Posts Tagged ‘bathroom remodeling’

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

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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

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.

Bathroom Cabinet Design Options

 

Modern Bathroom Vanity

Modern Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom cabinets have the practical function of providing storage in this very important room. When considering a bathroom remodeling project a homeowner must consider how to provide adequate storage for toiletries and other necessities. It’s important to find the best way to organize storage options while utilizing the available space. The final choice of the homeowner will depend largely on the size of the bathroom, personal preference and what will best accommodate the storage needs. When remodeling the bathroom, homeowners can choose cabinets that match the color scheme and existing décor. Cabinets can be inexpensive and installed by the homeowner or they can choose expensive models that require a professional contractor to install properly. There are many different design options available to meet the need but in general bathroom cabinets will come in three basic designs. Continue reading

Green Bathroom Design

Bathroom design

Bathroom design

Bathroom remodeling can be a huge task even though it is typically the smallest room in the house. There are so many facets to consider such as storage, grooming and bathing. We usually spend a large amount of time gathering information pertaining to the latest trends in interior design. One of the latest trends is to “green” up the bathroom; this can mean including certain elements that will save the environment as well as the budget. There are several ways to accomplish savings in these two areas by incorporating greener options in the bathroom remodeling project.

Water Conservation

The toilet is the most frequent culprit of excessive water usage. Installing a low volume toilet or one with a dual flush mechanism can save gallons of water over time. The design of the showerhead can help you save water as well. Nearly 20% of all the water in the home is used by the showerhead. Most showerheads allow water to flow at about 2.5 gallons per minute. This can be switched out with a low-flow head that only uses 1.5 to 2 gallons per minute. This will allow an adequate flow of water, while saving substantially on water usage. Continue reading

Modern Bathroom Design

Bathroom tile

Bathroom tile

Interior design trends change over the years and no room in the house is exempt, not even the bathroom. Over the last few years, the bathroom’s design has changed and on one hand we want to create a clean and crisp area that also provides great functionality for us and our guests. As with most parts of the house, trends are also trimming up this room and the modern bathroom design is focusing more on functionality and greener options. This means many of the typical colors and items that used to be used in the bathroom’s interior design have been replaced with modern colors and fixtures that are economically and environmentally responsible. Here are a few interior design concepts for today’s modern bathroom design. 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