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Jun

27

Bathroom Remodeling Tips

By Bathroom Designer

Bathroom Remodeling Tips

Tip #1: Have a Definite Plan

With some home remodeling projects, you can make decisions as you go along. A bathroom remodel does not provide you with that same luxury. You should always have a definitive plan written down before starting and should try to stick with it as much as possible. Your plan should cover the following:

  • An estimated time-frame for the project
  • If you want to put in new appliances, have models picked out and written down
  • A final layout for the finished bathroom
  • A definite understanding of how many contractors you’re going to need to hire

Tip #2: Do things Right the First Time

You should never attempt bathroom remodeling work yourself unless you are 100% positive that you can do it properly. This means that you should never try bathroom remodeling work that you have never done yourself or have no training in because any mistake you make during a bathroom remodel could potentially send the total price of the project soaring. Most people hire contractors to handle the following:

  • Specialty grout and tile work for walls, floors, or shower surrounds
  • Anything related to plumbing
  • Installing any electronic fixtures or new electrical outlets
  • Laying new baseboards or reconstructing walls
  • Any miscellaneous demolition work that is required

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Dec

22

Bathroom Fixtures

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Even though the bathroom is a small space in the home, it needs to house a great deal of fittings and fixtures. Make yourself familiar with all the different types of bathroom fixtures required for a successful bathroom.
They usually consist of a wc or toilet, a wash hand basin or vanity unit, a bath tub, and a shower. There are so many variables on each and every fixture, some companies design complete ranges of product that combine together to create an excellent designer bathroom look and makes choosing fixtures easy, but depending on the type of space you have and the water pressure system, whether you are renovating or starting from new, these ranges or collections sometimes won’t fit or suit the existing space and systems that you have. You still need to learn all about the fixtures to ensure you make the correct design decisions for your bathroom.

Types of Faucets   Urinals and Bidets   Shower Head   Bath Spout   Extract Fan Heat Lamps   Towel Rails   Toilet Roll Holders   Soap Dispensers   Bathroom Vanity

WC or Toilet Pans  The pan is the main structure of the toilet, it holds the water, creates the space for the seat and attaches to the cistern to enable the water to flush through it. There are three different types of the wash down pan. They have the S, P and skew types of trap.

WC or Toilet Seats This is an important feature in a bathroom as it provides comfort for the user. It sits on the toilet pan and usually has a lid.

WC or Toilet Cisterns The cistern is where the water is stored for the flush of the WC or toilet.

Basins and Materials There are numerous types of basins, which are used to wash hands in and they are made in a number of different materials. Sometimes the basin will be fixed into a joinery unit that may have drawers and or cupboards, this is called a vanity unit. A basin may be fixed into a joinery unit; hung on the wall or be self-set on a pedestal. They are constructed of various materials, the most common is porcelain. It is important when selecting the basin type to think about the taps or faucets that you are going to use, as this will dictate what type of basin you can install.

Baths and Bath Tubs The bath or bath tub is a necessity if you have young children as well as being a luxury item for adults. We think it is a simple item by when you go to buy one, you will be inundated with questions about what type you want. Find out some more information on baths and bath tubs.

Showers Showers can be a ready made kit or can be built to your needs and specifications. They can be designed for one or more people and numerous finishes are available to use.

Loads of room for the kids in this bathroom.

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Sep

15

The Luxury Bathroom

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

From tiny powder rooms to wide-open masters, bathrooms are becoming the sexiest spaces in the house

The bathroom is a high-traffic area and one that guests are likely to see, and yet when decorating, it can easily be overlooked. At its core, the lavatory is a utilitarian space but as author Samantha Nestor says, “People are using the bathroom as an oasis once again, and learning that you don’t have to be governed by any of the rules.” In her book, The Luxury Bathroom, Nestor explores what makes this essential room so inspiring. It’s become a lavish spa-like place, a welcoming spot for guests, a place to take risks and make clever design decisions, as well as the most personal space in the home. Whether these rooms stand out for their opulence, or wow us with their streamlined simplicity, one thing is clear: The bath is becoming an irresistible retreat. In our preview of the book, you’ll see that Nestor has indeed chosen “the spaces with the most imaginative solutions to different problems and places and that people would aspire to have in their own homes,” because unlike reading rooms or walk-in closets, “Everybody has a bathroom.”

