Archive for : November, 2017
You’re getting tired of your dingy, outdated bathroom and you’re ready for a fresh new look. Maybe you’ve started watching HGTV or browsing around Houzz for design ideas. But the road to a newly remodeled bathroom can be a bumpy one, and it will certainly feel overwhelming if you’ve never been through it before. Luckily, the guys over at Home Stratosphere put together a guide called 1,001 Bathroom Remodelling Ideas and Guide for 2017 that will walk you through everything. Let’s look at just 5 important things you need to know before you get started.
Pad Your Budget
No matter how much you think you’re going to spend on your remodel, work an extra few thousand (yes, thousand) dollars into the budget for any unexpected issues that will arise. Depending on the age of your home, you will undoubtedly run into an unforeseen expense once you begin demolition. Your floor tile could be cemented in and anchored with wire lath, causing demo to cost more.
The plumbing may need to be replaced in places, especially if it’s copper that has corroded over time. You may discover water damage inside the floor or walls. Remember, remodeling isn’t only about the things you can see. You need to address any issues you find along the way, and this will cost you more money than you expected. If you pad your budget ahead of time, you won’t have to sacrifice any luxuries you have planned for yourself.
Designers Are Your Friend
It is always a good idea to enlist the services of a professional designer to help work out any kinks in your remodel plan. Before you begin your new design, you’ll need to know the locations of all the drains in your bathroom. It’s a good idea to also take a measurement of how far apart the drains are from each other. This, along with wall, door, and window measurements, will give your designer a good idea of the layout of your bathroom and how much space they’re dealing with. Some home improvement stores such as Lowe’s or Home Depot offer these design services for free. They will want to sell you their cabinetry and other fixtures, of course, and most of these pitches are worth listening to.
Demo Is Key
Sure, demolition can be the most fun part of a remodel, but once you’ve reduced your bathroom to a skeleton and made kindling of the old fixtures, it’s important to inspect the space carefully. Make sure your floor joists and wall studs are free of rot and water damage and reinforce with fresh hardware if necessary. It’s not a bad idea to seal them while they’re exposed, too. Double check the plumbing for any updates or repairs needed. Make sure the electric lines are in good shape. It’s also a good time to double check your measurements and be sure your design is sound.
Build Around The Bath
One of the first decisions you’ll want to make about your design is the type of bath you’ll install. Maybe you’re replacing your tub with a stand-up corner shower, or tearing out a shower in favor of a claw foot tub. Perhaps you’re even considering a whirlpool-style tub. Whatever you decide, the bath option is the fixture that will determine the amount of space available in the rest of the room. Certain tubs will take up more space than others, while a shower will free up more space for linen cabinets or other amenities. Once you’ve decided on your bath or shower, you’ll know how much more you can add to your design with the space available.
The Toilet Goes In Last
This might sound strange, but it’s something many homeowners don’t think of. Some are so eager to have their bathroom functioning again that they do things a little out of order. It’s important to install the toilet last to avoid scratching the new floor tile or making unnecessary cuts into the floor. You’ll also want to make sure the floor is perfectly level before installing the toilet. If it’s not, check your floor tiles for levelness or use shims during the toilet installation.
Taking care of the structural and functional aspects of a design is just as important as the final aesthetic. By the time you’re ready to add your final design touches, you’ll be confident that your new bathroom is soundly constructed. Any remodeling project can be a challenge, but with careful planning your new bathroom will be a beauty and a joy for years to come.
Anyone who has tried to put together an interior design will be aware of the need for effective storage, and while we have tried and tested solutions for clothes and shoes, accessories can be far more difficult to store. Of course, we can simply shove them in a box or drawer, but it’s hardly an elegant solution and it’s certainly not practical, as they can quickly become a mess and prevent you from effectively organising your hair accessories, glasses, makeup and jewellery.
Fortunately, there’s a few unique ideas you can take advantage of, helping you store everything from your Ray-Ban glasses to your Links of London necklaces in a way that’s both practical and stylish. Here are 5 of our favourites:
Peg boards can be picked up very cheaply from craft stores, office stores or DIY stores, and they’re incredibly versatile and practical. You can easily attach cups, pegs and frames to them, giving you somewhere to store your accessories that makes for both a stylish display and a truly well-organised storage solution.
