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Home Contractors

The Importance of Bathroom Design

Families are spending more and more time in their bathrooms than ever before, thus, they desire their bathrooms to be functional as well as inviting. If you are ready for a new bathroom look, take some time to consider ideas for the bathroom design and investigate remodeling your bathroom to suit your needs and style.
Several questions need to be asked prior to the start of any design process. It is critical before you decide to renovate to make sure that there are no underlying problems with the core of your home. Sound plumbing, heating and electrical service should be inspected before demolition begins. When talking to a designer, consider a few things: Do you need more storage? Are the fixtures out-dated? Do the vanity and faucets need replaced? Are you able to work around the existing fixtures such as the tub and/or sink? Do you want a separate tub and shower compartments? It is an important factor also to determined the style of bathrooms choices, you can choose from modern, traditional, contemporary or transitional type of bathrooms.
Once these questions are answered, sit down and work within a realistic budget. Determine how much you are able to afford. The focus on your bathroom improvements will also depend on the type of bathroom. If your remodel is for a guest bathroom, it should be useful, inviting, and even impressive for your guests. A children’s bathroom should be bright, colorful and even fun. A master bedroom bathroom can have a resort style, relaxing, or perhaps a sexy feel.
Making the correct lighting choices, such as decorative or accent lighting add elegance to a bathroom, or adding softer dimmable lighting can give you more of a cozy feeling. Another focal point in any bathroom is the vanity mirror, giving the area a bigger feel and a chance to show off your individual style with a decorative frame or a uniquely-shaped mirror. Incorporate your family’s own taste and fashion with accessories to complete you bathroom remodel. Tile designs, the color of the walls, and open shelves for display items add character to every bathroom as well.
Bathroom design should be attractive and just as comfortable as any other room in your home. Remodeling is also an ideal time to make your house healthier for you, the community, and the environment through the use of environmentally-friendly products and recycling or reusing existing materials.…

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Basement Remodeling

Ceramic Tile Removal in a Bathroom Remodel

On this step of removing the ceramic tile it’s going to get dusty so what I did first was remove everything that I could so I wouldn’t have to clean it when I was done. Even though I was not going to reuse the tile, I wanted to be careful because I wanted to put the tile on Freecycle or Craigslist so someone else might be able to use them. The only tools I used were an old flat tip screw driver, hammer and a box cutter.
I should say that the tiles that are offset from the wall about 1/2″ with a mortar mix. The way that the mortar stays on the wall is a wire mesh that is attached to the wall with staples and nails. I started by cutting the bead of caulk around the top edge of the tile being careful not to cut to deep and into the drywall. Now the first tile off is the most critical so you have to be real careful. I just started the screwdriver back behind the tile and pried a little bit at a time at tile I could remove without damaging the wall or the tiles next to it. From that point it gets easier. I worked a line straight down to the floor and then made my way around the room.
Being how we are still using the bathroom I had to work around a few things. The first was the toilet. The tank of the toilet was real close to the tile so it made it difficult to get the tiles off around it. The next thing was the vanity. I should tell you that when they built this house they custom built the vanity and everything before they put up the tile so there is allot of things to cut around. I would have to say that when I got to the mirror I had to be real careful because the mirror was resting on top of the tile. Now I am the kind of guy that if something can go wrong it probable will. I got lucky on this part and didn’t break the mirror.
Another nice thing about doing all the work myself, I get to see how thing’s are built. I am a project engineer for a manufacturing company and I am always looking at how things are built. Okay I better get back to the tile work. Now I mentioned that the tile was about 1/2″ off the wall with a mortar mix. When I got to the door way there was the mortar mix on one side and on the other they built it up with a piece of plywood and used liquid nails to hold the tiles up. Needless to say, I couldn’t save any of the tiles that were glued to the wood. Then I found an area that the tile was glued straight to the drywall. I have to replace some drywall now. Luckily that was the end of removing the tile.
I stacked all of the good tile in a box and threw out all bad ones. Swept up all the debris and put everything back in its place. As I mentioned at the beginning I am going to list the tiles on Freecycle since they are in good condition and hopefully someone else can use them instead of them going into the land fill. As I remodel I’m always looking for ways that I can recycle materials instead of throwing them into a land fill that is already overloaded.
In the next article I’ll be removing the mortar mix and the wire that was attached to the wall.…

