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7 Ways To Turn Your Bathroom Into a Home Spa

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7 Ways To Turn Your Bathroom Into a Home Spa

Many people regard their bathroom as a place to escape the pressures of the fast-paced everyday world; an oasis—a peaceful place to be pampered and let the worries of the day dissolve. Creating a relaxing bath is easier and less expensive than you might think. Luckily, you can relax in style and turn your bathroom into a home spa in just a few simple steps. Here are some tips to create an atmosphere of calm and relaxation in your bathroom:

Plush Throw Rugs

A soft cushiony rug underfoot gives warmth and comfort to those tired achy feet. Say goodbye to your cold tile floor!

turn your bathroom into a home spa

Soothing Colors

Color makes or breaks the feel of a room. To achieve a tranquil feel paint your bathroom with soft blues or greens. Neutral colors such as white, gray, or beige will work as well. Vibrant colors energize, which is the opposite of what we want.

turn your bathroom into a home spa

 

Plants or Flowers

Bring nature inside. Plants add a soft texture to the room and have been shown to have a calming influence and to improve people’s moods. Some plants have aromas that relax the senses. Just be sure you choose a plant that thrives on the natural light levels in your bathroom.
turn your bathroom into a home spa

Soft Luxurious Towels

Nothing feels better after a hot bath or shower than to wrap your body in a cottony soft bath towel. A good quality towel does not cost a lot more, but it feels so much better against your skin.
turn your bathroom into a home spa

Mood Lighting

Soft lights set the mood. An easy way to control the light is to add a dimmer to your existing lighting. A dimmer allows you to set the lights low for a comforting ambiance. You could also add a small table lamp for some mood lighting.

turn your bathroom into a home spa

Art Work

Add a piece of artwork that evokes the serenity you seek. This does not have to be an expensive piece of art by one of the masters; it just needs to speak to you. One of my favorite pieces of bathroom art is Ansel Adam’s Bridal Veil Falls. You can buy it online without a frame for $32.
turn your bathroom into a home spa

Candles

Nothing creates a Zen feeling like some well-placed fragrant candles. Scented candles freshen up the air and the flickering flame creates a soft glow that’s easy on the eyes.

turn your bathroom into a home spa

None of the above items are expensive. Bed and Bath stores carry everything you need to turn your bathroom into a home spa and build that comforting retreat that will provide hours of relaxation and peace. Put Create A Relaxing Bathroom on your to do list this weekend and start you relaxation journey.


How To Make Your Bathroom Look Biggerma

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How To Make Your Bathroom Look Bigger

Do you have a small bathroom? Many homes have a full or half bathrooms that just aren’t as spacious as we wished they were. Luckily, there are many design choices that can help you learn how to make your bathroom look bigger. We’re going to teach you a few of our favorite professional bathroom remodeling design techniques to make a bathroom of any size appear larger and more spacious. Check out these expert-level tips:

The Art of Luxury

The art of fooling the eye can be created by distraction. A well-chosen high-end touch, such as the combination of the onyx vessel sink and pillowed onyx tile in this powder room, can make such a dramatic effect that you won’t notice the size of the room. The impression of resplendence can leave guests feeling refreshed by their surroundings instead of oppressed by them.

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Balance Your Space

In a tight space, it’s important to consider visual balance. Too much art on a wall or too many decorative items on a shelf make the room feel cramped. Keeping at least 40% of the room as negative space (that means empty walls. No art, no towel racks, no cabinets) will keep your bathroom from looking overcrowded.

In this bath, for example, a quiet, soothing tile rather than a busy pattern counts as negative space. A mirrored medicine cabinet in addition to the over-sink mirror produces the illusion of depth, but the lion’s share of wall space is free of ornament and restful to the eye.

Stripes or Solids?

