Thursday, June 25, 2015

7 Things to Consider Before Your Bathroom Renovation

If you have recently decided to undergo a bathroom remodeling project, there are many things that need to be considered. For a project this big and important, it is essential that you go through all the necessary planning to ensure your remodel goes smoothly and you don’t hit any unexpected road bumps during your work.

Here are the seven things to consider before your bathroom renovation:

1. What Is Your Budget?

The very first thing you must do before you tackle your renovation is create a budget. You need to determine how much you are willing and able to spend on this remodel so that you make sure your aspirations don’t get any larger than your pockets. To do this, figure out the costs of materials, fixtures and extras you wish to include, as well as the cost of labor, unless you decide to do some of it yourself.

2. How Long Will It Take?

During bathroom remodels, most of the time necessary amenities such as showers, toilets and sinks are out of commission, meaning certain arrangements will need to be made for where to take a shower and use the toilet. Therefore, you need to determine how long the remodel will likely take and how long you or your family can function without using this bathroom. Circumstances differ for everyone, so it is important to take time into consideration when planning a bathroom renovation.

3. What Are the Correct Measurements?

Knowing a few important measurements, such as the dimensions of a normal bathtub and other bathroom fixtures and about how much space is needed for a toilet, can prove to be an important part of making sure your renovation proceeds efficiently. Also, you need to be sure you have the correct overall size of the bathroom and that you are aware of the location of plumbing pipes and electrical wiring. It doesn’t get much worse than going to the store and buying a bunch of materials that don’t fit.

4. What Design Style Do You Want?

When determining the look you want for your bathroom, consider things like paint color, tile choices, vanities, showers, tubs, etc. Start to piece together some elements that you like, or even pick one design item you wish to feature and then work around it. When considering design, it is important to not overlook functionality, so also consider who will use the bathroom and how, the eventual resale of the house and how the design will fit in with the rest of the home.

5. What Are Your Needs & Wants?

Differentiating between what you absolutely need for this remodel and what you would like to have can make a huge difference in making sure you stay within your budget and spacing constraints. Obviously, every bathroom needs a sink, a toilet, lighting, cabinets, etc., so be sure you map out where these will go first and how much they will cost, then move on to that glass shower or large relaxing bathtub you’ve always dreamed of. You can make this differentiation easier by considering where in the house this bathroom is, who will be using it, and its frequency of use.

6. How Much Ventilation Do You Need?

Ventilation is a key component to any wet room, especially the bathroom. It aids in preventing mold and mildew and can also prevent the decay of wooden trim or features and the saturation of building insulation. It has been suggested that homeowners should install a vent fan with at least one CFM (cubic feet per minute) for bathrooms that are 100-square-feet or smaller.

7. Should You Hire a Contractor?

Even if you plan on doing the bulk of the labor yourself, you should still consult with a contractor to determine best practices and what tools are necessary. Also, contractors are extremely helpful for the more difficult operations such as electrical, tiling and plumbing, so the smart thing to do would be to hire a contractor to work on the more complex aspects of the remodel at a minimum.

After you take these seven things into consideration, you are ready to get started on your bathroom renovation. Be sure to shop Bathroom Place today for all the necessary materials to help make your new bathroom perfect!

Monday, June 8, 2015

How to Make Your Bathroom Look & Feel Like a Spa

After a long day at work, I know most of us would love to hit the spa to unwind and de-stress. However, going to the spa every day can be too expensive and inconvenient, so transforming your bathroom into an at-home spa solves both of those issues. Here are some ways you can make your bathroom look like a spa; it’s easier than you may think.

1. Set the mood

Spas are all about relaxation, so before you start thinking about that Jacuzzi you’ve always dreamed of, start with the basics. Paint the walls an organic, calming color like a beige or pale green to lend a soothing sense. Also, just about everyone loves soaking in the tub surrounded by fragrant candles because of the warm ambiance it offers. If candles don’t happen to be your thing, you can still opt for potpourri or oil diffusers to give your bathroom a sweet-scented aroma.

2. Think soft

Fluffy towels, bathrobes, rugs and mats can give your bathroom the oasis-like feel of a real spa. Jumping out of a hot shower or bath and into an indulgent towel or onto a luxurious rug completes the ideal shower experience and has you walking on cloud nine. Just make sure you have enough towel bars and robe hooks to hold them all so they don’t lose their soft touch.

3. Get a tub tray

A tub tray can hold anything you need while you’re taking a bath, and you don’t have to move a muscle. It can hold your soaps and lotions, a scented candle and even a glass of wine or champagne. No, having a glass of wine in the tub does not make you sound like an alcoholic; a lot of people do this to complete their bath experience. In fact, many tub trays on the market come with a wine-holder design, so be sure to take your bath experience to the next level by getting one of these.

4. Upgrade your shower/bathtub

Finally, upgrade your shower and bathtub heads to ensure you are getting a massage-like feeling every time you use them. Don’t underestimate the value these can have in making your body feel like it just got a deep tissue massage at a 5-star resort. You will use one or both of these every day, so make sure you get these necessities to satisfy your relaxation needs.

With these simple steps, you can convert your bathroom at home into a real-life spa. Now, you can give your body the treatment it deserves after stressful days at the office, tiring workouts, 0r for no reason at all; it’s always good to treat yourself. Be sure to browse online or come into one of our three Miami stores to find all of your bathroom essentials!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Bathroom Product Feature: Adams Collection

The team at Bathroom Place prides itself on providing you with quality bathroom features on the cutting edge of modern design. Since 2001, we have created, built and sold collections that represent what you want most out of your bathroom. When you come to us, you’re able to find everything you need to design the bathroom of your dreams.

This month, we’re happy to feature our newest creation the Adams Collection. It has a clean-cut design like our other collections but provides you with more versatility than ever before. Choose from modern vanities with one or two sinks as well as a variety of bathroom mirror options. Each vanity comes with our new seamless solid surface countertop, which provides you with ample room for your bathroom essentials. It’s smooth to the touch and provides the ideal, minimalist look you want in a modern bathroom.

The countertop is a non-porous low-maintenance material that’s stain resistant, made of 38% polyester resin and 60% aluminum hydroxide powder. It’s slightly thicker than our other countertops at 1.25 inches. Further, it’s made of a solid cast instead of combined solid surface sheets and can resist high temperatures up to 212 degrees. Bottom line, this countertop is built to last.

Additionally, on the outside, the cabinets in the Adams Collection give you the sleek, float-in-the-air look you want, while on the inside, there’s plenty of space and hidden drawers to organize all your bathroom items. It’s the best of both worlds for the modern bathroom design.

In this collection, you’re able to customize your bathroom furniture in a number ways. We offer three different cabinet colors as well as two different sizes of countertops for the double vanities. We also have a handful of mirror options, including frameless and mirrors with wooden sides.

Overall, the Adams Collection seamlessly combines functionality with beauty.

Browse online or come into one of our three Miami-area locations to see if the Adams Collection is right for your home. Our team of experts is happy answer any questions you may or to help choose the best combinations for you.