15 Great Ideas For Your Master Bath Remodel

15 Great Ideas for your master bath remodel

As homeowners, we all strive for the same thing – home customization. We want our home to be unique to our personality, so we often go for exterior paint and siding options, doors and windows, and landscaping plans differently from our neighbors. The interior of our home needs the same attention as the exterior, and those personal decisions begin with each homeowner.

15 great ideas to help customize your master bath and turn it into a true work of art.

  1. Showers have really taken a turn toward luxury in recent years. Give your shower serious consideration before the build begins. Consider options like curbless, multiple shower heads, multiple heating options, multiple massaging jets, lighting, and steam in order to customize your master bath.
  2. A standalone tub is a lovely, classic addition to the average bathroom. Most homeowners are steering away from the all-in-one shower-tub unit and opting for a luxury shower and separate soaking tub.
  3. Do you want the shower to be fully enclosed with a shower door or curtain? Do you want a separate enclosure or room for the toilet to maximize privacy? These are serious considerations.
  4. Partial walls offer the ability to conform any bathroom into separate spaces while leaving a very open feeling.
  5. The furnishings you choose will determine the overall visual appeal and efficiency of the bathroom. Choose wisely.
  6. Storage is extremely important in the bathroom. Choose storage options that work for your specific needs.
  7. Lighting is also extremely important, especially when most of us prepare for life in our bathroom. We need the right ambient lighting, task lighting, and mood lighting depending on the time of day and use for the bathroom.
  8. Add transom windows or decorative windows to help bring in natural light. Stained glass, smoky glass or glass blocks help protect your privacy while adding natural light to the room.
  9. Choose faucets that reflect your personal sense of style.
  10. The bathroom, like the kitchen, is one of the most used rooms in the home, so it must be functional. Strongly consider functionality over style, that doesn’t mean you won’t have a stylish bathroom.
  11. The flooring must flow with the overall design and decor of the room. Choose heated flooring for an extra-nice touch to customize your master bath.
  12. Paint the walls and ceiling to complement other decor and furniture options. Choose a paint finish that will be able to withstand the rigors of bathroom heat, steam, and cleaning.
  13. Tile is a beautiful way to fully customize your bathroom. Look to local tile showrooms with a vast array of options, you can also purchase the custom tile from local crafters or people who sell their wares online. Prices vary widely, so be aware of your budget before you fall for “the one”.
  14. The decor you use in your bathroom should reflect your personal sense of style and your lifestyle. Choose your decor carefully and consider changing it from season to season for a dramatic effect.
  15. Ease of Cleaning is a consideration! This is something that many of us don’t take into consideration when designing our custom bathroom. It’s no big deal if you enjoy cleaning the bathroom – but seriously, who enjoys cleaning that much? Okay, yes, there are a few! But for the rest of us, we’d rather build out a bathroom that’s easy to clean.

Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

Call Tri-Lite Builders at (480) 895-3442 for a free 60-minute consultation to begin your remodel! Our designers and craftsmen would love the opportunity to show you how we can customize your home to make it uniquely yours. Peruse our featured projects to see some of our award-winning remodels.

Homework Remodels Named the NARI 2020 Regional CotY Winner!

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Homework Remodels, our sister company, in Phoenix, Arizona, 2020 South Central Regional CotY Winner in the Entire House $250,000 – $500,000 category in its’ annual awards competition.

The Project

The award-winning project, aptly named Biltmore Beauty has a million-dollar view of the mountains and space for effortless entertaining. Through the worn finishes and underutilized spaces, the owners could see the potential to personalize the house. Dedicated to their goal for luxury living during their empty nest years meant getting all the projects out of the way to fully enjoy this resort-style setting.  See the project photos here.

“We are honored to have received the NARI South Central CotY Award in the Entire House $250,000-$500,00 category. Every area of this remodeling project received the necessary TLC to provide modern finish elements with functional space adjustments and current lifestyle enhancements. This special project will provide for these part-time Arizona residents a serene space to Winter in.  Remodeling is such a satisfying process for us, we truly enjoy helping our clients love their home,” said Sheila Lanier, Lead Designer, Homework Remodels.

