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Modern Bathroom Remodeling Trends

bathroom shower windowGrowing technology and changing tastes are making bathroom remodels demanding of upscale features and finished looks. The bathroom was once an area that people wanted to just go to, do their business and leave. Now, an oasis is the goal, a place to spend some time and relax after a hard day at work. While some find a few of the latest bathroom trends to be a bit much, many find the luxuries and additions to be necessary.

Multi-Head Showering Systems

Multi-head showering systems, such as those that have jets that are installed along the walls of the shower, are very popular in 2014. A high-end system can be programmed to allow each jet to have a different spray or intensity for a full body massaging effect. Combine this with a steam element and it is better than soaking in a hot tub or Jacuzzi. Continue reading

Bathroom Design Trends for 2014

Bathroom tile

Bathroom tile

Designing a bathroom may be hard to do depending on who you’re working with or what you would like to get from the bathroom that you currently have. With any type of bathroom remodeling in Cupertino, you have to look into many different factors that affect the way that you’re going to remodel and design your bathroom. Considering these factors prior to moving forward with the remodel or bathroom design can help you figure out the best plan of action to take before you decide to move forward with it. Continue reading

Luxury Vanity Design

Modern Bathroom Vanity

Modern Bathroom Vanity

Connecting the decorative scheme in between the different parts of your luxury bathroom helps to create a well-coordinated and cohesive look for your bathroom remodeling. By connecting the vanity’s style to something you love, the vanity will ideally become a huge part of your luxury bathroom design. Here are some options to create a great luxury bathroom centerpiece in your Silicon Valley bathroom. Continue reading

Luxury Shower Design

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Bathroom design

The world of luxury shower design is fill with options to fully customize how you get clean. Designers can pick just about any material they want and create the walls and floor of the shower. They can also install upgrades to massage your muscles as you wash. Luxury shower design can play with your imagination and push you to try to figure out what the coolest shower in Summit NJ is.

What Can You Do

The shower is just a part of your luxury bathroom remodeling design. All of the items will grab for your attention and show you how your life is easier by using them. The technology that goes in these showers is always evolving into better things. The materials that are completely safe and have a beautiful natural appeal appear. Some materials that are available are rare and can make your luxury bathroom worth more than you know. The endless bathroom customizations are all up to you. Continue reading

Luxury Bathroom Design

Bathroom Floor Tiles

Bathroom Floor Tiles

Skillfully and artfully crafted bathroom appliances functioning together to satisfy the basic human need to rid the body of waste is a way that you could define a luxury bathroom design. Many separate intricate pieces work together to make a clean and healthy place for you and your family. Bathroom remodeling is so much more than just a pretty room. Here is some information about some of the most unforgettable luxury bathroom designs that have ever been created to helpfully get some Tempe readers out there thinking. Continue reading

Accent Colors for Bathroom Walls

Modern Bathroom Vanity

Modern Bathroom Vanity

Many of today’s baths, especially in newly built homes in New Jersey, are plain white. This neutral hue is a safe choice for mass-produced places. (And is it any coincidence that the majority of today’s tubs and toilets are that same noncolor?). But let’s face it, these all-white baths run the risk of becoming boring. It doesn’t have to be that way, however. Whether you’re looking to stretch a small budget or blow it out completely, there’s a multitude of ways to add a splash of color and a stamp of personal style, at the same time.  Consider adding an accent wall to your bathroom.

Trends in accent colors

Adding an accent wall is a trend that has been around for a while.  It’s a fashion statement that can come into style quickly and leave quietly.  Right now, they are very stylish and here to stay.  Accent colors truly give a room personality.  These colors are often used to draw attention to specific architecture within a home. Sure, flat surfaces can be accented but anything in the room that adds dimension (edges, indentations, right angles) to an area will offer the best options and yield the most aesthetic results. The combination of colors will become a magnet for our eyes so take your time when choosing colors.  When guests come into a room with two colors, their attention is immediately drawn to the color coordination of the room.  It’s the first impression that burns an image into the mind of visitors entering your home.   An accent color is truly a personal preference by the homeowner and can be influenced by television shows and fashion magazines.   An easy way to decorate at a low cost is achieved by simple house painting.  Painting is a “budget conscience” dream.  A gallon of paint can change the tone of a room in an afternoon.  If you have narrowed your choice to a few colors, pick up the small sample containers that a paint store offers and paint square samples next to each other to give comparisons.  So instead of spending a day at the New Jersey shore, pick up a paint brush.  It will be work and not pleasure but the results will be pleasing!

