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5 Ways To Utilize Hidden Space In Your Bathroom

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5 Ways To Utilize Hidden Space In Your Bathroom

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Have you ever heard the phrase “Out of sight, out of mind”? There’s more to it than meets the eye. Many of the items that accumulate in our bathrooms seem necessary and sit out in the open, causing clutter. Luckily, we can show you how to utilize a lot of hidden space in your bathroom to make it feel a lot more spacious and functional.

Find Your Niche

Making use of the space inside the walls is one of the best ways to maximize storage in a small bath. You can create pockets between your studs to hide unsightly toiletries or even your toilet plunger.

hidden space

Add in-wall storage between studs to stow essentials out of sight

 

 


Recessed shelves or towers can even be added to showers to store shampoo and keep it out of the way.

corner soap dish tower

ReBath Soap Dish Towers fit in the corners of your shower to save space

Mirror, Mirror

Do you find your personal effects cluttering up your vanity top? Especially if your bathroom is lacking a vanity with available shelves, it may be a good idea replace your plate glass mirror with a practical medicine cabinet. You can have your medicine cabinet recessed into the wall to save space. Once the appropriate style is installed in your home, open it to conceal personal toiletries, hair brushes, tubes of tooth paste, and other eye sores that might otherwise get left out.

There are even magnetic organizers you can fit against the back of your medicine cabinet, so you don’t find yourself losing smaller items like tweezers, nail clippers, or hair ties.
magnetic organizers

Up, Up, and Away

The space above your toilet almost always goes wasted, but it presents the perfect opportunity for shelving. You can install recessed shelves, bathroom cubbies, or find bathroom furniture to hang over your toilet, but it makes a great place to put extra toilet paper or spare shampoo bottles.
bathroom shelving

 

What’s Behind Door #1?

If soggy towels are eating up your wall space, try installing towel racks on the back of the door. This will keep your towels off the floor and leave them able to dry properly without being an eye sore.
bathroom towel racks
If you don’t want to make any permanent changes to your bathroom door, there are also plenty of towel hooks you can hang directly from the door itself so you don’t have to drill into your bathroom door.

 

Over and Out

Even if you don’t have exceptionally tall ceilings, the area above your door often goes forgotten. Installing a toiletries shelf over your bathroom door is simple and gives you plenty of extra storage space up and out of the way.

bathroom toiletry shelf


The Difference Between Home Inspectors vs. Home Appraisers

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The Difference Between Home Inspectors vs. Home Appraisers


home inspectionsBuying or selling a home is a huge undertaking. Consulting with state certified home inspectors and appraisers can help you make smarter decisions about your home, but who is needed to approve what? The biggest mistake in people make when buying a home is never having it inspected. Although most home inspections run between $400 and $500, having your home inspected can help protect you from being financially liable for mechanical systems in your home that weren’t properly installed.

When buying a home, you will work with both a home inspector and an appraiser. They each assess the quality of the home in different ways:

Home Inspector

Most home buyers understand the importance of hiring a home inspector before they buy, but they may not realize that there can be a big difference in quality and professionalism from one home inspector to the next.

A home inspector thoroughly checks the property for structural and system problems that may need to be addressed before closing on your home. If any renovations or remodeling projects occurred, a home inspector will make sure components in a home are up to state code and that the proper permits were pulled during construction for any previous renovations or home projects.

Home Appraiser

When it comes to buying and selling a home or refinancing an existing mortgage, getting a home appraisal is one of the smartest steps you can take.

A home appraiser assesses the value of the home to find out if the agreed-upon price is reasonable for its location, size and condition. Renovations and remodeling projects that occurred after the last appraisal may be counted toward the new appraisal value of the home.