Sep

15

5 Tips for Eco-Savvy Bathrooms

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

 

Did you know a leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day? So fix it quickly, says Mary Jo Peterson, CKBD. Here are some other easy ways to go green:

Replace Faucets
Check out new, attractive motionactivated styles for residential sinks to help conserve water. In the shower, try a much-improved aerator. (Now it will rinse the shampoo out of your hair!)

Change Lightbulbs
Spend a bit more up front on fluorescents, and you’ll reap the rewards of energy savings and good color rendering for years to come. Bulbs now come in a variety of shapes, too.

Ventilate
If renovation is the plan, talk to your contractor about ways to move air, odors and moisture. (And avoid mold growth in an attic or garage by making sure vents dump outside.)

Reduce
When redesigning, don’t insist the new toilet or sink be moved to the opposite side of the room. Use less construction materials by keeping water and waste lines in the same place.

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Sep

1

Creative Ideas for a Charming Bath

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Rustic Furniture
Vanities that look like dressers, ornate wood-frame mirrors and upholstered chairs can give an intimate charm to the bathroom. Are you an avid DIYer? Retrofit a salvaged desk or farm table with a sink fixture.

Skip Sleek
Pass on brushed metal or clear glass storage accessories and opt instead for woven baskets or painted antiqued boxes to stash extra towels and toiletries.

Be Artful
Grace the walls with groupings of art in delicate frames. (Although we don’t recommend putting treasured photos or pricey items in a bath due to the potential for water damage.)

Warm your Toes
Radiant-heat flooring not only keeps your tootsies cozy on cold days, it can also help lower heating bills. Check with a contractor to learn the options for the type and installation method that’s right for your home. Baths are a good candidate for radiant-heat floors, since tile is one of the most efficient conveyors of heat created by a subfloor system. (Wood or laminate are okay too, but act as mild insulators against the radiant heat.)

Express Yourself
Have a small collection of vintage tins or ceramic vases? Displayed on a shelf they add personal flair and warmth to a powder room.

Take the Paper Route
In the bath, one roll of wall covering is often all you’ll need. And don’t worry about the damp environment ruining your wallpaper. Today’s designs are made to resist humidity.

Courtesy of Kitchens and Baths Magazine

Aug

29

3 Things About Small Bathroom Remodeling

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

  • Q: What Defines a Small Bathroom?
    A: A small bathroom is defined as being 50 square feet or smaller. This would be roughly 5 feet by 10 feet; 6 feet by 8 feet; or thereabouts. A small bathroom can either be a powder room, half-bath, or guest bathroom (all terms for the same thing, meaning that it lacks bathing facilities) or a full-bath which has either a shower or bathtub or both.
  • Q: How Does a Small Bath Remodel Differ from Larger Bath Remodels?
    A: Cost. Keep in mind that we do need to compare “apples to apples,” and so the cost of remodelinga powder room cannot rightly be compared to the cost of remodeling a large full bath. However, even small and large full bath will differ greatly in price mainly due to the fact that fewer materials are being used. This is especially important because bathroom materials (as well as professional remodeling services) tend to be unusually high.
  • Q: Can I Remodel a Small Bathroom by Myself?
    A: Yes. If you are so inclined, a small bathroom is a great place for the intermediate-level DIY remodeler to cut his or her remodeling “teeth.” But don’t feel ashamed if you do call in professionals. Because of the services involved (plumbing and electrical, mainly), it’s certainly understandable if you do call in professional remodelers you can visit them at drdrip.com.au.

