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Tips for Planning Your Dream Bathroom Remodel

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Remodeling any part of your home can be fun to dream about. To actually get the results you want, however, takes a lot of planning. Here are some of our best tips for planning the remodel of your dreams:

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Are you sharing a master bath? Are you remodeling your own private bathroom? Or maybe you’re designing a bathroom space for a family of five?

Whatever your needs may be, it is important to narrow them down before beginning the remodeling process so that you can choose accessories for your space accordingly. For instance, a couple may want a large double vanity to efficiently get ready in the morning. However, for a large family, storage space may be a higher priority when redesigning.

Narrowing down your needs is the first step in crafting a plan for efficient use of your space and resources.

Do Your Homework

Getting ideas for your remodel can be as simple as reading reviews online or chatting with your neighbors who have already gone through the remodeling process. Visiting an in-person showroom is a perfect opportunity to get an idea of what remodeling options are available to you and talking to other homeowners can give you an idea of what’s possible.

Get Inspired

The sky is the limit when it comes to remodeling.  Even if you can’t make an in-person visit to a showroom, online searches can turn up hundreds of ideas for bathroom looks and styles – modern, traditional, or contemporary. Click through the Luxury Bath photo gallery to explore the unique bathrooms other Ohio homeowners have created.

Set Your Budget

Bathroom remodels can be done to fit budgets of any size, but nevertheless, it’s important to know what you can afford ahead of time. Create a realistic budget and begin to plan your remodeling fantasies around what you can comfortably afford.

What you have to work with will impact how much of your inspiration can be achieved, but don’t be discouraged—often, costs can be minimized by modifying your ideas. Our team will do everything we can to help you get all of your wants while not breaking the bank.  

Treat Yourself!

What makes this space a “dream” bathroom for you? Do you dream of marble- or stone-look showers and whirlpool tubs? Or maybe you want to focus on installing easy-to-clean glass showers and opening up the space. Make sure to throw in some design elements that you’ll love forever.

Explore tiled backsplashes or beadboard wainscoting. Play with dark wood cabinets and modern, unexpected sinks or open space and sleek, white counters. Get creative with lighting, flooring, and use of space. Whatever change you want to achieve, a Luxury Bath design specialist can help you make it happen every step of the way.

 

Preparing Your Bathroom for Back-to-School Success

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Preparing your family for back to school can be a stressful endeavor. Getting everyone back on a regular schedule is a daunting task. This can be particularly challenging when everyone needs to get ready to leave at the same time- especially when there is limited bathroom space. Here are several tips on how to prepare your bathroom to keep the back-to-school transition smooth and easy.

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Creating dedicated space in the bathroom for each family member minimizes clutter and helps cut down on time used to get ready in the morning. Mornings are crazy enough as it is, but knowing where everything is can help things run efficiently. Utilize extra space in linen closets or under counters to create a cubby for each family member. The use of bins keeps everything in one easily accessible place and clears counters for a neater appearance and easier cleaning.

Make it Shine

To make cleaning a breeze, daily maintenance is the key. Use a suction cup to hang a squeegee in the shower for quick and easy cleanup after each use. This saves time scrubbing mineral deposits and soap scum later. Keep a small bin of cleaning supplies in a cabinet under the vanity for a super fast daily wipe down of counters, sinks, and mirrors. Quick, daily maintenance efforts will save you from time-consuming weekly deep cleans.  

Privacy, Please

To accommodate multiple family members sharing one bathroom, adding a water closet for privacy can be a real game changer. Enclosing the toilet assures privacy while multiple family members need to be in the bathroom at once. A vanity area just outside of the bathroom is a great option to clear space for older kids who don’t want to share the bathroom with siblings or parents.

Declutter!

It can be easy to let old products pile up in your bathroom, but taking time to declutter will give you more storage and a better piece of mind. Take everything out of your medicine closet and evaluate. Can some things be thrown away? Can you combine things to save space? Dispose of old razors, shampoo bottles, and lotions that haven’t been used in a while.

