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Upgrades for a Spa like Bathroom

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There are ways to create a spa like bathroom at home. A few choice upgrades will transform a regular residential bathroom into a luxurious in-home spa. Read along to find out what selections we suggest to create this reality.

Create your own steam room within your shower. Steam generators are expensive, however there is a way to make your own steam shower. Have the glass installed all the way to the ceiling. There needs to be a vent in the ceiling above the shower, which can be opened and closed. When the vent is closed the steam will accumulate and create the effects of a steam room. With that being said a shower bench is necessary. Having a place to sit and relax during a steam is very important. When upgrading your shower, have a bench installed, which serves more than one purpose. It is a place to sit and relax during a steam and it is easier for women to shave their legs.

When selecting the fixtures for the shower, consider a nice big rain shower head. A rain shower head will provide more water for a more enjoyable shower and rinse. If you really want a spa like feel you may want to install body spray jets in the ceiling or walls of the shower.

Heated floors are a luxurious feature that will really make your bathroom feel like a spa. Basically electrical wiring that generates heat is installed underneath the floors. A feature like this is especially appropriate in colder climates. No matter where you live it is always nice to get out of the shower or bath and have a nice warm floor to walk on.

A heated towel rod is perfect for an in home spa. It warms your towel while you are in the shower. There is nothing better than having a warm towel to wrap up in after bathing.

Making these select upgrades will truly transform a regular bathroom into a spa like sanctuary!

8 Unique and Stylish Flooring Ideas

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We think you’ll absolutely love these suggestions! If you think standard or conservative flooring designs are beautiful, but don’t feel quite like they match your personality, you’re sure to find something intriguing on this list.

  1. Using tape to outline a faux rug on a solid color floor. Say what? Yes, we know it sounds odd but people are doing it and loving it. Talk about versatility! You can pull it up and redesign as often as you like. If you’re not very concerned about versatility but you love this idea, go ahead and use paint instead of tape.

  2. Tinted wood floors. These are far more subtle than painted wood but still provide you with the opportunity to blend in a little color. Indigo, for example is a beautiful tint on a floor and it hides dirt really well.

  3. Polished cement floors. So chic and understated. Looks good in many different environments, such as a city loft or rustic kitchen.

  4. Floral floor tile designs. This is adorable in any room that is very feminine or botanical. To achieve, mix and match hexagonal tiles to create a pattern that looks like you have big beautiful flowers all over the floor.

  5. Weathered wide plank floors. These have tons of character because of their age and size. Perfect in masculine settings or country homes.

  6. Patterned wood floors. Accomplished by using planks all one color, and the staining them in a pattern. Similar to the way tile floors mix tiles to create shapes. So, staining sections of the wood in the shape of multiple squares for example. You can also do stenciled wood floors using a stencil and contrasting color finish.

  7. Antique tiles from around the world. This would require you to be very good at scavenger hunts in order to compile a collection of coordinating tiles large enough to cover a floor. But it sure looks amazing when it’s done.

  8. High gloss wood. This is very glamorous, but also tricky to maintain. So don’t go for this idea unless you are a neat freak!

What You Need to Know about Carpet

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If you are considering adding carpet to your home, you need to read this. Many areas of the home can benefit from the warmth and comfort of carpet. This read will help you decide if carpet is the right choice for your home and family!

Carpet can help keep a home warmer in the colder months. It provides a level of comfort that is great for sitting on the floor and playing with children. Small children in the household will benefit from carpet when they are crawling or just learning to walk. This material is soft when little ones fall down, it also can prevent less injuries from falling.

Not only can children benefit from carpet. Elderly people can get better traction when walking on carpet. They too can be better protected if they slip and fall on this material. Carpet is a good choice when a home has individuals that have difficulty walking.

Allergens, dust and pollens that are floating around in the air are actually trapped into carpet fibers. Once the carpet has been vacuumed those particles are removed. This material is a great option for individuals that are prone to air borne allergens.

Buffering sound is one of carpet’s best qualities. The sound is absorbed by carpet fibers and the carpet pad beneath. This makes it a great choice for homes with multiple levels, as the sound does not travel as easily from one floor to another. Using carpet on stairs makes foot traffic less noisy too.

There is no need to worry about spills and stains. Many different stain resistant treatments can be applied to carpets in order to prevent stains from soaking in. Before you have carpet installed ask us about stain resistant treatment options. This is a must for families with children, pets or both!

With all the benefits and varieties of carpet, surely there is an area in your home that will benefit from carpet. Ask us about any questions, concerns or needs you may have. We will be able to help you decide what carpet is right for you and your family!

