Select Kitchen and Bath http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com Washington, DC - Virginia Remodeling Company Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:20:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 Designing Bathrooms for New Construction http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com/2014/06/designing-bathrooms-for-new-construction/ http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com/2014/06/designing-bathrooms-for-new-construction/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:20:38 +0000 KitchenLove http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com/?p=1828 Designing Bathrooms for New ConstructionBuilding a new home from the ground up is an exciting experience. You’re able build completely to your specifications, choosing the fittings and details that perfectly reflect your tastes. Building a brand new home also gives you the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Designing Bathrooms for New ConstructionBuilding a new home from the ground up is an exciting experience. You’re able build completely to your specifications, choosing the fittings and details that perfectly reflect your tastes. Building a brand new home also gives you the opportunity to create an ideal bathroom space, rather than working to improve an existing one. Whether you’re in the process of building an entire home or simply building an addition to your existing home that includes a bathroom, there are some things you should consider before the building process begins.

Think Green

The focus on going green and making a positive impact on the environment extends beyond reducing household waste. Today’s new constructions and plumbing fixtures are available in more earth-friendly options. Work with your designer and contractors to choose greener options. Not only will these high-efficiency fixtures help to save the environment, but also to pay for themselves by reducing resource use and monthly utility bills. Going green is a great way to save some green, so don’t be frightened by the initial investment.

Make Plumbing Placement a Priority

If you’ve ever remodeled an existing bathroom, you know that moving plumbing fixtures is the quickest way to go over-budget. Moving your toilet from one wall to another, changing the placement of a sink or moving a shower seems simple enough on the surface, but it’s actually very expensive. When you work with your architect or designer to plot out bathroom fixture placements, do so with an eye towards the future. You will, at some point, want to remodel and update your new bathroom. When that day arrives, the last thing you’ll want is to commit to budget-busting plumbing adjustments. Think carefully about where you want each fixture to be placed, and how to maximize space efficiency.

Keep Hot Water in Mind

Your relaxing new bathroom won’t be much of an oasis if you’re forced to take cold showers every morning. While you’re in the process of designing your brand new home or adding on to your existing space, think about a tankless water heater conversion. Because the system heats water on demand, you’ll never have to worry about depleting the store within a water heater tank. They also use less energy and are far more efficient than tank systems.

While you’re on the subject of hot water, take time to think about just how much havoc steam and moisture can wreak upon your new space. Hot water generates steam, which means that your bathroom can become as muggy as a rainforest after a long shower. If you don’t want to fight against mold and mildew growth, make sure that you’re installing plenty of ventilation. Work with your designer and contractors to ensure the inclusion of ample ventilation. Otherwise, your brand new bathroom can become a new home for mold spores.

Go for the Gold with Extras

If you have room in the budget for a few fancy extras, now is the time to start deciding which ones you’d like to include. If you want heated floors installed in your new bathroom, that decision should be made before construction begins. The last thing you want to do is deplete a budget by tearing out a finished floor due to a last-minute change of mind. If you’re interested in heated towel bars, the inclusion of a bidet or a jetted shower system, discuss these options with your designer. Making sure that you, your contractor and the designer are all on the same page is essential. Keep lines of communication open, and you’ll find the process of building your new bathroom to be a rewarding and exciting one.

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Remodeling your kitchen can have a significant impact on your home’s value and the quality of life you enjoy within your home, but doesn’t have to have a big impact on the environment. With today’s innovations in green building and contracting materials, energy efficient appliances and renewable-resource kitchen elements, you can create the kitchen of your dreams without increasing your carbon footprint.

SUSTAINABLE CABINETRY OPTIONS

One of the biggest investments in many kitchen remodels is brand new, custom cabinetry. Opting for custom cabinetry not only allows you a greater level of control and a greater utilization of available space within the cabinets themselves, but also widens your material options. This allows you to choose sustainable wood and products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which means responsible foresting practices are used in the harvesting of lumber. These cabinets also feature glues without formaldehydes and low-VOC finishes, so you’re preserving both the greater environment and the air quality within your home.

