Bathroom Transformations

New technology transforms our day-to-day lives, from bringing the internet to our kitchens to stoves that can be programmed to turn on, cook and shut down without you being there and refrigerators that will tell you when you are out of milk. The “smart home” is quickly becoming the norm and our bathrooms are keeping pace with the new technology. Here’s a look at the trends:

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Three Quarter Bathroom

Is your family in need of another bathroom, a second or even a third bathroom? This bathroom is all about function over relaxation, the idea is to get in and get out: toilet, sink, and/or shower while keeping it simple. But this doesn’t mean the space has to be plain Jane or ho hum. Adding interesting tile, updated fixtures, a unique mirror or decorative light fixture will spruce up this space.

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Bathroom Color on the Quick

The toilet handle you have to jiggle a little, the shower doors that will almost instantly get mildewed unless you leave them open “just so,” the slightly loose tile on the floor to the right of the sink? There are lots of irritating little bathroom flaws that we never seem to take care of and just learn to live with them instead.

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Bathroom Cleaning Challenges

Considering what we put them through each day, sinks, showers, tubs and toilets deserve special cleaning attention. Thankfully, modern plumbing fixtures are designed to make the job of bathroom cleaning as easy as possible.

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Zone Your Bathroom, Functionally!

By organizing functional areas around a central space, you give the bathroom plenty of open space no matter its size. While kitchens apply a tried-and-true work triangle, there is no exact prescription for the best bathroom layout.

Space planning all depends on your lifestyle and the way you use the space. However, keep in mind when planning that if you must move the plumbing to accommodate your new design, the price tag of your project will be much higher than if the “guts” of your bathroom can stay put. That said, layout options are more limited when relying on existing plumbing hookups, drains, ventilation, etc. Continue reading

To Have a Toilet Room or Not?

When you think of a toilet, you probably don’t think of controversy… right? Well think again. In the realm of bathroom design, there is a controversial subject being talked about and it is called the water closet. Now what is a water closet, you may ask. It is a separate room with a toilet built into a larger bathroom containing the rest of the good stuff. It is also known as a “toilet room”. Sure, it may cause some cramped urban dwellers with tiny apartments, but that hasn’t stop many people from converting such a setup. Continue reading

Make a Small Bathroom Feel Comfier

Bathrooms are a huge part of the house, so if you have a bathroom that is too small for comfort, it can be quite the downer. The good news is that there are tons of ways to redo your small bathroom to make it seem less cramped. Listed below are 10 small bathroom design ideas that will help you find inspiration to combine DIY fixes, bold paint colors, and pretty decorating details. Continue reading

Design an Easy-To-Clean Bathroom

Bathrooms seem to be the one area of the house that are the most frustrating to clean. Not everyone has a housekeeper, so when you are the one who has to do the cleaning, your design choices will make an impact on you every day. Implement the strategies below and you will end up with a bathroom that looks and feels like a dream bathroom, but cleans as easily as a no-nonsense public restroom.

Just say no to grout. Scrubbing grout lines has to be one of the least favorite chores when it comes to cleaning a bathroom. Using a solid-surface choice for your walls will save a lot of elbow grease. Consider using stone slabs, which have few seam lines and are very thin. Other options include: caesarstone (which can be used alone or in a combination with tile), vinyl wall coverings, and back-painted glass. In areas where your walls don’t have to be tiles, paint it a great option. Use one specifically formulated for bathrooms for its resistance to mildew. If you can’t eliminate grout lines entirely, then reduce the number and thickness.

Buy a (quiet) fan. Yes, buy a fan for your bathroom and put it on a timer. This may not sound like a design strategy for making your bathroom easier to clean, but it is. If you have a fan that sounds like a jet engine, you will be less likely to turn it on and that will lead to an increase in mildew- which means more cleaning. A whisper-silent one is so quiet that you’ll need a timer so you won’t forget to turn it off.

Select a linear drain. Installing one of these drains means that your shower floor will have a flat slope in one direction. You will be able to run your large-format floor tile right on into the shower instead of using little mosaic tiles to accommodate multiple directions of slope.

Say good-bye to glass. Cleaning glass is almost as bad as cleaning grout. Instead, strategically plan your shower around a corner in a wet zone. This will eliminate the need for a glass partition. With large-format tiles and a slab countertop as well, the bathroom would be very low maintenance. You may go even more extreme and create a fully watertight wet room. The handheld showerhead lets you hose it down and go. In fact, handheld showerheads are a real help in cleaning your shower, even if you have a more conventional-style bathroom. Get one with a long hose. If a wet room isn’t for you, consider a shower curtain and its waterproof liner in the washer to clean it. A bonus to using a shower curtain is the visual warmth fabric it adds to the décor.

Go frameless. The aluminum frames around glass shower doors are a magnet for gunk. Going frameless on your glass gives you a simple sheet to clean. There are a number of options for coatings on glass that also help it to repel water and soap scum. Check with your glass shower door manufacturer for factory coating options. Many recommend Rain X.

Get everything off of the floor. Getting on your hands and knees to clean a toilet crammed into a narrow space with that horrible, convoluted shape on the side is not a fun task. Wall-mounted toilets are easier to reach all the way around. They also make cleaning the floor easier. Mounting your vanity on the wall will also make the floor easier to clean. If you choose to not install a wall-mounted toilet, then at the very least, choose a skirted model. The smooth sides don’t catch as much as dusk and gunk.

Wall-mounted faucets are a better choice than deck-mounted ones. Gravity is working for you, carrying the soap and water residue away from the faucet instead of having it all collect at the base. Wall-mounted facets also keep the counter clear, making it easier to wipe down.

Choose tile placement carefully. If you absolutely love tile and want to have some in your bathroom, then place it where it will need the least amount of cleaning. Try to place tile out of any splash zone.

Have a place for everything. One thing that makes it easier to clean a bathroom is to have a spot for what you want to put away. No thinking about where to place it or having to organize a messy drawer to make room.

 

Trendy Bathroom Designs Ideas

Contemporary_bathroomIn today’s world, the options to buy have become so vast that it’s now even harder to make choices for bathroom designs. One has to think about the color ideas. Is this a makeover or a new construction? The storage and the usage of the bathroom entirely effects bathroom designs. A major decision process falls into the layout of the bathroom for most people. Three elements of bathroom design make a trendy bathroom, functionality, modernization/customization, and overall style of design.

There are always new trends to be set or to have when it comes to bathroom designs. The design of the lighting fixtures, bathroom sinks and shower heads, even down to the brand of products that you chose – can set or become part of the trendy fad. The most important thing to remember when it comes to bathroom design trends, is the personalization that you want to achieve; not the trend. Mind yourself that you are paying for this, so you should have the bathroom design their way.

There are many different options when it comes to trendy ideas. Many people choose to go with themed bathrooms like an ocean scenery or checkered floor pattern. There are also several unique storage spacing solutions that have become trendy, ultimately the design of the bathroom chosen can say a lot about a person. Another thing to consider is the shape and sizes of windows available. When going through the bathroom design process, do not forget to consider what bathroom flooring option was chosen.

This should definitely allow those creative juices to begin flowing and bathroom design can range from very complicated to the most simplistic designs. With all the information provided, you should be able to make the right decision for them when it comes to bathroom designs.

Get Back to Nature with Porcelanosa

05v_cerdena-marfilA great way to escape the stress of the holidays is to relax in the great outdoors, but with harsh winter weather that’s not always an option. Fortunately, you can bring the outdoors inside with Porcelanosa products inspired by nature. Continue reading