So, you are redoing your bathroom and there is a ton of old wallpaper on the walls . Everyone knows how difficult it is to remove wallpaper, well it was up until today. First you will want to prepare your room. Clean everything out, tape up all outlets to be sure nothing is disturbed within them as well as turning off the breaker. If you are using any type of liquid, you want to be sure there is no electricity running in the room. Continue reading →
Are you feeling claustrophobic in your living space? I bet walls are taking over your home. These days’ homes are built with open floor plans. But if you have an older home you may want to start taking down some walls to open that space up. Nothing says beauty and elegance like an open floor plan. Removing walls is not something you will want to do without having a licensed contractor at least assisting. Continue reading →
Is your family getting larger or maybe your house is feeling a little crammed lately? Well one way you can create more space is to add on a room. That will not only increase function and space for your family but will increase your home’s value. Whether you’re adding a sunroom to enjoy warm weather living, or adding a bedroom for a new member of the family, building a room is definitely a larger project to take on. Continue reading →
Regardless of whether you are replacing an outdated vanity or renovating the entire space, bathroom remodeling can be an expensive proposition. How can you avoid some common mistakes?
1. Ignoring the Bathroom Fan
Overlooking your bathroom fan is a huge mistake. Sometimes people don’t install one or they don’t clean the one they have. Without proper ventilation, humidity builds up on surfaces, and over time this moisture will cause paint and grout to deteriorate and mildew to form. Vacuuming the vent on a regular basis will help keep the fan clean. To determine if your fan is overdue for a cleaning, turn it on and hold a square of toilet tissue up to the vent. If the tissue stays up on its own when you let go, air is still flowing.
2. Lacking a Clear Plan before Demolition
Sometimes people think they can figure out what needs to be done as they go along, but you need a plan in place before you start any demolition. You should have everything sketched out ahead of time, from your budget, to your materials, to the question of who will be doing which parts of the work. Planning is everything!
3. Being Unrealistic about a Budget
Don’t lie to yourself and try to do a $20,000 renovation when you have only $10,000 to work. You’ll only have to cut corners at the end of the project and you won’t be pleased with the results. He suggests taking a careful look at your finances and getting a realistic number in your head. Write the number down, put that amount in your bank account, and stick to it!
4. Overlooking Small Mistakes
As your renovation goes along, always fix mistakes—even the smallest ones—as soon as you notice them. If one tile isn’t exactly flush or your paint strokes are going in all directions, fix it right away. Don’t convince yourself you’ll learn to live with it. Those mistakes will always bother you, and if you can see them, then other people can see them too.
5. Losing Focus toward the End
Many people, are excited about the renovation process at the beginning but lose steam as they approach the finish line. They might take forever to frame out the room, but by the end they’re so eager to see the completed room they start to rush. The problem here is that the finish work is extremely important to the overall look of the space. People should reverse the trend. Move at a steady pace at the beginning and slow down at the end to be sure everything is done correctly. Your patience will pay off!
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From contemporary to cottage, today’s most popular looks inspire beautiful kitchen designs.
Long gone are the days when kitchens were dreary workspaces, hidden behind closed doors. Today’s kitchens are central to everyday living and special-occasion entertaining, often doing double duty as family rooms, offices and media centers, as well.
“The kitchen is truly the focus of the home today,” says New York-based interior designer Andrew Suvalsky. “A great kitchen design will give essential clues to how the rest of the home can and should develop.”
To meet the growing demand for showstopping kitchens, manufacturers now offer cabinets, countertops and fixtures in all of today’s most popular design styles, from Old World to modern, city chic to country cozy. And your options aren’t limited to what you’ll find in the kitchen showrooms, either. Andrew and many other designers also turn to antiques stores, high-end furniture makers and salvage resellers when sourcing kitchen projects.
Whether you’re designing your kitchen to match the decor of other rooms, or planning your whole home’s look around the kitchen, you can make it a beautiful reflection of your personal style.