Slate vs Quartzite Flooring

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Quartzite is one of the most frequently mislabeled materials in natural stone. Cut and polished it is often mistaken for granite or marble. Left in its natural cleft state, many people confuse it with slate. This metamorphic stone does share traits with both marble and slate, but it’s made primarily of quartz that has undergone a dramatic transformation through heat and pressure. Therefore, it’s actually more durable and resistant to scratching and stains than either marble or slate. If you’re considering a slate floor for your home, but are uncertain if the stone you have picked is slate or quartzite, take a look at a few general characteristics of both to figure it out.

Slate

Slate was originally made up of layers and layers of compressed mud. It naturally clefts or slices itself along these cleft lines, and if you hold a piece of ungauged slate on its edge, you can often see the lines or grooves that these layers create.

Slate can be found in many colors from gray to green to purple, and many slates are often made up of several different colors in one. It is not uncommon to find a piece of slate that is different colors on either side, in fact.

When slate spalls, or flakes, shortly after installation, it does so in thin layers. The stone therefore may be dusty or muddy after being washed and little pieces may break off. The stone itself is fairly smooth, however, despite the clefts and valleys in the surface.

Quartzite

Being made of compressed quartz, quartzite is a lot more sparkly than slate. In the light it will often glitter like it is made of diamond dust. To the touch, ungauged or natural cleft quartzite may feel rough to the touch, similar to the surface of an emery board.

Quartzite can also be very dramatic in its coloring, with two popular colors – Desert Gold and Moss Green – actually coming from two sides of the same quarry.

When quartzite spalls after installation, it will appear to be covered in fine grit. Some people may describe it as being sugary as the tiny granules break off. Like slate, this does stop after a few months, but it’s less likely to be dusty or muddy during this time.

Walk-In Style Showers

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Most bathrooms incorporate some type of either tub or shower into the design. These are usually enclosures that may be separate from the rest of the bathroom and are partitioned off either by a shower door or a curtain. As bathroom sizes continue to grow, however, many people are choosing to use other types of showers in their bathrooms, including the barrier free or walk-in style shower. These open areas are often placed at one end of the bathroom away from the rest of the fixtures, and may or may not use any splash panels, guards, or other types of partitions or screens. The water is allowed to flow out toward the rest of the room; the position of the other fixtures ensures that they are far enough away to prevent them from getting wet. This type of shower installation is growing in popularity, and often leaves homeowners wondering how they can fit one into their own bathroom scheme. There are a few considerations you need to make for the room as a whole to best fit one in.

Sloped Flooring

Because there is no curb or other separation between the shower area and the rest of the floor, the entire floor needs to be able to conform to a slope toward the drain. Therefore, ideally the floor of the whole bathroom should be 2-inches in size or smaller. Using larger tiles on the floor can be done in the rest of the bathroom if you want to change size as you get closer to the shower area, but to prevent cracking and other problems, the area of the floor that does slope needs to be mosaic in size.

Splash Panels

If you have the space to position the shower area far enough away from everything else that nothing will get wet no matter how many body sprays you use, then you don’t need to worry about splash guards or panels. If your bathroom is smaller, however, you can still use this type of shower with a small fixed panel just next to the sprays. This prevents the water from escaping, while preserving the openness of the overall shower.

Designing a Kitchen Banquette

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More and more families are turning away from formal dining and are looking into more casual, eat-in kitchen designs instead. Unfortunately, not everyone has the space to include a standalone table ringed with chairs, or an island in the center of the room with a breakfast bar. In some of these kitchens, this space problem can be solved with the use of a banquette. Because banquettes are built into the corner of the room, they take up less floor space than a freestanding table plus they offer additional storage – a big plus in small kitchens.

What Is a Banquette?

A banquette is a set of built in benches that line the corner of the kitchen. These often conceal storage underneath, with a cushion on top for comfort. The table may or may not also be built in, and there may or may not be additional seating on the other side. Because you cannot walk around the banquette, you can use less floor space, while still providing the seating you need.

Ways to Design a Banquette

There are countless ways you can design a kitchen banquette, from having a couch put into your kitchen to building custom benches. One of the most popular and inexpensive methods of designing, however, uses kitchen cabinets as the bench.

Short upper cabinets can be easily bolted right to the floor and the wall behind them. Because each door swings open, you can use the cabinets to store a variety of things from pots and pans to seasonal items. To create the tops of the bench, just have a piece of birch plywood cut to fit and screw it down on the tops of the cabinets. Now all you need is a cushion bench top to make the banquette comfortable.