Each year, NARI presents CotY awards to members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects. The CotY Awards are the highest form of recognition by industry leaders and peers. NARI received nearly 500 entries from across the United States representing over $138 million in remodeling projects.

“This year’s submissions were outstanding, making the job of our esteemed judges very difficult,” said Tracy Wright, Senior Director of Membership and Chapter Services at NARI.

The judging panel representing industry experts selected winners based on problem-solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, and degree of difficulty.

The CotY Awards allow us to celebrate our members who are committed to design, best practices, integrity, high standards, and professionalism. NARI will honor all Regional Winners and announce the National Winners at NARI’s Evening of Excellence on April 24, 2020, at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach, FL.

About NARI

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry, or NARI, is the medium for business development, a platform for advocacy and the principal source for industry intelligence. NARI is an organization of high-quality remodeling professionals. Its members are committed to integrity, high standards, professional education, ethics, and market recognition. NARI connects homeowners with its professional members so consumers have a positive remodeling experience with a professional, qualified remodeler.

Greater Phoenix Area Remodelers

Call Tri-Lite Builders at (480) 895-3442 for a free 60-minute consultation to begin your remodel!  Peruse our featured projects to see some of our award-winning kitchens remodels.

Green Remodeling Trends in 2020

Green Trends focus on indoor air quality

Making Homes Healthier

Green building has been a hot topic in the remodeling and design industry for quite a while, especially in older homes. More recently, making homes healthier is just as important as sustainability in making green choices.  Older homes are typically inefficient and provide unhealthy indoor air. The basics of building science and designing for the environment are necessary to consider and the knowledge is there in making homes healthier.  As a Green Certified Professional remodeler, Steve Shinn and the team make sure sustainability, performance, and design come together.

“We need to look at the home as a system and not just a bunch of little parts,” Shinn says. Homework Remodels help homeowners figure out which enhancements promote healthy indoor environments – without breaking their budgets.  Below are some things to consider when planning for your next remodel and creating a healthy home.

First, test for potential issues

A healthy indoor environment free from VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), formaldehyde, mold, and other pollutants not only makes your home more enjoyable to be in, but it can also help prevent asthma or other respiratory illnesses.

Make sure your home is not harboring mold, radon gas, carbon monoxide.  There you can test with kits available to consumers.

Be green in your home improvement practices

One of the best ways to ensure good indoor air quality is to think ‘green’ when taking care of your home.  Using green cleaning supplies, minimizing the use of sealants and purchasing furniture with low risk of off-gassing can help you keep the air you breathe healthy.  Choosing environmentally sound green flooring and countertop materials will help you manage air quality as well.

Deconstruct instead of demolishing

When remodeling your home, think strategically about what to deconstruct and what items to keep.  Demolition has an immense impact on the environment due to material waste.  It also can save you money when you find materials within your own home to reuse in new ways.  Light fixtures, molding, cabinets and even doors can be repurposed.

Refresh instead of replacing

Repurposing items and materials are still an ongoing trend. Saving natural resources and reducing the emissions from the manufacturing and transportation of these materials saves the environment.

Cut down VOC’s

Environmental concerns include surface finishes for building products.  Choose products that are low or no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds).  VOCs are emitted by a variety of home products. As people become more aware of what is in the products that surround them in their homes, they care about how much their paints or carpets are off-gassing.  From cabinetry to flooring, these products often have added urea-formaldehyde, which emits gases and harms healthy living. Glue, sealant, paint, and coating may also have toxins. By moving away from the look of surfaces embalmed in smooth polyurethane, you are also improving the indoor air quality.

Amp up ventilation

To suck bad air out of a home and bring fresh air in, you need to install adequate ventilation. Add a fan in your kitchen and bathroom and it will help remove odors, bacteria, humidity and cut down mold growth.

