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7 Small Kitchen and Bath Remodel Ideas for Today’s Home Improvement Market

7 Small Kitchen and Bath Remodel Ideas for Today’s Home Improvement Market

The real estate market is not what it used to be – it doesn’t take a genius to figure that one out. But if you have a home you enjoy that’s in need of some tender loving care for a bathroom, kitchen or basement space how should you improve it with today’s real estate values in mind? In 5 simple words – think smaller, smarter and nicer.

The late ’90’s and early to mid 2000’s (when real estate was good and money was flowing) were all about big – big homes, big bathrooms, big kitchens and big vehicles. Today the average new home is being built with less square footage and more efficient floor plans. Car manufacturers are hitting the showrooms with an unprecedented number of compact, subcompact and the smallest minivans seen to date. What’s this got to do with your home remodeling project? Everything. If you want to improve rooms in your house (and maximize the long term market valuation of your home) you can’t spend like a drunken sailor or like a pauper. Follow these 7 kitchen bathroom remodeling ideas to create cool rooms on a market-driven budget.

Idea 1 – Remodel in, not out – Don’t blow out the back or side of your home with a big fancy addition (unless you want to live there a very long time). Look for ways to reconfigure your existing space to make it work better. Consider a new kitchen layout. Remove a seldom used tub and convert it to a stand up glass shower. Eliminate a formal dining room you use once a year with a larger kitchen or family room.

Idea 2 – Combine small with snazzy – One of the nice things about not creating large spaces is you’ll be able to splurge on features that you (and your friends, family and neighbors) can really enjoy. Don’t remodel if you’re not excited about what the finished product will look like. Look for elements that will make the room pop – maybe it’s granite countertops, a walk in shower, a glass tile backsplash etc. Build in key focal elements that show your style, tastes and make you excited to go into your new room.

Idea 3 – Remodel with the end in mind – Steven Covey (a motivational speaker/author) made famous the line “begin with the end in mind” to help people set goals and improve their lives. The question is why shouldn’t you use the same thought process when it comes to your home? More extensive pre-planning and thinking can lead to a home that is both functional and enjoyable over a longer span of time. If you plan to get old in this house why not design it so it can be used by people of all abilities over a long period of time. Using universal design principles (or a contractor familiar with these concepts) consider adding features like wall backer behind shower walls if grab bars might be needed in the future, a zero step entry (to help someone with a temporary or permanent mobility challenge), and equip your renovation with a good number of light sources (to help anyone whose eyesight might be a problem down the road).

Idea 4 – Go Green Save Money – Energy efficiency is not just buzz in the market – it makes dollar and cents for the short and long run. Energy efficient windows, doors, appliances, insulation are not only smart decisions for the planet they’re smart investments for your pocketbook (and can add resale value to a home).

Idea 5 – Open up rooms- Eliminate living rooms, dining rooms or seldom used spaces. Trends today are about open spaces which give you the ability to entertain and use your home to its fullest. If you’ve got a small bathroom next to a seldom used guest room consider knocking out the wall to make a luxurious master bath. If you’ve got a living room no ones dares to go into (it’s too fancy for everyday use) – repurpose this space into a den or TV room that will be used.

Idea 6 – Try to …

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Contractor Sets Bathroom Remodeling Record

Contractor Sets Bathroom Remodeling Record

It was about 15 years ago, when I met this amazing man who could remodel a bathroom in three days. It didn’t seem like something that was totally impossible, but this man could do it consistently and here is how he did it.

The first day that the contractor worked on the bathroom, he had someone help him, but the other two days he worked by himself. The first day they would tear out the bathtub, flooring cabinets, mirrors and toilet. If there was any damage they would repair the wood or drywall so that there wouldn’t be any problems in the future.

They would also install the bathtub and bathtub plumbing fixtures. Before they left on the first day, they would have the bathtub installed, any repairs within reason made and then they were ready for day number two.

The next day the contractor would install the tile board and tile the bathtub surround. Any repairs that needed to be finalized like drywall, plumbing or flooring would also be made the same day. When he finished installing the tile, he would install the flooring if he had time. This would all depend upon how difficult it was to tile the bathtub surround.

The third day the contractor would grout the tile, install the sink, toilet, mirrors, towel and toilet paper holders and paint the bathroom. This guy was pretty good and had plenty of practice remodeling bathrooms.