  • Steps to Small Bathroom Remodeling

    1. Define Your Small Bath Needs and Desires
      First, decide whether this will be a powder room or a full bath. Powder rooms have little more than a toilet, sink, and minor electrical workto contend with. But when you bring in the increased plumbing requirements of a bathtub or shower, you also bring in requirements for other things such as moisture protection (do you have the appropriate type of flooring?), ventilation, sizing requirements, additional bathroom cabinetry, and so on. After that, it helps to define who will be using the bathroom. If this is a full bath that will act as a master bathroom, you may need to go “all out” in terms of cabinetry and higher-end materials. After all, you will have to look at this bathroom at least twice a day for many years. But if this bathroom is for overnight guests, you can probably skimp on the quality of materials. You will most definitely not need increased storage space for guests, either.
    2. Plan Your Small Bathroom
      One misconception we often hear about small bathrooms: “Well, if they’re so small, I can probably map the whole thing out in my head, right?” Wrong. Small bathrooms do need extensive planning. One reason is because stock bathroom cabinets come in pre-determined sizes. You’ll probably need to work around stock cabinet sizes (or order custom cabinets). Obtain home design software that will allow you to plan your bathroom in detail.
    3. Decide Whether to Hire a Pro or DIY
      A small bathroom renovation, performed by a remodeling contractor and using contractor-quality materials, might cost you as little as $15,000. Doing the same remodel DIY might cost the cost by 50%. One option is to do as much as possible by yourself: demolition; basic drywall installation; flooring; and painting. Then, leave the rest to the pros. You’ll need to talk with the bath remodeling contractor to coordinate with him.
    4. Strip Down to the Basics
      Strip down? We mean the bathroom, not you! The degree of bathroom demolition you do depends on the scale of your project, of course; but you can expect to strip down a small bathroom in three days, probably even less. Make sure you have other bathroom facilities available, because this one will be completely disabled. Rent a roll-off dumpster for your driveway or have a hauling company take it all away. If your bathroom pre-dates 1978, be careful for lead-based paint dangers.
    5. Install Plumbing and Electrical
      Electrical and plumbing go in first (remember, the walls are open). Rough-in the plumbing for toilet, shower, and bathtub. Have the electrician bring in the wiring, too. You will need to have two inspections done: first, at the rough-in stage; second, after the walls have been closed up.
    6. Install Flooring, Cabinets, Etc.
      If you are partially DIY’ing this job, you might decide to step in at this point and take over. With plumbing and electrical fully installed, you can lay down flooring, hang cabinets, paint the walls, and install towel bars, mirrors, and that finishing touch—the toilet roll holder!

Aug

29

Great Bathroom Remodeling Tips and Ideas For Bathroom Designs

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

When scouring the Internet for bathroom remodeling tips, you may have been disappointed to find there is not much real help out there. With so many people trying to upgrade their bathrooms today, you would think that really useful tips for remodeling bathrooms would be in abundance on the Internet. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily the case.

In response to the lack of online ideas for bathroom designs and the few tips for remodeling bathrooms that are available on the Internet, BathroomDesignerIdeas.com comes to the rescue!

Here, you will find such helpful information as…

Articles offering tips for remodeling bathrooms and trends on the latest designs
Listings of firms specializing in bathroom designs
Where to find bathroom remodeling software
Pictures of various bathroom designs that will help you get inspired!
Our goal is to create a one-stop site where you can gather all of the information you need to complete your bathroom remodeling project. There is no greater feeling than completing the project on your own — and with your own hands. Not only does it save you money, you can also take personal pride in a job well done!

With all the many trends and styles for bathroom design available today, you’ll have your pick of everything from floor to ceiling. Inspiration, creativity and personal style are keys to a successful bathroom redesign project.

Aug

29

Small Bathroom Ideas – Tips and Tricks

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

Small Bathroom Ideas – Copy These Small Bath Ideas and Be On Your Way

If you’re looking for some great small bathroom ideas, you need to think outside the box–figuratively and literally.

What Defines a Small Bathroom?

A small bathroom in the eyes of Donald Trump will probably be different in the eyes of you or me.

So, for one thing, small bathrooms are small in relation to the overall size of the house. Generally, we can say that a small bathroom ranges from 16 square feet to 50 or 60 square feet.

