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:
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.
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.
Do you have a small bathroom but still want a bathtub in it rather than just a shower? Maybe you have a half bath that you would like to convert into a full bath for a growing family. With all of today’s small bathtub ideas and options, fear not—it can be done with a little research and creativity.
Wooden bathtub designs nourish your desire for a long, warm soaking bath. Their curves and contrasting wood tones maintain evoke a sense of charm and elegance even after (and sometimes because of) extended use.
Rustic wooden tubs have the look of the Old West’s watering troughs or whiskey barrels. Modern techniques provide the rustic appearance while preserving vital ease of use. Continue reading
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
Small bathrooms are a burden to us all. We could always use more space, but physical limitations prevent many from expanding their current bathroom. A terrific, easy and cheap way to make your bathroom seem larger is with paint. There are plenty of ways to make your small bathroom feel larger, but few tactics give your bath more of a punch than paint. If you think your bathroom is small, but want that real master feel, be sure to check out our 10 painting tips to make your small bathroom seem larger. Continue reading
With summer drawing to an end, everyone is starting to feel the gloom of fall. But just because this season is over, doesn’t mean your rest and relaxation has to be. There are many ways to convert your bath into a year-round getaway. Continue reading
Turn Your Bathroom Into A Spa
After a long day at work of with the kids and all you want to do is relax like you are at a spa. You finally have a few minutes to yourself and that tub is calling your name! You pour yourself something cold to drink, light some candles, run a nice warm bath with bubbles or essential oils. Then close the door, turn on the music and let the warm water and aroma take all your worries of the day away. Continue reading