Well, instead of remembering to take it with you when you leave or considering giving it back to the person it belongs to, you should add a change jar to this space. A cute little mason jar would do the trick, but you can use any jar that you have laying around.

 

5.     Add a Pull-Out Shelving Unit Between the Washer and Dryer

 

This compact shelving unit would be the perfect place to store your laundry detergent, stain remover, fabric softener, and more. You could even stash your change jar here! Since it rolls in, you won’t need to worry about tripping over it or having it in your way at the worst time.

 

6.     Add a Sink

 

If you have never had a sink in your laundry room, you do not know what you are missing! This will easily become your favorite feature, because you can rinse out items that are stained or place things in to soak before washing them.

 

You know that you will be spending a lot of time in your laundry room, so you might as well make it a cozy space that you love! Add these six custom ideas and then keep going until you have created the laundry room of your dreams.

 

Custom Bathroom Design is the Way to Go

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When you take the time to custom design any room in your home, your goal is to have a room that you love at the end. The creative design process can be tricky, because you need to make sure that all your design elements match. However, once you start seeing all your favorite finishes and features together, you will know that the time you have spent was worthwhile.

One of the first things that you will need to do for your custom bathroom design is determine the layout of your bathroom. A three wall layout is going to give you the most versatility, but it is also the most expensive of all the layouts. As you are deciding where things will go in your new bathroom, you will want to consider your lighting options. Some areas of your bathroom will need more lighting than others and you will want to make sure that you can have the light that you need installed.

We recommend using a large variety of lighting fixtures including pendant lights, chandeliers, and accent lighting. Make sure that you have dimmer switches installed too, so that you can lower those lights on the nights when you need to relax after a long day at work.

While your design is going to incorporate many things, we suggest that you choose one of them as your main focal point. This can be your tub, shower, vanity, or a piece of art on the wall. Choose this point first and then consider what will be secondary points of interest afterwards. Once you have your focal point, you can add qualities that will make it stand out more than it normally would. If you are using a tub, then maybe a gorgeous chandelier overhead will pull the look together. For a shower, bold colored tiles with glass doors and a rain shower head will make it stand out from everything else.

Purchasing ready-made cabinets is definitely an option. But if you are custom designing your bathroom, you may want to go all out with custom cabinets. Another option would be to repurpose an older piece of furniture to use in this space.

One of the last things that you will need for your custom bathroom design is flooring material. We recommend choosing a material that is easy to clean yet looks luxurious and expensive. Ceramic tiles are often your best bet, as they can look like many other materials that you might want to consider. This is an excellent way to get a wood floor in your bathroom without the worry of having the wood get ruined by the water.

Custom designing your bathroom is an excellent way to ensure that no other bathroom looks like yours. Plus, you will have all the features and the design that you have wanted and loved.

 

 

Create an Amazing Custom Kitchen with these Design Ideas

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When you look around your kitchen, what do you see? Do you see a version of what you love, or does it seem to be lacking in some way or another?

If your kitchen seems to be lacking, there are plenty of things that you can do to make it look amazing.

Here are 6 design ideas that will help you create an amazing custom kitchen:

1.     Choose Minimalism

 

Sometimes all you need to do is take everything out that you do not need in this space and it will look better than ever before. Clear off those countertops and create a simple look that will be timeless in more ways than one.

 

2.     Install a Bold Pattern on the Floor

 

No one has ever said that the focal point of a kitchen needs to be the island or the cabinets. We recommend going bold on the floor with patterned tiles, to create an amazing custom kitchen that stands out from all the rest.

 

3.     Go Multi-Task with Your Island

 

Boring islands are a thing of the past, which is why we recommend multi-tasking with yours. Create a meal prep, dining area, and book shelf with your island and reap the rewards with its multi-uses. While you can have an island custom-made with these features, you can also create your own with old bookcases, dressers, and a fancy new countertop.

 

4.     Add an Herb Garden

 

There is nothing wrong with wanting to use fresh herbs in your meals year-round, which is why we suggest bringing your herb garden inside. Add a few potted herbs around your kitchen or carve a niche in one spot with bright light to keep your herbs in one place.

 

5.     Go Unique with Your Island Stools

 

The stools in your kitchen will really stand out, even if they are pushed all the way in, so we recommend that you choose ones that are unique and make a statement. Your options are endless and all you need to do is make sure that the ones that you purchase will match your new décor.

 

6.     Go Bold on the Walls

 

If you choose to keep your flooring toned down, then you may want to add a little extra color to your walls. While you can paint them all a bold color, you may want to begin with an accent wall at first to see how it looks.

