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September 2015

Tips For Organizing Your Bathroom Vanity

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Tips For Organizing Your Bathroom Vanity-416451_10151058721384811_65673625_o-300x198Your bathroom should be a calming retreat, but it’s also a space that can easily get overtaken by clutter. Give your bathroom a more streamlined look by getting things off of the vanity countertop and into designated spots. Here are some helpful organizing tips for homeowners to keep their bathroom vanity neat and tidy:

Get rid of unnecessary items. Chances are you have items in your bathroom that really have no business being there. Whether it’s old makeup and beauty products that you no longer use or are half empty, or just random things that have found their way in, and never made it back out, there are likely at least a handful of items that can be tossed out or stored in another room. Before you can start organizing, you need to clear out everything unnecessary.

Only leave out the essentials. There are a few essential items that need to be handy at all times in the bathroom. These include hand soap, a hand towel, and toothbrushes. Everything else can be given a proper place to be stored away until they need to be used, like toothpaste, makeup, grooming tools, cleaning supplies, and more.

Use drawer organizers. For vanities with drawers, simple organizers are the way to go. You can find them in a variety of sizes and styles, and they easily insert into the drawer. You can keep all of your cosmetics and beauty tools neatly stored away in designated spots. This also helps to keep the products in good shape, since they aren’t simply being tossed into a cosmetics bag or left lying on the counter. The items will be handy whenever you need them, and conveniently hidden from view.

Use baskets or bins. You can use baskets and bins to keep towels, toilet paper, and other supplies neatly stored. If your vanity has a cabinet, it’s the perfect place to keep extra toilet paper rolls. Use stylish baskets to store folded hand towels and wash clothes. You can place a basket with towels or supplies on top of the toilet tank for even more organized storage. Small bins are great for collecting things like hair ties, bobby pins, and barrettes and clips.

By following these bathroom tips, you’ll have a more organized space. Keep your bathroom clean and relaxing by clearing out clutter. Make the most of the space by organizing all of the necessary items in the vanity.

How To: Create A Luxury Bathroom In Your Home

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How To: Create A Luxury Bathroom In Your Home-471014_10150628639964811_605011783_o-300x198Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the home, and it should be a retreat. By making some simple changes, you can easily transform an ordinary bathroom into your own personal spa escape, right at home. Here are some tips for homeowners to create a beautiful, relaxing, luxury bathroom:

Materials Matter. The materials that you choose for the space should be high quality. Not only will they look better, but they will also be durable. Consider tiling the walls from floor to ceiling for a high end look. You can’t go wrong with a fresh, classic subway tile. Marble is another great option for a luxury look, and it can be used on floors, in the shower, and the counter top for the vanity.

Don’t Overlook the Details. Small touches can add so much to the bathroom, so don’t overlook the details. Keep the counter top clean and clutter free for a sleek look. Elements like the lighting and hardware can instantly enhance the design. Bring the design together with a few select decorative touches, such as candles and artwork. Choose high end faucets for the sink and bathtub, and install a luxury shower head with multiple settings for that spa-like feel.

Install the Elements You Want. Before you get started on remodeling or revamping the bathroom, jot down the elements that you absolutely must have to create your dream space. Take measurements to see where they will fit in, and then design the layout that works best for the space that you have. If you love to relax in a warm bath, choose an elegant soaking tub. A claw footed tub offers a classic, high end look. A jetted tub is ideal if you desire a relaxing retreat where you can unwind. For the master bathroom, opt for a double vanity to give you plenty of space. You won’t regret putting in those must-have features, but you’ll probably regret leaving them out once it’s all finished.

Your bathroom is one of the most important places in your home, second only to the kitchen. With the right elements, you can achieve a beautiful, luxury look. By following these simple bathroom tips, you can transform your space into an upscale spa like atmosphere.

A Tub To Shower Conversion 101

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A Tub To Shower Conversion 101-LuxBath-300x169Many homeowners are eliminating at least one bathtub in their homes. Although tubs are luxurious places to relax, many people find that taking showers fits better into their daily lives. Stepping over outdated tub walls is another consideration, especially as one ages. If this sounds like your situation, a tub to shower conversion may be the type of renovation you need.

Converting your tub into a shower takes careful consideration before you begin the process. For most bathrooms, a dream shower can fit into the footprint of an outdated bathtub. Here are some remodel tips to ensure that you get the shower conversion that’s right for your space.

Measure everything precisely down to 1/8 inch and write it down. Most tubes are 60 inches wide, an ideal width, but depth can be a problem. You’ll need at least 32 to 34 inches from the wall to the shower door. You’ll also need a finished ceiling height of at least 80 inches and a minimum interior space of 30 by 30 inches. If the toilet is located adjacent, make sure there will be a minimum of 15 inches between it and the location of the shower door. Consider a doorless shower if you don’t have the minimum clearance.

Once you have determined the existing space is large enough, four other elements will need to be addressed: plumbing, shower pan, wallboard and tile.

Existing water feeds will need reconfiguration to support a new diverter and trim. Tub drains are generally only 1-1/2 inches in diameter while most building codes require shower drains to be 2 inches, thus requiring new piping. The shower pan must be poured to achieve adequate sloping to the drain. Installation of a seamless waterproof membrane between the pan and floor tile is recommended to prevent seepage from to the floor below.

Crucial bathroom tips in a tub to shower conversion involve the wallboard and tile. Although one-piece acrylic systems are touted by some as the ideal solution, these are often placed over existing walls, which can harbor mold and eventual rot. Make sure that mold-resistant backer board is placed behind tile, which needs to be installed at least to the height of the showerhead. The joints between all tiles will need grouting and sealing to further retard mold growth behind the tile.

Fall In Love With Your New Bathroom

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Fall In Love With Your New Bathroom-0002-200x300Because bathrooms are becoming places in the home that provide relaxation and relief from stress, fall remodeling plans should include items other than the usual painting and redecorating. A properly fitted luxury bathroom can add beauty and value to your home, and for this reason it warrants a high priority when deciding on a remodeling budget. If you would like to create a bathroom you can fall in love with, we can assist you with it every step of the way.

Bathroom Remodeling Tips:

Unless a complete new bathroom is being built, placing the fixtures will mainly depend on the location of the existing plumbing. Within this context, however, impressive changes can be made. Since a wide array of fixtures are available from which to choose, it is not too difficult to design a dream bathroom to please most family members.

If the bathroom is large and space is not an issue, a wonderful whirlpool tub can be installed as well as a walk-in shower. Keeping fixtures close to existing plumbing will save money and ensure less upheaval. A corner shower on the same wall as the bathtub is a good option and fits in to space that would normally be wasted. In keeping with the natural look, stones such as soapstone, quartz and granite make good flooring options in and around the shower.

Vessel sinks are very popular at present, and do not normally take up more room than a traditional sink. Beautiful models are available in glass with shades of blue overtones, that give the visual appeal of a pool of water.

Borrowing Ideas From Nature:

Another popular trend is using natural materials for your bathroom. The materials include a mix of textures and colors, just as in nature. A forest look, for instance, may bring to mind the bark of trees, green leaves, ferns and the smooth stone and bubbling water of brooks. For a Southwest look, images of a red rock landscape with fluffy white clouds in blue skies may be the décor of choice.

If bathroom remodeling is one of your fall projects, take time to speak to a professional at Luxury Bath Systems who can ensure a finished product that will bring years of satisfaction and enjoyment.