Designing a Guest Bathroom

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While the spare bathroom doesn’t always get much use, it is important to ensure that it is well designed.

Yes, guest bathrooms gives homeowners an opportunity to create a space that is welcoming and comfortable. Since these washrooms aren’t used daily you can make bold and unique choices when it comes to designing the interior.

Before you begin selecting accessories, floorings, and wall colors; you should first consider the layout of the bathroom. Are you working with a fairly small or a large space? Often, the guest bathroom doesn’t require much storage options since it’s likely that your guest will not have large quantities of items to store. Therefore, when decorating you don’t have to place much emphasis on utility.

Perhaps the best part of designing a guest bathroom is that you can experiment with patterns and colors that you would normally consider too bold for other areas of the home. After you have analyzed the current layout of the bathroom, it is time to formulate a distinct design that you’re interested in implementing. Do you want to create a rustic feel or try a funky loud wall color? Try utilizing unique fixtures and furniture pieces. You can find different pieces at thrift stores and boutiques. Remember, the sky is really the limit.

Even though your guests stay is temporary you still want them to be comfortable. Give your guests a hotel-like experience by adding function. You can stock the guest bathroom vanity with amenities such as toothpaste, soap and towels. Additionally, ensure that the bathroom is sparkling clean and free from clutter.

Types of Shower Doors

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Shower doors make a great addition to many bathrooms. They can be elegant or contemporary, clear or opaque, and they can be crafted to fit just about any size or shape of shower or tub for a perfect fit. That said, there are still several choices that you can make when it’s time to purchase a shower door or enclosure for your bathroom. Because your choice can have an impact on the style and function of the room, it’s important to take a look at all the various options as you make your decision.

Sliding Doors

Sliding shower doors are most commonly used on tubs, but can also be used on some larger walk in showers as well. Like the name implies, they are installed on a track, with one moveable and one stationary panel. The panel slides to give you access to the shower and slides back again to enclose the space.

French Doors

Some people don’t like sliding doors because they block a section of the tub or shower even when open. This can be problematic for bathing small children, for example, as well as for cleaning. French doors are often the answer to this problem. They mount on a tub or shower curb, and both panels open out into the room, giving you full access to the area behind them.

Splash Panels

Some large walk-in showers don’t need to be fully enclosed because the shower head is far enough away from the rest of the room to not spray everything around it. These showers, therefore, can use what’s called a splash panel. This is a fixed pane of glass that just protects the area closest to the shower head from spray; the rest of the shower remains open.

Frameless

Frameless shower enclosures are one of the most popular. Rather than having a metal frame around the perimeter of the enclosure, the doors use only clips to mount them to the walls and to each other. This gives a very clean, minimalist look to the enclosure, and makes it appear as though there is nothing in the way, letting you enjoy the look and design of the shower itself, rather than of the door.

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!

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.

Proper Lighting for Any Bathroom

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The bathroom is a room you will use constantly throughout the day, so its lighting is very important.  Proper placement providing all-over coverage is key to making your experience and the experience of your guests a happy one.  Read on to learn some tips on how to properly light any bathroom in your home so you can showcase it at its best. 

 

Ambient light is the first thing you’ll be needing to step in the door as this is your overall lighting for the room.  Using a ceiling-mounted fixture in the center of the room or installing recessed canned lighting is a great place to start.  Consider using a dimmer switch to customize the level of brightness throughout the day.  You will most likely not want the room to be super bright first thing in the morning or while doing your nightly routine before bed, but you can make it as bright as you want when you are feeling energized during the day.

 

Next is task lighting, which provides illumination for the things we actually need to get done while we’re in the bathroom.  While ambient lighting ensures that you won’t be standing in a dark room, task lighting will provide a better concentration of light where you need it most.  Two areas to consider are the bathroom mirror and the shower stall.  Try installing light fixtures on each side of your mirror instead of above it as this will better distribute lighting across the face making morning routines easier.  If there are clear glass doors for the shower area, the other lighting in the room may be enough, however any shower with an alternative door or curtain will most likely benefit from recessed lighting in the ceiling above the stall to prevent the area from losing needed light. 

 

Accent lighting can help highlight any special areas of the room you wish the make a focal point.  If there is a piece of art on the wall or a beautiful stand-alone tub basin you want to be sure is noticed, consider a small spotlight to draw the eye to this area day or night. 