While vertical stripes give the appearance of looking taller or leaner, horizontal stripes or tile bands around your bathroom can help make the room look wider. Choose a brighter base color that will refract more light, and offset it with a darker band to wrap around your bathroom walls. Narrow horizontal stripes will make the maximum impact with minimum square footage.

how to make your bathroom look bigger

A Little Off-Center

Want to give the illusion that you have a little more usable counter space than you really do? Place the bathroom sink off-center rather than in the middle of the vanity top to create more usable surface to the left for toiletries. This works exceptionally well with vessel sinks, which draw the eyes naturally away from the vanity top while offering a little extra space.

Go Vertical

Floor-to-ceiling tile emphasizes every inch of height you have and makes a stunning presentation. Subway tiles, mosaic tile or diamond-shaped tiles are good choices. Floor-to-ceiling tile can elongate the walls in your bathroom and make the ceilings appear higher. Combining this effect with a pencil stripe border about eight inches from the ceiling can enhance the effect and make your bathroom look bigger.
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So, when designing a small bathroom, use some of these ideas to create a space that will make your bathroom look bigger than it really is. A small bathroom that appears larger will feel more comfortable, spacious, and airy. Your guests will fall in love with your bathroom, they just won’t know why.


Re-Bath Before and After: Trendsetter Bathroom

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Re-Bath Before and After: Trendsetter Bathroom

Did you check out our post on the Top 5 Bathroom Trends for 2016? Although this Re-Bath remodel was completed at the end of 2015, it seems that these homeowners were ahead of the game, having incorporated 3 out of the 5 trends into their trendsetter bathroom remodel.

• Bringing nature into the bathroom,
• Using timeless grays and whites
• The use of classic tile

2016 trendsetter bathroom
Since this trendsetter bathroom was already spacious, the homeowners were able to keep their existing bathroom layout while upgrading all the features. Foremost, they wanted to get rid of the ugly, dark wooden cabinetry, bathtub surround, and outdated gold hardware.

2016 trendsetter bathroom
2016 trendsetter bathroom

Ditch the Outdated Style

They chose a white wood cabinet, with a double sink and a quartz top, and used dark bronze hardware to create contrast. They also replaced their gold light fixtures with modern chrome fixtures. Another great design choice was swapping out the large, one-piece mirror for two smaller framed mirrors. These choices gave their bathroom a stylish, fresh and trendy look.

A key feature to redesigning this bathroom was creating space between the tub, the vanity, and the shower. These features were connected by tile and wood, which made the room feel boxed in. By separating them, the bathroom appears open, larger and spa-like.

 

Due to the additional visual space in the room, choosing the right flooring was an important decision. Removing the outdated, oversized, square tile, the homeowners chose a large, gray, rectangular Vitra Best Tile, in a wood grain. The gray flooring pairs nicely with the white tile, vanity, and walls, a big trend for 2016.

2016 trendsetter bathroom
2016 trendsetter bathroom

One of our favorite features in this bathroom is the Fleurco freestanding tub and bronze Delta floor-mounted faucet. The placement of the freestanding tub underneath a window lets natural light in, illuminating the room and creating a sense of tranquility.

2016 trendsetter bathroom
2016 trendsetter bathroom

The shower received a major upgrade. With stone flooring, white tile, a rainwater showerhead, and a frameless glass door this shower appears larger and incorporates another 2016 trend of bringing elements of nature into the bathroom.

If you would like to incorporate some of the trends for 2016 into your own bathroom remodel, give Re-Bath a call. We’d be happy to give you a free, no commitment, in-home design consultation, with a guaranteed price on the spot. We love sharing these Before and After’s with you and hope that your bathroom could be the next one we feature!


Re-Bath Before and After: Latest Tile Design Trends

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Re-Bath Before and After: Latest Tile Design Trends

How can I make my bathroom unique? This is a question we get asked almost every time we sit down at a consultation. While there are almost an infinite amount of combinations a customer can choose from when it comes to flooring, cabinetry, countertops, hardware, and shower combinations, there are limited choices when it comes to the latest tile design trends.

One of the popular trends in tile this year is oversized tile, which makes your shower appear larger, but it seems there is another new trend forming in the world of tile design.

