Monthly Archives: February 2017

Bath Space Savers Worth Trying

No matter how big or small of a house, all homeowners want to know how to save on space, especially in their kitchen and bathrooms. Regardless of how much room you have, it’s likely you’re always collecting and, therefore, utilizing your square footage to its full capacity.

Smart space savers declutter your home, make it easier for you to find what you need and improve the aesthetics of any room. Before knocking down your walls, see eight kitchen and bath savers worth trying.

 

1. Crate Shelving

Looking for easy, budget-friendly bathroom storage ideas that don’t require installing cabinets? Well, look no further. One crafty solution is to purchase a few inexpensive crates, or hunt them down at a craft store, and slap on a fresh coat of paint in the color of your choosing. Hang them on a wall to save space, or keep them at hand on the vanity. This will create a decorative and functional storage solution in your bath.

Another option is to take inventory of any free floor or corner space in your bathroom. Blank space is your friend when searching for storage enhancements. Collect, paint and arrange multiple crates from the ground up and display your items in attractive containers, or use them to store towels.

 

2. Ladder Linen Tower

This is one of my favorite storage ideas, because it’s practical, and also looks attractive. On a side note, it can be used to hold your items in any room of your home, not just in the bathroom. Once again, paint or style the ladder tower to fit your personal preference, or that of the surrounding room décor. Wicker baskets add another level of charm for organizing and displaying on the individual shelves.

 

3. Built-In Storage & Wall Cabinets

As you did with the floor space, take inventory of available wall real estate. Install built-in storage shelves as a quick and budget-friendly space saver that doesn’t require you to spend the money remodeling the entire room. Built-in storage hides and stores your items charmingly and unobtrusively.

Bathroom Amenities Ideas

Regardless of how large or small your bathroom is, you can still find ways to upgrade it to the bathroom you desire. After all, it’s a room that requires function to get a fresh start on the day ahead, but it needs features to help you relax at night.

If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than these luxury bathroom amenities. They will have you dreaming of all the changes you can make to create the relaxing bathroom you’ve always wanted.

 

Bathroom Remodeling Costs

Besides being a space to rest and relax, if you’re selling your home, the bathroom could be a large factor in those looking to buy. The look and feel of a bathroom can impact a buyer’s decision. If you’re considering selling your home, now is the perfect time to consider a bathroom remodel. Much of the cost depends on what luxurious amenities you decide to add to your new bathroom. The average cost to remodel a bathroom is $8,748, with most homeowners spending between $6,535 and $9,788.

 

1. Luxury Bathroom Vanities

If you’re looking for a bathroom amenity that can change how you function, look no further than a double bathroom vanity. Instead of fighting over a single sink in the morning, this gives you and your significant other the space you need to prepare for the day. Choose a countertop material like marble to really give the look of luxury to your bathroom vanity.

 

2. Luxury Bathroom Faucets

Simply changing out your faucet with a newer model can sometimes give your bathroom the look you desire without the price tag of a complete remodel. Wall-mount sink faucets will give your bathroom a sleek look and not get in the way of your vanity display. The average cost to install a faucet is $235, but if you’re installing a wall-mount faucet, you may have a few additional costs to consider.

 

3. Luxury Bathroom Sinks

Once you update your faucet, you must update your bathroom sink to complete the look. Nothing quite says extravagance like a vessel sink. Not only is it a modern upgrade, but it’s also a décor focal point of the bathroom. The average cost of a ceramic vessel sink is between $80 to $120 and glass vessel sinks between $150 to $300.

Flooring Trends

If you think of any room in the house, what do you consider to be the largest decorative statement? Maybe your wall color or a light fixture comes to mind. But, your flooring can impact your room more than you may realize.