Open and inviting, country kitchens allow you to enjoy the feeling of a weekend getaway right in your own home — even if you’re smack in the middle of suburbia (Check out our Farmhouse Style Sinks by Bates & Bates). Farmhouse tables and furniture-like cabinetry are popular conventions, and an eclectic mix of finishes helps create a comfortable, lived-in look. Country colors range from primary red, yellow and blue to aged tones of cream and pale yellow; whatever hues you favor, mixing rather than matching is the country way to go.
Cozy Country Kitchen Designs
Sleek, sexy and sophisticated, the modern kitchen is designed to keep clutter to a minimum. Reflective surfaces and high-tech materials are central to the most modern kitchen, and exotic woods add a touch of luxury without frills or fabric. Iconic midcentury seating, including Bertoia stools and chairs by Eames and Cherner, are often chosen for a classically modern look; seating made of Lucite and highly polished woods is often chosen for a more current interpretation of the style.
You don’t have to do a total down-to-the-studs bathroom renovation in order to update your stuck-in-the-80s bathroom. Homeowners may have a more extensive number of options when it comes to updating a bathroom, but even if you are a renter, there are numerous, affordable ways you can transform an outdated bath into a modernized space.
You can always rely on a fresh coat of paint to revitalize everything from a small side table to an entire room. Choosing a trendy color can wake up a tired bathroom. Painting the ceiling a complementary color that is a little lighter than your walls will make a small bathroom appear more spacious. It has become increasingly popular to choose something more interesting than white for the color of your ceilings.
Red walls take this bathroom from boring to bold.
2. Wall decor
After you paint your walls, you don’t want to put back the same boring, outdated wall decor that you had. One of the most eye-catching pieces of wall art in your bathroom can be a mirror (view our mirrors by Fairmont Design). Splurge a little and get a modern style mirror or a spectacular vintage mirror that will complement a modern decor. As for any other wall art that you hang, make sure it exemplifies the simplicity and sophistication of modern design. Keep in mind that glass shelves can be a functional form of wall art in an updated bathroom design.
With all of the modern and contemporary bathroom lighting styles that are available, you can easily find some that will fit your budget and your decorating theme. Replace your current, unattractive lights with modern style lighting (view our large selection of bathroom lighting). You might even find new areas in the room where a wall sconce or mini pendant light can draw attention to a previously unnoticed area of the room.
4. Clear the clutter
An incredibly inexpensive way to modernize a bathroom is to remove the clutter from your counter top and all other areas of the room. If you browse through photos of modern bathroom designs, you’ll see that there are few items on the countertops and what is there, is neatly organized in some type of storage container. You can add some freestanding or wall-hung shelves to your bathroom as part of your updating plan. When you add open shelving, it’s imperative that you keep those shelves organized, not cluttered.
5. Details matter
Removing old towel racks and replacing them with more modern style options is a quick and easy project. You’ll also want to replace worn out, unattractive towels with more luxurious, trendy towels to further improve the appearance of your bathroom. Removing outdated hardware on your cabinets and replacing it with a more modern option can instantly modernize your bathroom. By directing your attention to small details such as vent covers and switchplate covers, you can add visual updates that will have a significant impact in the overall appearance of the bathroom.
If you have the option to do so, updating the floor in your bathroom is a project you should move forward with. This could mean replacing the floor with bathroom tile or painting an unsightly wood floor a color that is compatible with your updated decor. If you rent and can’t alter the flooring, you can rely on a rug to hide an ugly, outdated floor covering.
7. Special features
Modern bathrooms are all about personal style and comfort. Waterfall faucets (Check out our widespread faucets by Graff Here!) and rain-style shower heads (Altmans Rain Showerhead) can enhance the elegance of you bathroom. Heated towel bars can elevate the luxuriousness of your bathroom. It is currently trendy to take steps to bring elements from the outdoors into your modern home design. Adding a few lush green plants to your bathroom decor is a great way to celebrate nature and beautify the room.
Updating or remodeling your bathroom can be very exciting. There is so many design elements to start thinking about. Bathrooms, big and small, need to always be well thought out and functional for multiple users. If you can avoid these 7 common design mistakes below, you will be well on your way to a bathroom you will love for a very long time!
With the intense weather we have been experiencing this winter, you may be concerned about your heating and electric bills. We have some steps for you to make your home more energy efficient and save you money on your monthly bills.