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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 02:27

Bathroom Remodeling Trends For 2017

If you're planning on remodeling your bathroom this year, there are a few bathroom trends that Houzz found in a survey of homeowners that you may find interesting.

Technology in the Master Bathroom

One in five new toilets and one in ten new showers in renovated master bathrooms are equipped with at least one high-tech feature, such as a self-cleaning system or mood lighting.

More than half of renovating homeowners use their mobile devices in their bathrooms for checking email and social media to listening to music and reading.

Why Are Homeowners Remodeling Their Bathroom?

Small size and outdated finishes are the most cited old-bathroom gripes. For nearly a third of homeowners the bathroom plumbing is malfunctioning or not working well enough anymore.

Less DIY and More Professional Remodeling

In 2016 90% of homeowners will hire a professional to help with their bathroom projects, compared to 78% in 2015.
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 23:24

Low Cost Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom

If you're a DIY type who has the time and patience to learn a few home improvement techniques, there are several ways you can upgrade the look of your bathroom for under $1,000.
  1. Paint the walls and redo the floors. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in updating the look and freshness of your bath, while replacing old flooring with new vinyl or ceramic tile can create a dramatic new look. Many home improvement stores offer free classes in how to install new floors, saving on labor, usually the biggest cost of any remodeling job.
  2. Change the shower door. Because they make up such a large surface in the bathroom, changing the shower door can create a distinctive new look.
  3. Replace an old shower enclosure. Cracked, stained shower enclosures are an eyesore that can make any bathroom look old and tired. Replacing a tub with an enclosure and enjoy a more spacious, luxurious showering experience
  4. Replace plumbing fixtures. Newer, more contemporary faucets, shower fixtures and toilets are the finishing touch that make the bathroom more inviting and stylish.
  5. Lighting fixtures. Even the most carefully planned bathroom remodel will not live up to expectations if it's too dark and the light is not in the right location. Consider advanced LED lighting that can be adjusted for intensity and color temperature.
As we age we often discover that spaces in our home, such as the kitchen, can no longer not meet our needs as well as they once did. Thankfully, there are steps we can take to adapt these spaces to better meet our abilities as we age. The following are some ideas that can help make your kitchen more comfortable and user friendly.

1. Accessible Cabinet Design - Install drawers in cupboards that slide out to provide easy access to items in the back. Along the same idea, drawer-based dishwashers make loading and uploading dishes easier.

2. Flooring - Choose comfortable, non-slip materials such as cork, carpet or vinyl to reduce fatigue and increase safely. If you have a hard tile or hardwood floor, rubber mats can be used near sinks and other work areas.

3. Easy to use Plumbing Fixtures - Faucets with levers or motion detecting sensors instead of knobs can be more comfortable to use.

4. Task Lighting - Having good light in the kitchen is essential to safety and ease of use. Consider LED task lighting for a bright, unobtrusive light source that can be aimed right where it's needed.

With a little planning you can make your kitchen adapt to your needs so you can enjoy living in your home as you age.
Bathroom Remodeling Ideas
Remodeling your bathroom?  There are many plumbing upgrades to consider that can add value and efficiency to your home, here are just a few:

New Faucets

New faucets are an inexpensive way to bring bathrooms and kitchens up to date. Adding low-flow faucet aerators will also save you money on your water bill. To cut down on germs and add additional convenience, no-touch faucets have motion detectors that turn water on and off by moving your hand in front of the fixture.

New Shower Heads

Shower heads come a wide range of styles and finishes. A new trend is to install multiple shower heads rather than a single wall-mount shower head for a spa-like experience. The shower heads can be adjusted to produce a spray that ranges from fine to coarse and a water pressure that ranges from gentle mist to strong massage.

Top-mount or ceiling-mounted shower heads spray from directly overhead, life rainfall. Some top-mount heads can be installed flush with the ceiling in situations where the ceiling is too low to install a wall-mount head.

Sliding bar shower heads are mounted on a rail system to accommodate a wide range of heights.

Consider installing low-flow shower heads when possible. They use only around 2.5 gpm while maintaining an effective spray of water.

New Toilets

Installing a high efficiency toilets is one of the best plumbing upgrades you can make. If your home is older and has its original plumbing fixtures, you could save up to 3.5 gallons of water per flush!

Comfort height toilets are another popular option for older homeowners or homeowners with disabilities.

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