Proper storage and organization are key to streamlining the back-to-school routine this fall. Following these tips will help you have the clean, clutter-free, and stylish bathroom of your dreams. And as always, contact us at Luxury Bath for any and all of your bathroom needs!

Quick Upkeep Tips After A Remodel

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A bathroom remodel is one of the best investments that you can make for your home. With proper care and upkeep, you can keep your new bathroom functioning and looking great for years to come. Here are several upkeep tips to help you maintain the results of the bathroom remodel:

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Water can cause mold and mildew to build up in your bathroom. Because of this, it is important to clean up moisture as soon as possible You should have everyone in your home wipe down the walls with a squeegee after they shower. Using water repellant on walls to help prevent soap scum and mineral buildup is also a good idea. This will save you lots of time and effort spent scrubbing and deep cleaning.

Keeping a window open in your bathroom is also a great way to reduce moisture. The more air that is circulated throughout your bathroom, the dryer the area will be.

Alternative Cleaning Methods

Many store-bought cleaners can leave behind toxic remnants. Because of this, it is always a good idea to use homemade cleaners when possible. Vinegar and baking soda create a powerful combination that can be used to clean faucets, pipes, and showerheads. This homemade alternative both better for the longevity of your bathroom and also environmentally friendly.

In addition to making your own cleaners, add baby oil to your cleaning routine. By adding a little bit of baby oil to a cloth and cleaning off appliances, you’ll keep your remodel bright, shiny, and looking as good as new.

Switch to Liquid Soap

Using liquid soap when possible will help to keep your bathroom neat and clean. Bar soap produces scum and leaves behind streaks and build up. It also harbors bacteria and creates a mess over time. Liquid soap is a neat, efficient way to keep things clean.

Keep Your Bathroom Clutter-Free

Over time, it is easy for your bathroom to become cluttered with deodorants, soaps, gels, and shampoos. A clutter-free bathroom not only looks better, but is cleaner and easier to maintain. Go through and get rid of any bathroom products that you don’t use or need.

If you still have trouble keeping your bathroom clutter-free, then you may need extra storage space. Purchasing storage cubbies or decorative baskets are a cute way to make extra storage space.

Clean Your Grout

Grout can be found in the crevices of your shower tile. Many people neglect cleaning this part of their bathroom, which can lead to growth and build up of mold and mildew. To effectively get rid of grout, mix bleach and warm water. This will remove any growth and get rid of bacteria. For optimal results, plan on cleaning your grout every month or so.

These upkeep tips will ensure that your remodel stays beautiful and clean for years to come. If you have any questions about remodel upkeeping, or you are considering a bathroom remodel, give us a call at Luxury Bath today!

Caring for Bathroom Tile

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Bathroom tile can be a beautiful compliment to any beautifully decorated bathroom. Properly caring for your bathroom tile can be a bit of challenge, but if you do it properly, it can help your tile last for years to come. Because of its’ frequent use, the bathroom requires a lot of maintenance. Follow these time-saving tips to keep your bathroom looking clean:

Stay Away from Harsh Cleaners

More abrasive cleaners may get the job done, but they can also cause your tile grout to wear and down and eventually begin to crack. Even small cracks can be a perfect spot for mold and mildew to develop. Instead, use mild soap and water for light cleanings, and gentle or specialized cleaners for more stubborn stains.

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Sealing your tiles on a regular basis minimizes wear and tear. This is especially true with tiles frequently exposed to water, such as ones on shower walls, bathroom countertops, or flooring with tiles near the bathtub/shower area. Be sure to choose a sealer made for your tiles specific location and material.

Keep a Squeegee Handy

If there’s one tool you’ll want to keep on deck at all times in your bathroom, it’s a squeegee. First, use a towel to wipe up any visible moisture, such as spilled water on tiles near the sink or on shower walls. Then use the squeegee to easily brush away any excess moisture to reduce your odds of growing mold or mildew.

