How to Get the Bathroom of Your Dreams

When remodeling a master bath, most homeowners know what they want.
As a person who works in the high end kitchen and bath fixture industry I hear many clients stress how they want to have their own retreat. They are willing to put up with the inconvenience and expense in order to achieve the dream of coming home, going into their bedrooms and pass through to the bathroom so their can go in and say to themselves (and possibly their significant others) “ahh, at last it’s our time to relax”.

Unfortunately, somewhere in the process of the remodel experience Murphy’s Law arrives and somehow many people forget why they started the project.

Much of this can be avoided by some realistic planning. Many people see a picture in a magazine, visit a resort, see a show on TV showing how a family re-did their bathroom and the process went smoothly and seemed to be over in a quick 30 minutes, less if they were looking at a written article in some form of publication. Real remodeling is not the same thing!

First, decide on a budget. Then double or even triple it. Seriously-otherwise there are going to be more than the average tense moments. Now for fun, daydream about what your fantasy bathroom would be like. Do you want an indoor steam shower? A sauna? Whirlpool or Airbath-for one or two bathers? On the practical side-don’t buy your plumbing “because it’s pretty”. Spend a little more and get quality. The last thing you want is to be bragging on how you spent “only $300.00″ on 2 sink faucets, a shower set and a roman tub set up and then in a year, find out those valves and cartridges are now leaking behind your walls and causing water damage and mold. You can chintz on the towel racks and toilet paper holders, but always buy the best you can afford on the plumbing, you will be glad you did!

Make sure you hire a contractor who has the same agenda you do. Nothing worse than hiring someone who’s ideas are opposite of yours and has only their pocketbook in mind.
Same with hiring a plumber, especially the plumber. Someone who is so old school that they think “those fancy manufacturers will cause nothing but trouble”, usually do not want to take the time to put in the plumbing correctly. Face facts-quality plumbing is usually more work to put into your walls than the items you get off the rack at your local home improvement store.

I actually had a client’s plumber ruin her plumbing by trying to attach her high end trim to an off the rack valve “because he really like the quality of the other valve”! This move wound up in a lawsuit. If a plumber ever tries to convince you to use “my good valve” and attach your trim-fire him/her and don’t let them near anything. This move is sure to cause major water damage-quickly!

If you hire an interior designer-same thing holds true. Make sure you hire someone who wants you to enjoy the outcome of the bathroom. Remember-you are going to be living with the end results, not them. If you like modern and want a spa, don’t hire someone whose specialty is traditional and thinks all you need are the basics.

Another major mistake homeowners make when they start a remodel is misjudging the time element. This is also due to the “30 minute” extreme makeover shows and advertisements. Quality takes time. Depending on how much of a remodel you are doing, you should figure a master bath will take anywhere between 2-6 months. Cabinets and countertops take time to create. Flooring and plumbing need to be done in stages. Some items could take up to 3 months to arrive. Be prepared for the inconvenience of having to share the facilities with other members of the family for an extended period of time. Whatever you do, don’t decide to start demolition in mid-October and think the “new” bathroom will be ready to debut for Thanksgiving; it’s just not going to happen.

There are many ways to creating the bathroom of your dreams. With some realistic planning and professional assistance this particular dream can come true.

Mosaic Tiles For the Bathroom – Anyone Can Afford It!

It isn’t just about simple redecoration; Mosaic Tiles For the Bathroom remodeling is about bringing a different style and natural atmosphere into your home design. The best thing about these panels is that installing them requires no special technical skills. Using this unique tiling technique provides many important benefits.

Some background

Before you plan on using this tiling method it is important to understand how it works – Mosaic Tiles For the Bathroom redecoration is created by fixing together unified beach-stones that are mounted onto a standard size mesh backing. The islands of Bali & Sumatra in Indonesia are probably the largest source of these beautiful rock tiles. It is important to remember that you can easily remodel almost any surface in the inside or in the outside: Backsplashes for kitchens, bathrooms and showers, flooring, wall coverings, patio floors, fireplaces, and pool surfaces.

Quick advantages

Let’s quickly summarize the main advantages and benefits of this unique technique:

* Considered inexpensive compared to other similar solutions.

* Can be used on surfaces at home that have high traffic and that need to stand up to a lot of action.

* Feels comfortable to walk on.

Useful tips!

* To appreciate the beauty of these ‘Nature-Made’ panels, it is recommended on removing the excess grout with a wet sponge. After all, you want to expose as much of the stones as possible.

* Avoid using any ready-made grout on wet areas like shower floor/backsplashes – use any other standard dry powder based cement.

* If this is the first time you install these tiles, it is recommended to learn from other’s experience – there are plenty of forums and demonstrational videos on the internet where you can find useful information about first time installation.

There are plenty other great advantages provided by this quick solution simply because it is versatile like no other tiling method available today.

Conclusions

Installation of Mosaic Tiles For a Bathroom technique had just got easier and much faster in recent years, so it requires minimum time and effort on your side. For a smooth and successful installation it is recommended to remember the above tips and advices once you prepare for installation.

Tips on Choosing the Right Sink For Your Bathroom Or Kitchen

The sink is often the focal point of a bathroom or kitchen. In the bathroom, the shower is usually in a corner and the toilet is usually placed such that you don’t notice it, but the sink is usually in the center of the room and the most present of all the fixtures. The kitchen sink can sometimes be found in an island in the middle of a kitchen, in the center of the longest counter, or in a corner. All of these locations are somewhere that they eye can be drawn to easily. Because it is such an important aspect of both rooms, you want to make sure the sink you choose is appropriate for your decorating style and your level of use.

In the kitchen, there are many ways you can customize your sink. The most common thing people vary is the number of basins. I think the most popular choice is two basins. One side of the sink will have the garbage disposal and be slightly smaller. This side will be used for rinsing dishes or for prep. The larger side will be used to soak and wash dishes. Because you need to be able to clean large pots and pans a kitchen sink is usually much deeper than a bathroom sink. It is common for the kitchen basin to be eight to twelve inches deep. Some people choose to have a third basin specifically for prep. In my experience, this is only true for people who are very serious about cooking.

In the bathroom, the most important decision you can make is what type of sink you will have. Your choices are a vanity sink, a console sink, a pedestal sink, a wall-mounted sink, and a vessel sink. The difference between all of them is how the basin is supported. The vanity sink is mounted into a cabinet, the console sink is attached at the back to the wall and supported on two legs in the front, the pedestal sink rests on one pedestal, the wall-mounted sink is mounted to the wall with no supporting legs, and the vessel sink is a basin that sits on top of a counter. Each type of sink has advantages and disadvantages. Some are better suited to large master bathrooms like the vanity sink. And some are better suited to small powder rooms like the pedestal sink.