Guest Bathroom For Multiple Users: Available And Maintainable

A Multiple-User Guest Bathroom For Everyone Is Challenging!A multiple-user guest bathroom is always ready, and easy to maintain.

A multiple-user guest bathroom should be easy to maintain, available to anyone at any time. Practice may be a different reality, especially if your guest bathroom is also a bathroom that family members use every day.

If you’re creating a new guest bathroom, or remodeling an existing family bathroom, here are some tips to make it a multiple-user guest bathroom:

  • Design the bathroom for function, comfort, and safety
  • Choose easy-to-clean wall and floor surfaces (porcelain tile is wonderful, especially large rectangular tiles for walls and wainscot)
  • Use minimum-size non-contrasting epoxy grout joints (the grout will never need sealing, and will stay clean)
  • Opt for neutral colors (the guest bathroom doesn’t have to be boring!)

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LED Lighting = $avings!

LED Lighting $aves Our Environment While $aving You Money!LEDs save our environment, provide great lighting, and save you money!

LED lighting technology was in its infancy ten years ago. My, how we’ve come a long way — and the future looks even brighter!

In 2005, LED lighting was available, but there were limitations:

  • Not dimmable
  • Color was a cool blue-white

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Bathroom Plumbing Can Have Hidden “Gotcha’s!”

Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures Are Designed To Save Water, BUT . . .Bathroom plumbing fixtures can save water, but some are water hogs.

. . . some bathroom plumbing fixtures may require a larger water heater, or an auxiliary on-demand water heater. This can seriously affect your investment in a bathroom remodeling project, adding as much as $4,000 to your investment. And it can affect your utility bills. The bathroom plumbing fixture that’s a major influencer of hot water needs is a large tub, whether it’s a hydrotherapy whirlpool, an air bath, or simply a soaking tub. A generous two-person tub that’s 48″ x 72″ x 24″ requires 100 gallons or more, depending on how full you want it to be. (more…)

Custom Kitchen Features Will Change Your Life

Custom Kitchen Features Can (Will) Make a Big Difference!Custom kitchen features satisfy your needs and wants.

Bespoke and artisanal are fancy buzz-words for “custom,” probably because the latter word has been overused to the point where custom-made anything is no longer special, in the same way that “full service” doesn’t have the same impact it once had. In past years, the only way to get custom kitchen features was to pay for custom cabinets. But things have changed, and many modular and custom-modular cabinet manufacturers offer customizable features for a reasonable investment. Some of the cabinet enhancements include: (more…)

A Powder Room CAN Be Different!

Your Powder Room Can Be Anything You Want It To Be!Your powder room is the one room that can be totally different from the other rooms in your home.

Remodeling your powder room can be a lot of fun, but it can be expensive! This is the only room in your home where you can break the rules of “architectural integrity”. You can choose any style that fulfills your desire to be and do something different.

Homeowners fell in love with the custom vessel lavatory. The bathroom was planned around this special feature. The wife commented that she liked it because it reminded her of Mauna Kea. This inspired the Hawaiian theme for the 5′ x 5′ bathroom. Here are some of the features that were included:

  • Undulating tempered-glass countertop, like a floating island

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Kitchen Islands May Not Be Appropriate For Every Home

Kitchen Islands Are Great, But There Are Other Alternatives, TooKitchen islands are not appropriate for every kitchen, but there are great alternatives.

Kitchen islands are the most frequently-requested features, according to statistics. The available space determines whether or not an island is appropriate. But there’s more than just space. Islands do affect the function of a kitchen, and should be carefully planned according to the individual family’s work-flow habits.

Space Considerations

To accommodate a kitchen island, there must be at minimum of 42″ between countertop edges (not cabinets), according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association guidelines. 48″ is preferred, especially if more than one person will be using the space simultaneously. How does this translate? To have an island, a kitchen must be at least 13′-6″ wall to wall in one direction:

4′-3″ (opposing cabinets with countertops) + 7′-0″ (42″ aisleways on both sides of the island) + 2′-3″ (narrow island with 1-1/2″ countertop overhangs) = 13′-6″

A standard kitchen sink or a cooking surface should not be placed in such a narrow island, for safety reasons. The narrow island is a good place for a smaller sink, a built-in microwave below the countertop, additional storage and food preparation countertop. (more…)

Choose Kitchen Appliances First!

Choose Kitchen Appliances First For Best Functionkitchen appliances must be chosen first, because your kitchen is planned around them

Why choose kitchen appliances first? It’s human nature to focus on cabinets and countertops, when you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, because you’re concerned about how the new kitchen will look, unless a high-priority item is a commercial cooktop or range and large hood as a focal point. This will ultimately lead to frustration, and possible expensive mistakes. You can avoid problems, if you select your appliances first (unless you’re including new doors and windows), then move on to other kitchen features. (more…)

Bathroom Remodeling: Plumbing Is Selected First

Bathroom Remodeling: Why Select Plumbing First?Bathroom remodeling requires you to choose plumbing first.

Bathroom remodeling involves hundreds of decisions, and at least 100 steps in the process. Everything in your bathroom is placed around the plumbing. Locations of a shower, tub, toilet, and sinks are important to achieving ultimate safety and function — and a beautiful new bathroom. Here are some guidelines to help you: (more…)

Remodeling Reality Shows Can Be Misleading!

Have Remodeling Reality Shows Got You Frustrated Or Angry?

Remodeling reality shows can be misleading

Remodeling reality shows can be fun, inspiring — and frustrating!

 

Misinformation Is Rampant!

Remodeling reality shows are still popular, despite the bad press they’ve received.  I don’t know about how you feel, but it frustrates the heck out of me, because these programs spread misinformation to Homeowners. There’s a glut of home remodeling shows on several channels. Although they are fun to watch, they should be viewed as entertainment and not as serious “How-To” guidelines. There are several categories of misinformation that get my blood boiling:

•  The time it takes to do a project
•  Overall cost of the project — what consumers would pay for something similar
•  Realistic cost of labor and materials — how much the Homeowners actually paid
•  You’ll save a lot of money if you do the work yourself!

The Time It Takes To Do A Project

The audience has no way of knowing how much of  the actual filmed project ended up on the editing room floor. This can cause serious problems for D-I-Yers and remodeling consumers who think that a bathroom can be remodeled in a week or less. A standard 5×8 bathroom remodeling project can take four to six weeks (or more), from demolition to completion. And the time frame they tell you doesn’t include the time required to make decisions or get permits before construction starts!

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