Not everybody can work like this, but this guy was impressive. Next time that you remodel your bathroom, see if you can break his record of three day bathroom remodel.…

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Home Renovations Tips On Hiring A General Contractor

Home Renovations Tips On Hiring A General Contractor

What comes to mind when I say home remodeling? Dread I bet! Remodeling, renovations, sprucing up, whatever you want to call it can all be done without headaches guaranteed. I know it is hard to believe but it is possible to do kitchen and bathroom remodeling, flooring renovations, home additions, porch upgrades and general upgrades without stress or breaking the budget.

Our home, like many, is in a constant state of repair and could always benefit from a minor remodel or home renovation. I can think of many things that need to be done right now. The bathroom renovations would include a flooring renovation along with updates faucets and a new styled mirror. The kitchen remodel could easily start with cabinet refinishing, flooring upgrade and hardware touches. This is not to mention we could use a room addition for extra storage and possible a guest bedroom along with some work in the basement. A basement transformation would be on that wish list too. I am sure if you spoke with my husband an out building, shed addition would be first on his list.

Of course these are the major things. This does not touch base on the millions of little items that could use some handyman touches. The doors get loose, moldings could be updated, crown molding added, pavement outside needs some repair and I am sure you could find some lose boards on our porch and deck not to mention some staining efforts could be used. There is always something big or small to be done.

This is when I begin to tell you the secret to painless home renovations. Listen close. The key to stress free remodeling is to hire a trusted contractor. When you hire a contractor you are not only hiring that person but a team of experts that support him. A licensed contractor has resources available at the touch of a button. If you need an electrician, a plumber, general handyman, painter or skilled carpenter they will be able to show you the way to a trusted professional. I am not saying that finding a contractor will be easy but the effort will pay for itself tenfold.

There are some things that will help lead the way in helping you find a licensed skilled contractor that best fits your need. The first step in finding a contractor you want to work with is to get a list of contractors from friends, family and acquaintances have used in the past. This is a great place to start. If you are new to the area a quick Google search will lend a hand in supplying a number of home renovation specialists. A terrific way in which to find out a lot of information quickly is to check their website. A website is the front window to their "store". Your gut will help steer from here on whether you want to interview them in person.

Once you have a list the next step is to call and do some preliminary checking. You will want to only work with insured, licensed contractors. This is an important first question. If they are not licensed and insured move on to the next home remodeler as a possible source for your renovation needs. Eventually you will decide on a few to meet in person. Ask them to bring a portfolio with references. Most general contractors will let you know what their specialty is. Finding a home remodeling specialist will not be difficult. Your first impression will immediately tell you whether or not this person is someone that is a professional or a quack. Ask basic questions, get a general feel and move forward. It is this simple.

A contractor should be willing to vouch for the professionals they hire to work alongside them. Professional renovators will ensure satisfaction and will guarantee that a job is not complete until the client is one hundred percent satisfied. Once you have found someone you like. Trust and that does work that impresses you refer them often and use them often. A reliable general contractor is a commodity and should be treated as one. You will find that …

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How to Grout Tile

How to Grout Tile

Grouting Tile

Your remodel is almost complete! The tile is installed on the showers walls, and floor. Now it is time to grout the tile.

Grout helps hold the tile in place and seals the gap between the tiles to create a solid surface. Grout is not water resistant contrary to popular belief. I recommend applying a sealer to the grout. We will discuss this later in the article.

When selecting grout you need to consider the following:

o Color: You have the option to select grout to match the color of your tile or you can select a grout color that contracts the color of your tile. For example, if you are using a light colored tile you could select a darker grout color as a contrast. Using a grout color that matches the tile is more forgiving; it is harder to see any imperfections where the tile and grout lines do not match up.

o Sanded or Non-sanded grout: Sanded grout is recommended for grout joints that are 1/8 of an inch wide or wider. Non-sanded grout is recommended for grout joints that are 1/8 of an inch wide or less.

o Sealer: The sealer helps prevent staining. The sealer will also help reduce the tendency of the tile and grout to pick up dirt, and will make it easier to clean.

