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What is a Media Room?

media roomIt used to be that families would take family vacations every year, go out on the weekends and do many outdoor activities. With the rise of video games and home theaters, more and more families are staying home.  Out of home theatres, a new room is arising. It is the media room.

So what is a media room? The definition of a media room in Morris County can vary slightly from home to home. They should not be confused with a home theater which is dedicated to watching movies and is usually set up like a theater. However, media rooms all have a home theater component in common. By this I mean that there is a television or projector and screen in the room and the seating is set up to watch movies on these devices. Continue reading

Doorless Shower Design

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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.

Should I Trust My Contractor?

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Backyard Deck

It is very typical that during home remodeling projects the homeowner will at one time or another need to hire a contractor. You may need to hire a professional and experienced contractor in NJ to complete interior or exterior painting, build a backyard deck, install replacement windows, build an addition or any number of other types of projects. It can be rather difficult to figure out which contractors are trustworthy and which are not. There are some real con artists out there. How is a homeowner to know which contractor can be trusted? The trouble is unless you know – you just don’t know! But doing a little bit of research and homework will make it much more likely that you will find a contractor that can be trusted. Continue reading

Modern Living Room Design Ideas

Modern Living room design

Living room

Redecorating or remodeling a living room can seem like a very difficult task, but it’s not really such a hard job. Modern trends in living room design are turning toward a minimalist décor. This style uses a lot of geometric lines and shapes to create a visual flow. Modern interior design tends to lean toward keeping things clean and simple while remaining inviting and adding a few splashes of color. It will simply take the right balance of shape, texture, line and color to design a modern living room.

Shape and Texture in the Modern Living Room

Clean lines, right angles and nicely defined shapes are used in the contemporary living room. In order to achieve the modern design use armless chairs, a low back sofa and rimless glass tables that have round or square tops. Tables with X-cross legs add a little bit of visual interest to the design. To add in a little more color perhaps the use of stackable tables that are made of colored plastic would help bring in some color as would metal frame chairs that contain canvas sling seating. These types of furnishings will provide the perfect balance of color and texture. In the modern design there is not as many accessories used so each furnishing or piece that is used in the room can bring color, shape and texture. Continue reading

Best Bathroom Paint Colors

Bathroom Design

Bathroom Design

When we think about house painting and choosing interior paint for the smallest room in the house, the bathroom; it somehow becomes a very big problem. The smaller size of the room poses a problem as some colors can become oppressive. But there are ways to incorporate any of the homeowner’s favorite colors into the interior design of the room’s décor. Colors can evoke emotions, support the interior design scheme, or help create function in this very important room. While the homeowner may choose any color for the bathroom, there are some colors that prove to be best for the bathroom.

Neutral Colors

Neutral colors work very well in this usually small room. Using varying shades can help add texture to the room without making it seem even smaller. Varying shades of beige, gray or tan are very good choices which can add some color as well as help to create a more tranquil mood. Sometimes neutral colors can give the illusion of more space and adding metal fixtures can be the perfect focal point for the room. Neutrals can also work very well when they are used along with light pastels. They are also an exceptional choice because they allow for many different options for adding some splashes of color. Neutrals are complimented by virtually any color. Continue reading

Bathroom Design Trends

Bathroom Design

Bathroom Design

Just as there are trends in clothing and fashion, there trends in interior design. This is true for every room of the house, but particularly in the bathroom. Over the last few years as the trends in overall home remodeling have changed, the bathroom has been following right along. These are some of the current trends that we see repeatedly in the interior design of bathrooms.

Colors of the Future

There was a day when nearly every bathroom was white or off-white with splashes of color interjected here and there. Today’s interior design for the bathroom includes earthy colors which use browns and grays accented with white. Some lean toward using brighter colors such as blues, oranges, and greens along with these neutral colors. This offers a natural feel to the bathroom and yet adds some personality into the design with splashes of color here and there. One modern trend is to add colors by using colored mosaic tiles for borders, backsplashes and shower floors. Other use a colorful glass shower screen or add colors to the room by incorporating colorful countertops in the design. Continue reading

How to Increase my Home’s Value

Deck

Deck

Obtaining a property appraisal is an important step in purchasing or selling a home. Getting an inaccurate appraisal can mean the house sits on the market for a lot longer.  And the property appraisal definitely influences whether or not you can get a mortgage approved. An appraiser will give a home value based on other comparable houses, plumbing, electrical fixtures, curb appeal and the overall condition of the property. There are some home remodeling projects that can help increase the value of your home. It is important to know what types of improvements will actually increase the value of the home. Continue reading

3 Big Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Luxurious

Pelican Shower/Bath

Pelican Shower/Bath

With so many of us leading busy lives and rushing about from here to there, it can be difficult to set aside time to conceptualize, much less carry out, any home improvements. Between work, school, social engagements and other obligations you may often spend so little time at home that you scarcely have a moment to consider whether you’re happy with your dwellings. That is, until you step into your bathroom or kitchen each morning and have that fleeting thought of, “I really should fix/change/replace/ that”. Our only true sanctuary from the outside world, home is where the heart is, and it can be wonderful to focus a bit of effort on your own space. Having a luxurious bathroom can truly improve your quality of life, so even if you’ve got a small area to work with, it pays to make it as comfortable as possible.