 

These six design ideas will help get you started in designing your custom kitchen, but there are hundreds of other ideas that will tempt you just as much. As you are going through this process, we recommend finding what you love and what you hate and then design your new space with only the things that you love the most.

 

Bring the Beach to Your Bathroom this Summer with These Beach-Themed Tips

A trip to the beach is high on the vacation checklist for many people. The relaxing warmth, amazing natural colors, and sound of the ocean help calm us and remove the worries of everyday life. Do you love spending time at the beach? If you answered yes, then you are going to love the ideas that we have come up with for a beach-themed bathroom.

Here are 7 beach-themed tips that you can use to bring the beach to your bathroom this summer:

1.     Install Bamboo Shades

 

Bamboo looks all summery and it offers some tranquility to bathrooms. The good news is that bamboo shades will look amazing with any of these other beach-themed items that we have fallen in love with.

 

2.     Add a Sunroof to Your Shower

 

If you have never heard of or seen a sunroof in a bathroom, you do not know what you are missing. Imagine showering as the sun or the moon and the stars shine down over you. It is fabulous and one of the best ways to bring the beach inside.

 

3.     Add Pebbles to Your Shower

 

Pebbles and seashells can easily be found all over the beach and you can easily bring them inside and place them either on your shower floor or all over your shower. You won’t need to put each pebble in place either, as there are pebbled tiles available for purchase.

 

4.     Add a Pebbled Floor

 

If the pebbles in your shower is not enough, or you prefer the pebbled look somewhere else, we recommend installing pebbles on your floor. These pebbled tiles are normally smooth, which makes them much easier to keep clean.

 

5.     Install Ocean Blue Mosaics

 

Nothing says beach more than the color blue and ocean blue mosaics will have you felling like you brought the ocean directly to your bathroom. We recommend installing these mosaic tiles on one wall or inside your shower.

 

6.     Add Palm Leaves

 

Palm trees swaying in the breeze always adds to a beach vacation vibe, and while the palm leaves will not sway in your bathroom, you can still imagine them doing it when you are in there.

 

7.     Add Some Reclaimed Wood

 

Reclaimed wood washes up onto the beach all the time, so find some to use inside your bathroom. You may not find what you are looking for on the beach, but a store close to you may have exactly what you need.

 

These eight things will make you feel like you are at the beach every time you walk into your bathroom. Extend your beach vacation now by creating your own beach-themed bathroom this summer!

 

Types of Layouts to Consider for Your Bathroom Remodeling Project

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Bathroom remodeling projects can be a little overwhelming in the beginning, because that is when you need to decide how you want this space to look. It is never easy to know if you are going to get it right or if you are going to regret your decision, weeks or even months down the road.

When you are beginning your bathroom remodel, you should start by determining who uses the bathroom and where it is located within your home. The answer to those questions will allow you to determine how to best use this space.

Here are 2 types of layouts to consider for your bathroom remodeling project:

1.     Two Wall

 

A two wall bathroom features the sink and toilet on one wall and the shower and tub on the other. These are the least expensive bathrooms, because the plumbing is only in two spots.

 

2.     Three Wall

 

A three wall bathroom layout is a little more complicated, as well as more expensive, but it is also the most versatile option available to you.

 

Most people know what type of layout they will use with their bathroom, simply because they will not want to move things around too much. The reason for that is it can be quite expensive to move pipes and other fixtures.

 

When you go to plan your new bathroom layout, you will want to consider these 3 things:

 

1.     Wet and Dry Zones

 

The wet zones inside a bathroom are basically the shower and tub area and everything else is considered to be dry.

 

2.     Toilet Placement

 

Some people do not mind having their toilet in the middle of the bathroom, right next to everything else. However, if you are the type of person that likes a little privacy while going, and people use the bathroom while you are in there, you may want to tuck your toilet away somewhere. This may be as easy as placing a half wall next to the toilet.

 

3.     Consider Storage Options

 

Storage can be placed inside furniture or items that you bring into your remodeled bathroom or you can create storage inside little niches that are carved into the room. No matter which option you choose, you will need at least twice the amount of storage than you think that you do.

 

Remodeling a bathroom can be fun once you determine what your layout is going to be like. We recommend figuring out what type of bathroom and layout you want first and then working on the smaller details afterwards. The process will take a little extra time, but it will be worth it when you have the bathroom of your dreams.

 

Decorate Your Small Bathroom Easily and Make it Look Larger with These 6 Tips

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Most homeowners have a tendency to neglect decorating their bathrooms, simply because they do not have the patience to figure out what they should do in there. If you have been struggling with decorating your small bathroom, we want to share a few simple things that you can do in this space to make it more beautiful and even larger than ever.