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One Re-Bath customer wanted to install a feature strip in her new walk-in shower, but didn’t want it to look like every other remodel she had seen online. Instead of choosing to install a horizontal feature strip along the top third of her shower, we suggested installing the feature strip vertically along the corners of the shower, creating a waterfall tile effect.

latest bathroom tile design trends

Waterfall Tile

Waterfall tile is a feature strip that flows vertically instead of horizontally, adequately named for the waterfall-esque appearance that it creates. The customer chose cool blue and green and gray tile to contrast the main tile. However, as you can see in the photos, the waterfall tile accent is not the only thing that makes this walk-in shower so amazing.

Re-Bath completely changed the space and feel of this bathroom. What was once a cramped, small, dysfunctional space has now become a spacious and eye-grabbing room of luxury.

latest bathroom tile design trends

This level entry shower is modern and sleek, as well as universally designed. By removing the unused garden tub, and tearing out the geometric tiled shower we created a larger shower space, with oversized square tiles, dual shower heads, corner shelves, and curved grab bar for added appeal.

This all glass, door-less, frameless, walk-in shower is an attribute usually associated with high-end spas that this customer now gets to enjoy every day.

It’s amazing to think how cramped and small this bathroom was before a Re-Bath renovation. Instead of an eyesore, this bathroom has become a grand feature in this home and transforms the room into a personal sanctuary.

latest bathroom tile design trends

If you’re interested in how we can remodel your bathroom, give us a call! We’d love to come out and give you a Free, No-Commitment, In-Home Estimate to show you the potential in your bathroom.


The 9 Dirtiest Things In Your Bathroom

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The 9 Dirtiest Things In Your Bathroom

Most people think of their bathroom as a place they go to get clean, right? Well, maybe not. Even if you clean your bathroom regularly, chances are you’re probably forgetting about the dirtiest things in your bathroom. With the help of science, let’s examine a few ways you might accidentally be making your bathroom even dirtier:

1) The Surfaces Around Your Toilet

Did you know that every time you flush, you’re spraying aerosolized particles of toilet water around your bathroom?

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According to an article from the Harvard University Gazette, any object or surface within six feet of your toilet is in danger, including your toothbrush! Putting the lid to your toilet down before you flush can keep your toilet water from going airborne.

2) Toothbrush Covers

You may think putting a cover on your toothbrush may keep your toothbrush safe from bathroom germs, but think again. The human mouth is one of the most germ-ridden places in the human body, making your toothbrush a bastion for over 1,000+ types of bacteria. The American Dental Association reports that leaving your toothbrush inside of a closed container is a more conducive moist environment for these bacteria to breed than the open air.

dirtiest things in your bathroom

The ADA recommends that people replace their toothbrushes every 3-4 months or sooner, but here are a few tips to extend the life of your toothbrush. After brushing, rinse your toothbrush well and shake as much excess water out of the bristles that you can. If someone in your household is sick, don’t let your toothbrush come into contact with theirs. Instead, leave your toothbrushes to soak in mouthwash or a diluted bleach solution overnight to kill any sneaky germs.

3) Your Towel

Perhaps you’re trying to be environmentally conservative, or maybe you just hate laundry, but think again before you reuse your towel. Damp towels make for an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, and reusing them can put germs right back onto your body.

 

dirtiest things in your bathroom

If you have any kind of wound, you could be infecting yourself with whatever is on the towel.” says Dr. Elizabeth Scott, codirector of the Simmons College for Hygiene and Health. She recommends washing your towel at least once a week. Using a towel warmer in your bathroom can also help dry your towel faster and minimize any moisture needed for bacteria to grow. Remember to throw your bathmats in the wash periodically, too!

4) Your Loofah

Don’t go getting too attached to your loofah. Not only do they retain a lot of water, but they also provide bacteria with plenty of grease, sweat, and dead skin cells to feed on. One study found that infection-causing bacteria like P. aeruginosa grew exponentially after 24 hours of exposure to a loofah.