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Remodeling Contractors

Tips for Fixing Up Your Bathroom Blues

In addition to just being functional, bathrooms are generally rooms in your home that are in high demand, expected to be clean and sanitary and should be pleasing to the eye.A� You may be starting to notice how sick and tired you are of your bathroom, but feel like you don’t have the time or resources to do any major upgrades.A� Well, you’re in luck, because short of re-tiling your shower or tearing out and replacing your toilet, there are lots of small, inexpensive steps you can take to turn your bathroom into a peaceful getaway.
First, start by removing anything that has been just sitting around collecting dust, such as old decorations, dirty picture hangings or old cosmetic products that aren’t being put to use.A� As a matter of fact, get rid of everything that was being used as decor and start fresh. Organize your necessities into containers that can be easily stored under the sink or in cabinets.
Next it’s time to clean well!A� Scrub the room from top to bottom so it is a sparkling clean.A� If you are having issues with mold or stained molding and sealant around fixtures, consider spending a little extra money to re-mold or re-caulk these sections to achieve a brand-new look.
Choose a color theme for painting that you will appreciate each time you enter the room.A� Some people want bright and fun – something cheery to wake them up in the morning. Other people may decide to choose more soothing colors that help them relax or wind down in the evenings during a hot bath.A� Take your time with your decision and have fun!
After deciding your goals for the effects of the room, replace your old worn out bath mats and towels with new ones that complement your new wall color.A� If you have a shower curtain rack, I recommend replacing the rings, the inner curtain and the outer curtain, preferably with a one toned, thicker-styled hanging that will automatically make your bathroom look more luxurious and expensive in relation to a corny plastic fish pattern.A� If you have room, a horizontally arched shower curtain can add a lot more space in your shower area.
Lighting is where I would spend the majority of my budget.A� There are an insane number of unique lighting fixtures that can really become the main centerpiece of your new bathroom.A� Today, people want bright bathrooms and new lighting can really make a difference.A� What a better way to show off your new room than to light it up!
Finally, bring in a few pieces that will tie the room together. Candles are cheaply replaced and can really add to the ambience and sumptuousness of the room, as well as offer pleasing scents.A� Here’s where you can be creative, but don’t go overboard with your additional pieces.A� Remember, less is more and a simple, clean, uncluttered bathroom is the goal.A� This small effort is a great way to turn your old dingy bathroom into a new sanctuary that you will love to enjoy!…

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Remodeling

Space Planning For Your Bathroom Remodel

When upgrading your bathroom, the first and most major factor is the dimensions of the space. Have you got the space for a bathtub plus a separate shower cubicle? Just a bath tub and a shower fitting above it? Or if you don’t have the space for the two do you prefer simply a standalone shower? The massive choice on the market could be confusing but also really exciting as almost nothing is as good as a new bathroom with shining white fixtures and sparkling chrome extras.
Selecting new bathroom sinks to integrate within your new bathroom design isn’t as simple as you may think. To begin with you must choose if your sink will be freestanding or fixed into bathroom vanities. And then there’s such a lot of choice aside from the typical white ceramic sink. You’ll find hammered copper sinks which can look attractive and dramatic, particularly with the appropriate bathroom illumination. And then there are numerous types of delightful vessel sinks, that are positioned atop vanities or a bathroom counter.
An important accent for any bathroom is a mirror. A complete wall of mirrored tiles these days seems dated and wrong; however you’ve got a wide range to choose from. On one side of the range are very elaborate bathroom mirrors in the Venetian or Rococo style and at the other are absolutely plain mirrors, in rectangular, square or round forms. An elaborate mirror might look magnificent in a chic smart modern day bathroom.
One factor that can totally change the way your bathroom looks is the bathroom lighting. If you are having your bathroom completely redesigned you might like to add recessed lighting built into the walls or ceiling. Or to give a large bathroom the Wow! factor how about a crystal chandelier? You can combine this with coordinating decorative sconces for an opulent effect. With a small bathroom a full chandelier may well be overpowering however you can achieve a similar impact on a more compact scale using chandelier style lamp shades together with dangling crystal droplets for all the style but not having the risk for tall family members.
An important aspect to note while redesigning your bathroom may be the demands of all of the different people who will be using it. If it’s to generally be your main family bathroom and you’ve got children, then this style and design must be suitable for all of them. In particular, there may be little point in putting in a huge bath if most of the household prefers a standalone shower. For those who live by yourself or the bathroom you are designing is the master bedroom ensuite then you can please yourself over the style and design, bathroom furnishings and accessories.…