To go the extra mile with green kitchen cabinetry, look for cabinet boxes built with wheat or straw board. Constructed from agricultural waste, like leftover chaff from wheat crops, these boards are rated to exceed American National Standards Institute guidelines for medium-density particleboard. These durable cabinet boxes created through ecologically-responsible practices generally use binders which are free of formaldehyde, too. To keep your kitchen green long after the remodel, consider the integration of pull-out recycling bins to sort your recyclable refuse.

GO GREEN WITH FLOORING

The flooring surface in a kitchen is important, as it needs to be both durable and attractive. When you’re renovating with a focus on green living, they also need to be made of renewable resources and durable enough to not require frequent upgrades.

Two of the greenest and most popular kitchen floor treatments for eco-friendly households are cork and linoleum. Linoleum is available in a staggering array of colors and patterns, and is constructed of biodegradable, renewable components like cork and linseed oil. It will tolerate high traffic and provides a bit of cushioning, but can be easily stained.

Cork is an on-trend flooring option for eco-friendly kitchens, and is harvested through heavily regulated methods to ensure a steady future supply with a low impact on the environment. Cork is waterproof, which means it’s resistant to the heavy moisture which is common in kitchens and is also slip-resistant due to its slight natural texture.

REDUCING ENERGY USAGE

Kitchen spaces are often the source of heavy electrical an water usage in the home, but this drain on resources can be combated through the use of energy-efficient appliances and lighting. Look for Energy Star products, which are tested to ensure the highest efficiency in their individual product categories.

Dishwashers are notorious for using lots of water and electricity, so opt for models with a quick-wash cycle to reduce run time and air-dry options which use circulation fans in lieu of heating elements to save electricity. When it comes to refrigerators, side-by-side models are trendy, but not as efficient as a model of comparable size configured with the freezer compartment on top.

Instead of installing lighting fixtures with incandescent bulbs, consider using fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamps. They use between fifty and ninety percent less energy, and a single bulb can save up to forty dollars in energy costs over its lifetime over an incandescent model.

A professional and experienced contractor who understands the unique needs of a green kitchen renovation is the best way make sure your project has a high impact on your home, but a low impact on the environment. Working with a Virginia kitchen specialist to ensure an eco-friendly, functional and eye-catching kitchen remodel can add value to your home while helping you do your part to protect the planet for future generations.

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BIG PAYOFF FROM SMALL DETAILS IN KITCHEN DESIGN http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com/2014/02/big-payoff-from-small-details-in-kitchen-design/ http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com/2014/02/big-payoff-from-small-details-in-kitchen-design/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:48:02 +0000 http://projects.codebluestudio.com/selectkitchenandbath-com/?p=2285 Modern fitted kitchen with white units and a granite worktop  You know that things like flooring, wall color and cabinetry have a significant impact on the overall functionality and aesthetic value of your kitchen. Choosing the perfect appliance finish, an eye-catching sink and gorgeous cabinetry full of efficient additions … Continue reading

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You know that things like flooring, wall color and cabinetry have a significant impact on the overall functionality and aesthetic value of your kitchen. Choosing the perfect appliance finish, an eye-catching sink and gorgeous cabinetry full of efficient additions is imperative, but the real magic of kitchen design lies within the details. Working with your Virginia kitchen design specialist to find the perfect finishing touches for your space can take it from drab to fabulous in no time at all. These are just a sampling of the seemingly-small details that can bring you a big style return on your kitchen remodeling investment.

LIGHTING

Kitchens are the natural gathering place for friends and extended family during celebrations. They’re also the place where your immediate family will spend a large portion of their time. Efficiency is key when you’re pressed for time to prepare meals, and comfort is a major factor for everyone in the household. It’s difficult to reach maximum efficiency when you can’t see what you’re doing, and there’s nothing cheery or inviting about a dark, gloomy room. When you’re planning the layout and design scheme for your kitchen, be sure that you don’t overlook the lighting scheme. Choosing the right fixtures lends an air of cohesion and style, and choosing the right placement sheds some much-needed light on the subject while meals are being prepared.

Highlight lofty ceilings with up-lights installed into the tops of your cabinetry. Make sure you’re able to work with clear-eyed confidence by opting for task lighting over islands, counters and in stove hoods. Because you’ll also want to customize the lighting profile for parties and special events, make sure there are dimmer switches in place. After all, there are times when dim lighting adds to the overall ambiance. Whether you opt for pendants or chandeliers, sconces or extra task lighting, you want to make sure that you have brightness options at your fingertips.

