What is Mohawk RevWood? The Benefits & More

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Mohawk RevWood flooring in a bathroom.

In flooring & home improvement, as in many industries, a common misconception is the need to sacrifice beauty for reliability, performance for low-budget.

With Mohawk’s self-described revolutionary woods, RevWood & RevWood Plus, this is most certainly not the case! Designed by Mohawk to make homeowners, builders and designers rethink wood flooring altogether, RevWood is actually not what you may traditionally think of as wood. 

The Benefits of Mohawk RevWood & RevWood Plus

So if it’s not true wood, then just what is RevWood? Put simply, it’s an eco-friendly product that combines the beauty of real wood with the durability of laminate flooring. Let’s break down the benefits:

  • Waterproof installation means that, unlike 100% real hardwood, RevWood Plus can stand up to spills and humidity without buckling, warping, or being damaged in any way. Note that RevWood Plus is waterproof, but regular RevWood is not.
  • Resistance to stains, scratches & dents is built in to RevWood thanks to a durable wear layer and construction.
  • Mohawk’s All Pet Protection & Warranty gives RevWood coverage against messes from any type of pet & pet-related accident, all the time.
  • RevWood comes in a variety of trending colors and textures, each with distinctive wood knot and grain patterns. These include time-worn looks and planks in varying lengths and widths.
  • RevWood & RevWood Plus are available at outstanding price points compared to their real wood competitors.
  • Finally, Mohawk manufactures RevWood & RevWood Plus right here in the USA! 

Mohawk RevWood flooring in a combination living room and dining room area.

How does RevWood work?

So RevWood Plus is essentially waterproof wood – but how? It’s the result of two main features – a click & lock tongue-and-groove installation with beveled edges and a water-repellant HydroSeal coating developed by Mohawk. The tightly-locking planks block moisture from entering through the sides, and the coating blocks it from the surface.

One final step – a perimeter sealing of 100% silicone – seals the deal on the cut edges of the floor.

This moisture-resistant surface also makes cleaning up a breeze. These are the first laminate floors on the market that can be safely wet-mopped without worry about peeling or damage to adhesives – because there are no adhesives required in installation!

How & where to use RevWood & RevWood Plus 

RevWood is perfect for any part of your home where you wish you could have hardwood floors, but where it just doesn’t make sense to do so. One of the key benefits of RevWood and RevWood Plus is that they can be installed on any level of your home, over nearly any type of existing subfloor.

Hardwood, being naturally porous and flexible, does not handle moisture and humidity well. In areas like bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and even finished basements, it’s best to avoid installing real wood.

Mohawk RevWood flooring in a kitchen.

With RevWood, you get the look and feel of natural hardwood in a form that’s suitable for all of these areas and more. With so many great looks and textures from which to choose, you’ll find yourself with far more design freedom than you’d have with hardwood.

Learn more about RevWood & RevWood Plus on our website, or at one of our 10 convenient locations in the greater Miami area!

Bathroom Lighting Trends

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Tired of the same old, bland lighting fixtures in the bathroom? Don’t be afraid to add style to the often neglected room in the house. You can make a statement just by opting for trendier bathroom lighting. Your mornings will get so much better. Here are some trendy bathroom lighting ideas:

Industrial Style Lighting Scheme
Want something wrought and unique? An industrial style lighting scheme is flexible. Opt for fixtures that feature exposed iron. Select heads that feature copper or silver tones and accents. Choose double sconce, adjustable heads that allow you to control the direction of lighting whenever you desire.

Vanity Lighting
Incorporating task lighting around the vanity lighting is a bathroom trend that you should hop on. It contributes to well-lit bathroom. Instead of a single lighting fixture around the vanity, opt for multiple wall mounted lighting on each sides of the vanity. This will also prevent unflattering shadows.

Accent Lighting in Areas of the Bathroom
Yes, accent lighting can be used to highlight different areas of your bathroom such as a piece of artwork and other interesting areas of the restroom. For instance, recessed lighting can be used to bring emphasis on a beautiful built in shelving unit in the bathroom while a glitzy chandelier over a freestanding jacuzzi bathtub brings emphasis to the area.

Layered Lighting
Use multiple types of lighting features within the bathroom to further enhance the space. A well designed layered lighting scheme could include: overhead lighting, vanity lighting and recessed lighting as well as accent lighting to illuminate key areas.

Under Cabinet Lighting
You’ve probably never imagined installing lighting under your cabinetry. Under cabinet lighting is an opportunity to showcase your bathrooms beautiful flooring.

Back Lit Mirror
We love mirrors in the bathroom. However, instead of choosing plain mirrors for the bathroom, spice things up by purchasing a back lit mirror. Backlit mirrors will give off a halo effect and cast a soft, warm glow over your bathroom.

Decorative Lighting
Every bathroom should have some form of decorative lighting to add interest to the area. From elegant chandeliers to intricately designed wall lights, your options are endless.

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!