Wednesday, January 26, 2011

5 Bathroom Remodeling Tips

In effort to stay current with the trends, the most common room to be remodeled is the bathroom. This is because, many bathroom remodeling projects are relatively easy and inexpensive in comparison to other room remodels. Below are eight, economical tips to consider when remodeling your bathroom.

• If you are looking into a bath tub replacement, first consider reglazing the tub. This can save you more than half the cost of a tub replacement and is a much cleaner, quicker project.

• If you are replacing or adding a tub surround, consider cultured marble sheets. It will save you money on the installation costs and marble sheets are easier to clean.

• If you have limited space and are hoping to create more room, there are multiple options for you. Try purchasing a jetted tub and shower combination. Also you can use a pedestal lavatory instead of a vanity cabinet with a sink. Both options will open up the bathroom.

• If you are planning to add a large jetted tub to your bathroom, you may also want to consider adding a water heater dedicated to that tub. Large tubs can hold up to an average of 75 gallons or more of water. This can overextend your existing water heater and cause problems in the future.

• One of the most important pieces of advice, is to gain as much knowledge as possible. Know your options, develop a plan and research ways to execute it. If you plan to use a contractor, get multiple bids and check the credibility of the contractor.

For more tips on remodeling, check out the FREE Remodeling Salvation Guide from Irion Books LLC.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Top 10 Remodeling Trends of 2011

As the New Year begins so do new trends of remodeling. While houses may not be selling, homeowners are still looking to modernize their homes and stay with the current trends. Below is a listing of the top 10 remodeling trends that are expected in 2011.

1. Bathroom Remodel: Bathrooms are the most cost effective rooms to remodel. Many require only small fixes, such as new tile or appliances. Meaning 2011 is the year for a bathroom update

2. "Must Do" Remodeling Projects: Also in an effort to be cost effective, home owners are predicted to complete projects that 'need' to be done, such as a roof that leaks. People will be working towards completing their "have-to" projects instead of their "want-to" list.

3. Warm Up the House: Interior decorators are noticing more warmer colors and tiles in recent decorating. People are moving away from minimalist, white designs and are in favor of cozier, earth tones. The new trend is a mix of earthiness and modern design.

4. Backyard Deck: Homeowners have also begun to increase their outdoor space. Many people enjoy being outside and are spending more time at home.

5. Opening Up Rooms: Open floor plans are in and many homeowners have removed interior walls to enlarge and modernize older spaces. Open floor plans help families be more flexible with the square footage they already have.

6. Bronzing: Metallic features are also moving towards warmth. Oil rubbed bronze, aged bronze or distressed hardware are becoming increasingly more popular.

7. Going Green: Bamboo floors and bark siding are some of the newest and more popular green home products. Homeowners are looking for greener and more energy efficient appliances. Some homeowners have even moved towards tri-pane windows.

8. Industrial Flair: Exposed beams will continue to be popular, but so will stainless steel cable and architectural products. Many homeowners have begun to work from home, meaning homes will take on a more industrial or commercial look to enforce business credibility.

9. Relaxation Space: Tranquility has become a more common need for homeowners as of recently. More people are looking for 'zen like' bathrooms, with works-steam, seats and body sprays.

10. Planning Ahead: Finally, many homeowners are looking towards the future and to their retirement years. People are adding ease into their homes for their later years through easy opening cabinetry, hand held showers and more accessible kitchens and baths. They may not be in need of the products now, but homeowners are increasingly thinking about their future with these additions.