 

dirtiest things in your bathroom

Natural loofahs (made from dried sea sponge or cucumber species) should be tossed after 3-4 weeks,” suggests dermatologist Dr. Birgit Toome. Synthetic mesh puffs are more resistant to bacteria, but doctors agree they should be replaced after eight weeks.

5) Your Hands

Everyone knows hand washing is one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of infectious disease. The problem is, most people don’t wash their hands long enough to kill most germs. A study from Michigan State University observed that 95% of people spent less than 15 seconds washing their hands. However, the CDC says you should spend at least 20 seconds on scrubbing alone.
dirtiest things in your bathroom

While it might seem excessive, take your time working up a good lather. It sure beats catching the flu!

6) Using Your Toilet Incorrectly

If you squat or hover over toilet seats, you’re part of the problem. Studies show hovering places an unnecessary strain on your thigh and abdominal muscles which makes you rush and bear down on your bladder to urinate. Not only can this frequent strain cause pelvic organ prolapse in the longterm, but the additional pressure tends to make a bigger mess.
dirtiest things in your bathroom

Instead, use toilet seat covers, or, if none are available, cover the toilet seat with toilet paper and remember to clean up after yourself. Staying seated for the entire performance can help keep your bathroom cleaner and keep your bladder healthier.

7) Your Shower Liner

For most of us, replacing our shower liner at all is task enough. What you may not know is that the area where your shower liner hits the tub and helps sandwich water between the folds, creating a safe haven for mold and mildew.
dirtiest things in your bathroom

Luckily, there’s a simple solution: trim a few inches from the bottom and the sides so your shower liner fits your tub perfectly without bunching. You can also find mold resistant shower liners in most home goods stores. While they aren’t completely mold-proof, but they make it harder for mold to take hold.

8) Your Sponge

Chances are, you probably use the same sponge to clean the shower, mirrors, sink, and toilet, which means you may actually be smearing your toilet germs all over your bathroom. You can prevent cross-contamination by designating separate sponges for each surface and keeping them separate by using a mail sorter.
dirtiest things in your bathroom

If you don’t have the storage space, remember to clean from high to low, starting with the cleanest surfaces and working your way down. When you finish scrubbing, give your sponge a good rinse and stick it in the microwave or dishwasher. The USDA found microwaving sponges kills 99.999% of bacteria, where as putting it in a dishwasher with a heated drying cycle kills 99.998% of bacteria in your sponge.

9) The Bathroom Floor

Your toilet seat is the dirtiest place in your bathroom, right? Wrong. According to a recent study, your bathroom floor harbors 2 million bacteria per square inch, making it the grossest surface in your bathroom. That’s about 200 times dirtier than a sanitary surface. Moral of the story: don’t forget to scrub your bathroom floor frequently (or invest in a pair of shower shoes.)

dirtiest things in your bathroom

With so many other contenders, it’s easy to forget what the dirtiest things in your bathroom are. Luckily, knowing is half the battle. These few very simple changes can help stop mold and germs in their tracks!


Turn Your Bathroom Into a Relaxing Home Spa

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Turn Your Bathroom Into a Relaxing Home Spa

Many people regard their bathroom as a place to escape the pressures of the fast-paced everyday world; an oasis—a peaceful place to be pampered and let the worries of the day dissolve. Creating a relaxing bath is easier and less expensive than you might think. Luckily, you can transform your bathroom into your very own personal home spa in just a few simple steps. Here are some tips to create an atmosphere of calm and relaxation in your bathroom:

Plush Throw Rugs

A soft cushiony rug underfoot gives warmth and comfort to those tired achy feet. Say goodbye to your cold tile floor!

relaxing home spa

Soothing Colors

Color makes or breaks the feel of a room. To achieve a tranquil feel paint your bathroom with soft blues or greens. Neutral colors such as white, gray, or beige will work as well. Vibrant colors energize, which is the opposite of what we want.

relaxing home spa

Plants or Flowers

Bring nature inside. Plants add a soft texture to the room and have been shown to have a calming influence and to improve people’s moods. Some plants have aromas that relax the senses. Just be sure you choose a plant that thrives on the natural light levels in your bathroom.

