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Basement Remodeling

Bathroom Remodeling – Tips for Improving Family Bathroom Safety With Your Remodel

The bathroom can quickly turn into one of the most dangerous rooms in your home if it isn’t appropriately designed for safety. Safety is even more important if you have small children, elderly people, or someone with a disability in your home. If you decided to do a bathroom remodel, this is the perfect time to work in improving the safety of the bathroom for your family. Here are a few bathroom remodeling tips that are important for keeping your family safe and comfortable in the bathroom.
Tip #1 – Start with Non-Slip Flooring
One great tip for a bathroom remodel is to start off with non-slip flooring. The right flooring is essential in the bathroom. Your flooring needs to stand up to water, since the bathroom often deals with puddles and humidity. You also need to ensure that the flooring has a non-slip surface so there is less likelihood of a fall occurring.
Tip #2 – Avoid Steps if Possible
While many people feel that steps add some visual appeal to the bathroom area, you should avoid steps if you can for safety reasons. Steps that lead into the shower, tub or the bathroom can end up being dangerous. Older people and children are more likely to have problems with steps. Instead of using steps when you’re working on a bathroom remodel, consider adding a platform area around the tub. This allows you to easily sit down while getting in and out of the tub.
Tip #3 – Use Anti-Scald Faucets
When installing new faucets as a part of your bathroom remodel, make sure you use anti-scald faucets to keep your family safe. These faucets should be used on the sink, shower and bathtub. This is especially important if you have small children that will be using the bathroom. Anti-scald faucets will help prevent accidental scalding accidents in the bathroom.
Tip #4 – Go with Shatterproof Shower Doors
If you’re planning to have a shower that includes shower doors, make sure that you install shatterproof shower doors. Shatterproof doors are much safer in your bathroom. They won’t shatter, helping to prevent injuries within the bathroom area.
Tip #5 – Ensure Electrical Outlets are GFCI
It’s also important to ensure that the electrical outlets in your bathroom are GFCI outlets, which stands for ground fault circuit interrupters. These special outlets are designed for areas where water may accidentally be splashed in the area. Not only will they keep your electrical system safe, but they’ll help prevent electrical injuries from occurring in your bathroom as well.
Tip #6 – Use Grab Bars Throughout the Bathroom
You’ll want to make sure you add some grab bars throughout the bathroom as you remodel the bathroom area. Grab bars help to provide more safety in the bathroom, especially to those who are elderly or disabled. Of course, the entire family can benefit from the improved safety that comes with installed grab bars. These bars can be added in bathtubs, in showers and in toilet areas as well. When choosing grab bars for installation, make sure that you choose models that hold at least 250 pounds. You can find these bars in various finishes, shapes and sizes, allowing you to find the options that work best with your bathroom remodel.…