If your home is sealed tight, you will also need to install a small reverse fan that introduces fresh air into the house.  This improves air circulation and helps stop the growth of mold.

And, open your windows more often in general, and let fresh air circulate in your home!!

Add air filtration

According to the EPA, the air inside your home could be up to five times more polluted than the outside air. But there’s no need to hold your breath—air purifiers can help clean the air by capturing microscopic contaminants. The filters remove irritants like mold spores, pet dander, cigarette soot, and dust, making it easier for people with allergies to breathe.

“A lot of new air conditioning manufacturers are providing high-efficiency HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filtration systems that are built into the ductwork,” Shinn says. “It will help reduce heating and cooling bills and keep your home cleaner.”

Another option is to build a green wall, setting out plants or growing herbs in your home creates more oxygen and filters out pollutants.  Making design choices that respond to the human inclination to seek connection with nature – can be as simple as adding some literal green to your living room with a plant or two.

Making your home healthy

Wellness-focused changes can include paint, flooring or cabinetry with non-toxic materials, touchless faucets that reduce germ spread, circadian lighting that improves sleep, water, and air purification systems.  Ready to make your home more healthy?  Let us do your homework for you!  Call (480) 895-3442 for a free 60-minute consultation.  Learn more about us here.

New Year, New Goals

Home Improvement Goals

We’re all guilty of making New Year’s resolutions that we never really keep. We have the best of intentions, but life gets in the way and we push our resolutions to the side to make way for other, more interesting things. This year, why not focus instead, on resolutions with a home improvement twist?

Ten New Year’s Resolutions with a Home Improvement Twist

  1. Install a programmable thermostat – and use it. A programmable thermostat saves your family about $180 per year when programmed properly. It only takes a few minutes.
  2. Remodel the kitchen bringing in those amazing cabinet features you saw online. Make this the year you decide to bite the bullet and remodel the kitchen to suit your cooking and entertaining style.
  3. Get rid of those textured ceilings. Nothing says outdated like popcorn or acoustic ceilings. Today’s homeowners want a clean, smooth ceiling that helps reflect light and provides an amazing space for decorative or recessed lighting.
  4. Open the floor plan between the kitchen, dining room, and family room. The floor plan can make a home feel claustrophobic if the primary rooms are blocked and surrounded by four walls with a few doorways leading to and from. As has been the trend for several years, an open concept floor plan creates many designs and decor options, as well as a great space for entertaining family and friends.
  5. Add the half-bath you’ve always wanted for your guests. A half-bath is a wonderful addition to any home. It adds both functionality and value to your home.

And Here Are 5 More!

  1. Change the look of a plain room or your entire home with molding and trims.  Don’t just think about the ceiling and floors.
  2. Design and build that amazing specialty room you’ve talked about for years. It doesn’t have to be a single-use room. It can serve multiple secondary purposes including a laundry room, craft room, mini office and yoga studio. Do some research online and allow us to show you how we can create a specialty room for your home.
  3. Remodel your bathroom to make it more efficient and functional both now and later years. Many homeowners wait until they need more of the features that allow them to enjoy their bathroom even if they have mobility issues before they make the change. By adding universal design features to the bathroom you can enjoy a beautiful bathroom that will serve you well even if you injure yourself causing accessibility issues now or in the future.
  4. Add on to your home. How would a new master suite change your life?
  5. Make this the year you focus on Home Wellness improvements…nontoxic materials, water, and air purification systems and circadian lighting to improve sleep.

Take a look at some of our award-winning projects; we are sure you’ll be inspired!  Why not begin today in making your resolutions with a home improvement twist!

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It’s That Time of Year!

Whole Home Remodel in Biltmore, Arizona

NARI CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD PROJECT

*This is from our sister company, Homework Remodels. 