Here are 6 tips that will help you decorate your small bathroom easily and make it look larger:

1.     Declutter

 

The first thing that you should do in any space is remove all the clutter. The reason for this is that you will then know exactly what you are working with in this room. Plus, your bathroom will instantly look bigger!

 

2.     Bring in Light

 

Bathrooms can seem dark, especially if it has been painted a dark color and offers little lighting. We recommend that you paint the walls a light color and install a lighter colored floor as well. The light that comes into this room will then bounce off the walls and floor, making this space look lighter and brighter.

 

3.     Bring in Natural Light

 

Even the smallest window can light up a bathroom, as long as you have the right curtains in place. We recommend translucent curtains, as the light will flow right through them while keeping those prying eyes out.

 

4.     Add Lighting Fixtures

 

Most bathrooms do not get enough natural light, which is why we always recommend adding light fixtures too. We recommend adding task lighting over your shower and sink, while also considering lights to add height and depth to your vanity area.

 

5.     Add Mirrors

 

If you really want your space to look open and bright, we recommend installing mirrors. The light will instantly reflect off the mirrors, creating a large open bathroom.

 

6.     Think Smaller

 

The items that you choose to decorate with in your small bathroom should be smaller, so that they do not overwhelm this room. Consider smaller fixtures, so that you do not have those items taking up considerable space. The only time that we think that going big is good is when we are hanging one piece of art on the walls. This piece can become a focal point in your bathroom and will instantly make the room look bigger than it is.

 

These six tips will have your bathroom looking larger and more beautiful than ever before. And it will just be the start of everything that you will eventually do in this room to turn it into the bathroom of your dreams.

 

 

Custom Laundry Room Ideas that Will Make You Rethink Your Remodeling Plans

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Your laundry room can be much more than a dark place to throw dirty clothes into the washer and dryer before dashing back out of the room again. When you take the time to plan your laundry room properly, you will find yourself wanting to spend more time in there than necessary.

Here are 6 custom laundry room ideas that will make you rethink your remodeling ideas:

1.     Add Slanted Storage Over Your Washer and Dryer

 

Slanted storage over a washer and dryer is perfect if you do not have a lot of space in your laundry room. This type of storage is perfect for your laundry baskets, whether you use them to hold dirty or clean laundry.

 

2.     Install a Drying Rod

 

Drying racks are nice for all those clothes that cannot go into the dryer, but they can take up a lot of space in a laundry room. We recommend hanging a drying rod, either over your washer and dryer, or over a countertop, so that you can easily dry your clothes without having them in the way.

 

3.     Hide a Pull-Down Ironing Board

 

If you plan on installing cabinets inside your laundry room, we recommend leaving an area for an ironing board. You can simply open the cabinet door and pull the ironing board down when you need it and tuck it away when you are finished.

 

4.     Add a Change Jar

 

You know how you are always finding coins in the bottom of the washing machine? And wondering why it is always coins and never bills? Well, instead of remembering to take it with you when you leave or considering giving it back to the person it belongs to, you should add a change jar to this space. A cute little mason jar would do the trick, but you can use any jar that you have laying around.

 

5.     Add a Pull-Out Shelving Unit Between the Washer and Dryer

 

This compact shelving unit would be the perfect place to store your laundry detergent, stain remover, fabric softener, and more. You could even stash your change jar here! Since it rolls in, you won’t need to worry about tripping over it or having it in your way at the worst time.

 

6.     Add a Sink

 

If you have never had a sink in your laundry room, you do not know what you are missing! This will easily become your favorite feature, because you can rinse out items that are stained or place things in to soak before washing them.

 

You know that you will be spending a lot of time in your laundry room, so you might as well make it a cozy space that you love! Add these six custom ideas and then keep going until you have created the laundry room of your dreams.

 

Custom Bathroom Design is the Way to Go

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When you take the time to custom design any room in your home, your goal is to have a room that you love at the end. The creative design process can be tricky, because you need to make sure that all your design elements match. However, once you start seeing all your favorite finishes and features together, you will know that the time you have spent was worthwhile.

One of the first things that you will need to do for your custom bathroom design is determine the layout of your bathroom. A three wall layout is going to give you the most versatility, but it is also the most expensive of all the layouts. As you are deciding where things will go in your new bathroom, you will want to consider your lighting options. Some areas of your bathroom will need more lighting than others and you will want to make sure that you can have the light that you need installed.

We recommend using a large variety of lighting fixtures including pendant lights, chandeliers, and accent lighting. Make sure that you have dimmer switches installed too, so that you can lower those lights on the nights when you need to relax after a long day at work.

