Bathroom Remodeling Made Easy

Bathroom Remodeling can be made easy by following a few easy guidelines.

When doing a bathroom remodel it is sometimes overwhelming  to get the process started. Following a few simple guidelines can help make the process easier.

  1. Shop for finish materials in advance. Having an idea of what items cost and the look you are going to accomplish will go a long way to making the process easy.
  2. Get referrals – Having a referral to a bathroom remodeling contractor who is experienced will take much of the pressure off of you and your family.
  3. Be prepared to modify your bathroom regimen. Taking a bathroom out of commission for any extended period of time will put additional pressure for bathroom time on the remaining bathroom(s). Everyone will need to be considerate of each others needs during this time.
  4. Choose materials that you really love. Selecting finish materials that are exactly what you want can greatly affect your overall satisfaction. Don’t settle for less!
  5. Enjoy the process. Your bathroom remodel may not go exactly as planned but does not have to be a disaster either. be prepared to modify the plan should unexpected surprises come up.
Bathroom Remodeling company tips.
Bathroom Remodeling company tips.

 

Design your kitchen – Get Started

Design your kitchen – Simple steps to getting started.

When you design your kitchen for a remodel you can start with some basic requirements to help get you started.

The first task to do is do a simple overhead floor plan. Use grid paper to easily space each item on the page. If you don’t have grid paper you can make grids easily with a pencil and ruler. You will be using either two boxes for the depth of lower cabinets and one box depth for upper cabinets -or- four boxes for the depth of lower cabinets and two boxes for the depth of the upper cabinets(2 boxes per foot).

 

Measure out your space of the kitchen remodel. Make a rectangle with the length of the wall measurement written down. Next you will want to add doorways and window locations. Be sure to indicate the height of the window off the floor. Windows lower than 36″ from the floor do not usually get cabinets and counters.

With the room dimensions and shape written down it is time to add cabinet locations. Draw all locations where it is possible to add lower cabinets. Size of lower cabinets will be 2 boxes for 12″ boxes and 4 boxes if you are using the 6″ boxes (2 boxes per foot).

The next items to go into your drawing will be the kitchen sink which is usually under the window and the refrigerator. Be sure not to place the refrigerator up against a wall as this makes it somewhat difficult to open doors. With the sink and refrigerator placed it should be easy to place the stove or cooktop. If your kitchen is big enough to accommodate a wall oven or pantry cabinet (floor to ceiling) then it is best to place these cabinets next to the refrigerator.

Plan on keeping the cabinet above the refrigerator the same depth as the lower cabinets. Draw your upper cabinets wherever possible on the walls above the lower cabinets. Design your kitchen should now be looking complete.

You should now have a drawing showing the kitchen area with lower and upper cabinets shown at every possible location. There may be places that cabinets are not practical and they should be eliminated.

Look for our future post on spacing for Islands!!!

Design your kitchen using these simple tips
Design your kitchen using these simple tips

 

Bathroom remodeling trends for 2017

Bathroom Remodeling Trends

Bathroom Remodeling Trends

Planning a bathroom remodeling project requires some investigation of bathroom remodeling trends and the costs associated with bathroom upgrades.

Bathroom Layout –

Most bathroom remodels will require that each fixture be placed in the same location as the original design dictated. If you are lucky enough to have the space to move items around then now is the time to consider a change of floor plan.

A bathroom layout remodel allows for the relocation of bathroom fixtures.
A bathroom layout remodel allows for the relocation of bathroom fixtures.

Walk-In Bathroom Shower –

Changing out a bathtub for a walk-in shower will reduce your Real Estate listing from a “Full Bath” to a “3/4 Bath”. Although this is considered a detriment to listing parties the potential buyer of a property will appreciate the updated look and operation of your bathroom. Consider a full size walk-in shower on your next bathroom remodel.

Bathroom Materials –

Materials change as fashions change in the construction industry. Recently travertine stone has been replaced with ceramic and porcelain tiles once again. The larger tiles of the modern design world have overtaken natural stone finish materials in bathroom remodel trends.

 

Bathroom Remodel Trends
Bathroom Remodeling Trends

 

Bathroom Lighting –

Bathroom remodeling trends in lighting make it to where you have more control over the options available. Code requires an occupancy sensor on most projects. Additional circuits can be installed for over the vanity/sink area lighting, inside shower lighting and task lighting.

Trend Checklist –

  • Towel bars and hooks
  • Heated Towel Bar
  • Cabinet above toilet for storage
  • Recessed shower nook
  • Shower bench seat
  • Hand held shower sprayer
  • Heated bathroom floor
  • Trench drains
  • LED Lighting