Find Your Inspiration and Focus on the Details of Bathroom Remodeling

Congratulations on finally taking the time to remodel your bathroom! This is such a fun space to design and plan, although it will take a lot of work to get it to become the room of your dreams. We recommend beginning by determining what inspires you and how you want to utilize this space to its fullest potential. Once you have that figured out, the real fun begins with all the little details.

Here are 5 tips that will help you as you are getting inspired and focusing on the details of your bathroom remodel:

Splurge on Your Shower or Bathtub

The item that is within the middle of every bathroom remodel is the shower and/or the bathtub. Therefore, these features should have your complete attention and the budget that they deserve. We recommend at least replacing the fixtures during your bathroom remodel, but a tub or shower replacement can really make the room look luxurious and elegant.

Determine the Dimensions of Standard Bathrooms

You may have grand plans for your bathroom remodel, but without the knowledge of the dimensions of standard bathrooms you may end up a little deflated. You should know that toilets require between thirty and thirty-six inches of space, while standard bathtubs normally measure sixty inches in length and thirty inches in width. A sink only needs thirty inches, but that is one with a very tiny countertop. Once you know these measurements, you will be able to plan your bathroom design better with the space that you have.

Find Inspiration Everywhere You Look!

Inspiration for your bathroom remodel can come from anywhere, but you can start by researching remodeling blogs, magazines, and showrooms. However, do not be surprised if the color that you choose comes from the ocean or your décor comes from items that you found on recent travels.

Plan and then Plan Some More

You can never plan enough for your bathroom remodel, which is why we suggest continuing the planning process until every detail is figured out and you are ready to start the work. This can take a long time, but you won’t have as many surprises or issues popping up during the remodeling process.

Keep Even the Smallest Details in Mind

It is easy to forget about those small details like towel rods, rugs, and even the outlet covers when you are working on a remodel. Make sure that these items and many more are included within your plan, so you do not run out of time or money before everything is completed.

These five tips will ensure that you have a successful bathroom remodel, even though it is going to take a little longer than you want it to. A professional will be able to assist you with all the planning, designing, and work, so that you end up with the bathroom of your dreams!

6 Bathroom Remodeling Tips that Will Help Keep Your Project on Track

We know that you want to increase the value of your home, while also creating a bathroom that you want to spend time in every day of the week. We also know that you want to do all this without tearing your hair out and spending a small fortune!

We can help you with all that as we make sure that you end up with a remodeled bathroom that you love in a short amount of time and still have money left over.
Here are 6 bathroom remodeling tips that will help keep your project on track:

Don’t Make Changes

As you go along with your bathroom remodel, it is going to be so easy to change your mind on certain things that you planned. However, we caution against this, as all those changes can add time and money to your project.

Plan for the Unexpected

Something always goes wrong during construction projects, which is why we always urge people to plan for the unexpected. We do recommend that homeowners like yourself find the blueprints for their home, so that they know where the plumbing and electrical wires are located. A little exploratory work can also show potential issues before the work begins, so budgets can be adjusted accordingly. However, we do still recommend that you keep at least ten percent of your budget set aside for any issues that do pop up. That will save you time and the hassle from needing to make crucial decisions quickly that can affect the outcome of the work.

Get Prepared

A bathroom remodel is major construction and it is going to take time! That means that it could be days or weeks before you can use this room in your house again. If this is your only bathroom, you will want to make other arrangements for the duration of the project.

Choose the Proper Products and Materials

You may have fallen in love with those marble countertops and wooden floors but are they the best materials for your bathroom? After all, marble can get stained and damaged easily and wooden floors can get damaged from a lot of water. We know that you only want to do this remodel once, so make sure that you choose the materials that will last forever.

Double Check Dimensions

We know what it is like to walk into a showroom and spot the bathtub of our dreams! But, we also know what it is like to show up at a house with that same bathtub and have it not fit in the space! Please doublecheck your dimensions before ordering anything or you may be delayed with returns and new purchases.

Spend Money Wisely

We understand wanting to save money, but sometimes the best ways to save is by spending a little more in the beginning. By purchasing quality materials that are a little pricier, you may find that you can save hundreds or thousands of dollars on repairs or replacements in the future.