Getting A Home Appraisal

In most cases, your mortgage lender will choose the home appraiser. If the lender does allow you to choose your own appraiser, the results might be subject to review. The appraiser should always be an objective third party with no financial interest in the property. You do have a legal right to receive a copy of the finished report, but it might not be sent to you if you don’t request it.

home appraiser
Home Inspector Referrals

If you’re buying a home, your real estate agent will be able to give you the names of some local home inspectors, but you are not required to use these recommendations. You can also find home inspectors through friends and family or with an online search. Both the National Association of Home Inspectors and the American Society of Home Inspectors offer local search options.
Inspect the Inspector

importance of home inspectionsIt’s a good idea to interview at least three home inspectors before making a selection. Be prepared to ask about more than the cost of their service. Here are a few points to cover:

  • Find out how long the inspection will take, and let them know that you plan to shadow them during the process. A thorough inspection should take several hours, and a trustworthy home inspector will welcome your attendance.
  • Review a sample report. A comprehensive report should be 20 to 50 pages long and includes written observations and recommendations, in addition to a standard checklist.
  • Ask about the home inspector’s credentials and experience. Look for certification with a reputable organization such as NAHI or ASHI. Find out how long he or she has been doing home inspections and if it is their main line of work or a side job.
  • Ask if the home inspector carries errors and omissions insurance, and what that coverage entails. Having this insurance can save you a lot of money down the road if something is missed during your inspection.
    importance of home inspections
    Taking the time to find a trustworthy home inspector will give you peace of mind, help you uncover any potential problems and help you ensure everything is up to code in your home, or even your home-to-be.

The Difference Between Home Inspectors vs. Home Appraisers

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home inspectionsBuying or selling a home is a huge undertaking. Consulting with state certified home inspectors and appraisers can help you make smarter decisions about your home, but who is needed to approve what? The biggest mistake in people make when buying a home is never having it inspected. Although most home inspections run between $400 and $500, having your home inspected can help protect you from being financially liable for mechanical systems in your home that weren’t properly installed.

When buying a home, you will work with both a home inspector and an appraiser. They each assess the quality of the home in different ways:

Home Inspector

Most home buyers understand the importance of hiring a home inspector before they buy, but they may not realize that there can be a big difference in quality and professionalism from one home inspector to the next.

A home inspector thoroughly checks the property for structural and system problems that may need to be addressed before closing on your home. If any renovations or remodeling projects occurred, a home inspector will make sure components in a home are up to state code and that the proper permits were pulled during construction for any previous renovations or home projects.

Home Appraiser

When it comes to buying and selling a home or refinancing an existing mortgage, getting a home appraisal is one of the smartest steps you can take.

A home appraiser assesses the value of the home to find out if the agreed-upon price is reasonable for its location, size and condition. Renovations and remodeling projects that occurred after the last appraisal may be counted toward the new appraisal value of the home.

Getting A Home Appraisal

In most cases, your mortgage lender will choose the home appraiser. If the lender does allow you to choose your own appraiser, the results might be subject to review. The appraiser should always be an objective third party with no financial interest in the property. You do have a legal right to receive a copy of the finished report, but it might not be sent to you if you don’t request it.

home appraisal
Home Inspector Referrals

If you’re buying a home, your real estate agent will be able to give you the names of some local home inspectors, but you are not required to use these recommendations. You can also find home inspectors through friends and family or with an online search. Both the National Association of Home Inspectors and the American Society of Home Inspectors offer local search options.
Inspect the Inspector

importance of home inspectionsIt’s a good idea to interview at least three home inspectors before making a selection. Be prepared to ask about more than the cost of their service. Here are a few points to cover:

  • Find out how long the inspection will take, and let them know that you plan to shadow them during the process. A thorough inspection should take several hours, and a trustworthy home inspector will welcome your attendance.
  • Review a sample report. A comprehensive report should be 20 to 50 pages long and includes written observations and recommendations, in addition to a standard checklist.
  • Ask about the home inspector’s credentials and experience. Look for certification with a reputable organization such as NAHI or ASHI. Find out how long he or she has been doing home inspections and if it is their main line of work or a side job.
  • Ask if the home inspector carries errors and omissions insurance, and what that coverage entails. Having this insurance can save you a lot of money down the road if something is missed during your inspection.
    importance of home inspections
    Taking the time to find a trustworthy home inspector will give you peace of mind, help you uncover any potential problems and help you ensure everything is up to code in your home, or even your home-to-be.