Be Mindful of Signs of Mold

Doing regular visual inspections to check for signs of these common bathroom growths can reduce your odds of having a big problem on your hands. If you spot a few spores or signs of mold-related growth, a store-bought grout cleaner can usually do the trick. But if the problem is more widespread, hire a professional cleaning service. Either way, deal with the issue as quickly as possible.

Clean Grout Lines

The cement-based mixture that fills the spaces between bathroom tiles is where stains usually show up first. Keep your tile grout clean and free of potentially harmful contaminants by using either mild bleach or a grout cleaning product. If there are existing stains, let the cleaner sit for about 10-15 minutes before cleaning it with a scrub brush or toothbrush. Avoid scrubbing tiles directly so you don’t accidentally scratch the material.  

Know When It’s Time for Replacement

Cleaning tiles on a regular basis can prevent serious issues with your tile flooring and can help it last for quite a while. However, there are circumstances in which it is necessary to replace flooring. If your flooring has an excessive buildup of mold or mildew, or if it is beginning to crack, talk to a professional about replacement options.

Caring for your tile floors can be simple and can keep them looking beautiful and functional for years to come. If you have questions about flooring or you are looking to redecorate, contact the experts at Luxury Bath today!

Spring Cleaning Tips from Luxury Bath

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Can A Bathroom Be Spring Cleaned? You Bet!

Spring cleaning usually involves clearing closets, cabinets, and storage areas on unwanted clutter. We wash windows, refinish floors, and prep the windows and doors for warm weather. What about the bathroom? Some bathrooms have no windows, which means mold and mildew growing over the long winter. Because of this, it is important to deep clean bathrooms as well!

Supplies

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Just working with a can of scrubbing bubbles and a sponge might not cut it. Here are the supplies we recommend you pick up for this endeavor:

  • Microfiber cloths
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Seventh Generation cleaning liquids (these are all natural with no harmful chemicals)
  • Dusting cloths
  • Swiffer mop or microfiber mop
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil or coconut oil
  • Spray bottle with water

Cabinets

Many bathrooms have wooden cabinets. To dust and clean them, mix in a small jar one half cup lemon juice to two cups olive or coconut oil. Shake until well mixed, then dust your wood cabinets. It’s a natural alternative to cleaning chemicals and will make the wood glow.

Glass and Mirrors

Some people mix dish liquid with vinegar and water to wash glass and mirrors. However, the dish liquid isn’t really necessary. Lemon juice or vinegar and water will clean most everything.

Close the glass shower door after you’ve turned on the hot water. Allow the steam to build up, and then shut the shower off. On the glass shower walls, apply a paste of baking soda and vinegar. Let sit for a few minutes, then wipe off. Spray with water. Wipe down with microfiber cloths to prevent mildew.

Floor and Wall Tiles

Close the shower door again with hot water running for steam. Use either the Seventh Generation cleaners or a mixture of vinegar, lemon, and water. Apply the cleaner to the tile walls and floors, then close the door. In a few minutes, shut off the shower. With a Swiffer or a microfiber mop, remove the moisture from the ceiling.

Wipe off the tile walls and floors. If not all dirt was removed from the grout, apply a paste of vinegar and baking soda. Scrub with a toothbrush. If it still won’t come clean, then a professional formula should be applied.

Tips For Deep Cleaning the Bathroom

Now the windows, mirrors, walls and floors are clean, it’s time to deep clean the sink and toilet. One of the best tips we’ve seen for cleaning the toilet and sink is to sprinkle in baking soda. After a few minutes, pour in vinegar. It will sizzle and bubble. When it’s finished bubbling, rinse it. It will shine like new!

Faucets and Shower Heads

Next you’ll need plastic sandwich baggies and rubber bands. In the baggie, mix vinegar, baking soda, and water. Wrap the faucets and shower head with the baggie. Let them sit for a couple of hours or overnight. Then, remove them and wipe them down. Your faucets and shower head will shine!

These simple tips and tricks should be all the cleaning you need to make your bathroom shine like new. If your bathroom needs more than just a little freshening up this spring season, give Luxury Bath a call to get started on your dream bathroom!