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House Improvements

New Bathroom Remodeling Design For a Greater Shower Experience

The modern bathroom has changed dramatically from what it used to be, especially the big master bathroom, where the possibilities exceed all imagination in terms of bathroom accessories and decor, with high-tech features like a digitally controlled shower system with a digital interface for personal settings, an automatic hands free toilet with an auto flush feature that removes the waist and cleans, a built-in TV and speakers with a waterproof remote control, to mention just a few. Such high-tech sophistication is not necessary to still get great results even with a standard bathroom makeover and give it the look and ambiance of a contemporary bathroom. With many kinds of inexpensive yet beautiful bathroom fixtures, cabinets and bathroom flooring to choose from everybody can get their dream shower that they would never want to leave.
The bathroom is a major place of relaxation where you can enjoy an invigorating shower or cool down with a long soak in a tub or have the best of both worlds. It is a place of retreat and rejuvenation of the body and mind from the stresses of life, so both designers and consumers are looking to intensify the daily shower/ bath experience with new innovations in bathroom remodeling design ideas & bathroom decor.
More then ever bathroom makeover remodels are easy and fun. not only for expensive bathroom renovation but also and in particular, for small bathroom remodeling, and with such a huge array of bathroom remodeling ideas everybody can find the right solution for a beautiful new modern bathroom with the latest features of comfort and style to make it a more relaxing and pleasurable experience.
So if you are you just fed up with your old telephone booth-size shower and want a more contemporary bathroom… a beautiful spacious modern bathroom with the latest in bathroom accessories design, or if you just want to refresh your existing bath with the latest trends in bathroom decor, you will be amazed how plenty of bathroom remodeling ideas you can find that can improve the look of your bath and give it a luxurious feel no matter how big or small the bathroom remodeling design is.
It may be a good idea to work with an experienced and imaginative professional who has a broad knowledge of bathroom remodeling design and bathroom accessories and who can help you make the best of what is possible within the limits of your budget and bath size. Or if you have the time to shop around you can use your own creative thinking in choosing the right bathroom fixtures & bathroom decor such as cabinets, faucets, shower heads, vanities, tile and so on. Most certainly you would want to find the right home contractor for the new bathroom makeover and installation.
And in a last note I would like to share with you an idea that will amplify the importance of the shower experience. Beauty is a relaxant and a beautiful environment in a contemporary bathroom is a remedy for the mind. Small changes can have big effects and one should not underestimate the power of our surroundings on our inner state of mind. The place where you clean and beautify yourself should it self be beautiful. so pamper yourself and treat yourself to a new bathroom…again it doesn’t have to be a master bathroom with super computers and high-tech bathroom accessories, there are small bathroom remodeling ideas that can do the job and make your bathroom a small vacation island… make your shower a daily vacation experience from the stresses of life. Enjoy your trip!…