It is now time to install the grout for your tile. I outlined his process below:

o Mix the grout: Mix the grout in small batches as it will dry quickly. Add 1 to 2 inches of water to a 5-gallon bucket. Add the grout powder to the water, mixing as you add the powder. The grout should be free of lumps and about the thickness of peanut butter.

o Apply the grout to the tile: Scoop the grout out of the bucket with the float. Use a float to push the grout into the grout lines. Holding the grout float flat over the grouting service, run the float over the tile in different directions pushing the grout into the grout lines.

o Remove the excess grout: After the grout is pushed in between the tiles, hold the float at a 45 degree angle and move the float over the tile diagonally to remove a majority of the grout from the surface. Run the float over the tile at a diagonal so the float does not dig into the grout lines and remove all the grout.

o Wipe away the excess grout: When the grout starts to haze over, wipe away the excess grout with a wet sponge. Use a clean 5-gallon bucket filled half way with water. Take a sponge and dip into the bucket. Squeeze most of the water out of the sponge so it is wet but not dripping water. Wipe the sponge over the tile in one direction. Flip the sponge and wipe another area in one direction. Repeat this step frequently. Only wipe the sponge in one direction on both sides, then rinse again.

o After the grout has completely dried, buff away the haze with a soft cloth.

o Allow the grout to cure for 3 weeks. Once the grout is cured, you should apply grout sealant.

Once the tile is grouted, it is time to finish the bathroom by installing the vanity, vanity top, and etc. Now you are able to enjoy the bathroom for many years to come. You should be proud of all your hard work and your finished product!…

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How to Go With Bathroom Remodeling

How to Go With Bathroom Remodeling

Having a dream house is one of the best dreams to chase, but not everyone is lucky (and wealthy) enough to chase such a dream successfully and end up owning a house not very much like they always fantasized. However, this does not also mean end of the world situation. There is a lot one can do to make the best out of what you have and Home Remodeling can serve as one of the best remedies in such a case.

When we talk of Home Remodeling, there are just countless aspects to it and Bathroom Remodeling is one of them. In fact, some believe that it can serve as the best ways to start remodeling the home you own, without even getting it to the notice of people who come around to visit your abode every once a while.

One of the first things that get into your notice when you enter into a room is the color scheme and that is why it is best to get going with your bathroom remodeling project with choosing the most appropriate color scheme. You have to keep in mind that colors have a language of their own and they interpret a great deal about personality of the person choosing them. Therefore, the colors you choose for your bathroom should reflect a part of your personality rather than your favorite celebrity’s or your mom’s or your best friend! Also keep in mind that you are the one who would use your bathroom the most compared to anyone whom you might choose to reflect through your color choice, so you better take care of yourself than anyone else when it comes to this.

Following the colors, it is better to go for wall designs. There are two ways to deal with it. Either dare for custom wall designs if you feel like showing off your personality in how walls of your bathroom are going to look like, or choose to consult home and lifestyle magazines if playing safe is your priority.

It is about time you focus on ceiling design. Some people deem it quite trivial a task to be considered seriously enough, but they are wrong obviously. You won’t be able to emanate the ambiance you want without an appropriate ceiling design complementing your color scheme and wall designs.

The next thing to turn your attention to should be none other than the floor pattern. Though there are few great alternatives to choose from, but experts mostly recommend using floor tiles. They serve best adding beauty, style, and durability to any bathroom remodeling project.

This should bring you to fixtures, for which you can go with custom fixtures or the plain ones depending upon your budget and preferences. Dealing with fixtures, you should also take into consideration the size of your bathroom. Make sure to keep a balance; there is no need to cramp countless fixtures into a small space and there is also no need to pick just a few for a vast space as well.

Now that you have a basic idea of how to go for Bathroom Remodeling, you better give it a go as soon as possible before you are occupied with other nitty-gritty stuff.…

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Do You Know The Top 5 Mistakes Made In Bathroom Remodeling?

Do You Know The Top 5 Mistakes Made In Bathroom Remodeling?

As long as you know what you are doing and make a plan beforehand, bathroom remodeling can be a somewhat easy task and can be completed within a reasonable period of time. There could be so much that you want to add to your new bathroom that it taxes you, leading you to make mistakes in the process. Therefore, it is important to make sure that as much as you want elegance, there is functionality. This means that if you are not sure about where to begin or what to do, then you should probably call in the professionals. Below, you will find a list of the top most commonly made mistakes in bathroom remodeling projects:

– The most popular mistake that most people make is not preparing for the remodeling project. You should make sure that you have all the appropriate tools and supplies that are required for the job. If you are not prepared, you will end up with unnecessary delays which will result in the project running for longer than it should. For example, if you are changing the tiles but do not have enough replacement tiles, you will not be in a position to use the bathroom until all the tiles have been fitted.

– Most people have the misconception that some remodeling projects are simple things that they can do on their own. This is until they realize that they do not have the expertise to get the final product they are looking for. It is wise to carry out some research about different bathroom remodeling projects. This will ensure that you have the right professional assistance that will ensure that everything is done right.