STORAGE

When you’re wrapped up in trying to decide between an apron-front sink or a farmhouse model, or considering an appliance finish other than stainless steel, it’s easy to lose sight of functionality-boosting details. Even if you spring for highly customized kitchen cabinetry, you should remember that you’ll need plenty of additional storage. Unless you’re blessed with a huge kitchen which you plan to fill with cabinetry, you’ll need storage which goes beyond the installed cabinets. Consider small storage options for utensils and gadgets, along with shelving for cookbooks and plenty of display storage for prized china or glassware. Look for ways to take advantage of storage options in small spaces, like pull-outs in the spaces that would ordinarily be covered by false fronts.

HARDWARE AND FIXTURES

Deciding to create custom cabinetry is a great way to give your new kitchen a big splash of style. Still, the overall look and feel of that cabinetry can be completely changed by the drawer pulls and hardware you choose. Instead of opting for standard hardware, invest a bit of time into choosing pieces that complement your cabinetry while bolstering their aesthetic appeal.

Like cabinet hardware, plumbing fixtures are also easy to overlook. After all, an efficient faucet supplies water to your kitchen, serving a solely functional role. Choosing faucets, sprayers and other plumbing fixtures with great lines and interesting design brings a new level of visual appeal to the entire space.

Working with an experienced Virginia kitchen design expert to bring your new space to life with a series of small touches is a smart style investment. Together, you’ll be able to create the pulled-together, on-trend kitchen of your dreams.

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TRENDING KITCHEN COLOR PALETTES FOR 2014 http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com/2014/02/trending-kitchen-color-palettes-for-2014/ http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com/2014/02/trending-kitchen-color-palettes-for-2014/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:45:52 +0000 http://projects.codebluestudio.com/selectkitchenandbath-com/?p=2282 Trending-Kitchen-Color-Palettes-for-2014  Kitchen renovations and upgrades were one of the hottest items on homeowners’ to-do lists in 2013, a trend that’s showing no sign of slowing down heading into the new year. For homeowners who plan to undertake a remodeling project … Continue reading

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Kitchen renovations and upgrades were one of the hottest items on homeowners’ to-do lists in 2013, a trend that’s showing no sign of slowing down heading into the new year. For homeowners who plan to undertake a remodeling project in order to bring their kitchens into fashion-forward focus with the hottest palettes for 2014, it’s important to have a basic understanding of color forecasts and trends for this year to begin creating a design plan.

BLACK AND WHITE

The high-contrast of black and white continues to reign supreme in palettes for 2014, regardless of design theme. Farmhouse, cottage, modern and traditional kitchens are all sporting black-on-white palettes, predominantly using black counter tops and cabinet fitting to contrast cabinetry in cool white tones. Look for gray tones to come through in back splashes, flooring and wall treatments to soften the stark contrast this year for on-trend kitchen palettes. Another kitchen color trend emerging in conjunction with high-contrast black-on-white tones is the use of a signature color for pops of brightness, reflected in tile work, decorative elements and accent walls.

DEEP, DARK HUES

Homeowners have long been cautioned to eschew dark colors and deep tones in the kitchen in order to present a clean, crisp mood within the room. In kitchen color palettes for 2014, people are beginning to throw that caution to the wind in favor of rich red hues, coppers and deep earth tones. Smaller spaces may feel a bit confined if the room is decked out in wall-to-wall darks, so consider a single accent wall or painting the ceiling in a deep shade to maintain a spacious, airy feel. Consider a dark, rich floor treatment paired with warm neutrals throughout the rest of the room, or splashes of oatmeal or taupe to tone down a predominantly warm-color darks palette. For cool darks like deep blues, splashes of cool white can open up the space without sacrificing the dramatic impact of a deep jewel tone.

HIGH DRAMA

One of the hottest trends for home design in 2014 is high drama and high impact. Look for baroque-inspired elements, and lush accents to lend a very luxe feel to bring glamour to even utilitarian spaces like kitchens and baths. Jewel tones, glossy blacks and reflective surfaces are set to take center stage this year.