Another method involves using trunks or boxes that have flat lift tops. The only trouble with this method is that to access what’s inside, you need to remove the seating cushions, but this method can create a plainer, more contemporary looking banquette than cabinets.

However you decide to build your banquette, be sure to have it line a corner to maximize the amount of seating. You can also have it put partially into the room to wrap around the short end of a table on two sides. Banquettes can be a great addition to small spaces; consider building one in your home.

Organizational Tips

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With the holidays rapidly approaching, now is the time to get more organized. Before you know it your home will be filled with extra decoration, people, food, and presents. It will be helpful to get organized now to free up some space.

Choose the proper containers:

When organizing the pantry, it is good to choose clear, rectangular containers that will hold dry foods and spices. Clear containers allow you to find what you are looking for in a cinch. The square shape is a space saver, as opposed to cylindrical containers. The square shape makes it easier to fit more containers on a single shelf. Round ones are hard to stack and waste space.

Donate Items to the Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is not for profit. Anything you donate will actually go to people in need. Not to mention that your donation is tax deductible. It is a good idea to have an area in the home, preferably in a hall closet or garage, where you keep a bin of items to be donated. This will cut down on the clutter in your home, and help people in need. Donate clothes that are no longer being worn, old furniture, or anything that works but is no longer being used. A good rule of thumb is: If you have not used an item over the course of a year, donate it.

Take Control of Papers:

It is so easy to end up with piles of bills, junk mail, and other paper items. The first thing to do in order to help with filing important papers is to buy an accordion type file folder that can be easily closed. Make tabs for the following:

Bills, Manuals, Home, School, Pets, Medical, Miscellaneous

When opening mail head straight to the recycling bin and dump junk mail.  File away important papers as soon as you can. This will help you find important documents and keep the paper clutter at bay.

Designate a Place for Shoes:

Shoes can pile up next to the door or just be sitting about. They are clunky and a tripping hazard. Figure out a place to store shoes. This can be a cabinet that holds shoes and can store items on top. Another possibility is to get a shoe organizer for behind the door in a mud room. These are great items to keep in each family member’s closet as well. It is nice to have a place for each person to store shoes as well as being a centrally located place to hold regularly worn shoes.

Follow these easy tips to clear some space in your home. You will be glad you did once the holidays arrive! These tips can be used year round for a clutter free home.

Outdoor Tranquility: Decorating Your Porch

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A beautifully decorated porch is an extension of what your guests can expect when they step into your home.  Whether it is situated in the front or back of the house, the way you choose to spruce your porch up will add value and pleasure to you and your visitors.  Here are some ideas for adding appeal to your outdoor space. 

 

Seating

The most inviting trait for your porch to have is available seating.  Nothing says “stay awhile” quite like a comfortable cushion you can sink yourself into.  There are multiple options available depending on what you use your porch for the most.  If you use the space to occasionally eat “al fresco” on a mild evening, you may want to start with an outdoor dining table and chairs.  Be sure that it is made of a material that can withstand the elements and is also easy to clean, as the breeze can bring in leaves and pollen residue on windy days.  If your porch is more of a relaxation area, then there are multiple configurations you can utilize to give yourself and guests a comfortable feeling. 

If the porch ceiling is strong enough, consider a hanging cushioned porch swing.  They’re timeless and they put whoever sits upon them into a serene state.  Rocking Chairs can also have the same effect.  Make sure to have a decorative outdoor pillow to support the sitter’s back.  Investing in an outdoor couch and loveseat, decorated with beautiful cushions and pillows will morph your porch into an outside living room. You can add decorative stools for people to put their feet up as well.  It would be impossible for you and your guests not to relax!  If you are seeking a less formal piece, a simple cushioned bench can also do the trick. 

 

Furniture & Accessories

Once you’ve got somewhere to sit, it’s time to add all the extras.  Your seating arrangement can be enhanced by an outdoor rug.  Plain or patterned, it can help protect the surface of your porch from heavy traffic.  Keeping a tray and serving set handy for coffee and tea can make your guests feel appreciated while placing a coffee table or side tables nearby will give them a place to put their drinks while socializing.  

If you are able to do so, installing a ceiling fan can help keep you cool on those hot summer days, while incorporating an outdoor sound system can add some welcoming background noise while entertaining.  During bright days, a roll down sunshade can keep the glare out of your eyes while outdoor lighting through lanterns, string lights or wall sconces will keep things going in the evening.  Finally, a touch of nature indoors can really warm up space.  Try using topiaries, hanging flower baskets or potted plants.  

Your porch is your outdoor getaway.  Make it as enjoyable and inviting as you can.  Happy decorating!