While your design is going to incorporate many things, we suggest that you choose one of them as your main focal point. This can be your tub, shower, vanity, or a piece of art on the wall. Choose this point first and then consider what will be secondary points of interest afterwards. Once you have your focal point, you can add qualities that will make it stand out more than it normally would. If you are using a tub, then maybe a gorgeous chandelier overhead will pull the look together. For a shower, bold colored tiles with glass doors and a rain shower head will make it stand out from everything else.

Purchasing ready-made cabinets is definitely an option. But if you are custom designing your bathroom, you may want to go all out with custom cabinets. Another option would be to repurpose an older piece of furniture to use in this space.

One of the last things that you will need for your custom bathroom design is flooring material. We recommend choosing a material that is easy to clean yet looks luxurious and expensive. Ceramic tiles are often your best bet, as they can look like many other materials that you might want to consider. This is an excellent way to get a wood floor in your bathroom without the worry of having the wood get ruined by the water.

Custom designing your bathroom is an excellent way to ensure that no other bathroom looks like yours. Plus, you will have all the features and the design that you have wanted and loved.

 

 

Create an Amazing Custom Kitchen with these Design Ideas

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When you look around your kitchen, what do you see? Do you see a version of what you love, or does it seem to be lacking in some way or another?

If your kitchen seems to be lacking, there are plenty of things that you can do to make it look amazing.

Here are 6 design ideas that will help you create an amazing custom kitchen:

1.     Choose Minimalism

 

Sometimes all you need to do is take everything out that you do not need in this space and it will look better than ever before. Clear off those countertops and create a simple look that will be timeless in more ways than one.

 

2.     Install a Bold Pattern on the Floor

 

No one has ever said that the focal point of a kitchen needs to be the island or the cabinets. We recommend going bold on the floor with patterned tiles, to create an amazing custom kitchen that stands out from all the rest.

 

3.     Go Multi-Task with Your Island

 

Boring islands are a thing of the past, which is why we recommend multi-tasking with yours. Create a meal prep, dining area, and book shelf with your island and reap the rewards with its multi-uses. While you can have an island custom-made with these features, you can also create your own with old bookcases, dressers, and a fancy new countertop.

 

4.     Add an Herb Garden

 

There is nothing wrong with wanting to use fresh herbs in your meals year-round, which is why we suggest bringing your herb garden inside. Add a few potted herbs around your kitchen or carve a niche in one spot with bright light to keep your herbs in one place.

 

5.     Go Unique with Your Island Stools

 

The stools in your kitchen will really stand out, even if they are pushed all the way in, so we recommend that you choose ones that are unique and make a statement. Your options are endless and all you need to do is make sure that the ones that you purchase will match your new décor.

 

6.     Go Bold on the Walls

 

If you choose to keep your flooring toned down, then you may want to add a little extra color to your walls. While you can paint them all a bold color, you may want to begin with an accent wall at first to see how it looks.

 

These six design ideas will help get you started in designing your custom kitchen, but there are hundreds of other ideas that will tempt you just as much. As you are going through this process, we recommend finding what you love and what you hate and then design your new space with only the things that you love the most.

 

Bring the Beach to Your Bathroom this Summer with These Beach-Themed Tips

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A trip to the beach is high on the vacation checklist for many people. The relaxing warmth, amazing natural colors, and sound of the ocean help calm us and remove the worries of everyday life. Do you love spending time at the beach? If you answered yes, then you are going to love the ideas that we have come up with for a beach-themed bathroom.

Here are 7 beach-themed tips that you can use to bring the beach to your bathroom this summer:

1.     Install Bamboo Shades

 

Bamboo looks all summery and it offers some tranquility to bathrooms. The good news is that bamboo shades will look amazing with any of these other beach-themed items that we have fallen in love with.

 

2.     Add a Sunroof to Your Shower

 

If you have never heard of or seen a sunroof in a bathroom, you do not know what you are missing. Imagine showering as the sun or the moon and the stars shine down over you. It is fabulous and one of the best ways to bring the beach inside.

 

3.     Add Pebbles to Your Shower

 

Pebbles and seashells can easily be found all over the beach and you can easily bring them inside and place them either on your shower floor or all over your shower. You won’t need to put each pebble in place either, as there are pebbled tiles available for purchase.

 

4.     Add a Pebbled Floor

 

If the pebbles in your shower is not enough, or you prefer the pebbled look somewhere else, we recommend installing pebbles on your floor. These pebbled tiles are normally smooth, which makes them much easier to keep clean.

 

5.     Install Ocean Blue Mosaics

 

Nothing says beach more than the color blue and ocean blue mosaics will have you felling like you brought the ocean directly to your bathroom. We recommend installing these mosaic tiles on one wall or inside your shower.