Bathroom Organization 101

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Bathroom Organization 101-0005-300x200No matter how opulent your bathroom is, clutter simply seems to happen. After the cocooning of colder months, you’re probably wondering how such a nice spa-like retreat can get so messy.

Relax. Decluttering is as simple as taking a day in each of your bathrooms to accomplish spring cleaning. For the most part, you don’t need any fancy accoutrements in any of your bathrooms to accomplish decluttering. What is needed is a sense of purging, of being able to get rid of items you no longer use and not feeling guilty about it. Here is what you need to do to get a wonderfully organized bathroom.

Pitch It. When was the last time you used the vitamins, medication, makeup or anything that may be in your medicine cabinet or drawers? If the item is expired, throw it in the garbage. Similarly, label cosmetics and other consumables that don’t have an expiration date. even if it doesn’t have an expiration date, pitch items that smell or look funny, particularly if you know they are past their prime.
Small Storage Spaces. Organize storage spaces such as drawers or cabinets with dividers or storage bins that will keep similar items with one another. Make sure that storage bins have small compartments that are appropriate for makeup, medicines and other smaller items found in bathrooms. By designating certain areas, whether in a drawer, a cabinet, etc., for items like makeup, medicines and other small items, you’ll minimize time spent in the bathroom and organize your home in the process.

Claim Space Over the Toilet.
The area over the toilet is a great place for storage. Many organizational stores have storage units specifically made for placement over toilets. These storage areas are great for items such as extra towels, toilet paper, tissues and other frequently used items.

Clean Up the Vanity
How any times have you seen items strewn across your vanity? Use apothecary jars to organize items like makeup brushes, cotton balls and similar small items. Organizing in this manner will give your bathroom a high-end hotel feel. Save a shelf for knick knacks.

Remodeling Tips For Luxury Bathrooms

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Remodeling Tips For Luxury Bathrooms-037b-200x300Remodeling a basic bathroom is a great way to create the ultimate space that you’ve always wanted in your home. Making a relaxing, private retreat doesn’t have to be difficult when you know what you want and focus on the details. Here are some bathroom remodeling tips and ideas to inspire homeowners with luxury homes:

Choose high end fixtures and features

As you are choosing the fixtures and features, you don’t want to go with cheap options just to save a little money. Opting for higher end items typically means better quality, which means long lasting durability, and it will only enhance the overall look of the room, as well. From the faucets to the shower head to the lighting, take the time to find and select beautiful items from trusted brands and manufacturers.

Make it spacious

When it comes to creating a bathroom retreat, bigger truly is better. If possible, expand the size of the bathroom to ensure that you can install all of the features that you want. If you can’t expand, just be sure to take the measurements of each element into consideration when designing the best layout. Having some extra space for furniture is also a great way to give the room a spa-like, sanctuary kind of ambiance.

Add a jetted or soaking tub

One of the best ways to ensure that your bathroom is relaxing is by including a tub that you can really settle in to. If you prefer to lounge in the water for long periods of time, choose a soaking tub that will give you space to stretch out in the water and unwind for a while. If you want a more spa-like experience, install a jetted tub that will allow you to soak and soothe your muscles at the end of a long day.

Luxury homes should have a beautiful bathroom that feels like a private retreat for homeowners and their guests. By keeping these bathroom tips in mind before doing a remodeling project, you’ll be able to create a space that matches both your desires and the style of your home.

Prepare For Bathroom Remodeling With This Checklist

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Prepare For Bathroom Remodeling With This Checklist-shutterstock_318883664-300x200Remodeling your bathroom is one good way to add beauty and value to your home. However, there is much to consider before you begin such renovations. Below is a helpful bathroom remodeling checklist you can refer to when organizing your project:

