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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.
When the time comes for an update, here are a few countertop options that you may want to consider for your next kitchen or bath renovation:
Granite: On the plus side, everybody seems to love it; however, glasses and delicate dishes can break easily, and the surface does require some maintenance.
Marble: This is an absolutely beautiful option; price can understandably deter many homeowners, not to mention that it stains quite easily. If you are a red wine lover, you may end up with a nice pink stain!
Caesarstone: Price point here can run the gamut. New lines closely resemble marble, without the staining problem; or if you long for a bold color, there are plenty from which to choose.
Wood: A nice option for a butcher-block area and it is being used more and more for kitchen islands as well. Wood countertop in a pantry or bar area is easy on glassware.
Glass: An up-and-coming option, and now as strong as many natural stones. It is also completely non-porous, so no sealant is needed and it is very hygienic. Available in a variety of colors, this can make a lovely focal point of a kitchen, or a stunning bathroom vanity top.
Well, it isn’t exactly new; wallpaper has been used in homes for decades. Painful memories of fruit, florals, and psychedelic metallics have caused homeowners to shy away from this option for quite some time, but they are back! Scraping nightmares are now gone, because today’s product is made for easy application and removal.
The minimalist look that has been predominant for so long has homeowners looking for ways to add pattern and color back to their homes. Do you fear a full room of wallpaper? Consider paper on just one wall for a refreshing accent, and paint on the other walls. If that’s still too much for you, try one of the many wall decals that are now so popular, or go with a bold pattern on the inside of a bookcase.
However you decide to use wallpaper, it is a great option to define a style in any room!
Soften your outdoor space by:
Creating container gardens – herbs can be used in the kitchen and provide a nice fragrance
Adding an area rug – there are great outdoor rugs in many shapes and sizes to enhance any space
Using lighting to set the mood – solar lights or simple candles in a jar can be a nice alternative to harsh porch lights.
- One of the most popular home renovation projects is updating the kitchen. When formulating your plan for the kitchen, take into consideration two thoughts: form and function. Typically, kitchens are designed in U-shaped, L-shaped and galley configurations, but a remodel is your chance to start from scratch and truly create the kitchen of your dreams. Carefully analyze how you currently use the kitchen and what design changes would make it more convenient and practical for your individual needs.
- Think about the space in terms of several work centers or stations that allow multiple people to complete tasks simultaneously. Adding an island, for example, creates an additional two to four small work stations along its perimeter.
- The next generation kitchen will be a place not only for cooking, but for social and everyday interaction. Kitchen remodeling trends now concentrate on the kitchen as the ‘hub‘ of the household, incorporating the functional aspects of a kitchen with the ability to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
- Dark hardwood floors are a choice of many families
- Wide plank hardwood floors are a popular style
- Iron staircase railings are a great way to change a traditional wood walkway
- Bold colors are back. Go ahead, make a statement!
- Wide painted trim makes any room look classy and finished. A simple trim replacement can change the look of a home.
- Replace your shiny brass fixtures with satin nickel or oil rubbed bronze hardware. It will amaze you how a simple change make a huge difference.
- Back splashes with natural stone tile with glass accents are a great improvement from painted drywall
- Cherry wood cabinetry is a popular choice when choosing a new look
- Various color islands are adding to the décor of kitchens. Furniture style pieces are also an option. A square island is not your only choice!
- Remove the “L” shape and add a large island. Not only do bigger islands add more counter space, larger islands offer the perfect place for friends and family to gather.
- Canned lighting improves your working space and warms your kitchen
- Gone are the large whirlpool tubs! We are now installing multi-faceted showers. Showers that are multi-person encompass steam and glorious body sprays can change your day!
- Travertine tile and wall niches are accenting beautiful shower enclosures.
- Complete frameless shower doors are replacing etched glass doors
- Furniture style cabinets transform traditional cabinetry into beautiful works of art
- Heated floors provide warmth that is indescribable.
- Converting a screen porch to a full three seasons room can add a cozy place in your home to relax and enjoy the beauty of spring, summer and fall.
- Built-in grills provide space on your patio and the convenience of an oven with a home gas-line installation.
- A simple fire pit or fireplace provides a place to gather and relax on your patio.