relaxing home spa

Soft Luxurious Towels

Nothing feels better after a hot bath or shower than to wrap your body in a cottony soft bath towel. A good quality towel does not cost a lot more, but it feels so much better against your skin.

relaxing home spa

Mood Lighting

Soft lights set the mood. An easy way to control the light is to add a dimmer to your existing lighting. A dimmer allows you to set the lights low for a comforting ambiance. You could also add a small table lamp for some mood lighting.

relaxing home spa

Add Art

Add a piece of artwork that evokes the serenity you seek. This does not have to be an expensive piece of art by one of the masters; it just needs to speak to you. One of my favorite pieces of bathroom art is Ansel Adam’s Bridal Veil Falls. You can buy it online without a frame for $32.

relaxing home spa

Scented Candles

Nothing creates a Zen feeling like some well-placed fragrant candles. Scented candles freshen up the air and the flickering flame creates a soft glow that’s easy on the eyes.

relaxing home spa
None of the above items are expensive. Bed and Bath stores carry everything you need to build that comforting retreat that will provide hours of relaxation and peace. Put Create A Relaxing Bathroom on your to do list this weekend and start you relaxation journey.


How to Use Transitional Design In Your Bathroom

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How to Use Transitional Design In Your Bathroom

What is transitional design?

Transitional design is a combination of modern and traditional design elements that creates a classically stylish room. To achieve a transitional designed bathroom, one would combine design trends from multiple eras to create a truly unique and one of a kind bathroom.

For example, the revival of “Mid-Century Modern” takes design elements from the 1950’s and 1960’s style of furniture and combines modern elements such as sleek, straight lines, and updated hardware to create pieces perfect for a transitional look. These combinations of design techniques are great for transitional design, whether pieced together or incorporated as one.

Elements of transitional design include; clean lines, neutral color schemes, minimal ornamentation and natural elements such as marble, stone, or wooden accessories contrasted with modern design features.

Follow these easy design steps to create your own unique, Transitional design in your bathroom.

transitional design in your bathroom

Step 1: Choose a Statement Piece

The first step in designing a transitional bathroom is to choose a statement or focal piece. If you choose a traditional element such as a claw-foot tub, use modern cabinets and faucets to create a striking and appealing juxtaposition. If you prefer modern focal pieces with vintage elements, perhaps choose an oversized glass walk-in shower with mid-century or Victorian cabinetry.

transitional design in your bathroom

Step 2: Find Pieces that Combine Vintage and Modern

Modern bathrooms are sleek, employ straight lines, and are very minimalistic lacking embellishment. Traditional bathrooms use curved edges with ornate details.. One way to create a transitional bathroom is to combine these elements.

Instead of piecing together modern and vintage pieces you can find pieces that embody both characteristics, much like this vanity. With an modern aesthetic of straight lines with a traditional faucet this piece is perfect for transitional design.

transitional design in your bathroom

Step 3: Mix and Match?

Another way to create a transitional bathroom is through flooring and countertops. Choose a rustic element such as exposed wood cabinetry and combine with modern and sleek hardware, or in reverse choose a modern tile flooring with extravagant cabinetry including crown molding and Victorian hardware.

This Re-Bath Remodel features retro 1950’s style flooring and shower tiles with modern cabinetry and lighting.

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Step 4: Incorporate Mixed Era Décor

When creating a transitional bathroom, you want your design choices to appear though out. This bathroom incorporates a Victorian style makeup vanity with transitional cabinetry. The floor to ceiling glass walk in shower is a perfect modern focal piece for this transitional bathroom.

Try incorporating antique art with modern shelving, or apothecary jars on an updated countertop. With a myriad of ways to mix and match your favorite design elements from all eras, the possibilities are endless.

transitional design in your bathroom

Step 5: Choosing the Right Color

Choose a light or neutral color when designing a Transitional bathroom. The color should highlight the features in the bathroom without overpowering them. Neutrals such as white, grays, and beige are always great choices when combining Victorian or rustic eras with modern design. Pale yellows, blues, and greens can also work for a Mid-Century Modern bathroom.