 

When planning the lighting design for the bathroom, try to purchase energy efficient light bulbs if possible.  LED lights work just as well, last longer and prevent the room’s temperature from rising and becoming uncomfortable which can happen when using standard bulbs. 

 

We hope this helps you get started on your bathroom lighting project.  Feel free to contact us today to get you started on your bathroom lighting design!

How to Give Your Bathroom a Facelift

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There are many benefits to updating a bathroom. Renovating a bathroom can enhance it’s atmosphere and functionality, making it a more comfortable and appealing place. It can also add to the overall appeal of a house when you decide to sell. Deciding what to update during a renovation is exciting; here are a few recommendations.

Start with the shower. A great upgrade here is converting to a barrier-less shower. Barrier-less showers are user friendly and easily accessible for people at all stages of life. They can be designed to accommodate two people, or built small for one person. The shower head is another key feature that you might look at updating. This is an update that is inexpensive and can save water! The type of shower head you choose will affect the amount of water you can conserve, and today’s shower heads are federally mandated to flow at a rate of no more than 2/5 gal. per minute (gpm). There are other shower heads that will conserve even more water. Finding a shower head with adequate water pressure is also important, and many people like large rain shower heads as they provide a large area of water that streams. are many varieties to choose from when selecting a new shower head; it’s key to identify what is important to you, and to find a shower head that best meets those preferences.

Another area one can update to enhance the functionality, look, and feel of the bathroom is the floor. There are many styles and materials to choose from when upgrading the bathroom floor, and it’s important to pick something that will be able to stand up under the fluctuating temperatures and heavy use. Ceramic is a popular choice and can be arranged in various patterns adding to the beauty of the room. There is also the exciting option of in-floor heat, which is particularly appealing during winter. Another option is wood-look tile or laminate. These requires less care in a wet environment like the bathroom but give the classic look of wood.

Bathroom fixtures add to the style and atmosphere of a bathroom, and are another feature you might consider updating. There are are a variety of options to choose from when updating fixtures, and spending the time to find the right look and price will pay off in the end. Selecting a finish is a fun part of the process as well. A popular finish is oil-rubbed bronze which will give it an Old World look.

Finally, consider updating the bathroom cabinets.  The size of your bathroom will affect what type of cabinets you choose, and there are many options such as stand-alone cabinet storage, storage that is equally divided and symmetrical, or vanity cabinets. A bathroom is a great place for linen storage, so consider a built in linen cabinet. Adding pull-out shelves to deep cabinets is another feature that helps with organization.

Choosing to give your bathroom a facelift is a fun opportunity to be creative and increase the functionality of your bathroom. These are just a few recommendations to get started. Feel free to leave comments below.

The Best Bubble Bath with a Purpose

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Many individuals are on a quest to expand how they can incorporate coconut oil into their life.  Let yourself discover the best bubble bath. During my research I found that if you add 2.5 oz. of coconut in your bath, combined with Epson salt, it removes dead skin from your body and helps restore softness. Try this recipe for a wonderful bath experience.   

What You Will Need:

2.5 Oz Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp. Epson Salt

Lavender Baby Bath (Johnson & Johnson)

Directions:

Melt the coconut butter by placing it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, depending on the wattage of your microwave. A 1200-watt oven takes 35 seconds to melt. You want the coconut oil to be in liquid form so it will mix with the bath water and Epson salt.

Draw a very warm bath. As the tub is filling up add the lavender baby bath. You can use lavender oil drops if you like. But use the baby bath if you prefer the bubbles in your bath.

Add the liquid coconut oil and Epson salt to the bath water. Mix the solution with your arm before you get in.

Take this bath once a week for twenty minutes. The lavender helps you unwind and the coconut oil and salt will do the job of removing dead skin and softening your entire body. 

Make Your Own Moisturizing Exfoliate

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It doesn’t take a pricey trip to the spa to get a good moisturizing exfoliate. A coconut oil and sea salt scrub is very easy to make and only requires three ingredients; all of which can be found in the grocery store. This particular scrub has the ability to moisturize as you exfoliate. Use the scrub once a week for silky smooth skin, with no added preservatives or chemicals.

