A bathroom renovation is one of the top ways in which to increase the value of one’s home. Of all the spaces in a home, this is one that can really define mood, as it is the first place you go when you wake up and the last place you go before you turn in for the night.
Up until today, all of my references were connected to “10 more days until…”, “it’s almost the kids’ winter vacation”, “T minus 3 days”. Now, with the holidays in the rearview mirror we turn our heads toward the vast expanse of 2017, that is, if we can see past the mess in the kitchen and all the seasonal décor you can’t take down quick enough.
One of the most common items on every homeowner’s wish list is more storage. In fact, I don’t think I have ever met anyone who wanted less storage. The challenge comes in finding more space to accommodate this. Many people cannot add square footage to their space due to physical or budgetary constraints, and so become stuck with what they have.
With every interior design project we walk the fine line between creating the perfect house we see in a magazine and creating the perfect house for who actually lives there. In order to make a house a home, the environment should feel meaningful, convey a history and reflect the homeowner.
The original floorplan only had space for a small, tucked-away shower in the master bathroom but the homeowners knew this would not work well for their family of five. This Illinois family contacted designer, Jennifer Riordan of Plain & Posh Distinctive Cabinetry Design in Westmont, IL, to design a stunningly beautiful space that meets the needs of their young family now and in the future.
Have you ever gone shopping for something, fell in love with two items, and had to make a choice? How do you decide? One item may be more practical, less costly, a better size or closer to the right color. What if many factors are similar, and the waters of comparison are muddy? Do you flip a coin? Perhaps looking to an intangible factor is in order…
Let’s take a walk through a typical morning for many people…
Imagine you wake up in the morning, head into your bathroom to get ready for the day and you spend the next twenty minutes in front of a vanity with no cord mess or cluttered countertops and everything organized and at your fingertips…
The new Bath Furniture Collection by Dura Supreme lets you choose from a large array of options and customize them to suit your specific space and your personal taste.
Take a dated 80’s oak bathroom, infuse it with 21st century style, and admire the stunning result! Designer Jeff Topolinski, of Hines Supply in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, worked his creative magic to design a beautifully styled master bath retreat using cabinetry from the new Dura Supreme Bath Furniture Collection.
Bathrooms and powder rooms are a popular focus for remodeling because the results can be so dramatic, creating a beautiful environment with outstanding storage and organization. In addition, bathrooms can be a less expensive room to remodel - and less disruptive to your everyday life!
"Clean", contemporary design for bathrooms has become a popular look, partly because of the trend toward modern, contemporary styling and partly because of homeowners' desires for an uncluttered and sleek look for bath environments.
Linen storage cabinetry in the bathroom should be functional, but it can be stylish as well. The traditional tall linen cabinet with doors above and below provides a perfect spot for all those items you need close at hand in the bathroom.
How do you achieve that clean, modern look in a bathroom? What if you want to create the illusion of a larger room? Floating vanities are the perfect choice for that space saving, minimalistic look.
Although the kitchen is the heart of the home, bathrooms (including powder rooms and the master bath) are just as important and hard working.
One of the key design changes in the bathroom remodel was the addition of useable storage other than the vanity. Prior to the demolition there was a 12” base cabinet and a couple of awkwardly placed towel bars directly behind the shower wall. It was useless and unattractive as far as I was concerned.
Cabinet hardware, although a small part of the whole project, still requires some serious thought as to style, finish and placement on the cabinetry. Should it be a knob or a pull? Should the finish match the faucet or appliances or should it complement the cabinetry finish? Exactly where on the doors and drawers should they be located?
Form follows function is a phrase that you learn about early in your interior design education. The concept originally was used when referring to architecture, but it also has applications for interior design as well. What this means in the world of cabinetry is that the intended purpose (function) of a cabinet or overall layout should be where the design process starts. What the design or c
After a couple of months of looking at framing and roughed in plumbing we have sheetrock! The taping, mudding and sanding are complete; it’s starting to look like a bathroom. It’s always such a change when the walls get closed up and the space is truly defined.
Is there some design rule out there that states a master bath should always have two sinks? You would think that this is true if you watch enough of those remodeling shows on television. How often is the main focus of an outdated bathroom the fact that it only has one sink?
When our house was built the original plans called for two bedrooms and a half bath on the second floor. I always thought that was odd and not very functional, which at some point in time the original owners must have thought so too, because the bathroom was remodeled to include a tub.
With popularity of single hole faucets and larger undermount sinks for both the bathroom and the kitchen there are some design and functionality things to consider when determining the placement of the faucet.
Most remodeling projects don’t go as smoothly as you would like, there is always a glitch of some kind that makes your best laid plans go out the window. We were moving along at a pretty good clip, making the bathroom semi-presentable for the holidays. We knew trying to get a countertop installed during that time frame was going to be impossible, but we were ok to wait.
It’s time for the cabinet installation! Darryl, the installer extraordinaire, is back to work his magic just like he did in the kitchen. To get the look I wanted without breaking the bank, I designed the entire vanity using parts and pieces.
Over the last few weeks we have made significant progress in the new bathroom space. In fact, that is pretty much all we have been focused on. It’s been a lot of late evenings and long weekends, and we have the sore muscles and calluses to prove it. The sheetrock is finished thanks to a wond
What was going to be an ongoing weekend project that would keep us busy all winter, has now become something that we are in a rush to get to ready for sheetrock. Demolition, although somewhat therapeutic, is still not fun. It’s dusty, messy, and sort of dangerous. My husband is much better with a Sawzall than I am, so he had the task of taking out the recessed closet area in the hall bath to