With new décor trends in 2017 pointing to natural and sustainable materials, now might be the right time for you to upgrade any outdated flooring. Durability and longevity is a common theme among any type of trendy flooring. If you’re upgrading your floors this year, consider these trendy flooring ideas for 2017

 

Kitchen Flooring Trends

Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home and it receives many visitors. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel or ready to update an old kitchen floor, you’ll want to choose a replacement that’s sure to last. Here are a few trendy kitchen floor ideas for 2017:

 

Luxury Vinyl

Gone are the days of tacky looking vinyl flooring. For your kitchen, you need something stylish and durable. Luxury vinyl is a hot trend for 2017, giving the look of hardwood and tile without the price tag. This material is easy to clean and comes in a wide variety to match your style. The average cost to install vinyl flooring is $2,355, but this price can vary depending on the materials you choose and if you’ll be hiring a pro to help.

 

Kitchen Tile

Tile is an obvious choice for your kitchen as it is durable and easy to clean. When it comes to material, ceramic tile flooring is a great choice. The average cost to install ceramic tile floor is between $425 and $1,200 per 500 square feet. When it comes to ceramic tile style, a trendy choice that’s here to stay is gray tile. An emerging trend is wood-look ceramic tile that mimics wood, which means you can get the look of hardwood flooring without risking the damage.

 

Bathroom Flooring Trends

Because the bathroom is a high-moisture and high-traffic area, finding the right flooring is crucial to the condition of the room. One of the best options for bathroom flooring is tile. This can withstand foot traffic and hold up well against water and moisture. Bathroom tile trends this year include geometric shapes, like octagons and rectangles. Look for colors in white, gray and black to mix and match or create a continuous look.

Tile, that doesn’t actually look like tile, is also making its way into the bathroom. Cement and marble look-alike tile provide the look without all the upkeep.

If you’re looking for a flooring type that will never go out of style, hardwood is the answer. However, the type of wood and finish helps determine the popular choices of the year. This year, we’re seeing wide plank wood floors add to rustic décor as well as reclaimed wood floors. Bamboo hardwood floors are popular as they add to the effort of creating a green and sustainable home.

When it comes to wood type and stain, this year’s trends couldn’t be more different. Homeowners are either choosing an ultra-light blonde or dark hardwoods. This all depends on the style of room you have. Lighter woods work great in a contemporary room, while dark wood creates the warmth needed in a rustic room. If you’re considering a hardwood floor installation, the wood you choose will factor into your total cost. The average cost to install hardwood floors is $4,013.

Bathroom Trends You Should Know

Your kitchen and bathroom are two rooms in the home that get used most often. Guests and family alike will frequent these areas, so it’s important you have them looking their best, regardless of their size.

Whether your old bathroom or kitchen needs a quick update to refresh the look, or you’re planning a complete remodel, you’ll want to see what’s trending in 2017 before you begin.

 

Kitchen Trends

As the heart of the home, a kitchen is an area that should be welcoming and functional. If you have an outdated kitchen, you may be considering a kitchen remodel this year. While it has larger costs upfront, it can have a great impact on the ROI for your home. The average cost to remodel a kitchen is $18,727, with most homeowners spending between $12,986 and $21,306. Materials tend to be the costliest items when it comes to a kitchen remodel.

However, if you’re just looking to make a few changes, there are plenty of DIY options to update your kitchen quickly. Whatever you decide, be sure your kitchen incorporates a few 2017 kitchen trends.

 

Black & White

If you’re looking for a kitchen color trend that will stick around, black and white is your answer. This clean and timeless style is impacting kitchens this year in a big way. White walls and cabinetry with black hardware are perfect ways to get this look. The best news about this trend is its versatility. As kitchen décor trends change, you can easily incorporate the look.

 

Tech Savvy

If there’s one room in the house where innovation has changed the way we use it, it’s the kitchen. From connected cooking to smart appliances, there seems to be a gadget for everything in the kitchen. Incorporate some of the new kitchen technologies this year and create a more connected home. Here are a few you may find useful:

  • Genican is a garbage can that scans barcodes as you throw them away, adding those items to your digital grocery list.
  • The Smart Crock Pot is connected to WeMo home automation so you can control temperature and cook time from your smart phone.
  • Various oven brands now have features allowing you to control settings from your smartphone.
  • Whirlpool now offers a dishwasher model that connects to Amazon Dash that will order detergent refills when needed.