Bathrooms are no longer just an afterthought for modern homeowners. Today’s bathrooms are often beautiful, with user-friendly sinks, bathtubs, and showers. Outdated and obsolete bathroom fixtures are being replaced with chic and efficient new designs, making for the perfect marriage of form and function. One area that’s getting special attention is the bathtub-shower. Frameless shower doors are turning heads and changing the look of contemporary bathrooms. They’re bright and sophisticated, and they make your bathroom appear more spacious than it actually is.
Opt for simple tile designs instead of inlays and other more complex layouts. Not only do simple designs take less time to install, but you’ll often spend considerably less on tile, as well, allowing you to save about $1,000. Keep in mind, however, that your bathroom should be a relaxing and pleasant environment with a little panache, not something that resembles a hospital commode.
Bathrooms create constant moisture; as well as being the major source of accidents and water flooding incidents within a home. Sinks and tubs can get left on and forgotten about; toilets can over-flow; and interestingly enough, when this happens, water will fill the room and find a place to flow. And, if you have duct heating with a floor-level register, well, the water will flow down the ductwork and right into your furnace, burning it out and costing you perhaps thousands in the process! Simple solution, install sealed register above floor level or through a wall above the floor.
Someone gives you an old battered Wardrobe constructed from laminated chipboard you may think it has little value. Unlike real solid wood which can be stripped down, planed, restored and reused, and then varnished, wood stained or painted in finishing chipboard can’t. You can’t strip chipboard down to the bare wood and you can’t plane it other than the edges, and it’s not easy to get a good varnish or wood stain finish; although you can reuse chipboard and if you key the surface paint it. One good reuse for old laminated chipboard is to cut it to size for shelving, or even drawer fronts.
These things should all be considered when selecting the appropriate type of window treatments. Do you need to filter light (semi-sheers and similar types of curtains), block it (light-blocking shades, blinds, and/or heavier draperies), create privacy, not block a great view, especially if it is as grand as a New York skyline? All of these lighting-related factors should be considered in deciding on window treatments.