– Personal safety is very important whether you are painting the walls or changing the faucets. You should take proper steps and put measures to protect yourself as you perform different tasks around the bathroom. This could be wearing protective eye and ear gear and avoid working alone. The bathroom is considered as one of the most dangerous rooms in the house. For instance, if you slip and fall, you could hit your head or back on the toilet seat which could cause serious injuries or even death.

– Another common mistake that most people make is choosing the wrong products or supplies that are not suited for the bathroom. You should note that there are some types of paints that are more suited for bathroom than all other kinds of paints. The bathroom is a room that has to deal with a lot of moisture and you need to make sure the paint will hold up. There are also some types of flooring and wall materials that are ideal for the bathroom. Therefore, you should take time to research the kind of products that will suit the bathroom prior to making any purchase.

– It does not matter what kind of house you live in, a bathroom needs to have enough storage space for skincare products, cosmetics, consumables and products. Most people do not factor this when remodeling their bathrooms and end up with a beautiful bathroom with no storage options at all.…

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Bathroom Remodeling – Adding Splendid Appeal to Your Dull Bathroom

Bathroom Remodeling – Adding Splendid Appeal to Your Dull Bathroom

With the ever increasing concerns of people regarding the interiors of their house, they are becoming more and more conscious to convert their home into a place of paradise where they can relax after their hectic work schedule and escape from the humdrum of their exhausting life. Many a times you will find yourselves bored with the similar contours of your home and outdated designs and that’s the time when you decide to go for home remodeling.

When you have completely resolved to give your home a new look and remodel it which will be beneficial to give it a surprising appeal as well as utilize the unused areas, you ponder upon where to start from. Your bathroom is the most integral part of your home as you spend quality time in your bathroom and therefore it should be the priority to redesign or remodel.

Apart from ensuring that your bathroom is well equipped with all the necessary items like sink, bathtub, commode, shower and so on, one of the most explicit benefit of bathroom remodeling is that you can highly increase the value of your house.

A reputed and impeccable bathroom remodeling company can do wonders and convert your dull and lifeless bathroom into a place of convenience and luxury where you can spend hours happily doing your daily chores. When they remodel your bathroom, not only do they ensure that all the necessary equipments are available, but also take proper care to arrange them in their perfect place to add aura and charm to your bathroom.

By properly utilizing the available space a home addition company achieves the level of comfort and convenience you desire without compromising with the quality. By just mentioning your budgets and your preferences you can breathe free and leave the rest to them.

With the availability of the various assortments of Bathroom design, you get the opportunity to select the best designs which is in accordance with your attitude and clearly reflects your personality. An enticing bathroom design, is the dream of every individual and remodeling your bathroom goes beyond just increasing its functionality and space. Your bathroom is converted into a retreat with the right fixtures, decor, a great tub and all the required equipments and items. So, give your dull bathroom an inviting appearance with bathroom remodeling!…

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Bathroom Remodeling Costs – Magazines Are a Great Short Cut

Bathroom Remodeling Costs – Magazines Are a Great Short Cut

Bathroom remodeling costs are best if you know ahead of time what it is you are looking for when it comes to style and design. One of the best ways to do this is to use magazines to plan out your remodel.

For many of us who are not interior decorators it can greatly help to see what others have done. These magazines only hire the best of the best and pay them well. It’s a chance for you to tap into that remodeling talent. So go ahead and stock up from the magazine rack and let’s get to planning.

There are many magazine type books at the home improvement stores and those can be helpful. Many times they are more about how to do a job than giving you an idea of what you might like to choose but they still can be of help.

These books can give you a peek into what’s involved with bathroom remodeling costs especially if you are doing the work yourself. The do it yourself industry has grown tremendously over the past decade. There is even a TV network dedicated solely to do it yourself projects. These magazines are a growing part of that industry.

Along with those books or magazines you might find something even more helpful at your local newsstand and it has nothing to do with do it yourself. Magazines that spotlight people’s homes from around the country and around the world are a simple way to get ideas of your future bathroom.

There are many to choose from including traditional magazines like Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living to the latest more modern publications. Seeing what others have done in their bathrooms with budgets ranging from good value to extravagance can help you picture the project you are about to start.

One of the ways we have used magazines is to actually cut out the pictures themselves. (Make sure you buy the magazine please). You can then start a folder with these pictures. This process might only be a weekend but for many people they will collect months and month’s worth of issues, cutting out pictures of bathrooms they like and keeping them in their folder.