It’s that time of year! The NARI Contractor of the Year Award Project submission!  Our project is being submitted in the Entire House category, $250,000 – $500,000.   This entire house project is reviewed by an impartial panel of industry experts who select winners based on each entrant’s submission, which includes “before and after” photography and project descriptions. Judging focuses on problem-solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty, and entry presentation.

OUR PROJECT’S BACKGROUND

We are excited to give you a little bit more background on this amazing whole house renovation in Biltmore for our clients.  Our clients wanted to turn their rental property into their part-time residence. With this lifestyle shift looming it was time to put their personal stamp on this investment property and check off all the must-haves on their list. They had lofty goals that would alter both the inside and outside spaces, but they needed assistance fine-tuning it all. That’s where we came in! Continue to read how this house became our NARI Contractor of the Year Award Project.

DESIGN AND PLANNING PHASE

During our Design and Planning phase, we prioritized their list and allocated a budget to each action item. For this home, virtually every surface would be modified.  The owners purchased this house for its million-dollar view of the mountains, thus giving them space to enjoy its view was monumental. Their outdoor living space was as important to renovate as was their interior.

THE KITCHEN

The Kitchen needed a floor to ceiling update. We modified built-in closets and an awkward shelf unit to improve efficiency and increase storage capacity. New cabinets, counters, appliances, backsplash, and lighting were installed. With very little room to rework the floor plan, we made sure that the space functions well. Thus, we curated a well-organized space with ample cabinets, tall wall cabinets, and interior cabinet storage solutions.

THE LIVING ROOM

The Living Room retained its existing layout but needed a fireplace façade update. The launching point for the silver Travertine used around the home, we installed the new stacked stone facade and coordinated the fireplace hearth with the silver Travertine coping stones.  Then, we added a custom reclaimed wood mantel. By replacing an unnecessary sliding glass door with a window, we created new space for furniture placement.  Then, in a corner near the kitchen, we added a dry bar with cabinets to complement the kitchen.  Glass front cabinets, a wine fridge, and a custom decorative backlit glass countertop make this space unique.

THE MASTER SUITE

In the Master Suite, we focused on comfort, color and then creating a bathroom to accommodate aging in place. The bedroom’s high ceiling left the space extra warm in the summer and cool in the winter. To assist with the comfort level, we installed a new Pella sliding glass door with shades between the glass and a mini-split heating and air conditioning unit. In the Master Bathroom, to achieve a more open feel, we removed a doorway and built walls to create a private water closet and pony walls for a zero-clearance shower. This new walkway would provide access to an additional clothes closet that had previously been part of a guest bedroom.

In need of a home office, a large guest bedroom was divided to create a home office while keeping a guest bedroom with a closet and access to the attic. The whole home would receive an update for paint colors, flooring, millwork and lighting.

OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE

This homeowner’s renovation included a total remake of their outdoor living space. The landscaper refreshed with new plantings, then the boldest change was the new fireplace they built near the updated spa for additional privacy. The new stacked stone fireplace adds ambiance and warmth for enjoying crisp winter evenings. The new Travertine patio and wall caps replaced the worn terra cotta. Lastly, they added a built-in barbeque with a bar area to complete their new outdoor living space. This amazing space is perfect for serving and hosting!

FRONT OF HOME

This area begged for design details.  Thus, we added new garage doors with windows, adding natural light in the garage.  The silver Travertine patio extends around the palm tree giving them a spot for a bistro table where they enjoy morning coffee. Then, we painted the band around the top of the home and the columns along with the fascia to complement and outline the roof. New coach lights are the finishing touch for the front of the home.

THE END RESULTS

Our clients are thrilled with their ‘new’ home and we are excited to share it with you! With any project this of this magnitude, there are always challenges that create change orders to our best laid out plans.  Good communication throughout this entire project kept everyone on the same page.  This project truly enhanced the home, through functional living space, well-planned design elements and added convenience for the homeowners.  Their future is bright as they look to age in place within their home.  We believe it is a perfect submission for the NARI Contractor of the Year Award Project.  See more of Homework Remodels’ featured projects here as well as our own here.

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