Last week, we wrapped up a bathroom renovation project in Elkins Park. The couple whose house we worked on was so excited about their new bathroom that the wife gave the shower a test run before the project was even completely finished! To say the least, she was extremely satisfied with the results.
We transformed this space from an outdated musky bathroom into a warm, elegant place for a couple to relax and comfortably pamper in. The existing bathroom was surrounded by a dull brown ceramic tiling, with accessories to match. The overall look of the prior bathroom was outdated and dingy – the accessories looked almost plastic.
So, we stripped everything down and gave the
bathroom a complete makeover - floors, walls,
lighting fixtures, accessories, vanity, mirror, toilet
- the works!
The couple wanted a classy, chic and elegant bathroom. They wanted the space to feel posh yet inviting. So, we chose materials that reflected this agenda and created a warm and relaxing spa-like bathroom.
Using neutral colors and warm lighting, the caramel color of the tiles we chose reflect and emit a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere. The walls and floors are Antico stone field tiles.
We installed a custom designed marble tile detail
on the floor and the shower walls, 1/2″x1/2″ and 1″x1″
Mosaic stone, respectively.
The couple handpicked the vanity from Pottery barn that includes a granite top and drop in sink, a 24″ framed mirror and duo sconces add to the group.
We installed sliding glass doors with chrome handles to encase the shower. The handlebars and shower accessories inside compliment the rim of the glass doors.
There is an additional light in the exhaust fan,
and two recessed lights in the ceiling,
offering more brightness into the area.
Needless to say, the finished product was a complete flip over from what had existed before. The couple is now happy to wake up in the morning and get ready in their brand new bathroom.
Heated floors are used more frequently in places like bathrooms or bedroom places where you want your feet to be warm. But it can be used in any room in your house and even out site. I have seen it in garages (to help melt the snow off of your car) or even in cold area they heat their sidewalks and parking lots so they never have to shovel.
There are benefits to heated floors other than keeping your feet warm after you get out of the shower. Compared to the usual forced air heating such as central air, radiant floor heating throughout your house can help you save on your monthly heating expenses. With floor heating you are able to heat only the rooms you are using with timers and to your desired temperature with giving you the option to make each room a different temperature. Also air quantity is much better than your typical forced air system because you’re not recalculating dust and spores. It’s more cost effective if the floor has a significant thermal mass such as a concrete slab.
The kitchen is a special place.
It is more than just another room in the house. It is where gatherings happen, where food is prepared, and where memories are made. It is where families often spend quality time, where individuals can define their personal style through space, and where sophistication has an unparalleled opportunity to interact with functionality
So many important activities happen within the kitchen; a strong design facilitates true function and ease of movement. Kitchen remodeling is a wonderful way to achieve this; to increase the quality and life within the space and to greatly increase the value of your home.
Perhaps you aren’t thinking of putting your home on the market anytime soon. However, looking into the future marketability of your home is always a wise decision. A solid kitchen remodel can allow you to reap the benefits of an excellently crafted space while guaranteeing strong marketability of your home in the long run.
In today’s widely varying kitchen design trends, there are nearly endless possibilities for homeowners to create ideally personalized spaces. Making a decision about aesthetic and construction in your own home can be a difficult one to make. There are a few key things to think about when approaching a kitchen remodeling in your home.
Issues, ideas, or problems regarding space (or lack thereof) is one of the most important things to bring to the drawing table when beginning to think about the remodeling of your kitchen. Small kitchens typically do not possess the opportunity to add more storage, so the existing space must be utilized intelligently. Work with a designer if possible to help maximize tight space. Enhance the use of lines and increase your accessibility to frequently used items to prevent clutter from building up. The more clear space you have in a small kitchen, the bigger it will inherently feel.
To the Max: Utilize small spaces in your kitchen in innovative ways to maximize your options when your space is at a minimum. [image: www.Ikea.com]
Up Against the Wall: Use your walls! Allow the walls in your kitchen to offer you a helping hand. Wall mounted storage can add a fresh,
contemporary look to your kitchen and will provide a plethora of storage options for optimized function.
Color + Texture
Color and texture is a critical piece to any interior design, architecture, or complete renovation project. Often set aside as an afterthought, color can have an incredibly strong impact on the human psyche and can have much to do with how we react and respond within our spaces. Consider color as a doorway through which you can enter a world of redefining your kitchen: turn a space that hosts most of your chore work into a space that fosters creativity and relaxation with family. Alter how you feel about cooking by making your kitchen a more inviting, energizing place. These changes frequently are dismissed as impossible, when really they could be ignited by a simple change of color. Color can change a level of visual perception as well. Try utilizing light, airy colors to make spaces appear larger. Minimize parts of a large, open kitchen to create a cozier atmosphere by introducing dark, rich colors.
Count on Color: Your kitchen isn't any less important than any other space in your home. Don't be afraid to add color, patterns,
and texture to your kitchen to add life and energy. You spend a lot of time in the kitchen: make sure it is a space that is enjoyable to live in.
Linear Love Affair: Horizontal emphasis and strong linear patterning in any kitchen will help to expand the space visually and exaggerate the size of the room.
We are at such an incredible point in time that we have amazing technology at our fingertips. Use remodeling as an opportunity to explore innovative trends in design when possible. Lighting, energy efficient appliances, innovative materials…they are all available to the average person and can add an even higher level of sophistication, meaning, and value to your kitchen.
Whatever you choose, allow it to speak to you. Happiness in the end user and a notable level of functionality are testaments to strong design. Small or large renovation shifts to a space such as the kitchen will ultimately provide a positive change to your entire home.
Have ideas for your kitchen? Make them a reality!
We love to help you make your dream space come to life.