Creating Your Dream Bathroom

Creating Your Dream Bathroom

Let’s face it – you spend a lot of time in bathrooms. Whether you’re getting ready in the morning, taking a restroom break, relaxing in the tub, giving your children a bath, or cleaning – you spend a significant number of hours in this room.

This is why it isn’t “silly” to invest in your home’s bathroom. You’re in the room a lot – you should make it a place you love and enjoy. There are 3 key steps you should take when it comes to creating your dream bathroom.

1. Understand your Bathroom’s Existing Structure

When it comes to designing your dream bathroom, you’re probably working with an existing structure in your home. If you’re lucky enough to be building something new from the ground up, then you might be able to skip this step.

While it is possible to move a sink, toilet, or shower – it can add significant expense if the existing structure isn’t designed to work that way. You will want to have a good understanding of where drains and water lines are. If you aren’t sure, ask your contractor. They can explain what is possible and what isn’t within your budget and help you make the right decision.

2. Think about Storage 

You know what turns a bathroom into a nightmare faster than almost anything else? Lots of clutter. If you don’t have adequate storage – clutter is what you will have. While having a huge open floor plan may feel like the right call for your dream oasis, if you are working with limited space, make sure you plan storage even if it means moving things a little closer together.

Think through what you use in your bathroom, what items you use to get ready, and where you’ll store towels and toiletries.

3. Invest in Quality Fixtures

In addition to storage, you’ll want to think about the fixtures in your bathroom. Make sure you choose a quality shower or bathtub. This is where you’ll want to take time to do a lot of research. There are tons of options, so choosing the right one for you will take time.

In addition to the shower or tub, you’ll also want to think about sink faucets and light fixtures as well. You’ll want to choose things that are functional and attractive.

When you’re ready to make your dream bathroom a reality, contact, Gehman Design Remodeling can help you with your bathroom renovation.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Home Additions

The Do’s and Don’ts of Home Additions

Home renovations and remodeling are an exciting step in being a homeowner, especially for those looking to introduce whole new additions to the house. But it can also be a challenge knowing where to start with the project. If you’re considering adding onto your home in the near future, here are the top do’s and don’ts of home additions. 

Do’s

Do start with a clear design. Adding onto your home is going to need more than just your vision. To get any necessary permits and have the work done properly, you should work with a professional to put your ideas onto paper. Hiring an architect or designer to draw out your design will help give your contractor a clear picture of what you want. You’ll also be able to spot any problems with your idea and adjust accordingly before building begins. Remember, the more detailed the design, the more true-to-vision your addition will come out. 

Do add on to your kitchen. Almost no other home project can raise the value of your property as much as a kitchen improvement. As needs and trends progress, more and more houses feature open and spacious kitchens for entertaining and cooking as a hobby. Be considerate of your future homebuyers and increase your own home-happiness by considering whether a functional kitchen addition is right for your home and needs. 

Do add more bathrooms. Another easy way to add value to a home is by adding in another bathroom or two. For homebuyers, there is no such thing as too many bathrooms. They add functionality to the house and encourage privacy for residents, meaning adding income by renting out a room or two is now a possibility without sharing a bathroom. 

Don’ts

Don’t be stubborn. A home addition is a big undertaking, and even if you have an expertly crafted design for your builders, there’s always the possibility of an unseen problem making itself known. Be prepared and know that in large projects like this, it’s conceivable that not everything will go right. When budgeting time and cost, you should allow for delays and additional costs to prevent any unwanted surprises. 

Don’t go too big. It’s always attempting to bring on high-value additions like bathrooms or a sunroom but doing too much at once could lower your property value. The closer you build to the property line, the more you encroach on yard space. Landscaping, patios, and other outdoor features are just as important to homebuyers as an extra bathroom, so take care not to build so big that potential buyers lose out on outdoor spaces. 

Are you ready to take the next step in bringing a great addition to your home? Contact Gehman Design Remodeling for assistance in bringing great workmanship to your next home project. 

Home Improvement Projects to Leave to the Professionals

Home Improvement Projects to Leave to the Professionals

Summer is definitely one of the best times of the year to take on home improvement projects. Some projects you can tackle yourself safely and easily get the job done. But some should be left to the professionals. Landscaping and cleaning gutters can be taken care of homeowners themselves in most cases, but jobs requiring ladders and technical skills require real contractors. Continue reading to learn about which jobs you should leave to the pros and how you can pull off yourself. 

Bathrooms

A bathroom may seem like a job that you can tackle after watching a few remodeling tv shows and videos online, but there are many complexities that go along with it. Bathroom remodeling consists of baths, flooring, vanities, countertops, cabinetry & more. Unless you’re a contractor, you probably aren’t equipped to handle all of these areas. The many considerations become complicated if your plan goes slightly awry. An experienced contractor has re-done many bathrooms and can plan accordingly, with possible complications in mind. This helps a job go more smoothly.

Windows

New windows are a great value add to any home. They provide you with increased energy efficiency as well as natural light and a myriad of other benefits. They’re among the most popular ways that homeowners look to improve their homes, especially in the summer. If the windows aren’t installed properly, though, they’ll be less efficient than the old windows were. Air leaks caused by an improper seal can happen if you aren’t an experienced window installer. 

