Our Award Winning Bathroom!

We are proud to share with you photos of our recently awarded Local and Regional NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) CotY (Contractor of the Year) award for a Bathroom! The Local Award includes Bucks and Montgomery Counties, and Regional encompasses Pennsylvania through Maine. Here’s the story behind it…

When our Clients moved to Pennsylvania from another country, they knew they would be missing their family, and knew they would want visiting family members to have a place to stay in their home.  Since visits would typically be longer than just weekend, our Clients wanted to turn a first-floor Office space and Powder Room into a Guest Bedroom and Bathroom which would keep their Guests comfortable and give them their own getaway space for their extended stays.

Re-work Hardwood floors                                                                      

When we began the project, our team had to re-work the hardwood floors because of the existing angles of the doorways.  Our goal was to create seamless flooring.  The re-design also provided added space in both the Bedroom and Bathroom.                                                                                                                                                                                

                                        

   

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping the Bathroom Accessible to Everyone                                          

 

Since this Bathroom is also the only Bathroom on the main floor, it had to be accessible to everyone.  Our Clients wanted their Guests to have access directly from their Bedroom but didn’t want to take up wall space by using a traditional door.  We chose a pocket door with a mirror mounted on the Bedroom side, giving their Guests a full-length mirror, and at the same time, creating the illusion of a larger room.

 

Floating Vanity                                                             

Our Clients wanted the stone vanity top to appear as if it were floating from the wall.  To make this happen, the fabricators had to match the pattern in the top of the stone and wrap the pattern down the apron on the front and side of the floating vanity top.  To hold it in place, we used concealed custom-made steel brackets mounted to the wall studs for support.  The floating vanity creates a clean design that allows the floors to continue throughout the entire Bathroom.

 

Custom Made Barn Doors                              

As part of the Bathroom renovation, our Clients wanted custom-made barn doors on the Bathroom entrance that would match their fireplace mantel in the adjacent Great Room.  We used poplar wood for the barn doors and stained them the same color as the Client’s fireplace mantel. The barn doors added the functionality our Client was looking for, and the matching stained wood tied them into the fireplace mantel combining them into the overall room design.  The beautiful custom-made barn doors added a rustic touch to our Client’s contemporary modern style.

 

 

Our Clients are extremely pleased with their new Guest space for their visiting family members.  And it was smiles all around when we were announced the winners!

Add Interest with These Bathroom Flooring Choices

When it comes to Bathroom flooring choices these days, you have hundreds of choices – carpet, tile, wood, laminate, linoleum and stone … just to name a few. And when it comes to installing a new floor in your bathroom, you may have an idea or two of the options you want to investigate further to see which will work best for your home.

But picking out the right flooring option for your bathroom is more than liking a sample you saw at the home improvement store. You’ll want to consider the entire picture: the wall color, the bathroom fixtures, and the natural and artificial lighting.

One of the more popular flooring choices for the bathroom is ceramic tile. Not only is it durable, it is also easy to maintain and keep clean. It comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, and is much less slippery than traditional high-gloss tile.

Before you decide, however, consider these interesting flooring choices – which may (or may not) work for your bathroom.

b2ap3_thumbnail_wyher-150x120Marble Tile

Marble has always been an elegant choice for bathroom floors. For starters, marble is extremely versatile, and it also works well on walls and counter tops. Like ceramic tile, marble is available in many shapes and sizes, so you can create an interesting “art” focal point on the floor

Glass Tile

Glass tile is quickly becoming a popular choice for bathroom floors. It comes in all shapes, sizes and colors – in either high-gloss or a more matted finish. And some tiles are made from recycled material, making them one of the more environmentally friendly options.

Wood

Many people do not think of wood as a viable option for a bathroom flooring, but it can be. Hardwood floors have always been one of the most popular choices for new flooring, and the bathroom is a great place to install them,

b2ap3_thumbnail_DSC_0037-150x150Modular Carpeting providing you are willing to put in a little more work into taking proper care of them. They can easily be restored and refinished, increasing the practicality and longevity.

If you are looking for a soft, plush option, then this is the way to go. These carpets are specifically designed to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold when they become wet, and are relatively cheap to install.

Bamboo and Cork

These Bathroom flooring choices are great alternatives for “green-conscious” homeowners. When removed from their habitat, these materials are able to replenish themselves in just a few years. Additionally both bamboo and cork are naturally resistant to bacteria, mold and mildew.

No matter what option you decide upon, there are endless possibilities and choices to make your bathroom have the look and feel that you’ve been looking for.