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Bathroom Renovations

Finding the Perfect Sink For a Small Bathroom Remodel

Intuition tells most homeowners it is a simple matter to find the perfect sink for a small bathroom remodel. Not too long ago, this was true. But today, there is an array of possibilities. There is great variety in sink materials, installation styles, colors, shapes, and even hardware (or fittings and faucets). All of these factors will determine the suitability of a particular sink for your small bathroom remodel.
The sink you choose for your small bathroom remodel and the specific place you position it in the room will define a great deal of what else you can do in a small space. A new sink for your remodeled bath can cost as little as $100 or somewhat over $1,000. It is usually a good idea to decide how much you can afford to spend on a sink and decide on the major design features and style of your bathroom before you shop for a sink. This will help you stay on track when you see some of the trendy or flashy styles that are available. Keep in mind also that many stores display only the most popular styles and colors in their showrooms. It will probably be worth your time to ask about other options and to check online stores and manufacturers.
Materials: Most sinks are made of enamel, porcelain or china over cast iron or steel. These materials have been used for a very long time. Their durability and ability to resist stains and mildew have made them extremely popular. They are available in almost any color imaginable and any installation style. As bathroom design and décor has become more important in recent years, sinks are now produced in a wide variety of materials, including solid surface materials, acrylics, glass, metals, concrete, cultured stone and genuine stone. Consider who will use the sink when you decide on the material, because stone and concrete will be relatively high maintenance and need sealing and regular re-sealing and glass and metals can scratch easily.
Installation: Your decision to include or not include a vanity in your remodeled small bathroom will narrow your sink installation options.
If you are not using a vanity, your sink will probably be a free-standing or a wall-mounted style. These sinks use very little space, making them ideal for a small bathroom. They are also highly preferred in bathrooms fitted for accessibility. Whether they rest on a pedestal or attach to the wall, the plumbing will be visible (considered a downside by some). They also offer no storage space. In addition to actually requiring less space, these models make your bathroom appear larger.
If you are including a vanity, you might choose the smoothness and sleek continuity of a solid surface vanity top and sink. This is one continuous piece that includes the sink. This style is also possible with stone (granite, marble), cultured stone and concrete. Stone and concrete will require sealing and resealing. These sinks tend to be shallow as compared to some other styles.
Drop-in sinks have a rim that overlaps the edge of the countertop. These are inexpensive and easy to install, making them a great choice for the do-it-yourselfer. Look for a style that has some depth to limit splashing on the surrounding area of the countertop.
Under-mounted sinks attach to the underside of the countertop. These are very popular because they create a smooth surface that takes full advantage of every inch of surface space. This style of installation, however, limits your countertop choices to a material that is completely waterproof (no standard laminate or wood and no natural stone or concrete unless it is carefully sealed).
Countertop installation has become very popular in recent years, although this trend is beginning to wane. This type of installation uses specialty styles of bowls which sit atop a counter or piece of furniture. These styles tend to be costly and installation can also be expensive.
Current trends in bathroom design have focused on exotic materials, unusual shapes, vivid colors, and attempts to use furniture for vanities and cabinets. Small bathroom dimensions will probably prevent you from using furniture, unless you have been able to find a very small antique piece that can serve as your countertop.
Special considerations for small bathroom remodeling: One of the most important considerations in small bathroom design and decoration is maximizing space. This tends to suggest wall-mounted or pedestal sinks or very small and open vanities or surrounds for the sink. Color, shape and material will be largely determined by your style and design and your budget. Remember that lighter colors tend to make rooms look larger, as do vertical stripes. Think carefully also about what you want to be the focal point in the room – the sink, the shower, the tub surround, etc
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Renovation Contractor

Preparing Yourself for a Bathroom Remodel

Each year, homeowners around the country consider having one or more of their bathrooms remodeled. Most start with a simple coat of paint. After they realize the amount that this paint transforms their previously boring bathroom, they start thinking about the other possibilities. There are many different aspects of a bathroom remodel, including the floor, light fixtures, the bath and shower, and more. Because of this, you will want to spend some time thinking about exactly how extensive you want your bathroom remodel to be. Although there are many simple things that you can do to update and transform your bathroom, conducting a complete overhaul is a very extensive and costly endeavor. Because of this, you will want to prepare yourself, and work closely with a company that specializes in remodeling in your area.
Choosing an Overall Look
After you have decided on the extent of your bathroom overhaul, you will want to determine the overall look that you are going for. There are endless options when it comes to toilets, baths, showers, vanities, light fixtures and tile. Your best bet is to browse online, and in your local hardware store to get some ideas for what you might want. Choose tile, fixtures and paint that goes well together and start putting together your plan. If you need help making sure that you have covered all of the bases, call a builder in your area for assistance. There are many that are more than happy to help you with your plans.
Decide on a Budget
Whenever you start a bathroom-remodeling project, you will want to keep in mind your total budget. Depending on what you have in mind, this type of undertaking can become very expensive very fast. If you do not keep an eye on all of the decisions that you are making, you could end up surprised with a very large bill when everything is said and done. When you start working with a local contractor, be up front with your budget. They can help you put together a plan, including all of the necessary supplies that will fit into your budget.
Choosing a Contractor
Because budget is so important with a big job like this, you will want to choose a contractor that fits your budget. This doesn’t mean choosing the lowest cost contractor. Take some time to do your research and choose the contractor that provides the best value for the price that they charge. You can start by calling some of your local builders and requesting estimates. As they provide estimates, get a feel for how easy each company is to work with, and ask to see examples of their work. Taking a little extra time in this department can save you a huge headache later.
When properly carried out, a bathroom remodel can make a huge change to your home. Not only can it make your bathroom more attractive, functional and appealing, it can raise your home’s value when you are reselling. Because of the importance of your plumbing and this area of your home, working with a certified contractor is very important to a successful renovation. Try not to get so excited that you rush through things, and you will thank yourself later.…