Improve An Ugly Basement With A Beautiful New Bathroom!
This is a home built in the 1950s, with the living room, formal dining room, kitchen, small bathroom, and bedrooms on the main floor. Only one person could occupy the bathroom at a time. For a family of three, that presented a scheduling problem. There wasn’t enough room to expand the existing bathroom, and the full basement was under-utilized,. The Homeowners wondered if it would be possible to have a new basement bathroom with a two-person shower that looked and felt luxurious. They had an idea, had done some research, and had talked with a couple of contractors, but they were still confused about what to do.
The best location for the new bathroom was below the main-floor bathroom, so plumbing supply, drain, and vent pipes could be extended.The unfinished basement had enough space to comply with ceiling height codes, but there was a large furnace duct that hung below the bottom of the joists. If left like this, it was going to look awkward. An HVAC specialist verified that new wider and shallower ducts would maintain the required air flow. Most pipes and wires wouldn’t be a problem, but the main drain had to be re-routed so it would comply with the slope required by the plumbing code. (more…)
Sustainable Bathroom Remodeling Will Benefit You In Many Ways
Sustainability = Healthy. When you create a sustainable bathroom, you’re building a healthy home environment, and a healthy planet. Sustainable bathroom remodeling is choosing:
- Plumbing that saves water
- Water heating and room heating that saves energy
- Ventilation that cleanses the air
- Surface finishes that are safe and easy to clean
Plumbing That Saves Water
The major water-waster in your bathroom is the toilet, followed by the bath tub. A leaking toilet flapper valve can waste 300 gallons in one day. A 3.5 gallon-per-flush toilet uses 27% of the water for your home. The average deep soaking or hydrotherapy tub requires a minimum of 80 gallons every time you bathe. A leaking faucet can waste up to 50 gallons of water every day. What are your options?
- Toilets made by all major manufacturers must comply with EPA regulations, a maximum of 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf). Toto, Kohler, and American Standard are the top three manufacturers having a wide range of options for water use (.9 to 1.6 gpf, single or dual flush), and style. They also provide bidet toilet seats (there are many other manufacturers of bidet toilet seats). For the ultimate in water-saving and space-conserving toilets, Sinkpositive introduced a toilet that has a sink on top of the tank that recycles gray water when you flush the toilet. (more…)
Sustainable Green Kitchen Remodeling Has Many Benefits
You may or may not believe in global warming, but I hope you agree that choosing to remodel your kitchen sustainably makes sense. Agreed, sustainable green kitchen remodeling is good for our planet, but it can also save you money and create a healthier home environment for you and your family.
“Green” Products for Sustainable Kitchen Remodeling
Many companies are manufacturing products that save precious resources. There have also been reports of companies that do nothing more than use sustainability buzz words to trick us into buying their not-so-green products. The best way to protect our environment and your bank account is to do some research before you buy anything. Here is information about companies and products with proven positive “green” track records:
Accessible Bathrooms Should Whisper “I’m Here To Help You In Every Way Possible”
The major purpose for creating accessible bathrooms is to help people perform daily health and personal-care needs without minimizing their personal value. What’s the important feature in a great accessible bathroom? Humanity! There are required features, of course, but they don’t have to be a reminder that the person who needs them is in-valid. Quality of life, and personal esteem are too often the lowest-priority features. Other terms used synonomously are barrier-free design, aging-in-place design, and lifetime livability.
Here are features that accessible bathrooms should have:
- 32″ wide, minimum. There are offset hinges to make the net opening of 32″ wide doorways more accessible.
- Pocket doors are good, but have limitations regarding location, and pulls may be hard to grip.
- 36″ wide doorways are better.
- Easy-to-grip lever handles.
- Wheelchairs and walkers:
- 5′ turning radius (without a lot of “back and forth” maneuvering).
- Same level on both sides of a doorway.
- Slip-resistant hard surface that will allow wheelchairs and walkers to glide effortlessly.
- No area rugs. (more…)
Two Master Bathroom Sinks: A High Priority For Most Couples
The most-often requested feature for new and remodeled master bathrooms is two sinks, followed by:
- Large(r) shower
- Separate toilet room
- More storage
Having two sinks is great, but they have to fit in the space available, which means that the side-by-side concept has to be bypassed if the available space for two sinks is less than 66″ wide. Below are two examples of bathrooms that are 5′ x 10′-3″ and 5′ x 11′-2″.
Bathroom Investment in Remodeling: How to Save Money
Bathroom investment in remodeling is more expensive, per square foot, than kitchen remodeling! According to the 2016 Cost vs. Value Report for Portland, Oregon, the range of bathroom investments for remodeling is $18,560 – $58,944, averaging $560/square foot (low = $530/square foot; high = $590/square foot).
The range of investments for kitchen remodeling is $20,808 (minor remodel), $104 /sq.ft. – $122,359 (major upscale remodel), $612/sq ft. What “ups the ante” for your