 Color Combos

As the popularity of unique single colors became stylish, so does the popularity of color combinations.  Color combinations can be compared to picking new clothes along with accessory colors to match.  Every year there are “hot” colors that are vogue.  How many times have you heard someone say “that’s what is in style now”?  To stay current with fashion, it’s necessary to work in that “hot” color(s) into your life.

House painting is no different.  To be current and trendy, change is eminent unless you want to look dated. There will always be classic color combos that will not go out of style but they tend to get boring as time passes.  A lot of reds and burgundies are being used currently.  People tend to play it safe in the rest of the house, but they’re willing to do something bolder in a smaller space like the bathroom.  You can throw out the old decorating encyclopedia that states dark colors shouldn’t be used in small spaces. Breaking the rule often makes things more interesting and if you use paint with a slight sheen, it will reflect the room’s light and won’t appear as dark as it really is.  You can add color and texture to walls at the same time.

Paint Sheen and Bathroom Moisture

Regardless of what accent color(s) you choose, the paint sheen can affect the final color.  This list starts with the flattest, lowest sheen finish and works up to high-gloss. The higher the gloss, the better the paint sheen does in bathrooms.

  • Flat – Nice matte coating, but best in low-traffic areas where it is never or rarely touched. Absorbs moisture, so it is bad for bathrooms.
  • Eggshell – Slightly “sheeny” and more washable and scrubbable than flat. Like flat, eggshell is good for places without moisture.
  • Satin – Satin has a bit of a gloss, and can be used in low-moisture bathrooms, such as powder or guest bathrooms.
  • Semi-Gloss – Best sheen for any kind of bathroom. Repels moisture well.
  • High-gloss – Best for bathroom walls because high-gloss repels moisture almost as well as if your walls were coated in plastic. Downside is that high-gloss (in the opinion of some people) does not look good when spread out over large surfaces such as walls. Best for smaller surfaces like trim and cabinetry.

Doorless Shower Design

Bathroom decor

Bathroom design

When remodeling the design of your bathroom in Mesa or building one in new construction, doorless showers open a world of possibilities.  They are very new and trending.  You will continue to hear more about them.  Universal design and an open shower are two of the benefits of doorless showers. Your first experience with this type of shower can be that of a “confused” feeling trying to figure out how this works functionally.  You just walk into a shower with no doors and a grate on the floor. No tub, no door, nor curtain, and no threshold.  It’s a large showering space with very little constraints. Below are some things to consider when planning or designing your doorless shower.

Add a half wall to protect against splashes

Ideally, an open shower requires at least a 6-foot buffer zone on every side to avoid flooding the rest of the bathroom with water. But a half-wall that divides a shower from the vanity, can help to contain water droplets and splashes.

Consider a corner location if possible

Orient the shower in a corner that faces away from the other bathroom zones. Not only does this guard against spraying water, but it also preserves some measure of privacy.

Prepare to face a chilly situation

There’s no getting around it — open showers can be drafty, especially in the winter months. Installing a heat lamp and radiant heat bathroom flooring can offset the shivers. Mount a heated towel rack nearby  (another new shower trend), and you’ll be extra warm as you dry off.

Choose an appropriate showerhead

One of the most critical components of a shower be it new or traditional.  A standard shower head shoots water down at an angle.  We have all experienced a time when the water was shooting out at an angle that promoted a wet bathroom floor.  Opt for a rain-style model, which casts water straight down, or a handheld type that allows you to control the position and flow. If you do use a more conventional model, mount it so that the spray hits an opposite wall rather than the shower opening.

How to choose a shower drain

At the core of every great shower is a great shower drain. But which drain is the right one for your shower? It’s simple: the best drain for your shower is the one you love the look of and that meets the requirements of the job. New Jersey might have some special code that makes the choice harder, but for the most part the sky is the limit. It all depends on what’s right for you.  Drains do more than look pretty — the good ones can deliver on both style and function.