 

6.     Add Palm Leaves

 

Palm trees swaying in the breeze always adds to a beach vacation vibe, and while the palm leaves will not sway in your bathroom, you can still imagine them doing it when you are in there.

 

7.     Add Some Reclaimed Wood

 

Reclaimed wood washes up onto the beach all the time, so find some to use inside your bathroom. You may not find what you are looking for on the beach, but a store close to you may have exactly what you need.

 

These eight things will make you feel like you are at the beach every time you walk into your bathroom. Extend your beach vacation now by creating your own beach-themed bathroom this summer!

 

 The Design and Drawing Phase of Your Home Remodeling Project Needs More Attention

With many major home remodeling jobs, the floor plan is affected in some way. In many instances, the floor plan will be the first thing to be evaluated. Taking measurements for the installation of new fixtures is not the same as assessing the floor plan. And without this crucial step, the project could have costly mistakes. While the wall sizes and the square footage are important considerations, the design and drawing phase covers more than these factors.

The Importance of Design Plans

It may not be easy for you to visualize how your home will look based on the plans, but this does not make this step any less important. In addition to the floor measurements, these plans also dictate details such as size of entryways, the placement of light sources and the location of storage features. It is one thing to have ideas in mind, but without a detailed plan, you could quickly realize that there are design mistakes that you may not be able to fix right away. In short, the design and drawing phase of your remodeling project helps you to avoid the problems after the work is done. Other good reasons to work with a designer for your home remodel are:

·       The designer will create a plan based on your needs.

·       The designer will take into account the rest of the home to maintain consistency in the design.

·       The drawing will make it easier for you to set your own plan for the remodeling project. The precise measurements will help in purchasing the right amount of materials.

·       A designer will help you to create that delicate balance between style and function. The plan will take into account the elements of the structure, so you will know exactly what types of modifications are possible.

Inefficient design that arises from poor planning can lead to wasted space if you are building a new home or doing an addition. The plan should include furniture and fixtures, so you know how they will fit into the space. If there is extra space in the plan, you must think about whether you really need it, or if it can be utilized in some way. Remember that any space you don’t need equals additional maintenance spending that could be utilized elsewhere. Talk to your designer to make sure that your needs are understood, and that this is reflected in the plan for the remodeling.

Keep these Hot Kitchen and Bath Trends in Mind if You’re Remodeling in 2019

You don’t have to struggle to come up with ideas for your kitchen and bathroom if you take a look at the latest trends. A good way to start to is to visit local trade shows where suppliers put their latest products on display. These products usually come about from closely observing changing consumer tastes and suggestions made by designers. This leaves little room for doubt in the minds of homeowners as to what are the best products for their homes.

The Kitchen

1.     Appliances. The appeal of stainless steel appliances grew steadily for years, but many experts expect to see a decline in 2019. Anyone who wants to make a statement in the kitchen should consider the increasing range of colors and styles. Suppliers are still offering stainless steel, but these appliances can make the kitchen look older.

2.     Minimalist design. Storage has always been a prime concern for kitchens, but getting rid of upper cabinets can open up the space. This is not a new trend, and it has been gaining steam in recent months.

3.     More color. White has been the go-to classic in kitchens for decades for its clean look. Now experts recommend a more adventurous style with warm wood, and painted cabinets. Greens, blues and even black will be hot colors in kitchens for this year.

4.     Colorful sinks. In the past stainless steel has been the standard, but sinks can now add more color to kitchens as well. Options include copper, acrylic and composite materials. Many metal sinks now have stamped decorative features that add more beauty to the kitchen.

The Bathroom

1.     Shower enclosures. This is a standard bathroom fixture, but they will play a bigger role in enhancing the décor. Using stained glass opens up a world of color and design possibilities for both framed and frameless types.

2.     Fixtures with color. Stainless steel is becoming a thing of the past in bathrooms as well. Some of the great options for faucets include copper, satin bronze and polished nickel. There will be more emphasis on layered lighting for a brighter bathroom, and these fixtures are available in a range of finishes including satin, bronze, gold and wood.

3.     Spa features. The bathroom will take on greater importance as a place for relaxation. Features like waterfall systems and chromatherapy lighting will help to create the desired atmosphere.

4.     Smart toilets. Smart features are becoming the rage in modern home design, and the bathroom is not being left out. Many toilets have features such as heated seats, hands-free opening and closing, and ambient lighting.

Matte accents will feature heavily in both kitchen and bathrooms this year. They not only help to highlight, they can add some warmth to limited color palettes.