Need help creating a Transitional Design for your bathroom? Designing a Transitional bathroom is a fun and creative process. Call Re-Bath today—we know Transitional Design. One of our passionate and innovative Design Consultants is waiting to give you a free, no commitment, in-home design consultation.

 


What Kind of Bathroom Privacy Windows Are Right For You?

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What Kind of Bathroom Privacy Windows Are Right For You?

Is an age-old struggle: You want plenty of light in your bathroom, but you also want privacy. So what is the best privacy window for your bathroom? Fortunately, there are quite a few bathroom privacy window options and the prices range from inexpensive to expensive.

Here are a few questions to help you find the right bathroom privacy windows:

  • Do you want to control the light?
  • Do you care if people see your silhouette through the window?
  • Are you looking for something functional or decorative?
  • Can a skylight or window be installed in your bathroom?
  • How much are you willing to spend?

Here are four options for bathroom privacy windows starting with the least expensive and moving to the most expensive:

Privacy Window Film
bathroom privacy windows
Privacy window film is an inexpensive option. Window film starts at under $20 per window. It’s easy to apply; some adhere by static cling so it’s a no mess install. Films are available in solids and a wide variety of decorative patterns. Depending on the film, outsiders may be able to see your silhouette, especially at night. Films may even reduce heat gain.

Window Coverings
bathroom privacy windows
Window coverings that provide privacy include shades, shutters, blinds and curtains. Window coverings allow you to control the amount of light. A pull down window shade will give complete privacy for little money. Shutters, blinds and curtains allow you to control the light and add a decorative touch. You can find all of these inexpensively, but custom sized wood plantation shutters will cost several hundred dollars.

Glass Block Window
bathroom privacy windows
Replace your window with a glass block window. A glass block window offers privacy, insulation and security. They are available in custom sized units, which makes installation easier. Distorted silhouettes can be seen through glass block. Expect to pay three to six hundred for a glass block window installed.

Add a Skylight or High Window
bathroom privacy windows
If the budget allows you can add a light source without privacy concerns. A skylight or a light tunnel is a great way to bring light into the bathroom. A light tunnel is mounted on the roof and the light flows through a flexible shaft that exits through a lens in the ceiling. It provides a great amount of light, but the light cannot be controlled. A window, twelve to fifteen inches high, installed a foot down from the ceiling is a great light source without privacy worries. Light tunnels start at $500 installed. A window or skylight with construction costs start at about $1,500.

Bathroom window privacy comes in many forms and prices. Which solution is best for your bathroom and budget?


Bathroom Plants: What are the best plants for your bathroom?

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Bathroom Plants: What are the best plants for your bathroom?

You may never have looked at it this way, but our bathroom can be a place of retreat and an opportunity to reduce stress. No phones, no faxes, no conversation, just peace and quite (hopefully you didn’t take your smart phone or tablet in the bathroom with you). We need time to ourselves. Time away from the endless noise and daily distractions. We need solitude, if only for a few minutes.

So, if our bathroom is a place to escape, our decorating should promote relaxation and peace. We can accomplish this in many ways. We can use color, art, lighting, texture, and nature. All of these elements can help to lower our blood pressure, slow our breathing, and change our focus. But the element that can have the greatest impact is nature itself.

Plants are often used by designers to add color, texture, and form to a space. Adding a plant (or plants) to a room brings the outdoors inside and gives us a sense of serenity and calmness. Plants have the power to take us back to nature and improve the quality of our lives. Also, plants can purify indoor air better than any machine.

It’s no secret that plants have a psychological effect on us humans. But the effect may be more than we realize.

According to several studies, here’s just a few examples of how plants can affect our physical and emotional well being.

• Lower blood pressure
• Increase attentiveness
• Improve well-being
• Reduce levels of anxiety

According to Virginia Lohr, a professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Washington State University, indoor plants offer better air quality, reduced stress, increased productivity, calmness, and better tolerance to pain.