Indigo shades, along with ruby reds and deep purples will be popular, along with the “Paris apartment” design scheme. For kitchens, look for dramatic accent pieces, and appliances skillfully hidden by custom cabinetry to bring a seamless glamor to the space as a whole. Navy blue is also a particularly trendy color for 2014, showing up everywhere from runways to interior design editorials. It’s showing up everywhere, and can be an ideal choice for dramatically glamorous kitchen spaces.

WARM YELLOWS

Yellow has been a hot color in home design for a while, but look for more versatility with this particular hue heading into the new year. For 2014, yellows are becoming a bit more of a complimentary neutral in kitchen design, as opposed to the eye-popping canary shades popular in other rooms of the house. Because kitchens are both a functional space and one in which guests and family members alike tend to gather, it’s important for them to be both cozy and efficient. Soft, buttery yellows are soft and almost neutral, which brings an overall feeling of serenity to kitchen spaces in particular.

Armed with the on-trend knowledge of fashionable palettes for 2014, you can begin working with your Virginia kitchen specialist to create a beautiful, stylish and efficient space for preparing meals, entertaining and enjoying time spent with your loved ones.

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TRENDING BATHROOM COLOR PALETTES FOR 2014 http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com/2014/02/trending-bathroom-color-palettes-for-2014/ http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com/2014/02/trending-bathroom-color-palettes-for-2014/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:41:21 +0000 http://projects.codebluestudio.com/selectkitchenandbath-com/?p=2275 Trending-Bathroom-Color-Palettes-for-2014  With a new year comes new trends, in both fashion and home design. If your New Year’s resolution included the renovation of an unsightly or aging bathroom, having the inside scoop on fashion-forward bathroom color schemes can help you … Continue reading

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With a new year comes new trends, in both fashion and home design. If your New Year’s resolution included the renovation of an unsightly or aging bathroom, having the inside scoop on fashion-forward bathroom color schemes can help you to start designing the room of your dreams. In fact, choosing the palette to complement your home, personal taste and reflect current trends can actually serve as a jumping-off point for the entire remodeling project.

SERENE AND SIMPLE

The minimalist trend is combining with the spa-like serenity so many homeowners are seeking in a bathroom design, which means one of the hottest palettes for the year is comprised of soft whites over the crisp, sterile ones which dominated a few years ago. Look for muted but warm grays, soft taupe and delicate pastels to add a feeling of blissful, comfortable calm. These sedate tones are all about evoking feelings of calm over futuristic cool whites and grays, but still work beautifully with even the sleekest and most modern design.

The same palette of taupes, warm grays and soft whites which works so well with minimalist modern bathrooms extends perfectly to romantic farmhouse modern, which is still a highly popular and on-trend design theme. In addition to wall colors, look for counter tops, tile and fixtures with a muted scheme to bring a feeling of both warmth and clean crispness.

BLACK AND WHITE

The high contrast of crisp white and deep black is set to continue its reign as a top trend in 2014, and can lend itself beautifully to a variety of styles. One major perk of this timeless palette lies within its versatility and staying power. This is one color scheme you won’t have to revise in a few years because it feels dated, because it never really goes out of style. Bold geometric patterns in black and white are also right on the year’s trends, so consider patterned tile work in floors, showers and bathroom sink back splashes.

With a black and white color scheme, you can add decorative elements to bring in a splash of color. These items are easily switched out in favor of new colors when you’re ready for a minor change, which means you can give the room a face lift with little more than new textiles and decorative touches.

SULTRY REDS

Warm colors reign supreme for 2014, and what’s warmer than a fiery red? From the eye-catching bright reds to darker, more dramatic brown-based reds, crimsons and scarlets are all the rage this year. Such bold colors can be overwhelming in a small bathroom, so be sure to balance color choices accordingly if you’re working with a less-than-spacious room.

The trending red palettes also show up in the funky, multi-color trend with mixed patterns and a fresh spin on retro-inspired spaces.

SUNNY YELLOWS

The bathroom is a space where most people begin their morning, so it’s fitting that one of the hot colors for 2014 is sunny, cheerful shades reminiscent of lemons and canaries. Like the bright reds, yellows are a major player in the multi-colored trend making a big showing this year, but is also being used to bring a pop of color to palettes dominated by grays and whites. Yellow glass tiles are a particularly hot bathroom element, as the depth and shine of the glass lends itself so well to the bright, upbeat color.