Secondly, small bathrooms do not all have the same functions. A small bathroom can be:

  • Half-Bath: A toilet and sink, just a place for guests to take care of their basic needs and wash their hands.
  • Three-Quarter Bath: Toilet, sink, and either shower or tub. A fully-functioning bathroom to take care of all of the residents’ needs.
  • Full Bath: Toilet, sink, shower, and tub. It’s difficult to shoehorn a separate shower and tub into a small bathroom, so these tend to be combined as one unit.

Small Bathroom Ideas – Tips and Tricks

  1. Use pedestal sinks rather than large vanity cabinets to save space.
  2. Be mindful of the “door swing.” In a small bathroom, the door swing can take up as much as 25% of the room.
  3. Windows, while always welcome, can take up valuable space and make it harder to place large units (shower, tub).
  4. Place toilet, sink, and shower/tub along one wall to mitigate costs.
  5. Lighter paint colors make the room feel airier, larger.
  6. While it might not seem logical, laying ceramic or resilient tile at a diagonal makes small bathrooms feel less cramped.
  7. How do you feel about linen closets? If you have closet space just outside of the bathroom, this is the place where you should store towels–instead of taking up valuable space inside the bathroom.
  8. Don’t overload the senses with wide trim. Keep the trim proportional to the size of the bathroom itself.

Jul

2

Planning your Bathroom

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

The more time you spend at the preparation stage identifying your needs and desires, the more successful your bathroom project will be.

Your ideal bathroom
Before you start selecting tiles, sanitaryware and fittings, it is important to spend time assessing all of your requirements. Make a list of the things you like about your current bathroom and the things you would like to change. Visit showrooms and look through books and magazines for inspiration. Think about a friend’s bathroom that you like or the bathroom of a hotel that you have stayed in – what features appeal to you most?

Size and layout
Is your bathroom big enough? If not, is there any way you can extend it or move it to another room? If you have a large household do you require an additional cloakroom or shower room to ease congestion in the morning?

Are you happy with the current layout of the space or would you prefer to re-arrange the sanitaryware? Would you like to include a bath and a shower, and is there enough space to accommodate the two?

Prioritising your needs and desires will give you food for thought and a point from where to start. Every household is different, so don’t be led by what’s in fashion. A well-designed bathroom is a perfect balance of function and aesthetics and these are unique to the individual.

User requirements
The age and ability of the users will also affect your requirements. Safety features such as thermostatic controls for showers and anti-slip finishes on tiles, the bath and shower tray will benefit everyone, but are especially important if the room is to be used by children or the elderly.

Design and decoration
A new bathroom is a big investment so choose your colour scheme and fittings wisely. Will you still be enamoured by your purchase in 10 years’ time? If you are intending to move home in the near future, will it appeal to potential purchasers? The bathroom and kitchen are both major selling points. Natural coloured tiles and white sanitaryware are always a safe option, as they will not date. You can always add a personal touch with brightly coloured towels and accessories.

The essential elements
Lighting and heating should also be considered from the outset. Include at least two different light sources, task lighting and ambient lighting, and use dimmer switches to create atmosphere. Radiators, underfloor heating and heated towel rails will add warmth to the space. And don’t forget about ventilation to keep your new bathroom steam free.

Jun

9

Modern Minimalist Washstand Small Bathroom Furniture Design Ideas Rain

By KBC Kitchen & Bathroom

For some people who loves small bathroom with modern minimalist styles, this washstand furniture Rain by Axolo can be interesting ideas for you. To enrich your bathroom interior design, the bathroom designer use compact round washbasins that are placed on colored glass. This modern washstand furniture is perfectly combination of brushed stainless steel or high quality polished with a glass various color schemes might change even a small bathroom turn into a very stylish room. The practical minimalist bathroom cabinet under the washbasin offers enough places to storage space some essential every day stuff. If you think that this washstand furniture could become a cool minimalist addition of your bathroom, you can visit the interior designer site for detail information.