How To Choose The Best Paint For Your Bathroom

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How To Choose the Best Paint For Your Bathroom

 

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your bathroom. But, choosing a color is only one ingredient that is required for long lasting results. Once you choose your color scheme you’ll need to know which paint sheens or finishes will work the best in a bathroom. Bathrooms are extremely wet and collect a lot of moisture daily. Luckily, there are many types of bathroom paints that will resist both moisture and mold:

5 Types of Paint Sheen Finishes

The glossier the finish, the more the paint will resist moisture in your bathroom. Here is a list of 5 common paint finishes offered by most major brands:
bathroom painting tips

Flat Finish

A Flat Finish applies as a nice matte coating, but it works best in low-traffic areas where it is never or rarely touched. Flat paint absorbs moisture, dirt, and skin oils, so it is bad for bathrooms and busy areas. Scrubbing flat paint while damp will cause it to thin and come off on your sponge.

Eggshell Finish

Like the name implies, an Eggshell Finish has a slight sheen and tends to be a bit more durable than flat paint. Paints with an eggshell finish are more washable and scrubbable than flat. Like a flat paint, eggshell is good for places without moisture. This is a very popular choice for most interior walls in the home, but its not quite robust enough for a bathroom.

Satin Finish

A Satin Finish has a bit of a gloss, and can be used in low-moisture bathrooms, such as a half-bathroom, powder room, or a guest bathroom that doesn’t get much use.

Semi-Gloss Finish

A Semi-Gloss Finish is a solid sheen finish for any kind of bathroom. The semi-gloss finish repels moisture well, making it a suitable and versatile choice for painting bathroom walls and bathroom ceilings alike.

High-Gloss Finish

A High-Gloss Finish is the most effective finish for repelling moisture and would be an excellent choice in a high-moisture bathroom. However, a high-gloss finish reflects light more than any other finish and magnifies any surface imperfections. This type of finish is primarily used for wood surfaces like trim and cabinetry. If the aesthetics of a high-gloss paint don’t work for your bathroom, you may benefit from another attractive alternative like wainscoting, which can cover the bottom of your walls and provide water-proof protection.

 

Painting Your Bathroom Ceiling

bathroom ceiling mold

Moisture damage and mold can be avoided

Mold and Mildew Resistant Bathroom Paint

You can also find specialty bathroom paint that is mold and moisture resistant. You can even find matte finishes that are specially designed for high moisture areas. They come in a variety of finishes.

Benjamin Moore’s Aura® Bath And Spa Matte Finish is one of the few flat bathroom paints that are both water and mold resistant. If you love the texture and aesthetics of a matte paint, you don’t have to sacrifice the longevity of your bathroom for looks.

Zinsser’s Perma-White claims to be guaranteed to prevent the growth of mold and mildew for a minimum of five years.In case you don’t want white in your bathroom, Perma-White can be tinted to off-white, pastel and medium colors, which are great if you want to make your bathroom look more spacious. Zinsser’s comes in eggshell, satin and semi-gloss sheens.

Sherwin Williams carries a bath paint called “Simply Enough.” It also comes with 5-year guarantee, inhibits mold and mildew just as well, and comes in a greater variety of colors.

These specialty paints work well in exceptionally moist or poorly-ventilated bathrooms.

Painting Your Bathroom

Before you start painting, make sure you take the time to let your bathroom dry out completely. Catching beadlets of moisture under a fresh coat of paint will create bubbles. Make sure to use painter’s tape and drop cloths to protect your vanity, bathroom mirror, light fixtures, your floor, and your tub or shower from drips.

Remove light switch and receptacle covers, and keep your workspace well ventilated. Paint adheres to tile, so make sure any exposed tile is properly covered.

If you are painting over a darker color or a very glossy paint, using a coat of primer will help your new paint cover the walls more effectively.

bathroom painting tipsIf you choose to paint your ceiling, paint it first, let it dry, and then mask your ceiling with painter’s tape at least 4 inches from the wall. A clumsy roller can ruin a white ceiling very easily. Crown molding should also be taped and painted separately from the wall. Finish up corners with a paint brush and even out the paint with several coats.