If bright and bold isn’t quite your style, deeper yellows like mustards and ochres work particularly well with the oatmeal and taupe neutrals which are still going strong in 2014.

Your Virginia bath renovation specialist can help you find the perfect ways of integrating your color scheme into the overall design of your new bathroom, from counters to flooring and light fixtures to tile work. These fashion-forward colors will not only update your bathroom beautifully for 2014, but can also be timeless and enduring statements for years to come.

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COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT BATHROOM REMODELING http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com/2014/02/common-questions-about-bathroom-remodeling/ http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com/2014/02/common-questions-about-bathroom-remodeling/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:30:49 +0000 http://projects.codebluestudio.com/selectkitchenandbath-com/?p=2268 Common-Questions-About-Bathroom-RemodelingMaking the decision to renovate a bathroom marks an exciting time, during which you will increase the livability of one of your home’s most important rooms along with the resale value of your house. It can also be a confusing … Continue reading

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Making the decision to renovate a bathroom marks an exciting time, during which you will increase the livability of one of your home’s most important rooms along with the resale value of your house. It can also be a confusing one, especially for homeowners who are remodeling for the first time. Understanding the most common questions about bathroom remodeling can help you to make informed decisions while having a basic understanding of the process. This understanding also ensures more realistic expectations regarding the cost and time required to create the bathroom of your dreams.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

When it comes to common questions about bathroom remodeling, this one tops the list. Renovating a bathroom can be relatively expensive, depending on the scope of the project and whether or not you plan to move plumbing fixtures from their existing location. The brands of fixtures you choose, the type of cabinetry and the materials for flooring and tile work will all have a bearing on the final price of your bathroom remodel, too. Naturally, a full renovation in which everything is replaced will be more expensive than choosing specific areas in which upgrades are desired.

When you set a budget for bathroom remodeling, keep in mind that you will almost certainly see a big return on the investment if and when you choose to sell your house.

WHO DOES THE WORK?

There are several different aspects of a remodeling project to consider, especially in spaces with plumbing. One of the most common questions about bathroom remodeling focuses on understanding who does the work, who is responsible for which task and when they will be completed.

Working with a contractor who subcontracts every aspect of the process makes this question a bit more difficult to answer. You may have several subcontractors in your home who are not directly affiliated with the contractor you’ve chosen, each working on a specific task. In the vast majority of renovation projects, it’s more beneficial to both the homeowner and the contractor to have a set staff, directly under the employ of the contractor, who completes the remodel. This makes it easier to assign accountability to the contractor, and allows the company handling your renovation to have a clearer timeline of completion.

Even with contractors who keep all fabrication, installation and construction work in-house, you should expect to have a subcontracted, fully-licensed plumber to oversee the installation of fixtures like sinks, showers and toilets. This especially holds true if you’re planning to change the location of those fixtures over the course of your remodeling project.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

The finished product of a bathroom is exciting and rewarding, but the journey can be a bit frustrating. Common questions about bathroom remodeling are often centered around budgeting and workmanship, but the timeline is also a popular concern. After all, you will have people working in your home for the duration of the project and are likely to lose access to your bathroom at some point over the course of the remodel.

Establishing a timeline for a bathroom remodeling project depends upon the extent of the renovation, the amount of work which needs to be done and what type of changes you plan to make in the space. Simple renovations may take a few days, while more extensive ones may require a few weeks. The most accurate time estimate will come from your Virginia bath specialist after an evaluation of your desires, the existing space and the changes which need to be made.

Look for an experienced and reputable contractor to answer all of your questions about bathroom remodeling, one who takes the time to hear and address all your concerns. You should be as pleased with their dedication and customer service as you are the finished product, so don’t be afraid to ask questions to have a better understanding of the bathroom remodeling process.

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Your kitchen is one of the most important spaces in your home. It’s the place where friends and family members gather when you’re entertaining, the space where everyone in your household gathers and the room where you meals are prepared and served. Remodeling to create a more functional and efficient kitchen can have a positive impact on not only your day to day life, but also the resale value of your home. Renovations with a focus on a more efficient kitchen don’t have to exclude aesthetic value and visual appeal, either. Working with a Virginia kitchen renovation specialist, it’s entirely possible to design a beautiful and efficient kitchen for everyone in your family to enjoy.