Big Items First

When designing a bathroom, the larger fixtures generally must come first. Items like a bath, shower, and sink must be chosen with care according to the bathroom’s measurements and plumbing locations. However, even smaller spaces can take advantage of luxury fixtures. Experts agree that having a bath of any size will increase your home’s value for future buyers.  The most practical way to implement a bath in a small space is to opt for a shower bath , which allows you to make the most of your floor space. Space-saving toilets can be very attractive as well, so look for styles like back to wall toilets and wall hung models to make the room seem streamlined instead of small. Compact, even minuscule sinks are available in a variety of styles. You’ll be amazed by how nice it feels to rest your eyes on a shiny new sink instead of an old, moldy, cracked or stained one. Replacing this feature will add major luxury appeal.

Make the Space Seem Bigger

It’s difficult to make a cramped space luxurious, but you can use a few tricks to make it seem bigger. First off, make sure to eliminate all clutter by storing it properly (implement proper storage if necessary). A good tip for smaller bathrooms is to use open shelving; it allows the eye to travel to the wall, opening up the space. The same goes for clear glass shower doors instead of a curtain. Check your lighting to make sure it makes your bathroom light and bright- few truly luxurious bathrooms are dark and dank. If possible, leave any windows uncovered to allow for maximum natural illumination. Install mirrors on dull walls, to reflect light and give the appearance of a room that goes on much further.

Luxurious Accessories

What exactly is it that makes a bathroom ‘luxurious’? Aside from having smaller versions of larger luxury features, like a shower bath, many times all a small space needs is the right luxurious accessories. Replace an old plastic shower head with a chrome model, and switch out your basin taps for chrome as well. If you’ve always fancied having marble or stone tiles, a small bath can be a great place to install them, as you’ll need far less material to cover your space. Purchase thick, plush towels, scented candles and quality soap. You can also consider added an extra luxurious heating element, such as a heated towel rack or underfloor heating. Many luxurious bathrooms also incorporate texture, in order to create a sensorial experience. Try adding a plush rug for the floor or have a velvet bathrobe to slip into. By adapting the guidelines for larger bathrooms to fit any space, you too can have a luxurious bathroom.

Sonia Bieber is a home design expert and avid cyclist. She spends her free time in the great outdoors, but appreciates coming home to her cozy home, family and two cats. She is also a freelance writer for Bathroom Heaven, retailers of luxurious bathroom furniture and fixtures.

Benefits of Bathroom Remodeling

Remodeled Bathroom

Remodeled Bathroom

There are many aspects to consider before taking on a bathroom remodeling project of any kind. Sometimes it may not seem like it is worth the cost or the effort; and there are probably quite a few pros and cons that are worth considering before beginning such a sizable interior design project. However, it is highly likely that in the end you will find that the pros will outweigh the cons by a long shot. Actually, you and your home will both benefit from a bathroom remodeling project. Here are some of the ways that this type of home remodeling project is beneficial. Continue reading

Color Splash: Mediterranean Patio Makeover

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David Bromstad, Color Splash host, created a Bellagio Hotel inspired romantic getaway for Mark and his wife by adding dramatic and elegant scenery. A simple backyard equipped with a grill, a pool, and some seating for entertaining guest has become that of a vacation romantic getaway for this couple. Not only does this couple have a getaway to enjoy for themselves they now have a place to entertain guest like that of an oasis.

How was this done, a backyard turned into an oasis? David and his crew added a vintage cabana for added luxery and comfort. He added trees, urns and other sculptures, added flowers, a fountain with a face of a lion, and other decorative items to give the ambiance like that of Bellagio Hotel. Near the cabana the crew added tall Cyprus trees to make a focal point. To make things complete, they primer and painted the brick to their fireplace to accent the colors in the statues added to the yard, then decided to paint the back of the home a dark gray to better mesh with the decor.

As an addition, the Color Splash crew added many home décor additions to make this space an extension to this family’s home. They added window treatments to the outside of the home to make a more elegant feel and look softer. Added as well, a valance to their patio that matches the cabana they built but was placed on the other side of the yard to create a flow. Adding the finishing touches; additional seating, flowers in vase on table top, pillows throughout, a coz fire pit, a painting, lighting in the trees, added table umbrellas, and waalaa! At last, this family has an elegant romantic getaway, right outside their door step.