Drawers are an obvious place to store accessories, but it can be tricky to keep them organised and tidied. You can get some drawer trays, but for a much cheaper option, you can use ice-cube trays to fill out the space, giving you numerous handy sections for small pieces of jewellery, hair accessories and anything else you can’t find a place for!
You can use curtain rings across a simple coat hanger to beautifully store your scarves. Not only is it cheap and easy to do, but it looks great and will keep your wardrobe extremely well organised!
Grab some of your old beer bottles or coke bottles (or any glass bottle you like the shape of), clean them out and you’ve got a ready-made solution to store all your bangles and bracelets! They look great when you’ve got lots of bracelets on them, and they’re easy to store on shelves, vanity tables or in your wardrobe.
If you’ve got some PVC pipe lying around, or you can go and grab some from a hardware store, then you’ve got the start of a great shoe storage solution. Cut the pipe up into equal segments (make sure you’re careful with the power tools!) and stack them however you wish. Shoes will fit into them beautifully and if you’re creative with how they’re stacked they can look great in your bedroom.
One of the best ways of adding style, function, and utility to a kitchen is by upgrading the cabinets. New cabinets can transform the look of a tired, outdated kitchen, and installing them is possible for the handy do-it-yourselfer. However, mounting new cabinets successfully is harder than it looks. How does one learn to install kitchen cabinets, with all the steps needed to complete the job accurately and safely? In this blog post, we’ll discuss three ways to learn the tips and techniques you’ll need to update your kitchen with new cabinets.
Typically, when one is interested in learning new skills, he or she has three options. This applies to installing kitchen cabinets, too.
The first option is to read books. Many people head on down to their local libraries and check out an armful of books with the goal of learning how to do a task. While reading books works for some people, this isn’t a recommended option for learning how to hang kitchen cabinets. First of all, many of the books at the library or the home improvement center will only cover one method of cabinet installation, and looking at still pictures and text simply doesn’t provide the detail needed to pull off a clean installation.
The next option is to read do it yourself blogs online. Just like with books, online blogs usually only share still photos and text descriptions of the steps needed to install cabinets. While it is true that this learning method works for some people, the fact is that video tutorials represent the very best option when it comes to learning a new skill such as installing new cabinets in kitchens or bathrooms. Let’s explore this option in more detail.
Online Learning Resources with EZ-Level
Leading cabinet leveler manufacturer EZ-Level knows that most people benefit from video tutorials. Watching someone go step-by-step on a complex task allows newcomers to follow along in a way that text-based instruction simply cannot duplicate. Being able to pause and review more difficult parts in video tutorials helps the learning process. On EZ-Level’s website, there are many video clips illustrating the best ways to install kitchen or bathroom cabinets, complete with detailed tips and tricks to make the job go as smoothly as possible. Each video clip is broken down with time stamps, letting viewers go directly to the information they need. The company’s online resources represent a treasure trove of information for the novice do-it-yourselfer. With their help, customers can transform the look of their kitchens and baths, doing the cabinet installations themselves and saving money with the revolutionary cabinet leveling system created by the Florida-based manufacturer.
If you are tired of your bland looking patio and want to change give it an upgrade, there are a lot of inexpensive options that will make it look more lively at Wicker Paradise.
One of the first things you can do is to toss out those dingy pillows and replace them with bright bold colors. Weather-resistant replacement patio cushions can go a long way in giving your patio an extra added touch. Encasing your patio with a nice trellis is another option. You can pick one up at a local hardware store, or even find one at a yard sale. They don’t cost a lot of money, but whatever you spend, it’s well worth it simply for aesthetic purposes.
Nothing can spruce up a patio like fresh flower pots. Shrubbery, cactus and even wild flowers are a nice addition. You can also get some nice pink hydrangeas to liven it up. Some people plant a few veggies like tomatoes and bell pepper. Lemon trees and grapes to grow around the trellis are a great addition. Nothing like having something pretty as well as edible.
What about a couple of water features like a falls or a fountain? If you don’t have a grill, get one. A nice patio set with an umbrella is a nice touch. The good thing about it is that none of these upgrades will break the bank. Pillows, grills, patio sets and even umbrellas can be found at the local dollar store. You family and friends will be none the wiser.
And if you like to sit and sip with your friends, get a small bar cart. This way you will have cocktails on demand. So if your patio is looking like it needs a real tuneup, spruce it up with some inexpensive items. It can make your patio a real showcase.