These six tips will help keep you and your bathroom remodeling project on track, so that you end up with a completely remodeled room and all your hair still in place. You will still run into problems, as this is construction! But, you will be able to handle them better since you know what you are dealing with.

6 Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes You Can Avoid with Proper Planning

Bathroom remodeling can be expensive, which is why we want to make sure that you know what you shouldn’t do as you are going through the entire process. After all, why do the work more than once or spend more money than you need to during your quest for a magnificent bathroom!

Here are 6 bathroom remodeling mistakes you can avoid with proper planning:

  1. Not Having a Detailed Plan before You Begin: A bathroom remodel cannot be accomplished unless you have a very detailed plan ready to use, because you may end up tearing out things that you shouldn’t or keeping things in place that really need to go.
  2. Moving Fixtures: One of the worst things that you can do during a bathroom remodel is move the fixtures around, because it increases the amount of money that you will need to spend to do the entire project. We recommend that you consider whether it is worth a few thousand extra dollars to have your toilet or shower in a new location.
  3. Not Considering the Function of the Space: So many homeowners are focused on how beautiful their bathroom will look afterwards that they completely forget that it needs to be functional as well. We recommend not making this mistake and instead thinking about how you will use the space and how you can make it work best for you and your family.
  4. Hiring the Person with the Lowest Quote: It always seems like a good idea to hire the person who gives you the lowest quote, because at least you will be saving some cash. However, that low quote may come with subpar materials or subpar work. All the money you saved is not going to look so good when you need to spend that plus more to have the work completed again so that your bathroom looks nice.
  5. Not Setting Aside Part of Your Budget: We try to make sure that all the homeowners we work with set aside at least ten percent of their budget for all those unexpected situations. After all, you never know if there is mold behind the walls, a leaky pipe, or other damage that will need to be taken care of before the rest of your bathroom can be renovated. If you do not set this money aside, you may find that you will need to cut back in other areas to stay within budget.
  6. Not Choosing the Right Materials: Bathrooms get wet, which means that there is a lot of moisture in the air, and the materials that you choose should be able to survive all that water. While you may think that a wood floor will be fine in your bathroom, because your family will just be careful to not get it wet, we both know that that will never happen. We recommend that you choose materials that will last for the long haul, so that you will not be redoing your bathroom again in a couple of years.

It takes a lot of time and money to complete a bathroom renovation, which is why we don’t want to see you make the same mistakes as many other homeowners have. If you keep these six things in mind, your bathroom renovation should finish on time and on budget with very few issues coming up in the process.

5 Bathroom Flooring Trends You Don’t Want to Miss in 2018 or 2019

There is nothing worse than completing a bathroom remodel and then having everything that you chose, go out of style the following year! It can be enough to make you scream, especially since it is not cheap to replace anything in a bathroom or most of the other rooms in your house. Thankfully, there are a few flooring trends popular today that will last for many years in the future.

Here are the 5 bathroom flooring trends you don’t want to miss in 2018 or 2019:

  1. Tile That Looks Like Wood: Every homeowner we know would love to put wood on the floor in their bathroom, but since it can warp and get destroyed from all the moisture, they don’t. However, there is a solution to this issue that everyone will love! Tiles that look exactly like wood are now available and you can purchase your favorite from numerous styles and colors.
  2. Black and White Stenciled Tiles: Vintage floors never seem to go out of style, which is why you are going to love the new black and white stenciled tiles. These tiles will create visual appeal in your bathroom and you can choose the style and design that you like the most out of the numerous options that are available.
  3. Neutral Colors: Neutral flooring will never go out of style in bathrooms, which is why many people want to install it in theirs. The best neutral colors for you to choose from are the lighter ones, as it will make your bathroom appear larger than it is.
  4. Geometric or Linear Shapes: Shapes and patterns on bathroom floors are the newest trend and if you do it the right way, you will have a floor that you will love for years. Linear patterns seem to be the favorite, but chevron and herringbone patterns are often used too. Choosing these shapes and patterns in a light neutral or gray color will keep this style alive in your bathroom for quite some time.
  5. Radiant Heated Floors: Those middle of the night or early morning trips to the bathroom will be much better once you have installed radiant heated floors. Instead of walking across cold floors in your bare feet, or searching for your slippers first, you can walk across warm floors all day and all night. These floors can be installed underneath any flooring material, which makes it the perfect addition in any bathroom.