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Bathroom Renovations

Small Bathroom Remodels – Using 24″ Bathroom Vanity Styles

Taking on home remodel projects is a fun and creative way to express your DIY self and bring in your personal style. If you are working on a small bathroom, give it a nice open feel and create an appearance of a larger space by using specific items and a some special techniques. Use light colors, the right mirror, and the perfect size of bathroom vanity and your small bathroom will look better than ever.
Open up the Space: When working with a small bathroom, you want to make the most of the space wherever possible. A great way to do this right off the bat is to choose a new vanity that has a good amount of under sink and counter storage space. By using a vanity that has good storage space, it will eliminate the need for things like over-toilet shelving units and multitudes of towel racks and hooks. Another way to create additional space is by using a built-in shelving unit. If you already have one, great; if you don’t, then consider installing one, they are great for storage space and because they are flush against the wall, it gives a clean appearance. Pedestal style vanities pair well with this type of shelving, because they are also great for creating the look of a cleaner and more open space.
Create Illusions: Add the feeling and look of additional space by playing with angles and reflection. Another option is to utilize mirrors for the purpose of creating the illusion of space within the small bathroom. And if you are lucky enough to have a window in your bathroom, then you can use mirrors to add the illusion of more light too, which also helps with the look of more space. Adding a large mirror to your bathroom will create the illusion that the space is a little larger that it looked before. If you’re going to repaint the walls, make sure to use a light color palette. Cool, lighter tones tend to make the space seem more open and less closed in than darker colors, thus making the room feel more spacious. Light colors will also make your bathroom brighter, especially if you have natural light coming in.
Toss the Clutter: No matter what you do, if there’s a lot of stuff in your bathroom will still feel small and claustrophobic. Cut back on decorative objects and go for a minimalist look. Toss anything you don’t really need; if you can’t remember the last time you used it, it goes in the trash. Limit decorative elements to the walls and try to add interest through the frame on your mirror and the light fixtures.
Start your small bathroom remodel creatively by getting some paper and pencil to illustrate a diagram of what you want for the bathroom. Make notations of the room’s dimensions and the estimated dimensions for necessary items you plan to shop for, like a 24″ bathroom vanity and shop for 30″ square mirrors, for example. This way, you’ll have some idea of the existing floor plan as well as the floor plan you desire for the completed project.
Please remember that safety is always the number one priority when working on home remodel projects. If you are unsure of any part of the project, consider speaking with a professional.…

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Remodeling

Bathroom Fixtures

More than likely, you will want to replace your bathroom fixtures during a bathroom remodel. When it comes to bathroom fixtures, you have a wide range of choices, depending on which area of the bathroom you’re working with. To assist you in choosing the best fixtures for your bathroom, we’ve put together some helpful information Faucets for the bathroom are available in a huge variety of shapes and styles so you can be assured of finding exactly what you want. In addition, many faucets are offered with matching bathroom accessories such as towel bars or robe hooks for the bathroom. The main point to consider when looking for a new faucet is whether you will be replacing the sink or keeping the existing one. Depending on the sink, you may or may not be able to use a specific faucet, since the sink may need to be drilled to accommodate the new faucet. It is also strongly advised that you select a faucet cast in brass, copper or another high-quality material as they will generally last longer. To minimize the chance of a leak, you may also want to consider choosing a faucet that uses a washerless design.
In addition to the faucet, it is also crucial to put some thought into the bathroom sink if you don’t have a lot of space in the bathroom. You can free up space in your bathroom if your sink doesn’t need to be installed into a vanity or counter. When it comes to sinks, there are several different types to choose from. Drop-In is a common sink type that is installed with the edges of the sink resting on top of the bathroom counter or vanity top. Undermount is a popular alternative to the drop-in type this sink type is installed below the level of the counter. It is easier to clean and more attractive than a drop-in sink. Vessel is a innovative sink variation that places the sink bowl on top of the counter. The bowl is generally made from glass, china or other attractive materials.Pedestal. The sink is mounted on a pedestal rather than a counter, allowing space to be freed up around the sink and helps to conceal the plumbing under the sink behind the pedestal. Wall-Mounted is much like the pedestal design, a wall-mounted sink frees up space around the sink although the plumbing is exposed underneath.
In addition to the sink and faucets, there are a wide range of options available to customize your shower to meet your needs and wants. If you simply want to replace your showerhead, there are many attractive options available including low-flow showerheads that will allow you to conserve water, or you might wish to implement a handheld showerhead, allowing you to easily wash your hair or hard-to-reach places. One other great option that has become popular is the rain shower – this design places the showerhead on the ceiling and simulates the feel of showering in the rain or under a waterfall.
While it may not be as exciting as the rest of the bathroom, the toilet is another area to consider during a bathroom remodel. In particular, you may want to consider a toilet that is a bit higher than the normal height for a toilet, which can be more comfortable for most people to sit on. Toilets also come in wall-mounted or floor-mounted designs as well as a range of classic and modern looks. If you’ve got a particular color scheme in mind for the bathroom, you can even get a designer toilet in a color that matches your bathroom.…