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

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.
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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.

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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.

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This Isn’t Your Mother’s Bathroom Anymore

The modern toilet design was patented sometime around the same time as the founding of the United States, well over 200 years ago. While the toilet function has remained relatively unchanged, there have been many design changes and developments in the toilet as well as the other fixtures in the Bathroom.

Individual comfort demands have taken the personal space that is the Bathroom to whole new heights. From in-floor radiant heat, personal shower towers, and spa-quality tubs, to automated personalized water temperature modules, television/computer screens and stereo systems, the sky is actually the limit when it comes to personalizing your Bathroom.

Fancy finishes such as marble and granite are not reserved for the Kitchen anymore either. Designers are not afraid to incorporate these luxury materials into their grand designs for the Bathroom.

Escape was probably the word that your Father used when he thought of retreating to the Bathroom for some quality alone time. But almost guaranteed he never thought of the many options that are available to today’s homeowner who is in the market for a Bathroom makeover. As long a Dad had the Reader’s Digest he was happy. But given the multimedia options available today, the modern day Dad can have a computer access port next to the tub and download an e-copy of his favorite book to read while soaking in the tub. Or even have a H.D. widescreen TV screen mounted conveniently as to not miss a single pitch of the World Series even if he has to get ready for dinner with the in-laws.

Getting back to the new trends in toilets. Dual flush capabilities are saving homeowners water as well as money each time they flush. Design styles have made the toilet a major player now and not just a necessary evil that designers had to stick in a closet to keep out of view.

Just remember you can break free from the concept of utility and enter the realm of escape and pampering when thinking about a new Bathroom. Don’t think that you have to travel to faraway places to experience the exotic environments that you see on the Travel Chanel. Gehman Custom Remodeling has the design resources, the components, as well as the craftsmen to create your getaway right in your own home!

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