We know that you may be scared to attempt to include any of these flooring options into your renovated bathroom, because trends change with the flip of a switch. However, these flooring options will not be going anywhere for a long time, so you are safe if you decide that you love one of them enough to install.

5 Tips to Increase the Size of Your Bedroom

You may think that you have the smallest bedroom in the country, but before you lay claim to that idea, think of all those tiny miniscule apartments that people live in in New York City… Yep, their entire apartment may be smaller than your tiny bedroom! Now that we have put everything into perspective, let’s talk about how we can increase the size of your bedroom to make it look and feel larger than it is.

Here are 5 tips to increase the size of your bedroom:

Remove Anything that Shouldn’t Be There

We all have items in our bedrooms that shouldn’t be in there, and one of the easiest ways to make a room larger is to remove all those things and put them somewhere else. No one really needs three small tables in their room or stacks upon stacks of books waiting to be read. Remove a table or two and take all but a couple of those books to another room until you are ready to read them at night. Remove all the old mail and to do lists that have been piling up and take your children’s toys out of there while you are at it.

Add Storage

Notice how we are telling you to add storage after we tell you to remove everything that you didn’t need? If we put this tip before the decluttering step, you would feel obligated to keep everything in your room and continue to find a space for it. By decluttering first, you can now add in the storage for the items that you actually need and want in this space. This will help keep things from wandering back into your bedroom too.

Organize and then Organize Some More

Organization is key to keeping bedrooms and other rooms looking bigger. Everything in your bedroom should have a home and that is where it should be located at all times. The minute that you find that you cannot put something away, you will need to begin to reorganize everything to find a way to get it all to fit or start purging once again.

Paint Your Bedroom a Light Color

Painting a light color on the walls of your bedroom will make it look much larger than it really is, because the light will reflect off the paint.

Don’t Clutter the Walls

As you are adding storage options and determining where you want things to be in your bedroom, we caution you to try to keep as many things off your walls as possible. Walls that are crammed with photos, art work, and shelving will make your room appear smaller once again.

You may need to be a little creative to get your bedroom looking and feeling larger than it really is, but it is possible to do. Try to look at your room as an open canvas, like you have never seen it before, and find a way to turn it into the oasis that you have always dreamed of.

3 Tips to Decide if You Should DIY or Hire a Professional for Your Next Project

Projects around the house can be time-consuming and expensive, and many people decide to do the work themselves in hopes of saving some money. However, a do it yourself mindset is not always the best route to go, especially if it may end up costing more in the end.

Here are 3 tips to decide if you should DIY or hire a professional for your next project:

Your Skill Level and Knowledge

Laying tile in your new bathroom might seem easy enough, until you realize that you have no idea what you are doing! The same holds true for electrical work, plumbing, and sometimes even painting. The time that it takes you to complete projects that you know nothing about and the extra money that you may spend to replace the items that you did wrong, once or twice, may make the DIY option more expensive and time-consuming. For those scenarios, it is always better to hire a professional and know that everything is going to be done properly and efficiently.

Determine the Cost of Each

There are many instances where you can do a project on your own and save money, but there are a few that may end up costing you more at the end, especially once you have factored in your time. Sometimes the savings that you see from a do it yourself project isn’t worth the headache of what you will need to deal with when doing the work. The best way to find your savings is to add up all the costs that you will see if you do the work yourself and then compare it to the cost of hiring a professional. If the difference is not that much, you may want to hire the professional and sit and relax while they do all the work.

Proper Tools

Having the proper tools is a necessity for any do it yourself project, and you may find your savings dwindling quickly if you need to go out and purchase or rent a tool or two. Not everyone is blessed with a complete tool collection, especially for jobs that include cutting tiles or some other obscure job. Some tools are very expensive and not worth owning if you are only going to use them once. In circumstances like these, we urge you to go the professional route, as you’ll save more money.