This can allow you to design your own bathroom by borrowing ideas from several different homes. Your project will be unique as you piece together the best of the best for what we hope turns into the perfect bathroom for your home . . .…

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A Homeowner’s Guide to Bathroom Remodeling

If you are thinking about having your bathroom redone, then you may want to hire a bathroom remodeling company for the job. Renovations can be very complicated if you are not mechanically inclined or very knowledgeable about what needs to be done. If you want to try and make this a do it yourself project, there are a few things you need to consider.

A Homeowner’s Guide to Bathroom Remodeling

First, it is important for you to have an idea of how many lavatories you want to have in your home. If you have a master bedroom and several other rooms, you may want to make one of the latrines the master bathroom. Keep in mind that when it comes to bathroom remodeling, the master is usually done in an entirely different way. The spare is usually renovated so that it has the bare essentials such as a sink, mirror, and toilet. Depending on your d?�cor needs, you can always add a little decoration to give the area a more personalized touch. Keep in mind that this is the facility that your guests will use when they come by to visit.

Your master lavatory is the one you should spare no expense on. There are many different ways you can decorate this room. You should do what is necessary to make this part of your home a relaxing and tranquil sanctuary for you to retreat too at the end of a long day. One item that you may want to consider adding is a whirlpool bath or a Jacuzzi. Instead of having to book a night at a hotel just to enjoy this luxury, you would have one at your disposal free of charge. If you don’t have the space to add this luxury type of bath, then maybe you can enhance your shower. You can always add a massaging shower head to give you some much needed therapeutic massages.

If you have children and want them to have their own personal sanctuary, you can add personal touches to make their lavatory a haven that they would use all of the time instead of coming into your sanctuary. There are many different kinds of decorations that can be used to give the area a theme. In fact, if your children have a particular favorite character or color preference, you can use those as ideas to decorate the facility in a way that they will love. Just remember that children don’t need a ton of space for their personal facility. A sink, bath, and toilet would suffice as long as you spruce the room up.

Keep in mind that any materials you decide to use for your bathroom remodeling need to be materials that are sturdy, impervious to moisture, and can be sterilized easily. You should also consider the type of lighting you want. The type of lighting you use can determine the kind of effect you are trying to create. Keep in mind that lighting can enhance and create certain moods. Take your time when you are bathroom remodeling and pay attention to every single detail so you can create an aesthetically pleasing environment for your home.

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Small Bathroom Remodeling

Small Bathroom Remodeling

A good number of houses today are being built with bathrooms no bigger than a closet when generally they should be the same size as your garage. Many people today who are placed in this predicament often ask themselves “what am I to with this bathroom?” or “how am I going to make this unique?” With the new fixtures and designs on the market it is not impossible. There are even some old space tricks to make your bathroom look or appear to be bigger than it actually is. Big or small, it is usually considered as your own personal get away place to peace and relaxation.

Ideas for small bathroom remodeling usually come in categories such as: maximizing space, designs to have a larger feeling and creative storage space solutions. To start off with ideas of maximizing the space of the bathroom, adding a wall hung sink and toilet would be a good decision, replacing your bathtub with a tall shower or if not make sure the bath tub is small but deep, use wall mounted cabinets and a larger mirror medicine cabinet also mounted on the wall. There are many more ideas to have a lot of space but these are just a few remodel ideas.

Like it was said before, there are some old tricks that allows your bathroom to look and feel larger than it is which included ideas such as painting with light and cooler colors that present a peaceful and airy feeling. If you want to use wallpaper, make sure you use small patterns because you don’t want the larger pattern wallpapers to overcome the space or you can use tiles with significant small patterns that repeats itself on the floor. The placement of mirrors can also play a big part in making your bathroom appear larger, with ideas such as placing mirrors opposite from one another, this does wonders combined with a lot a of lighting. Also, if possible to do so, placing a mirror at an angle against the window creates an illusion another window. Simple remodeling steps such not over-doing the towel rack or avoiding floor rugs/mats or brightening dark corners can also play a big part in appearance.

The average cost of small bathroom remodeling usually amounts between $5,000 and $30,000 pertaining to the amount of remodeling work needed. If your hiring a contractor to do your remodeling for you, even the basic small bathroom, full remodeling usually comes up to $8,000 but on the positive side it saves you a lot of stress and frustration. Doing it yourself usually adds up to $5,000 depending on what all additions you are planning add but in the end all the money spent would be appreciated.…