Selecting a color that reflects your personality and choosing the right type of paint will add beauty to your bathroom and protect your wall and ceiling surfaces for years to come.


How To Choose The Best Paint For Your Bathroom

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How To Choose the Best Paint For Your Bathroom

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A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your bathroom. But, choosing a color is only one ingredient that is required for long lasting results. Once you choose your color scheme you’ll need to know which paint sheens or finishes will work the best in a bathroom. Bathrooms are extremely wet and collect a lot of moisture daily. Luckily, there are many types of bathroom paints that will resist both moisture and mold:

5 Types of Paint Sheen Finishes

The glossier the finish, the more the paint will resist moisture in your bathroom. Here is a list of 5 common paint finishes offered by most major brands:
bathroom painting tips

Flat Finish

A Flat Finish applies as a nice matte coating, but it works best in low-traffic areas where it is never or rarely touched. Flat paint absorbs moisture, dirt, and skin oils, so it is bad for bathrooms and busy areas. Scrubbing flat paint while damp will cause it to thin and come off on your sponge.

Eggshell Finish

Like the name implies, an Eggshell Finish has a slight sheen and tends to be a bit more durable than flat paint. Paints with an eggshell finish are more washable and scrubbable than flat. Like a flat paint, eggshell is good for places without moisture. This is a very popular choice for most interior walls in the home, but its not quite robust enough for a bathroom.

Satin Finish

A Satin Finish has a bit of a gloss, and can be used in low-moisture bathrooms, such as a half-bathroom, powder room, or a guest bathroom that doesn’t get much use.

Semi-Gloss Finish

A Semi-Gloss Finish is a solid sheen finish for any kind of bathroom. The semi-gloss finish repels moisture well, making it a suitable and versatile choice for painting bathroom walls and bathroom ceilings alike.

High-Gloss Finish

A High-Gloss Finish is the most effective finish for repelling moisture and would be an excellent choice in a high-moisture bathroom. However, a high-gloss finish reflects light more than any other finish and magnifies any surface imperfections. This type of finish is primarily used for wood surfaces like trim and cabinetry. If the aesthetics of a high-gloss paint don’t work for your bathroom, you may benefit from another attractive alternative like wainscoting, which can cover the bottom of your walls and provide water-proof protection.

 

Painting Your Bathroom Ceiling

Especially in high-moisture bathrooms without a full shower surround, hot steam from daily showers can do a lot of damage to your ceiling. The area directly above your shower is most at risk for mold or water damage. Giving your ceiling several coats of a glossy or high-gloss bathroom paint can help you protect the plaster and sheet rock from future damage.

bathroom ceiling mold

Moisture damage and mold can be prevented

Mold and Mildew Resistant Bathroom Paint

You can also find specialty bathroom paint that is mold and moisture resistant. You can even find matte finishes that are specially designed for high moisture areas. They come in a variety of finishes.

Benjamin Moore’s Aura® Bath And Spa Matte Finish is one of the few flat bathroom paints that are both water and mold resistant. If you love the texture and aesthetics of a matte paint, you don’t have to sacrifice the longevity of your bathroom for looks.

Zinsser’s Perma-White claims to be guaranteed to prevent the growth of mold and mildew for a minimum of five years.In case you don’t want white in your bathroom, Perma-White can be tinted to off-white, pastel and medium colors, which are great if you want to make your bathroom look more spacious. Zinsser’s comes in eggshell, satin and semi-gloss sheens.

Sherwin Williams carries a bath paint called “Simply Enough.” It also comes with 5-year guarantee, inhibits mold and mildew just as well, and comes in a greater variety of colors.

These specialty paints work well in exceptionally moist or poorly-ventilated bathrooms.

Painting Your Bathroom

Before you start painting, make sure you take the time to let your bathroom dry out completely. Catching beadlets of moisture under a fresh coat of paint will create bubbles. Make sure to use painter’s tape and drop cloths to protect your vanity, bathroom mirror, light fixtures, your floor, and your tub or shower from drips.

Remove light switch and receptacle covers, and keep your workspace well ventilated. Paint adheres to tile, so make sure any exposed tile is properly covered.

