Category Archives: Bathrooms

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 PlannersGetting 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. Continue reading

How to Install Bathroom Grab Bars

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How to Install Bathroom Grab Bars bathroom grab bars ~ Design Build Planners (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. Continue reading

Smoked Glass Doors in Remodeling

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smoked glass passage doors for remodeling - Design Build Planners (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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Different Types of Caulking

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Different Types of Caulking Man Caulking Window 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 Continue reading

Bathroom Remodeling with a Kid’s Theme

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Bathroom Remodeling with a Kid's Theme Kid themed bathroom remodeling - Design Build Planners 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

Tub to Shower Conversion

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How to Plan a Tub to Shower Conversion tub to shower conversion ~ Design Build PlannersThe 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. Continue reading

River Rock Pebbles for Your Shower

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River Rock Pebbles for Your Shower river rock pebble shower floor ~ Design Build Planners (1)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. Continue reading

Kitchen & Powder Room Makeover in New Jersey

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“I have already had the opportunity to recommend them to someone else, which I was thrilled to do.”

Join Design Build Planners on our journey of remodeling a kitchen, powder room, and mudroom in Kendall Park, NJ. Kitchen Remodeling Kendall Park NJ - Design Build Planners 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

Case Study – Kitchen and Bathroom Transformation in NJ

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“It turned out even nicer than we ever could have thought.”

Join Design Build Planners on our journey of transforming a kitchen and bathroom for thrilled empty-nesters. NJ Kitchen Design Build Contractor - DBP Watchung, New Jersey homeowners Ben and Sandie have a great home on a beautiful piece of property, but they were ready to make some changes to the outdated and cramped kitchen and bathroom. Continue reading