Traditional vs Transitional Kitchen Design

Traditional vs Transitional Kitchen Design

Often when homeowners are browsing Houzz.com, they add dozens of kitchen photos into ideabooks without knowing which style of kitchen those photos represent. There’s nothing wrong with that. But when you’re a homeowner ready to start making decisions on your kitchen remodel, knowing what style and trends you like will help narrow your design options and direct your focus.

When you have hundreds of options before you and a limited budget, knowing your personal style will help make the decision process easier for you and your kitchen designer. (more…)

Tips for a master bath remodel you’ll love (Part 3)

Tips for a master bath remodel you’ll love (Part 3)

We’d like to offer you the “final four” of our twelve tips for a master bath remodel you’ll love. Our homeowners found it a great help to have our recommendations and lists of things to consider. Just as they did, you need to be informed to make the best decisions and get the most for your money.

green exotic bathroom luxury shower head

Heads Up

In many showers you will find a single fixed head, a hand-held, or both. If you opt for both, be sure to get a 2-in-1 valve that keeps the wet wall uncluttered. Be sure your main shower head offers decent coverage and has an optional function for pressure.

Your Style

Prior to remodeling consider the items and colors already in your home. Make sure your choices fit your personality. Your style need not be sacrificed for the sake of comfort, convenience and safety. The end result should create a balance of form and function.

Price

No matter which design elements or products you choose, a good design will keep you informed: from labor cost to product cost, know where your money is going.

Timeline

Simply put, doing it right is more important than doing it fast. Understand somethings cannot be predicted. Give your contractors a little extra buffer in the timeline.

Once you’ve considered all of these “comfort” features, then you can price them out and choose which ones to add to your remodel. Your budget may not be able to include all 12 of our suggestions. (In case you landed on this page out of order, don’t forget to read Tips for a Master Bath Remodel You’ll Love Part 1 and Part 2 to get more all our tips for remodeling a bathroom.) But these are the master bath features that our clients have truly fallen in love with.

Tips for a master bath remodel you’ll love (Part 2)

Tips for a master bath remodel you’ll love (Part 2)

We’re continuing our 3-part series describing what homeowners love about their master bathrooms after remodeling. But, before you begin remodeling a master bathroom, you will want to consider every option and be aware of new features in modern bathroom design.

Here are four more bath remodel recommendations from our designers and homeowners:

modern faucet with hammer copper sink

Warm & Cozy

Tile is cold! Electric warm wire floor heat is less expensive than you may think. You’d have to do some heavy research to find any real regrets with a heated floor.

Slow Down

Add soft-closing drawer glides for cabinet drawers, soft-closing cushions for the cabinet doors and a slow-closing seat for the water closet. There are even soft-close glides for pocket doors.

Savvy Safety

Grab bars are far more common today even among the young and healthy. There are designer grab bars that match the finish and style of your faucets. No need to sacrifice aesthetics for safety!

On the Shelf

Shelves can be a nice-looking, functional feature in the shower. Whether it’s a framed out shelf on the back wall or opposite wet wall, a floating corner shelf, or a niche, a properly designed shelf is the way to go. Floating shelves in other locations can add character and interest.

So what have you chosen to implement in your bath remodel plans so far? What can you not live without? What will make you smile each day and think “I’m so glad we went with _____________.” We’d love to hear your feedback on our Studio 76 Kitchens and Baths Facebook page.

Tips for a master bath remodel you’ll love (Part 1)

Tips for a master bath remodel you’ll love (Part 1)

You have been scheming and waiting, perhaps doing other projects around the house that are more important first. Now it’s time to focus on remodeling a master bathroom.

This is a one-time remodel project, and you want to get it right the first time. We’ve partnered with many homeowners on remodeling a master bathroom, and in this 3-part blog series we’d like to share 12 best bath remodel tips with you.

So what are the characteristics that homeowners find most satisfying in their master bath remodels (i.e. what people love about their new bathrooms)?

Heightened Comfort

Consider a 34 1/2″ vanity, which is the customary adult height for a vanity. (The old vanity height of 30” is no longer used except for special circumstances.) Be sure to get a toilet that is a comfortable height for you. Toilet manufacturers may use the term “comfort height” which is considered the normal adult height. Also consider raising the shower valve and shower head to give you that luxurious rainfall effect.

Smart Storage

You want storage options that not only look great, but also allow for easy everyday access of product you use daily. If in the remodel you are tearing out the old linen closet, consider extra built-in cabinetry or baskets displaying rolled up linens.

Plug & Hide

If your design includes two sinks and can spare 15-18 inches in between sinks, look into a countertop cabinet with a lift door. With an outlet installed inside the cabinet, you now have a use-and-stash option for hair appliances, shavers, phone chargers and more. Why not hide all those appliances and cords?

traditional bathroom with lift door storage

Make it Last

Clean, simple lines combined with classic elements help a design withstand the passage of time. Color palettes evolve so incorporate color through paint, fabric and accessories. Do your best to avoid trends in product and design.

Those are just four tips for remodeling a master bathroom. Read Part 2 & Part 3 to get more tips for a great master bath that you will love for years to come!