If you are painting over a darker color or a very glossy paint, using a coat of primer will help your new paint cover the walls more effectively.

bathroom painting tipsIf you choose to paint your ceiling, paint it first, let it dry, and then mask your ceiling with painter’s tape at least 4 inches from the wall. A clumsy roller can ruin a white ceiling very easily. Crown molding should also be taped and painted separately from the wall. Finish up corners with a paint brush and even out the paint with several coats.

Selecting a color that reflects your personality and choosing the right type of paint will add beauty to your bathroom and protect your wall and ceiling surfaces for years to come.


CFL Bulbs: A Not-So-Bright Idea?

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CFL Bulbs: A Not-So-Bright Idea?

Lowering our energy usage is a wonderful thing. Lower energy usage saves us money and reduces greenhouse gases. What could be better?

cfl bulbsThe US government has a great plan to help us reduce our energy consumption. The government is phasing in a program to make selling incandescent light bulbs illegal. The government wants us to switch over to CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) because they use 66% less energy than incandescent light bulbs and last about 8 times longer.

The US Energy Star Program estimates that if every American home replaced just one incandescent bulb with a CFL bulb the energy savings would be enough to light 2.5 million homes for one year and would eliminate the same amount of greenhouse gases caused by 800,000 cars.

But, are the energy savings worth sacrificing your family’s health?

There are two major problems with CFLs. First, they contain mercury, which we all know is hazardous to your health. If the CFL is broken, mercury can be released into the air and is extremely difficult to clean up. Just read the EPA recommended procedures for cleaning up a broken CFL.

broken cfl bulbsBefore Cleanup

  • Have people and pets leave the room.
  • Air out the room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to the outdoor environment.
  • Shutoff the central forced air heating/air-conditioning system, if you have one.
  • Collect materials needed to clean up broken bulb:

    • Stiff paper or cardboard
    • Sticky tape damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes (for hard surfaces)
    • a glass jar with a metal lid or a sealable plastic bag.

 

During Cleanup

  • DO NOT VACUUM.
    Vacuuming is not recommended unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken. Vacuuming could spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapor.
  • Be thorough in collecting broken glass and visible powder.
  • Scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard.
  • Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder.
  • Place the used tape in the glass jar or plastic bag.
  • See the detailed cleanup instructions for more information, and for differences in cleaning up hard surfaces versus carpeting or rugs.
  • Place cleanup materials in a sealable container.

 

cfl bulb disposal

Wonder why they don’t tell you to wear a respirator?

After Cleanup

  • Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials, including vacuum cleaner bags, outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of.
  • Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors.
  • Next, check with your local government about disposal requirements in your area, because some localities require fluorescent bulbs (broken or unbroken) be taken to a local recycling center. If there is no such requirement in your area, you can dispose of the materials with your household trash.
  • If practical, continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the heating/air conditioning system shut off for several hours.

 

The second major problem is how the CFL affects your health, and it’s not in a positive way.

Watch this short video and see what potential risks your family may experience by using CFLs.


cfl bulbs dirty electricity

CFLs also produce what scientists call “Dirty Electricity“, which can cause numerous health problems. What’s worse is that the amount of dirty electricity in your home multiplies for every CFL bulb you have in your home. Incandescent light bulbs and LED Light bulbs do not produce dirty electricity.

cfl bulbs comparisonAfter doing the research for this article, I was convinced of two things. First, I won’t rule out stockpiling incandescent bulbs before they are outlawed.

Second, I’ll be investing in LED light bulbs as the price comes down. LED light bulbs are pricy, but even more efficient and longer lasting than CFL bulbs without the harmful side effects.

Do some of your own research and draw your own conclusions. One thing I know for sure, our health is our most important asset.

To your health,
Tim Koehler


CFL Bulbs: A Not-So-Bright Idea?

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CFL Bulbs: A Not-So-Bright Idea?

