Decorating the Bathroom: Finding the Right-Sized Furniture

There are many ways to decorate a bathroom, but one that is often overlooked is including furniture. Even a small powder room can be accented with a foot stool or shelf to give the room your unique touch.

No matter what the room size, the first step is to take the time to plan ahead. Before purchasing anything, measure your space. From there, make a detailed layout of the room with grid paper so you know exactly how much floor and wall space you have to work with. What you don’t want to do is buy lots furniture that will fill up your bathroom and make it look cluttered.

b2ap3_thumbnail_DSC0502-300x199When laying out your decorating scheme, take special care not to block windows and doorways. It will be one of the rooms you will be using a lot, so you want to make the atmosphere relaxing, soothing, and you want to make it a calm place.

After you have a final layout for your bathroom, decide the size and shape of the furniture you would like to place in the room. This is important because it will give your bathroom a sense of tidiness, completion and cleanliness. That is, of course, if the correct furniture is added. Depending on the size of the room, some furniture to consider purchasing include:

  •     Cabinets
  •     Mirrors
  •     Shelves
  •     Stools
  •     A comfortable high-backed chair (to sit on while dressing)
  •     A vanity

This is in addition to any artwork or other accent pieces you plan to incorporate into your bathroom’s décor.

The key to having a bathroom that you love is to take your time to find pieces that fit the space. Plan ahead, take measurements and work within the space, and you’ll have a bathroom that is functionally furnished.

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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.

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!

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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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