Archive for February, 2014
After a long and tedious day at work in today’s hectic world, more & more people are escaping to the comfort and luxury of a newly remodeled bathroom. An upgraded bathroom helps sell a home and can be a good investment.
- Today’s popular showers are large spaces with multiple shower heads and even a bench. Multiple shower heads mean that there’s no more constantly adjusting the shower head if you have two people who use the shower on a consistent basis. Spouses of different heights will be able to have their ideal shower height, plus they won’t need to worry about adjusting the water pressure or shower settings each time they shower.
- Ceramic tiles used to be the standard in bathroom remodels. However, the newest trend is to use glass tiles. These glass tiles provide a glossy, sparkling look that can make bathrooms appear larger, which is something nearly every homeowner can appreciate. They are also more resistant to mold and mildew than ceramic tiles. Glass is completely impervious to water absorption, while ceramic tiles can absorb up to 3% of the water that hits it.
- The tub experience will likely be a free standing tub, which takes up much less space in the room than the old tiled-in tub deck. Double-walled bathtubs keep water warm longer without consuming extra energy. Also available from “MTI” are radiant heating pads that can also be built-in; so what looks like a simple tub is actually a spa-like escape.
- Homeowners are asking for his-and-hers sinks and vanities, even in small bathrooms. Two vanities allow for each person to have his or her own space and storage, and for each area to have a different aesthetic. Sinks continue to become more stylish, with vessel sinks that rise up from a base, or sinks that have their own legs or stand, or faucets that protrude directly from a wall.
- Many people are also installing heated floors and heated towel racks.
- Today’s bathrooms can be equipped with state-of-the-art entertainment equipment such as:Flat screens televisions that sit behind a mirror, where you don’t see them until they’re turned on. Medicine cabinets that include refrigeration – perfect for drinks, nail polish, or organic skin products (with no preservatives), or medications that need to be kept cold.
- Showers now have many features such as built in stereo systems, chromatherapy, steam, controlled water temperatures, and they are all controlled from a LCD screen that can be mounted on the wall.
- Faucets can now be controlled digitally to make sure your water pours out at the perfect temperature every time – no more waiting for hot water to get hot or worrying about the kids scalding themselves.
- What bathroom couldn’t use better ventilation to clear off mirrors faster and extend the life of the finishes? Consider a remote fan, with a motor elsewhere, such as the attic. They are about 10 times as powerful as an old-school fan. They’re also extremely quiet. There are also fans with humidity sensors that switch on automatically.