Lowering our energy usage is a wonderful thing. Lower energy usage saves us money and reduces greenhouse gases. What could be better?

cfl bulbsThe US government has a great plan to help us reduce our energy consumption. The government is phasing in a program to make selling incandescent light bulbs illegal. The government wants us to switch over to CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) because they use 66% less energy than incandescent light bulbs and last about 8 times longer.

The US Energy Star Program estimates that if every American home replaced just one incandescent bulb with a CFL bulb the energy savings would be enough to light 2.5 million homes for one year and would eliminate the same amount of greenhouse gases caused by 800,000 cars.

But, are the energy savings worth sacrificing your family’s health?

There are two major problems with CFLs. First, they contain mercury, which we all know is hazardous to your health. If the CFL is broken, mercury can be released into the air and is extremely difficult to clean up. Just read the EPA recommended procedures for cleaning up a broken CFL.

broken cfl bulbsBefore Cleanup

  • Have people and pets leave the room.
  • Air out the room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to the outdoor environment.
  • Shutoff the central forced air heating/air-conditioning system, if you have one.
  • Collect materials needed to clean up broken bulb:

    • Stiff paper or cardboard
    • Sticky tape damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes (for hard surfaces)
    • a glass jar with a metal lid or a sealable plastic bag.

 

During Cleanup

  • DO NOT VACUUM.
    Vacuuming is not recommended unless broken glass remains after all other cleanup steps have been taken. Vacuuming could spread mercury-containing powder or mercury vapor.
  • Be thorough in collecting broken glass and visible powder.
  • Scoop up glass fragments and powder using stiff paper or cardboard.
  • Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder.
  • Place the used tape in the glass jar or plastic bag.
  • See the detailed cleanup instructions for more information, and for differences in cleaning up hard surfaces versus carpeting or rugs.
  • Place cleanup materials in a sealable container.

 

 

 

cfl bulb disposal

Wonder why they don’t tell you to wear a respirator?

After Cleanup

  • Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials, including vacuum cleaner bags, outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of.
  • Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors.
  • Next, check with your local government about disposal requirements in your area, because some localities require fluorescent bulbs (broken or unbroken) be taken to a local recycling center. If there is no such requirement in your area, you can dispose of the materials with your household trash.
  • If practical, continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the heating/air conditioning system shut off for several hours.

 

The second major problem is how the CFL affects your health, and it’s not in a positive way.

Watch this short video and see what potential risks your family may experience by using CFLs.


cfl bulbs dirty electricity

CFLs also produce what scientists call “Dirty Electricity“, which can cause numerous health problems. What’s worse is that the amount of dirty electricity in your home multiplies for every CFL bulb you have in your home. Incandescent light bulbs and LED Light bulbs do not produce dirty electricity.

cfl bulbs comparisonAfter doing the research for this article, I was convinced of two things. First, I won’t rule out stockpiling incandescent bulbs before they are outlawed.

Second, I’ll be investing in LED light bulbs as the price comes down. LED light bulbs are pricy, but even more efficient and longer lasting than CFL bulbs without the harmful side effects.

Do some of your own research and draw your own conclusions. One thing I know for sure, our health is our most important asset.

To your health,
Tim Koehler


How To Create a Vintage Bathroom Design

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How To Create a Vintage Bathroom Design

 

What Is “Vintage Design”?

When it comes to bathroom design, the term “Vintage” refers to a specific style that occurred between the 1920s through the 1950s. Especially if you have an older home, playing up its vintage charm can really set the mood in a warm and nostalgic way. The style is fairly minimalist and pragmatic, usually paired with one focal centerpiece that catches the eye of house guests. Even newer homes in need of a remodel can borrow a lot from classic vintage designs.

