Bathroom Lighting Options
A bathroom can be a place where you spend just a few minutes every day, rushing in and rushing out. Or it could be a place where you relax, let down your guard, and let the stresses of the day wash away from you. It can be the one place in the house where you can go when you don’t want to be disturbed and just want to soak or shower in your thoughts. Of course, bathroom lighting can make a huge world of difference in here. Well thought out lighting can make your bathroom a place where you look forward to being any time of the day or night. Here’s what you need to keep in mind when you are shopping for bathroom lighting options.
Refinish Bathtub or Install Bath Liner?
Getting a new bathtub does not seem to be a big problem, it’s not such a big expense – but there are some drawbacks. For instance, the upfront purchase costs for the tub represent just a fraction of the total expense, you’ll then have to remove the existing one, install the new one – and so on, and all these add up quickly. Also, if you need a special shape, the price can skyrocket. For such cases, a refinishing job or the application or bathtub liner can be a great solution to postpone the problem for a few more years, until you can afford a full bathroom remodeling job, for example.
How to Install Bathroom Grab Bars
Bathroom grab bars are great to install near your bath or in your shower in order to prevent you from that freak slide that might just cause a bruise, or heaven forbid, worse. However, if such bars aren’t installed properly, the injuries might result in a trip to the hospital.
Below are a few easy steps for you to ensure that your grab bar doesn’t slip right off the wall. It’s quick, easy and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Smoked Glass Doors in Remodeling
Walking into the Home Depot/Lowes/home improvement store of your choice, you’re surrounded by people wanting to help you pick that paint color for your wall. With so much guidance, the issue is knocked out in a jiffy. But maybe your eyes are set on installing glass doors to give some extra “pop” to your home. If you’re looking to combine the ultimate in privacy and aesthetics, you should consider smoked glass doors.
Bathroom Makeover in Union County, New Jersey
Time was of the essence for this North Plainfield homeowner. The bathroom’s tired interior gave the wrong impression to visitors to the home and it was time for an upgrade that was both cost effective and fast.
Mark of Excellence’s Project Designer actually met with the couple on July the 4th. They had specific requirements for comfort and safety. There were a lot of loose tiles and evidence of mold growth present; which was of growing concern to the homeowners; and even new buyers. They needed to convert their old tub area into a shower that included a built in seat and grab bars; an important combination for both mature and physically challenged individuals. They also needed to remove old tile to the floor and walls in the room. Another goal was to replace the toilet and vanity with a style that is much more contemporary and fresh. A traditional bathroom remodel was going to exceed their budget and take much longer than they anticipated.
Different Types of Caulking
Caulking is an often overlooked, but essential part of many bathroom remodeling projects. The purpose of caulking is to seal joints or seams. Caulking the connection between your shower walls and tub prevents leaks and reduces mildew buildup. Removing old caulk and re-caulking joints between tiles and your tub is an annual bathroom maintenance job. There are several different types of caulking, such as: silicone caulking, latex caulking, paintable caulk, grout caulk, adhesive caulk
Bathroom Remodeling with a Kid’s Theme
One thing we mention a lot in our blogs is pet friendly remodeling. However, another thing that must be considering when undertaking a remodeling project… kid friendly remodeling! Obviously safety for all parties is of the utmost importance of any remodeling project, but why not go with a remodeling project that has a kid’s theme?
So people are turned off by undertaking a remodeling project that has a kid’s theme. However, it must be noted that it isn’t hard to make changes to the design when the child outgrows it. In the meantime, remodeling with a kid’s theme provides many benefits. Continue reading
How to Plan a Tub to Shower Conversion
The tub to shower conversion is quickly becoming one of the most popular remodeling projects throughout America. More and more people prefer a tub-less bathroom (in the past 5 years or so, the number of people who prefer shower-only bathrooms has increased by almost 50%, and now they represent the majority of the population). On the other hand, real estate agents are slower to catch up with the times, and they still insist that a house without a tub has a lower market value. As such, most houses that are sold have a tub in the bathroom, and the first thing the new owners do is covert it quickly to a shower.
River Rock Pebbles for Your Shower
If your browse the Internet for just a few minutes, you can find some absolutely stunning bathroom designs that use river rock pebbles. They’re a great way to emphasize the connection to nature, they can be used in connection with rustic, as well as modern designs, and they’re soft and friendly on the feet.
So, when redesigning your bathroom, you could do no better than using river rock pebbles for your shower. You can use the same tiles on the walls too, or at least on one of them. Before you get carried away, take a few moments to think and picture the room – since this will typically be a rather small space, adding too many shapes and colors may turn out to be just too much, and you’ll be better off with simpler walls in a solid color.
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New Jersey homeowner Lisa desperately wanted to remodel her kitchen to make it more modern and functional, but she couldn’t find a reliable local contractor she trusted. We are fortunate to have connected with Lisa on Houzz and work with her in designing and facilitating her much-anticipated project. Continue reading