  1. Budget. The first step is to create a budget for your renovations. This helps you keep track of how much you invested into the project. You can refer to it as the work is being completed to make sure you are staying on track and your contractors are not exceeding the estimate by more than a nominal amount.
  2. Design, Style and Functionality. The next task on your checklist is choosing a style and design for your new bathroom. You must consider paint color, shower and tub styles, vanities, tiles and the type of fixtures you prefer. Remember that design should work hand-in-hand with functionality, and therefore it is essential to give thought to who will be using the bathroom. When reviewing various designs and themes, you should make paint color selection a priority: it is easier to choose cabinets, fixtures and accessories when you know the color of your new bathroom.
  3. Ventilation. Ventilation is crucial in a moisture filled room such as a bathroom. Therefore, you must choose the correct fan and position it appropriately so that electrical wiring is free of obstruction. Fans go a long way toward preventing mold and mildew, so always choose high-quality models. Good ventilation also prevents the decay of wooden fixtures or trim. Although fans can be installed as DIY projects, it is probably better to hire a professional for this phase of the remodel.
  4. Hiring a Contractor. Even if you plan to complete certain bathroom remodeling tasks on your own, the services of a contractor are necessary for at least some of the project. Always choose a reputable, qualified professional who understands what you are looking for and is willing to help you design your dream bathroom. Do not hesitate to refer to your bathroom remodeling checklist when speaking with your contractor. When planned appropriately, a successful remodeling project is virtually guaranteed.

Tips For Remodeling Your Bathroom

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Remodeling and updating your bathroom will almost certainly add beauty and value to your dwelling. Whether you plan to completely renovate the room or merely update a portion of it, any enhancement is worth both the money and effort. Below are some bathroom tips to make this endeavor easier:

An Updated Vanity Breaths New Life Into an Old Bathroom:

A partial remodel, such as replacing your bathroom’s vanity, can instantly update a drab or outdated bathroom. Your first step is to decide on the type of vanity you wish to install. A huge variety of styles and materials are available to view online, which makes your shopping easier, as various colors and ideas can be reviewed from the comfort of your home. The different options you find can then be discussed with your contractor who can provide additional bathroom remodeling tips.

Take your bathroom’s overall design into consideration when selecting a vanity color and style, as this will ensure the new unit blends well with the room’s décor and ultimately becomes a pleasing addition. Purchasing an entire vanity set, including a coordinated wall mirror is also something you should consider. When your choices have been narrowed down to a handful of possibilities, browse through home improvement magazines or visit your local home improvement retailer to get a strong idea of what each unit actually looks like and identify the one you think would work best in your bathroom.

Professional Installation:

For the most satisfying results of your remodeling project, always have vanities or other additions to your bathroom installed by a professional. Such individuals typically guarantee their work, as well as the products they sell. Ultimately, the addition of a new bathroom vanity is a great place to start if you want to add style and flair to this much used room.

Tips For Bathroom Remodeling on A Tight Budget

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Refreshing your bathroom with a remodel project is a great way to add value and update your home. However, the costs can seem too high, and may hold you back from tackling such a project. Here are some bathroom remodeling tips if you’re working with a tight budget:

Use tile strategically. Tile can quickly become expensive, so one of the best ways to save while still achieving a beautiful look is by using it strategically in your design. Stick with a simple white subway tile and then choose a more colorful tile for an accent. You can make a row or two with the pricier tiles, and keep costs down by working with existing tile, or using a basic option.

Focus on colors and fixtures. Sometimes just a few simple tweaks can entirely change the look and feel of an outdated or dull bathroom. Give the space a fresh coat of paint, and then change out the decor, the shower curtain, and fixtures. A new light fixture, new faucets, and new drawer pulls are simple touches that can breathe new life into the room for a very affordable price. Start by choosing a paint color for the walls, and then base the rest of the room’s design off of that.

Refinish or replace the vanity. Changing out the vanity doesn’t have to cost too much. If you are creative, you can even attempt a DIY project and simply refinish the existing vanity. Give it a fresh coat of paint, add new drawer handles, and change out an old sink bowl for a sleek new one. You can also spend the bulk of your budget on a new vanity to replace the old one, and then make decor changes to complement it.

A bathroom remodeling project can quickly become expensive. Stick to a tight budget by working with what you have and making simple changes, and making little improvements to those features that won’t break the bank.