Elements in Vintage Design:

Vintage Colors

The 1920s gave birth to modern design, which meant no more than two or three colors were typically used. Many bathrooms of the 1920s era had white or cream walls accentuated with green, yellow, lavender, primrose or brown. Black and white checkerboard floors were also a popular choice. When it comes to combining vintage colors, chic contrast is the way to go.
vintage bathroom colors

Bathroom Fixtures

Cast-iron clawfoot tubs will not hold heat as well as a newer insulated acrylic tub

Claw footed porcelain tubs, wall-hung sinks, pedestal sinks and art deco fixtures are all beautiful, but where do you find them? Vintage Plumbing or Baths from the Past are good places to start for original, antique plumbing fixtures. But realize that these are very heavy pieces and therefore rare. When an older home is demolished, these pieces are often crushed and cast aside due to their weight, size and age. Therefore, these restored antiques are often fairly pricey

Antique hunting antique hunting isn’t for everyone.. To find newer, reproductions of these wonderful vintage designs, take a look at the Restoration Hardware website. There is something to be said for new bath fixtures versus “antique.” You can find pedestal sinks, claw footed tubs, toilets, high tanks, bidets, medicine cabinets, lighting, as well as tub, shower and bath faucets.
1920s vintage bathroom

Keep the look of a vintage bathroom alive by utilizing rectangular subway tiles in your shower to keep the look classic. Subway tile gained its name from its use in the New York City subway system, which opened in 1904. The rectangular, white ceramic tile was selected for its durable and stain resistant nature, and the light color and high gloss were a good choice for the subterranean spaces of the subway. White subway tile represents a vintage, early 20th century style that has seen a huge resurgence in popularity in the first decade of the 21st century. A good write up on the history of subway tile can be found here.
vintage bathroom subway tiles

Vintage Bathroom Flooring

The 1920’s was famous for it’s use of geometrical tile patterns. Use smaller square, rectangular or hexagonal colored tiles in two or three color combinations or even bold black and white tiles to add a touch of visual drama. Choose ceramic or stone tile in a mosaic, basket weave or checkerboard pattern and glossy polished stone is more in keeping with vintage versus the newer matte finishes. All white is also an option that keeps future redecorating costs to a minimum.
vintage bathroom flooring

Walls

For a vintage look on your walls you can either use a tile surround or install wainscoting along the bottom half of the wall. Glossy white bead board is a great way to capture the vintage spirit on your bathroom walls and can be installed in individual planks or panels. When choosing tile for the walls, use rectangular subway tiles to recreate the era.

It was also popular to cover walls with square tiles, accenting with thinner pencil stripe tiles of black (or another contrasting color) around the tiled area. Although a simple and clean look, the contrasting stripe adds an understated elegance to the room.
1920s vintage bathroom

Vintage Built-ins and Storage

1920s modern architecture and design was very practical and utilitarian. Adding elements like a metal medicine cabinet can help create the look and give you a place out of sight to store your toiletries. Purchase a great reproduction or refurbish an antique in oak or pine. Add a tall, narrow wood cabinet or built-in shelving from floor to ceiling to store toiletries and towels. Add an antique chest of drawers or dresser for added storage options. Place a heated towel rack in your bathroom for added luxury.
vintage bathroom shelving

Vintage Mirrors and Lighting

Liven up your vintage bath with chrome and frosted glass light fixtures. Hang a unique art deco chandelier for a creative focal point. Adding round or oval shaped mirrors with beveled edges to capture the glamor of the roaring 1920s.
vintage bathroom lighting


How To Create a Vintage Bathroom Design

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How To Create a Vintage Bathroom Design

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What Is “Vintage Design”?

When it comes to bathroom design, the term “Vintage” refers to a specific style that occurred between the 1920s through the 1950s. Especially if you have an older home, playing up its vintage charm can really set the mood in a warm and nostalgic way. The style is fairly minimalist and pragmatic, usually paired with one focal centerpiece that catches the eye of house guests. Even newer homes in need of a remodel can borrow a lot from classic vintage designs.

Elements in Vintage Design:

Vintage Colors

The 1920s gave birth to modern design, which meant no more than two or three colors were typically used. Many bathrooms of the 1920s era had white or cream walls accentuated with green, yellow, lavender, primrose or brown. Black and white checkerboard floors were also a popular choice. When it comes to combining vintage colors, chic contrast is the way to go.


vintage bathroom colors

Bathroom Fixtures

Cast-iron clawfoot tubs will not hold heat as well as a newer insulated acrylic tub

Claw footed porcelain tubs, wall-hung sinks, pedestal sinks and art deco fixtures are all beautiful, but where do you find them? Vintage Plumbing or Baths from the Past are good places to start for original, antique plumbing fixtures. But realize that these are very heavy pieces and therefore rare. When an older home is demolished, these pieces are often crushed and cast aside due to their weight, size and age. Therefore, these restored antiques are often fairly pricey.