Ensure proper drainage

Not only will you guard against damage from standing water, but you’ll also protect yourself from sliding on wet floors. Angle the shower floor slightly so that water flows toward the drain, and think about adding a second drain for doubling the drainage.

Select surfaces that can stand up to moisture

Even with careful attention to an open shower’s design, splashes and steam will escape. Outfit your bath with surfaces that hold their own against moisture: porcelain or glass tile, metal, stone, solid surfacing, engineered quartz and some woods. Avoid fabrics and other materials that are prone to mildew.

Make peace with a loss of privacy

If you don’t like to feel exposed — even when you’re alone in the house — an open shower may not be for you. Even if you don’t have a bare window wall.  You’ll be on full view from the rest of the bathroom. Consider a frosted or textured glass half-wall as a compromise if modesty is an issue.

Integrate the design with the rest of the space

Because there’s no concrete border between an open shower and its surroundings, choose materials that will create a smooth transition. A good selection is a threshold that continues seamlessly into the shower, with only a change in ceiling materials to provide a visual stopping point.

How to save Money on Bathroom Remodeling

bathroom addition

Master bathroom addition

So you want to do a bathroom remodel and don’t want to take out a second mortgage or dip into your children’s college fund?  That’s understandable so here are some tips to help you with your bathroom remodel.

Choose a realistic budget

When you begin to plan your bathroom remodel, pick out the large items in the kitchen that will absorb a large portion of your budget.  These can be anything like faucets, sinks, countertops, flooring.  By itemizing the big ticket items, you can assign prices to the needed features.  More importantly, it will keep you from straying outside of your affordability.  That’s easy to do on any remodeling project.

Save up money in advance

Use the money you saved up to make your purchases.  Living in New Jersey is associated with going to the shore as often as you can so saving money may mean taking fewer trips to the beach.  This means paying with good old green cash!  We are all tempted to put everything on our credit cards to get a small percentage back or get reward miles.  This works on everyday purchases…..but not so well on a bathroom remodel.  Before you know it, your credit card bill will be so large that you may have difficulty paying it off in full and getting interest charged on a balance you have to carry.  Saving up money may take a little while longer than you planned, especially when un-foreseen expenses arise.

Be prepared to get dirty

This means diving in and begin doing things by yourself.  Things like removing the toilet, sink, and faucets can easily be done by a DIYer  Don’t worry if you haven’t done these before.  There is always help on the internet on how to do these things.  Regardless of the task, it’s always easy to “undo” something than to “do” it.  You aren’t out of the woods yet.  You can put these things back in the bathroom so pay attention to what you are doing.  Better yet, jot down some notes as you are tearing fixtures out.  You will be happy you did later on.

Get creative and thrifty

If you don’t want to shell out big bucks for a manufactured assembly line vanity, make one yourself.  It sounds intimidating but if you take inventory of your skill level working with wood… you should be able to create one within your skill set.  Use an old piece of furniture as a vanity.  Small dressers are popular.  This has become stylish and will be one of a kind.  Go to your Habitat for Humanity store and see what they have to offer.  You just might find some good deals.

Go to Craigslist and look for items. Most localities have Thrift stores. You would be surprised what you can find there.  Consider re-glazing your tub with a porcelain finish as opposed to replacing it.  These are just a few ideas.  You can springboard from them in many directions all in the name of saving money.

Decide where to splurge and where to save

What are your priorities / end goals with this remodel? Are there specific problems you are trying to fix? A leaking toilet? Mildewy sheetrock? Are the bath, toilet and sink okay but the hardware and accessories are out of date?  If your toilet and sink work just fine, consider reusing them UNLESS OF COURSE they are that god awful sea foam green or pink color of the 1950’s.

Pick a tile for your floor that is reasonably priced.  The spectrum of tiles is huge and so goes the price too.  Find something that you can live with and is affordable.

Add 5% to 10% for cost over runs

This may not sound like a cost saving tip but it is.  If you build some padding into your budget it will ease the pain of overruns.  If in fact you’ve done such a thrifty job that you have money left, consider this a bonus for completing the job.