FORM AND FUNCTION

There is a fairly common misconception among homeowners which leads them to believe a functional, efficient kitchen is one where the value of visual appeal is not a high priority. Actually, an efficient kitchen can be even more beautiful and fashionable due the the natural minimization of clutter through functional design. Opting for an efficient space means you’ll be optimizing storage, improving the flow of movement throughout your kitchen and reducing the visually distracting elements of inefficiency. This allows your kitchen and it’s clean design to become the focal point, rather than scattered utensils and haphazardly-placed equipment.

SPLURGE ON CABINETRY

One of the more expensive aspects of a full kitchen remodel is custom cabinetry, which is something budget-conscious homeowners tend to avoid in order to save a bit of money. While you will save some cash by choosing pre-fabricated cabinets over those of the custom variety, you’ll also be sacrificing some of your ability to create a truly efficient kitchen. Prefabricated cabinets often utilize false fronts, aren’t designed to allow ease of access to corner cabinets and tend to waste a significant amount of valuable cabinet space. By choosing to splurge a bit on custom cabinetry, you can create a design which will make full use of all the space within them. Instead of a false front under the sink, consider a tilt-out in which you can store sponges, scrubbers and other items that would otherwise clutter the counter top around your sink.

Pull-outs for the storage of baking trays, pot lids and other slender essentials also ensure the things you need are right at your fingertips, rather than stashed inconveniently in the back of a packed cabinet. Specially-designed cabinet spaces for recycling bins and garbage cans allow you to free up floor space which would ordinarily be dominated by those containers while simultaneously removing them from view and placing them in a convenient location for meal preparation. When it comes to cabinets, the cheapest choice often turns out to be the least economical one.

CONSIDER TRAFFIC FLOW

The flow of traffic can have a major bearing on your ability to create an efficient kitchen. Consider how many cooks you anticipate at any given time, the amount of existing space and the placement of your appliances. If you plan to include freestanding islands or butcher block workspaces in the center of the room, make sure there’s enough space to comfortably move around the room, even when there’s more than one person working to prepare a meal.

You’ll need to work with your Virginia kitchen specialist to determine the best layout for the most efficient kitchen possible, factoring in the size of your family, frequency with which you entertain and your cooking preferences. If there’s a baking enthusiast in the family, for instance, you’ll need to ensure proper placement of ovens and prep spaces. You’ll also want to make sure the placement of your refrigerator is relative to the placement of the stove and prep space to make sure the flow of movement through the room is comfortable and intuitive.

If your primary goal is to create a more functional and efficient kitchen, discuss your preferences and concerns with a professional contractor who understands the importance of the kitchen as both a utilitarian space and one in which people tend to gather. With a contractor whose area of specialization lies within the creation and implementation of a beautiful and efficient kitchen, you’ll be on the road to success with your kitchen renovation project.

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Modern luxury bathroomRemodeling your bathroom is the perfect opportunity to bring in some of today’s high-tech features while updating the look and feel of the space. When it comes to technological innovation in the bathroom, the toilet is enjoying something of a cultural revolution. With the exception of a few changes to reduce water consumption, very little about the overall design of a toilet has changed in the last few decades. With today’s new crop of technologically advanced, high-end toilets, that stagnation is something of the past.

Toilets as Art

Since the toilet tanks moved down and flush handles took the place of pull-chains, toilets have looked more or less the same. Fashionable colors have come and gone, but the shape and design of most toilets has changed very little. That is, until recently. Today’s high-end toilets have become something akin to standalone works of art. Sleek, minimalist designs with hard angles and straight lines are taking the place of curved bowls. Wall-hung units remove the tank from the equation altogether, creating a space-saving design that frees up valuable square footage in bathrooms, which tend to be the smallest rooms in the house. The toilets coming off the assembly line today bear very little resemblance to their forebears, and are all the more impressive for these changes.

