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Master Bathroom Remodel Options

Different factors must be taken into account when doing a master bathroom remodel than when remodeling any other bathroom. There are two main reasons for this. First, a master bathroom is usually designed so that two people can use it at one time. Second, a master bath is something of a luxury, and so it is usually outfitted with more extravagant fixtures and materials. When you get ready to do your master bathroom remodel, consider many options before you decide.
Bathroom Size
You may want to use the exact space that is already being used for your master bathroom remodel. You might want to increase the size by adding in a portion of the master bedroom. This might be a good idea if the master bedroom is more than large enough and the master bath is very small. This decision is a crucial one. It requires knowledge of the sizes of fixtures, cabinets, and a built-in shower if you want to include one. It also demands experience with framing and other general construction skills.
You must know how much floor space to leave for cleaning and moving around the room. At the same time, you will want to save as much space as possible with a clever floor plan. All this can be accomplished easily by someone with experience in designing bathroom remodels, such as a remodeling expert.
Bathroom Fixtures
A part of choosing fixtures for your bathroom remodel is determining what size and shape your bathroom can accommodate. If you have a small space, you might choose a toilet with a small round bowl. On the other hand, if you have more room in your master bath area, you might prefer a toilet with a larger, elongated bowl for more comfort and style.
You will probably want two sinks in a master bathroom remodel. One question you will have to answer is whether your bathroom can accommodate a vanity with a sink-top, or if you need to use pedestal sinks to save space. If you can have a cabinet under your sink, you have even more options. You might have enough room for a long cabinet with multiple sinks set into the top. An experienced remodeling company can help you get the sink tops and cabinets you want and require, and can install them properly.
Bathroom Storage
Your bathroom will never be organized if you do not plan your bathroom remodel to include places for storage. Every activity you do in your bathroom that requires the use of grooming tools, personal care products or linens must be accounted for in your storage plans. If you do not have a long cabinet under your sinks in which to store your items, you will need to make some other arrangements in your master bath.
You can certainly plan for storage if you do your own bathroom remodel. You can throw in a storage cabinet or shelves here and there with ease. However, if you use a professional remodeling company, they will make sure you use every bit of space available for storage without cutting into the space you need for the other functions of the master bath. You can do a master bathroom remodel by yourself, or you can hire an experienced remodeler to do it for you. It all depends on how professional you expect the results to be.…

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3 Simple Must-Do Home Improvement Projects If You Want Your House To SELL

In a competitive market, in any market for that matter, there are a few basic home improvement projects that are non-negotiable. They are the ones that can make or break the sale of your home. Those who choose to take their chances and cut corners, pinch pennies, avoid to regret it. Don’t allow yourself to be one of those people.
Here are 3 simple MUST-DO home improvement projects IF you want your house to SELL!
Flooring – Many sellers think it’s a better idea to give a buyer credit to choose their own carpet when they move into the house. The problem is, the majority of those buyers can’t see beyond what’s currently in the home. That old, dirty or outdated carpet usually deters them from purchasing the home altogether OR if they do, they will low-ball the offer. This includes worn hardwood flooring, poorly installed laminate, and old, outdated tile or vinyl. Take care of upgrading these features BEFORE putting your home on the market AND ensure that the type of product you install is at a quality level commensurate with the value of your property. You wouldn’t want to put the same type of flooring in a $300,000 home that you would in a $1,000,000 property. The buyers will know and they will NOT be pleased. Remember, flooring is the foundation (literally) for the home’s interior so make it count.
Paint – Touch up paint just does not do the job. The color (even if it came out of the same can) won’t match due to time, wear, and fading. I have seen touch ups done in the wrong finish. Then your wall just looks like it has a skin condition. Do yourself a favor and invest in a fresh paint job. It will frame the rooms in a clean, fresh manner and fresh paint psychologically engages buyers in the home buying process. It feels like a new home to them and that’s what you want – for them to envision themselves in their new home.
Window Treatments – Fancy drapery are personalized items that generally don’t add a lot of value to the resale process. In fact, it can hinder it. It is usually my recommendation that drapery be removed unless it truly complements the decor and furnishings. If your drapery keeps much needed sunlight from coming through, is mismatched, and does not complement the home’s interior, I highly recommend removing it. Also, if you have blinds that are warped, dusty, and broken, it’s time to replace them. Keep in mind that there are two levels of window treatment. Blinds and shades are for light filtration and privacy and drapery is to frame the windows and add softness and color. For selling purposes, blinds are all that’s really needed. Leaving windows naked can be a negative in many cases and is not advisable. The home just doesn’t look finished and it can be a magnet for burglars.
Having helped hundreds of clients prepare their houses to sell, these 3 home improvement projects were always addressed. Hope you find these tips helpful. I would welcome your feedback.…