Building a Glass Block Shower

Glass Block Window and Privacy

Glass Block Shower

Glass Block showers have recently begun a comeback as a stylish building material.  Glass block is both attractive and economical.  If a bathroom remodel or design in your NJ home is in the works, look into this option.  It’s a great way to save some money without sacrificing a stylish look.  When the block is mortared, it creates strong walls that are impervious to water and is easy to maintain.  Glass block can be bought in a variety of sizes and shapes so you can build a custom size to most specifications.  One of the biggest features of using this material is the transparency of the glass.  The sun shines bright in New Jersey so that sunshine can be brought in the shower stall.  This is a definite perk. There doesn’t necessarily have to be dark corners in the shower as there are in other showers.


Getting Started

It will take a professional about 5 days to complete this project.  These 5 days will include; plumbing and framing, concrete work, glass block laying and tile setting.  So if you plan on doing the job yourself, you should allow 9 days (depending on your skill level).

Laying Glass Block

You will need plastic spacers to use between the block when mortaring them.  It’s the same basic idea as when tiling.  The spacers provide a uniform look while taking the guess work out of measuring each space.  Usually ¼ inch spacers are the norm but you can choose whatever you like.  Laying glass block will take patience and attention to detail.  The end product has a direct correlation to the amount of attention given to your work.  It’s no different than any other job. You can’t use spacers with corner blocks.  You will have to lay them freehand.  Using shims will definitely help.

Setting the First Row

Just like laying brick, pavers, or tile, the first row is critical to keeping the rows above it straight.  You will need to lay the mixed mortar on the sill plate that the block will sit on.  Go to the glass block dealer that you bought the materials from and tell them you need a large bag of mortar for the glass block.  Do not mix the entire bag at one time, use about 1/3 of it and mix it to a “pudding” consistency.  Load your trowel up with mortar and lay ½ inch on the sill and begin at a corner block setting your row.  Tap the blocks down with the back end of your trowel.  Continue setting the glass block using your level each time you add a block. The longer the level you have, the more accurate your line of blocks will be.

After the first row is set and the mortar joints filled, lay a bed of mortar on top of them for the second row.  Before laying the second row of block, cut a strip of reinforcement wire (also found at the glass block dealer) the length of the run and press it into the mortar bed you just put down.  Making sure the reinforcing wire is embedded in the mortar mix, begin to lay the second row of block.  At the end of the second row, use a special steel anchor (looks like a perforated piece of sheet metal) and lay one end into the mortar bed where the reinforcement mesh is and screw the other end into your 2×4 end support.  These anchors serve as “tie-ins” to keep the stacked block securely fastened.  Your mortar will hide the metal anchor so you will not be able to see it.  Repeat the anchoring process every 2 rows that are layed.

Only go up half the height of your shower the 1st day and then do the second the 2nd day.  This will allow the bottom half to dry before adding additional weight on top.


This article is by no means the full process required to complete a glass block shower but it gives you the basics and a strong knowledge base to build from.  If the project seems too complex for you, call in a friend or a professional contractor in At; anta if you can afford it.  With time, patience, and perseverance you can do it.

Avoid Home Remodeling Mistakes

Remodel Licenses

Licenses & Permits

Homeowners attempt many home remodeling projects every year. Some of them are simple, do-it-yourself type projects others require (or should require) hiring a contractor to complete them. There can be any number of improvements homeowners want to make to their house from building a backyard deck, laying tile in the bathroom, or completely renovating the kitchen or laundry room. There are many common blunders that NJ homeowners make when they are remodeling their homes. Here are the main mistakes that are unfortunately happening all too often.

Not Hiring a Contractor for Bigger Projects

There are certain remodeling projects that should not be attempted by the homeowner unless they have adequate experience. Things like remodeling the kitchen or bathroom, or building a new deck or an addition are better contracted out with an experienced professional. Otherwise you may get halfway into the project, and make an irreversible mistake which can end up costing you double in the end because you’ll have to hire the contractor to fix what you broke, then hire him to do the job right. Continue reading