The Sound of Music

Whether you’re just looking to lend a festive air to your calls of nature or just eager to mask embarrassing bathroom sounds, there are toilets on the modern market that bear a second look. These toilets come complete with MP3 player docking stations and radios, allowing you to listen to your favorite tunes or catch up on the news while you spend necessary time in the bathroom. Forget about the old-fashioned magazine rack next to the commode; today’s toilets are all about providing entertainment.

Put an End to the Toilet Seat Wars

Any household that contains two members of the opposite sex is familiar with the age-old battle over the position of a toilet seat. By choosing one of the automatic toilets that are all the rage in high-tech bathroom designs, you can put the fight to bed once and for all. These toilet seats and lids will automatically raise and lower themselves, so there’s no reason to squabble with a forgetful spouse. While a new toilet may not put an end to all of your domestic disputes, one of these automatic models will give you one less thing to squabble over.

Dual-Duty Toilets

Bidets never quite took off in the United States, at least not for the average homeowner. There are several reasons why bidets haven’t enjoyed much Stateside use, but there’s no doubt that sacrificing premium bathroom space for a second seat is a deal-breaker for many. By combining the traditional toilet with a bidet, advanced toilets allow you to take advantage of all the benefits of a bidet without being forced to install a separate feature in your bathroom. These bidets also tend to feature warm water jets, air drying features and deodorizers to ensure that you’re squeaky clean and comfortable.

Secret Solutions

If you’d rather create a bathroom design that doesn’t feature a prominent, obvious toilet, one of today’s concealable models may be the answer to your prayers. With the lid closed and plumbing concealed behind the wall, these toilets look more like benches or shelving than a functional plumbing feature. Just be sure to warn guests, or they may find themselves confused by your high-end commode when they visit the water closet.

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Designing a Bathroom That Sells Your Home http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com/2013/10/designing-a-bathroom-that-sells-your-home/ http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com/2013/10/designing-a-bathroom-that-sells-your-home/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:53:00 +0000 KitchenLove http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com/?p=1820 Designing a Bathroom That Sells Your HomeVirginia’s housing market remains strong, with plenty of competition among sellers. When preparing your home for a future sale, it’s important to focus on the areas that will actually sell your home. These crucial spaces include kitchens and bathrooms. When … Continue reading

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Designing a Bathroom That Sells Your HomeVirginia’s housing market remains strong, with plenty of competition among sellers. When preparing your home for a future sale, it’s important to focus on the areas that will actually sell your home. These crucial spaces include kitchens and bathrooms. When it comes to winning or losing a sale on your home, these areas will often be the deciding factor.

Don’t Get Personal

Renovating your bathroom for the express purpose of selling your home is a bit different from redesigning a bathroom in a home you have no plans of leaving. When you renovate a bathroom in your home for the purpose of making it more suited to your individual tastes and preference, the sky really is the limit. Experimenting with colors and design trends can be great fun, and are effective ways of making a space feel intimate and uniquely “you.” Personal touches make those bathrooms more inviting to both you and your guests, as they reflect your style. Renovating a room for the purpose of boosting a home’s selling power, however, means that you need to aim for a scheme with broad appeal. You may love the idea of candy-apple-red glass tiles and blue accents, but that doesn’t mean that everyone who looks at your home will.

A bathroom that’s designed to sell may not offer much in the way of personality, but it does give prospective buyers the ability to imagine putting their own spin on this integral part of the home. Instead of splashing the walls with your favorite bright hue, keep the palette neutral so that potential buyers can envision themselves in the space. Most people can live with a neutral bathroom that’s thoughtfully designed, but will shy away from a home that needs immediate changes in order to correct eccentric style choices.

Maximize Square Footage

Even a small powder room needs to feel as spacious as possible. Cramped, crowded spaces can give buyers second thoughts, especially in master bathrooms. Remodeling your bathroom with the intent to sell should focus on maximizing the spacious feel of the room. Replace large vanities with drawers and cabinets for pedestal sinks to show more floor space.  Instead of large and somewhat dated whirlpool tubs with lots of space-wasting decking, opt for sleek bathtubs that don’t eat up all of the available room. Frameless shower doors, which are an on-trend design element anyway, feel less clunky than traditional doors with aluminum frames and frosted glass. Even fittings that lend the illusion of space are a better choice than fixtures that make the room feel crowded. When you’re remodeling a bathroom before listing your home, sleek and minimalist is often the way to go.