Sometimes it is easy to decide whether to do a job yourself or hire a professional, but there are times when the choice may not be as clear. These tips should help you make up your mind, and you can always check with a professional to see what they have to say about a do it yourself option. If they are true professionals, they will give you an honest answer that may not always benefit them. Give us a call when you find yourself at a similar crossroad. We’ll help you make the tough decisions that need to be made.

Excellent Ideas for Building Mother-in-Law Suite Addition

 

A mother-in-law suite is an excellent option if you have a parent or two that wants or needs to move into your home at some point in time. Instead of just making them stay in a single spare bedroom, you can create a larger space in an area of your home that is as unique as they are.

Here are a few excellent ideas for building a mother-in-law suite addition:

Basement

Every basement that we have seen has quite a bit of space, and with a little bit of work, you can create the perfect mother-in-law suite. This new space will offer your parents the privacy that they may still desire, while letting them be close to a lot of the action. You can create a bedroom, sitting area or living room, bathroom, and even a small kitchen in this space. The only downside to putting this suite in the basement is that your parents will need to go up and down the stairs whenever they leave their living quarters.

Garage

Converting your garage is another option when you are considering building a mother-in-law suite and you can include many different design options with this choice. By utilizing your garage, you are allowing your parents to stay on the ground level, which alleviates the issue of stairs, and giving them their own entrance. There is a downside to using your garage though, and that is that you will no longer be able to park your car in there.

Interior Space

Converting an interior space might take a little bit of work, especially to get the size suite that you and your parents prefer, but it is quite possible. You can turn this space into a dream mother-in-law suite without doing too many structural changes. The only downside to this type of mother-in-law suite is that your parents may not have the privacy that they want.

Addition

Constructing an addition is oftentimes the only way that you can include a mother-in-law suite in your existing space. This addition can either be attached to your house or if you have the space, you can construct a guest house on your property. Obviously, the space that you have available will dictate how large you can make this addition, but the right layout will make any new room feel more spacious than it is.

Mother-in-law suites come in all shapes and sizes, so you should feel free to design the one that will work best for you and your parents. You may feel that a bedroom, bathroom, and small kitchen is sufficient, while others may add a living room, dining area, and even a second bedroom to theirs. Whatever you choose, you will want to make it comfortable for your parents as well as safe.

6 Factors to Take into Consideration for Building Your New Master Suite Addition

 

Creating a master suite can make all your dreams come true, especially if you have been sharing a tiny bedroom with your children or you are just craving more space than what you currently have. While it is easy to say that you want a new master bedroom, you will want to do a little planning to ensure that you create the space that you have been dreaming about forever.

Here are 6 factors to take into consideration for building your new master suite addition:

Location

Constructing a master suite is not as easy as saying “I’m putting it here”. You will need to consider how it will affect the landscape of your yard and how the layout will affect the rest of your home.

Outdoor Access

The best master suites have direct access to the outdoors, whether it is a patio, garden, or balcony. You can choose French doors, sliding doors, or even pocket doors that open up to this outdoor oasis. This will be the perfect place to sit and relax early in the morning, late in the evening, or anytime you need a break from your busy day.

Windows

You will need to carefully consider the number of windows that you incorporate into this space. While a darker room will mean more sleep for you, you are going to want enough natural light for those times that you are awake in this space.

Sitting Area

A master suite can have more than just a bedroom and bathroom, and many people are incorporating a sitting area into this area in recent years. This will give you the perfect place to relax at the end of the day, whether you are watching television, reading a book, or enjoying a conversation with your significant other.

Fireplace

You may or may not need a fireplace in your master suite, depending on where you live, but it can become a major focal point of this space and it instantly changes the ambiance of the room too. You can choose to construct a traditional fireplace, or you can choose a modern gas one.

Theme

Every master suite needs a theme, and you will want to carefully choose the one that you want. We say carefully, because you will need to live with your choice. Therefore, if you do not think that you can live with leopard prints for that long, you may want to stay away from that option. We have found that many of our clients either go for a beach or nature inspired theme.

