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Home Remodeling

Time For A Little Bathroom Remodeling?

A bathroom is supposed to be a room of comfort, for some a sanctuary. Just like all of us, after years of use, we start to look and feel a little worn and out dated. Think of a bathroom remodel as an eye lift for your home. How should you go about it?
The first thing you’ll want to determine is budget. Unfortunately, most of us have to be concerned with this factor, as it will dictate the extent and limitations of your improvements. Next, you will want to formulate a plan of attack for the renovations you would like to see done in your bathroom remodeling. Then you should locate a good contractor that will do the job for you.
The size of your bathroom is one of the most critical elements in deciding what to do, because it will determine the types and sizes of sinks, shelves, and fixtures that will be placed inside. Believe me, you don’t want to feel too cramped in your bathroom. If you have a small space to begin with there are opportunities to create the illusion of a larger space with a more open and uncluttered feel. The proper choice of fixtures should do the trick to create an illusion of openness. Choices like using a pocket door to save more space. If you have linen closets installed, you can replace them with wall cabinets.
You can actually purchase complete bathroom suites if you don’t want to purchase bathroom items separately. You can check your local showrooms or view them online. If you are working with a contractor, often times they have access to these types of assets for you to review as well. Try to find out which one will suit your taste and budget. Choosing a whole suite, if it works with your budget, can make a bathroom remodel project a little quicker and easier.
If your personal style requires you to get the items separately, you my want to analyze what current items could potentially work with your new vision. For instance; if you have a great bathtub already and a toilet that works, you could maximize your dollars by updating the floor, counter tops, mirror and lighting at a significantly lower price. You can often shop locally or online for great deals on these items yourself.
You can choose between different types of toilet seats and hinges and cisterns that are hidden or mounted on the toilet itself. Cisterns may also be operated by a push button or a lever.
Sinks come in different sizes and shapes and materials. Some are over-the-counter, some are under-the-counter, some are wall-mounted, and some are on a pedestal. You would be surprised at how much your bathroom space would change with a new sink and counter space.
Bathtubs are usually rectangular or circular and if space allows, you may have a shower room in the bathroom. You can pick your choice on the different kinds of standard and handheld shower heads.
The color of the wall and floor and material for the tile should be carefully chosen. Let it give an ambiance of cleanliness in the room, while not dating the look within a couple years.
A home remodel of a bathroom is not as daunting as it may seem if you proceed with proper planning. You may just feel comfort inside that you may not have felt before for a long time.…

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Renovation House

Kitchen Or Bathroom Remodel – The Truth Not Seen on TV Shows and What to Expect From a Contractor

With all of the do-it-yourself shows on network television, most home owners fail to realize how many extras actually are required to complete a remodel. These shows which run for a 30 minute span of time can actually take well over a month or two depending upon the project undertaken. While edited television holds the viewer’s interest, it does a poor job of educating the home owner with the actual process of having a remodel. Patience and planning are the keys to an effective remodel. There is no general rule of thumb when it comes to how long a particular remodel will take. An example is some kitchen remodels can take as little as one week while others can take one month or more.
There are numerous factors to be considered. It all comes down to how well planned the design is, how the home owner makes themselves available for the contractor, what materials are to be used, where the source for the materials is located, and so on.
The first key ingredient to a successful remodel is patience. The home owner needs to understand and expect that the design stage can take several weeks alone. After sitting down with the builder or contractor to discuss what the home owner’s desires are, both the contractor and the home owner need to address potential challenges of the space to be remodeled. While the home owner will have many questions needing to be answered, the remodeling contractor should be asking a plethora of question of the owner. The more thorough this preliminary consulting is the more enjoyable the remodel will be and with fewer surprises.
Even with the most conscientious builder or remodeling contractor, occasional unforeseen snags can pop up from time to time. There are many reasons that this situation may occur. Older homes often can possess more hidden surprises than newer houses due to new building codes which were not the same as when the house was originally built. That is not to say that newer constructed homes are free of these types of situations. The solution for this scenario is to clarify the contractor’s experience.
Contractors always should have a portfolio of past projects to offer up to new clients. Many times a new design possibility may come to mind of the home owner from viewing examples of past work performed. Most remodeling contractors are more than happy and even excited to display their past accomplishments.
The home owner needs to patient once the planning and design stage has begun. It can take weeks upon weeks to decide on materials and acquire them for the job ahead. The one aspect of remodeling or even having a custom home built, which many clients fail to do, is consistently inspect the progression of work being performed and observe materials being used. The most contractors are competent and know exactly what they are doing, but an extra set of eyes will not hurt. Asking questions throughout the remodel will help to avoid any possible confusion with both parties and will yield result in a happier home owner when the job is completed.…

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Remodeling

How Much Money Can I Save Remodeling My Bathroom?

There’s a big difference between remodeling your bathroom and doing simple home repairs. Simple home repairs can often be done by someone with limited skills in the construction business. bathroom remodeling is a completely different story.
If you’re planning on doing your own bathroom remodeling, because you’re serious about saving some money, you should at least have some experience or knowledge about home improvement projects. If you’ve read any of my articles in the past, you know that you can go down to your local library and check out some books on home remodeling.
If you don’t know what you’re doing, you need to learn how to do it and that’s not very difficult. With a few bathroom remodeling books and all of the great home repair videos available today, it can make a world of difference for any home improvement project.
Now for the good stuff, how much money can you actually save on your bathroom remodeling project? Hundreds if not thousands of dollars and I’m not kidding. The money you save in labor can be spent on upgrading bathroom fixtures or can remain in your bank account.
You’re not paying a contractor big bucks, to work on your job. You’re paying a contractor big bucks because of the knowledge and skill they have acquired remodeling bathrooms. Most home improvement contractors have secrets that they’re not willing to share with homeowners or other contractors. These secrets make all of the difference in the world and are extremely valuable, because they usually save the contractor time.
If you could learn all of these secrets great, but if you can’t, you could still save a lot of money on your bathroom remodeling project by checking out a few books from your local library or purchasing them at your local bookstore. If you’re interested in saving a lot of money on any home improvement projects around your home, books are an excellent source of information.…

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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.…