Cut the Clutter

Removing a vanity in favor of a pedestal sink means that you’ll need to find a new home for all the odds and ends that fill those drawers and cabinets. Crowding every available surface with bits of clutter sends the message to prospective buyers that there is a lack of storage space in your bathroom, even if that’s not quite the case. Think vertically by integrating shelving and cubbies into the walls of your new bathroom.  Boost the sparkle factor of your bathroom by investing in spot-resistant fixtures that radiate a feeling of cleanliness. Choose tile or stone flooring that’s clean and modern, rather than a dated vinyl or laminate.

With a bit of effort and forethought, you can turn even the most problematic bathroom into one that makes prospective buyers eager to submit their offer.

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Showers Take Center Stage http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com/2013/10/showers-take-center-stage/ http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com/2013/10/showers-take-center-stage/#comments Sun, 20 Oct 2013 13:35:25 +0000 KitchenLove http://www.selectkitchenandbath.com/?p=1804 Showers Take Center StageAs recently as a few years ago, whirlpool baths and jetted tubs seemed almost ubiquitous. Plenty of bathrooms featured soaking tubs and whirlpools, many of which were cumbersome and dominated valuable bathroom square footage. In today’s high-end bathrooms, though, the … Continue reading

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Showers Take Center StageAs recently as a few years ago, whirlpool baths and jetted tubs seemed almost ubiquitous. Plenty of bathrooms featured soaking tubs and whirlpools, many of which were cumbersome and dominated valuable bathroom square footage. In today’s high-end bathrooms, though, the shower is the star. Gone are the days of a cramped standing shower and floor space largely dominated by a tub with extensive decking. Modern bathrooms are all about the shower, packing in the features and maximizing space.

Frameless Shower Doors

The shower doors dominating the trend landscape for bathroom remodels these days are a bit different from their predecessors. Instead of frosted, textured glass, these showers are transparent and proud. Framing has also fallen to the wayside, with designers moving towards minimalist, frameless models. By opting for shower doors without clunky framing, you can bring a splash of sophistication to a contemporary space. Because they also make a bathroom feel larger and more spacious, they can be a great selling point if you plan to put your home on the market at a later date. Unsightly aluminum frames are nowhere to be found in the modern bathroom, which means no pitting and no corrosion over time. The life of a frameless shower door is much longer than that of it’s framed counterpart, due simply to the fact that there is no aluminum that will degrade with years of use.

Multiple Shower Heads

The extra space of today’s stylish showers is certainly not being wasted. Instead of a cavernous space with a single showerhead, modern showers can feature dual overhead streams. There has also been a large push towards wall-mounted streams, which target specific areas of your body for hydro massage purposes. Those overhead streams aren’t your mother’s showerheads, either. Fashionable certainly meets functional when it comes to showerheads, with large fixtures that send a cascade of water over your body. Look for overhead fixtures that simulate rain, and you’ll be right on trend while maximizing the level of relaxation in your new space.

Showers with Seating

Seating in a shower is certainly nothing new, but an on-trend shower is noticeably free of the awkward fiberglass model. Tiled or concrete benches make up the seating landscape in a modern bathroom. Paired with the multiple stream features that are all the rage, you can enjoy a relaxing, spa-like experience right in your own bathroom. So step right up, take a load off and enjoy everything your new shower has to offer without spending more time on your tired, aching feet.

Getting Steamy

Stylish new bathroom remodels are placing a serious emphasis on bringing the atmosphere of a swanky spa right into your home. As a result, steam features are definitely a hot commodity. Bringing the high temperatures and high humidity of a steam shower into your bathroom will require a bit of planning, because the moisture can encourage mold growth if your space isn’t properly designed. Working with your contractor to ensure that vapor-proofing materials are used is important. Sloping ceilings within the chamber will allow moisture to roll away, thus preventing mildew and mold growth. With the right sealing and vapor-proofing measures, you can easily turn your bathroom into an oasis of relaxation.

The Roman shower trend has gained traction in North American homes, making these no-step showers a safe and practical trend. In addition to being stylish and aesthetically pleasing, these showers are a major bonus for homeowners with small children or mobility issues. Fashion and functionality meet in a big way with Roman showers, making for a stylish and safe showering experience.

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