Decks

Decks are a great way to add to your home’s outdoor space and extend your entertaining capabilities. They aren’t a very easy installation, though. You often have to ensure that the ground is level prior to beginning. Then you need to install concrete forms or something to support the deck. It takes more than cutting some 2x4s and hammering some nails to build a quality deck. If you want a professional-looking job done, hire a decking design and building contractor. A deck is one of the best ways to improve your home, especially during the summer. 

Painting

One of the most popular DIY projects for homeowners is painting. Some interior painting jobs can certainly be done quickly by homeowners. But larger and exterior painting jobs should be left to the pros. Having neat lines and a clean finish requires a steady hand and years of experience painting. You can tell a professional painting job from a layman’s. 

Contact our team at Gehman Design Remodeling today to get started on improving your home. We can help you with window installations, bathroom remodeling, deck building & more. Call us at (215) 513-0300 or fill out on contact form to get started.

Deck Ideas for Entertaining this Summer

Deck Ideas for Entertaining this Summer

With temperatures heating up and the winter weather behind us, you may have imagined what your entertaining at your home will be like this season. A deck on your home is an excellent way to boost your entertaining ability. Well-designed decks can add so much to your home, helping extend your home’s living space outdoors. You should love the outdoor space of your home just as long as the indoor space and decks can help you. Take your barbecues, graduation parties, and other summer celebrations to the next level. 

Expand Your Space

The more space that you’ve got to work with when it comes to your deck, the better. Decks are custom built to fit any space imaginable. With more space to offer, you can add additional seating and other furniture to your deck. The difference between patios and decks is that decks are built at a raised level, so you can take advantage of views in your neighborhood and even build one around an above ground pool. Every home and outdoor space is different, so at Gehman Design Remodeling, we custom build each deck that we design. 

Bring the Comforts of Inside Out

Once you’ve got a deck built, it’s time to begin furnishing it, arguably the most important part. It all depends on the size of your deck and what you want to do with it. If you plan to have dinner parties and get-togethers often, you’ll want to add a dining table and some chairs. Rocking chairs and wicker benches are common for outdoor seating options. A grill is a must-have for anyone with a deck. Sharing meals outdoors with friends and family create some of the best memories for the summer. The more space that you have, the more creative you can get with the space. Adding a bar or cabana will help bolster your deck too. 

Spruce the Space Up

With the designing and building of your deck finished, all that’s left to do is take care of the finishing touches. Adding some atmosphere is easy with some lights and some music. Many homeowners opt for string lights or LEDs for decks and other outdoor spaces because they’re efficient and adorable. You need your space to be lit when the sun goes down for when summer days extend into the night. Bluetooth speakers are now affordable, too if you like to enjoy music on your deck. Don’t forget to add some natural accents as well, such as a fountain or some lush greenery. A new deck and some clever design can help make your outdoor space the talk of your neighborhood and your new favorite space. 

Contact our team at Gehman Design Remodeling today to learn more about the deck installation and design services that we offer.

Signs That You Need to Replace Your Windows

Signs That You Need to Replace Your Windows

Deciding when the correct time is to replace your home’s windows isn’t always easy. There are a lot of things to keep track of as a homeowner, when something breaks on the interior or exterior of your home, all of the responsibility falls on you. Windows are one of the most crucial parts of the exterior of your home; they have many essential functions in your home and provide tons of benefits. Windows help keep pests out of your home and keep it ventilated. Your home is more comfortable when it’s well ventilated, plus it can help reduce your energy costs and carbon footprint. 

Rising Energy Costs

One of the first clear signs that most homeowners receive that their windows may need to be replaced is the fluctuation of your energy bills. Air leaking through your windows leads to your energy bills rising because they aren’t performing their job well. Old or damaged windows are prone to leaks. You’ll have to crank up your heat, especially high, if you’re losing a good portion of it right through your windows. Modern replacement windows are more energy-efficient compared to windows of the past, so they’re a great investment in your home. Reducing the cost of your heating and cooling will also reduce your carbon footprint and help the planet. 

Your Windows Are Creaky

Do you have difficulty opening and closing your windows? Do they make a racket when opening and closing them? These are both signs that it may be time to replace your windows. Old wooden windows are the most prone to creaking and becoming noisy. Outside noise can also be an indicator of this. Hearing every car drive by or every time a neighborhood dog barks can be annoying. Old windows can make it uncomfortable in your home if you live in a noisy neighborhood or near a highway. New windows will provide a tight seal that will keep noise from the outdoors there. 

Your Windows Are Just Plain Old

If you lived in your home for many years and know that your windows are old, it’s a clear sign that you’re due for a replacement. The same goes for if you’ve recently moved into a home and noticed that the paint on your windows is chipping. Condensation can be a clear sign that your windows are older and need to be replaced as well. If water is leaking through your windows, so is air, and they aren’t performing as well as they should be. 

Now that you know the signs of needing a new window replacement, contact our team at Gehman Design Remodeling if you’re in need of replacement windows. Our team provides window replacements of all types. Contact us today.

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