Improve Your Bathroom Storage

Bathroom storage space is an important aspect of any bathroom, especially if you have a large family or one that will be growing soon. While it might be necessary to spend some time renovating existing space to add storage, it will be well worth it in the end.

b2ap3_thumbnail_DSC0504A-300x199A quick way to create extra bathroom storage space in any bathroom is to remove the doors from the under-the-sink storage. From there, you can install additional shelves to this space and use baskets or other creative pieces for storage. This will provide a more efficient use of the space.
You can also replace your vanity with one that has more drawer storage. Vanities come in a variety of sizes and options, so there is bound to be the right storage solution for your needs.
Another easy bathroom storage solution for your bathroom is to build vertically. For example, you can build vertical cupboards on your bathroom counter (perhaps between the Jack and Jill sinks). This allows you to save much of your counter space for other things, yet add to the amount of bathroom storage in the room. Vertical cupboards can even be added to the floor of the bathroom, similar to how an armoire works in the bedroom.
Depending on the space in your bathroom, you may also be able to build shelves into the walls. These shelves can be left open for storing towels, soaps or even displayingb2ap3_thumbnail_DSC0026_28_30-final-for-print-300x199

knick-knacks.
Of course, another obvious way to add bathroom storage is by adding shelves to the walls. Natural areas for hanging shelves are near the sink and tub/shower. Additionally, you can add pegs underneath these shelves –
providing a spot to hang towels.
Overall, options abound for adding storage to your bathroom – if you just get a little creative. Click here to view some our Bathroom projects.
Happy Remodeling!

Bathrooms Going Green

Deciding on a green remodel for your Bathroom offers a myriad of benefits. You’re preserving the environment by using sustainable materials, saving money on utility bills, and boosting the worth of your home by making it more valuable and attractive.

When you are ready to proceed with your Bathroom remodeling project, here are some key elements to consider when creating an eco-friendly Bathroom.

1. Stone and tile are the best choices for flooring. It’s durable, easy to clean, stands up well to moisture, comes from recycled sources, and also maintains its classy look.
2. Natural linoleum or finished bamboo floors work well if used in areas where they will not be exposed to excessive amounts water or humidity.
3. Choose shower tiles that are made from recycled glass, ceramics or porcelain. These products are durable, easy to clean, and present a better appearance.
4. Invest in low-flow fixtures; showerheads, faucets, and toilets. You can save up to 20 percent of your water consumption by switching to .5 gpm (gallons per minute) and 1.0 gpm faucets and 1.5 to 2.5 gpm showerheads. Low-flow and dual flush toilets can cut down water usage by more than half.
5. Seek out vanity cabinets and countertops that are made from recycled products. Eco-friendly cabinets are made of recycled wood, sustainably harvested woods or rapidly renewable materials like bamboo or wheat straw which use resins free of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). Aside from ceramic as an all-time favorite countertop product, consider other materials that are produced by FSC-certified paper pulp, ground-up bottles, concrete, and post-consumer recycled glass.
6. Heat your water with a tankless water heater. These heaters are easy to install, occupy less space, and take less time to heat up the amount of water you will need. Although they cost more initially than traditional water heaters, they pay for themselves in a matter of a few years by using up to 30 percent less energy.

If you are committed to being as green as you can be in your home, rest assured that Gehman Custom Remodeling can assist you in meeting that goal.

Happy Remodeling!

Next Time…Greening the Outdoors

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Automation and Connectivity in the Bathroom

You want to get away. You also need to stay connected. You really enjoy a good book. You want to relax listening to your favorite Yani C.D. How can you have all of these and still have vacation days left over to spend with your family?

You can create an oasis right in the confines of your very own home. Your Master Bathroom can be that oasis and you can incorporate as much or as little technology as you want to try to stay connected and surround yourself with the environment that you need to feel relaxed and refreshed.

One of the obvious uses of technology would be installing a flat screen television so that it is visible from all areas of the Bathroom. This will allow you to catch up on the current news, weather and sports before you take off to the office as well as finish the day relaxing with your favorite show as you unwind in the tub. There are also various tubs that have TV monitors built right into the unit as well.

One of the newer usage of technology would be a computer access point. This may appear to be an over-the-top application of technology if you think of the computer only as an e-mail or Facebook connection. But more and more people are using their computers for access to books and music that they can customize to their particular needs and wants. If sliding into a warm, bubble bath and dialing up your book du jour or queuing up that new C.D. you just downloaded, sounds like something you would only get on an exotic vacation, think again. The technology to make it happen is within your reach.

Newer yet is the introduction of computer technology into the shower. Just think, standing outside of the shower and keying in your code and the shower is automatically adjusted to your desired water temperature and pressure. This is no matter who was in the shower before you. Your code is unique to you and is set to meet your desires and needs for that perfect shower experience every time, no guess work or surprises.

One of the additional ways to create an oasis in your home is through lighting. Lighting automation has made leaps and bounds in the area of ease of use and affordability. Imagine walking into your Master Bathroom and touching a button and the lighting scheme transforms the room into a welcoming environment that envelopes you and invites you to “come in and stay awhile.”

That is what Gehman Custom Remodeling tries to create with each of their Bathroom designs and Bathroom remodels, an inviting place that allows you the ability to get away without going away. Don’t be afraid to incorporate technology into your next Bathroom makeover.

Happy Remodeling!

Next Time…Bathrooms Going Green

Q&A&C  – Questions and Answers and Comments are expected and welcomed.

YOUR STORY – Tell us about your remodeling experiences, good or bad. We all have had them and perhaps you can help someone else have a great remodeling experience or avoid the issues that you encountered. Remember…keep it clean and civil or we can’t publish it.

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