What are the best kind of plants for your bathroom?

So, if we are going to put plants in our bathroom, which plants work best? Most bathrooms have limited light, but a generous amount of humidity. Which plants will thrive in this environment?

Bathroom plants love low light high humidity environments. Here are a few of our favorites:

1) Philodendrons

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2) Snake Plant (Sansievera)
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3) Cast Iron Plant (Aspidstra Elatior)
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4) Ferns

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5) Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

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6) Prayer Plants

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7) Aloe vera

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8) Bamboo

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9) Dieffenbachia
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10) Begonias

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These plants are easy to care for and will thrive in the bathroom. Check with your local nursery to see which plants have the greatest success in your area.

You don’t have to be a master gardener to grow these plants. Your local nursery can give you a few tips on planting and care. You may be surprised how much enjoyment you get from nurturing a few plants. It’s the simple things in life that give us the greatest pleasures.

I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.”-David Hobson

Give it a shot. Buy a plant or two for your bathroom and enjoy your own private oasis.


How to Prevent Pipes From Freezing

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How To Prevent Pipes From Freezing

This winter may go down in weather history as one of the coldest winters ever. Along with the discomfort of the cold is the potential damage and inconvenience from frozen water pipes. Luckily, we have some professional tips to help prevent pipes from freezing.

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Water pipes that are in unheated areas such as the attic, crawl space, basement, and outside are prone to freezing in temperatures below freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit). Water pipes located in a heated space can still freeze if the pipe is in the path of a stream of freezing air coming from a crack in a wall or the foundation.

prevent pipes from freezingWater expands when it freezes and the water inside a pipe will expand to the point that the pressure cracks the pipe. Freezing water can rupture any type of pipe, copper, plastic, or galvanized. An eighth inch crack in a pipe can spew 250 gallons of water a day. My family was out of town one weekend when a quarter inch icemaker line ruptured and caused over $60,000 in damages.

Of course, there’s no problem as long as the water stays frozen. The problems begin when the pipes begin to thaw and the water starts to drip and then spray through the crack.

So how do you prevent pipes from freezing? For very little money, you can save yourself the costly frustrations that come with frozen pipes.

How To Prevent Pipes From Freezing This Winter:

Insulate Your Pipes
Foam insulation sleeves designed to fit around water pipes are inexpensive and easy to install. Make sure you insulate well around 90 degree turns; you may have to use some duct tape to hold the insulation around the corners. An added energy saving benefit is that a cold pipe won’t suck out the heat from your hot water.

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Air Sealing
Frigid air streaming through a small opening can freeze a pipe. Seal all cracks or openings that cold air can penetrate with caulking or spray foam insulation. Vents under your home can be insulated with Styrofoam during Winter time to keep frigid air out from the crawlspace under your home. Any cracks or holes outside or in the foundation should be sealed with caulk. Attics can be insulated with sheets of fiberglass insulation to keep any cold air out.

prevent pipes from freezing

Keep The Water Running
Because of the warmer and milder temperatures in the South, many houses are not built with insulated plumbing. If you can’t get your pipes insulated before temperatures fall 20 F or below, open the faucet and let the water drip. Running water is less likely to freeze.

prevent pipes from freezing

Going On A Trip This Winter?
Remember to shut off your water and drain your pipes before you leave. After turning off your main water valve, open all of the faucets in your house until they empty. This way, there is no way for your pipes to freeze in your absence, and more importantly, no risk of flooding.

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Thawing Frozen Pipes

If your pipes do freeze, here’s the best way to thaw them out. First, open up the faucet. Second, apply heat to the frozen pipe. A hair dryer works best. You can use a propane torch on copper or galvanized pipes, but if you do, keep the torch moving over the pipe so you don’t damage the pipe.

prevent pipes from freezing

Familiarize yourself with where your home or apartment’s water shut off valve is located and be prepared to act quickly in case of a burst pipe.

Be proactive, protect your pipes from freezing and sleep well knowing you’ll have water in the morning.