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A $3,000 Bathroom Remodel

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DISCLAIMER: This article, nor I, have the answer to what A $3,000 Bathroom Remodel is or exactly would include. Read my rant below to understand the basis for this article’s title.

Award winning NJ bathroom remodel - Design Build ProsA homeowner can choose to have almost any budget, high or low for a project. The question is then, “What do you get for that particular budget?” The factors are many, such as DIY (do it yourself) or hire a professional. Check out our informative article about Who Will Build Your Remodeling Project. The extent of the work scope is also a major factor. For instance, in a bathroom remodel the project may call for a complete demolition and gut of the walls and floor. Doing this allows for checking the in-wall plumbing connections and electrical wiring then updating as needed. Plus, any rotted wood or mold can be addressed. New insulation and fresh, moisture resistant drywall and cement board can be installed. Some may opt to forgo these steps and tasks and simply do a bathroom makeover where the fixtures and tile are replaced and the wall components listed prior remain. Continue reading

January 27th is Thomas Crapper Day

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January 27th is Thomas Crapper Day

Thomas Crapper Day Toilet (1)January 27th marks a “holiday” you may not be not be familiar with…the day is unofficially known as Thomas Crapper Day. You maybe have heard to a toilet crudely referred to as a “crapper” and the origin is with Thomas Crapper. While Crapper did not invent the toilet, he was a proficient plumber and a skilled salesman who is responsible for the toilet’s initial surge in popularity.

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Bathroom Lighting Options

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Bathroom Lighting Options

Bathroom lights - Design Build Pros (4)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.

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Refinish Bathtub or Install Bath Liner?

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Refinish Bathtub or Install Bath Liner?

bath tub installed on a remodeling project - Design Build ProsGetting 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.

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How to Install Bathroom Grab Bars

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How to Install Bathroom Grab Bars

bathroom grab bars ~ Design Build Pros (4)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.

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Smoked Glass Doors in Remodeling

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smoked glass passage doors for remodeling - Design Build Pros (1)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.

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Bathroom Makeover in Union County, New Jersey

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Bathroom Makeover in Union County, New Jersey

NJ bathroom makeover and remodeling in NJ by Mark of Excellence Remodeling (3)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.

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Different Types of Caulking

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Different Types of Caulking

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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

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Bathroom Remodeling with a Kid’s Theme

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Bathroom Remodeling with a Kid’s Theme

Kid themed bathroom remodeling - Design Build Pros 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