This recipe is wonderful if you are attempting to incorporate coconut oil into your daily life. For an original moisturizer, you can mix only coconut oil and olive oil.  However, you can also add sea salt to the mix to make an inexpensive product that could serve two purposes; exfoliate and moisturize. No more expensive exfoliating creams!  This concoction works much better than anything you can purchase!

What You Will Need:

1 ½ Cup of Organic Coconut Oil

½ Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Cup of Sea Salt

Directions:

Mix all three ingredients in a large mixing bowl by hand. Store in a large mason jar or simply a plastic container.

Use the mixture once a week in the shower after you cleanse with soap.

Note: You can also add drops of aromatic oils such as peppermint, lavender or lemon to your mix.  Start with a few drops – these oils are quite concentrated!

Ceramic? Porcelain?

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Ceramic tiles or porcelain tiles, it’s a decision you have yet to make for your bathroom tile but the decision needs to be made. What are the differences between these two tiling choices? Turns out the differences aren’t as many as we thought or have been told. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are both from the category of tiles called ceramic. Taking a closer look at a few important categories, lets find out how much of a difference there is between the two. 

 

Since this tile will be used in your bathroom you will want to ensure that it doesn’t absorb water at a high rate. In this case porcelain wins the battle. Ceramic isn’t the worst choice, but porcelain better protects your tiling from water damage. Porcelain is denser than ceramic so it is less porous and more resistant to water damage.

 

Porcelain will also be more durable in the long run, its competition lending it to this durability. If there is going to be a lot of foot traffic or heavy usage, porcelain will last much longer than ceramic. Another thing to consider if if chips occur with ceramic tiling, you will have to match your original tile’s color with a new glaze. With porcelain, the color runs uniform through out the tile so you won’t even notice it. 

 

And finally, depending on whether you are doing this yourself at home or not, you might want to consider a category where ceramic edges porcelain out—cutting the tile itself. If you are planning on taking this project on at home, you can cut your ceramic tiles by hand at home with ease. However, when you are talking about doing the same thing with porcelain you might be making a mistake thinking you can cut this at home alone. It takes a more experienced touch with these to be cut properly and you don’t want to waste any materials.

 

These are just some highlights regarding these two types of tile and what sets them apart. Now that you are armed with the knowledge to make an informed decision head on down to Dolphin Tile so we can show you your options in person!

How To Clean the Bathroom With Hydrogen Peroxide

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If you’ve been on the earth for a few decades it will come as no surprise that hydrogen peroxide is a bit of a miracle. Generations of home owners have been wielding its powers around the house. Here are three great tricks to use in your bathrooms to keep them clean and pretty! As with any cleaners, however, make sure to check with the manufacturer’s instructions so you don’t void a warranty!  Since hydrogen peroxide is only slightly more acidic than water (on par with milk or rain water), it is safe to use on most surfaces.

Bathroom Grout

Spray thoroughly with hydrogen peroxide and let soak for awhile. Then, use a toothbrush and go to work on stains and discoloration. The power of the H2O2 bubbles combines with the scouring effect of the brush’s bristles and does wonders. It’s especially beneficial if you have a strong aversion toward chemical bathroom cleaners. They will get the job done, but they’re highly toxic. So much so that most of them require air flow and open window to be considered safe to use! Use H2O2 and breathe easy.

Quickly sanitize the shower

You can buy the bottled stuff at the drug store but why spend money on something so simple? Instead, use a spray bottle to lightly mist your shower with hydrogen peroxide after each use. It will help destroy bacteria and viruses, and prevent mildew and shower scum.

Remove mildew and soap scum from shower curtains

If you do happen to be battling a build up, H2O2 will save your lovely shower curtains. The nice ones aren’t exactly cheap so they’re worth saving! Laundry detergent alone isn’t quite enough to solve the problem. So, put your shower curtain in the washer with a towel and clean with laundry detergent. Then, add 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle. Just like new!

Toilet

What could use proper sanitization more than the commode? Simply add a half cup of hydrogen peroxide to the water and let sit for 20-30 minutes. We recommend that you swish it in, down the sides of the bowl, so that it can work on the whole surface area instead of just sitting dormant in the water at the bottom of the bowl. Once it’s done doing its part of the job, clean toilet as usual (with a brush or by hand) and flush.