These are a few of the things that you will want to keep in mind when you are constructing your new master suite. We can help you with this entire process and answer the many other questions that you may have, so you end up with the master suite of your dreams.

Pros and Cons of Shower Flooring Materials

As you are renovating your bathroom, you will find that you need to make multiple decisions about the materials that you are using throughout the space. One of those decisions will be about the flooring material that you will be using in your shower. While you may think that there possibly couldn’t be that many options and that they are all the same anyway, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Most of the flooring materials for showers are different and you will need to consider the qualities of each when making your final decision.

Here are the pros and cons of shower flooring materials:

Travertine

There are many styles of travertine and that is why this natural stone material is such a popular choice for showers. This material is slip resistant and it can last a long time before needing to be replaced. The downsides of travertine are that it can get stained easily and it needs to be sealed regularly.

Glass

You may be wondering why anyone would put glass on their shower floor, but this material is practically maintenance free. A little glass cleaner and a cloth is all you will need to keep your shower floor sparkling clean. Unfortunately, shower floors made from glass can be very slippery. This material can also be pricey.

Wood

Wooden floors are commonly seen in saunas, but they can be used in showers too. The wooden slats are installed over the base of the shower, so that water can drain properly. The wood will need to be sealed regularly and it can warp and discolor over time. The one major issue with wooden shower floors is that you will not have access to your shower drain, which can be a problem if it gets clogged.

Marble

You may love the look of marble, and who wouldn’t with all the beautiful swirls. This material is very versatile and can be used to create numerous size tiles. Marble can stain and scratch easily and it needs to be sealed prior to its first use. This material can be slippery, and it is expensive too.

Porcelain

Porcelain is durable and waterproof, so you will not need to worry about scratching it or ruining it with soap. This material has numerous finishes, which means that you can have a shower that looks like marble, wood, stone, or another one of your favorite materials. The only problem with porcelain is that the grout can be difficult to keep clean. We recommend choosing porcelain tiles that have a textured surface to prevent slipping.

Your contractor can help you choose the shower flooring material that will work best for you and that is within your budget. The decision may be difficult at first, but in the end, you will love the one that you choose.

5 Questions You Should Have Answers to Before You Finalize the Plans for Your Kitchen Remodel

There are so many things that you need to consider when you are planning a kitchen remodel, that it can make your head spin. However, all the planning with be worthwhile when you manage to create the kitchen of your dreams.

Here are 5 questions that you should have answers to before you finalize the plans for your kitchen remodel:

How will you use this space?

Knowing how you will be using your kitchen is very important and you realistically cannot create a plan for remodeling your kitchen without being aware of the answer. The answer to this question will also assist you in figuring out the answers to many other questions that follow during the planning process. A couple sample answers include your children using the space for homework and whether or not you plan on doing a lot of cooking in there. Your answers will determine the direction of your plans.

What items are on your wish list?

Everyone has a wish list of items that they simply must have in their dream kitchen, and you are no exception. You may want a fabulous window seat to sit on while you are cooking, while others may prefer smart appliances, antique furniture, or a beer keg.

What items should I compromise on?

You may have just created a wish list for your remodeled kitchen, but that doesn’t mean that you will get everything on your list. A smaller budget might mean fewer dream items, while smaller spaces might mean reconfiguring the layout and crossing items that won’t fit off your list.

What is the most efficient layout for my space?

It can be difficult to determine the most efficient layout for your remodeled kitchen, which is why we recommend that you hire a professional for this process. A kitchen designer can help you create the different zones in this space to ensure that it flows the way that you need it to.

Where should your lights be located?

You are going to need more than one light inside your kitchen, so that the space works for all your needs. Pendant lights will work well over an island, while under the cabinet lighting is perfect for food prep. Lighting along the floor will help you find your way to the kitchen for a midnight snack and lights inside your cabinets will add ambiance to the space.

You should never begin to plan any remodeling project until you have the answers to many basic questions. Your kitchen remodel is no different and once you answer the necessary questions, you will find that it is quite easy to create a plan for this space.

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