Antique hunting antique hunting isn’t for everyone.. To find newer, reproductions of these wonderful vintage designs, take a look at the Restoration Hardware website. There is something to be said for new bath fixtures versus “antique.” You can find pedestal sinks, claw footed tubs, toilets, high tanks, bidets, medicine cabinets, lighting, as well as tub, shower and bath faucets.


1920s vintage bathroom

Keep the look of a vintage bathroom alive by utilizing rectangular subway tiles in your shower to keep the look classic. Subway tile gained its name from its use in the New York City subway system, which opened in 1904. The rectangular, white ceramic tile was selected for its durable and stain resistant nature, and the light color and high gloss were a good choice for the subterranean spaces of the subway. White subway tile represents a vintage, early 20th century style that has seen a huge resurgence in popularity in the first decade of the 21st century. A good write up on the history of subway tile can be found here.

vintage bathroom subway tile

 

Vintage Bathroom Flooring

The 1920’s was famous for it’s use of geometrical tile patterns. Use smaller square, rectangular or hexagonal colored tiles in two or three color combinations or even bold black and white tiles to add a touch of visual drama. Choose ceramic or stone tile in a mosaic, basket weave or checkerboard pattern and glossy polished stone is more in keeping with vintage versus the newer matte finishes. All white is also an option that keeps future redecorating costs to a minimum.

vintage bathroom flooring

Walls

For a vintage look on your walls you can either use a tile surround or install wainscoting along the bottom half of the wall. Glossy white bead board is a great way to capture the vintage spirit on your bathroom walls and can be installed in individual planks or panels. When choosing tile for the walls, use rectangular subway tiles to recreate the era.

It was also popular to cover walls with square tiles, accenting with thinner pencil stripe tiles of black (or another contrasting color) around the tiled area. Although a simple and clean look, the contrasting stripe adds an understated elegance to the room.
1920s vintage bathroom

Vintage Built-ins and Storage

1920s modern architecture and design was very practical and utilitarian. Adding elements like a metal medicine cabinet can help create the look and give you a place out of sight to store your toiletries. Purchase a great reproduction or refurbish an antique in oak or pine. Add a tall, narrow wood cabinet or built-in shelving from floor to ceiling to store toiletries and towels. Add an antique chest of drawers or dresser for added storage options. Place a heated towel rack in your bathroom for added luxury.

vintage bathroom shelving

Vintage Mirrors and Lighting

Liven up your vintage bath with chrome and frosted glass light fixtures. Hang a unique art deco chandelier for a creative focal point. Adding round or oval shaped mirrors with beveled edges to capture the glamor of the roaring 1920’s

vintage bathroom lighting


How to Shop For a Walk-in Bathtub

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How to Shop For a Walk-in Bathtub


Walk-in bathtubs have become hugely popular. Many people, especially boomers, are determined to age in place without leaving their homes as long as possible. In order to do that, they must remodel their homes to accommodate changing physical needs. One of those needs is the ability to bathe comfortably and safely without help from others.

walk-in bathtubsThe standard tub is dangerous and difficult to enter and exit. If a person loses mobility, they will need an easy access bathtub. A walk-in bathtub, sometimes referred to as a safety tub, can solve that problem because it has a door and a seat that is the height of a standard chair. There is a slight step to enter the tub, but a person who uses a walker should have no problem. This is a tub you should try out before buying. Visit a local showroom and get into the tub, close and open the door, and get out.

Some designs allow easier entry because of a lower threshold and have a curved door to clear your knees. Walk-in bathtubs are available with a door that swings in or out. Because the door must be water tight, the door that swings in is better from a design standpoint. The pressure from the water reinforces the seal.If a walk-in tub will not fit in the bathroom or the home has only one bathroom, it can be installed anywhere there is access to plumbing like a laundry room or closet because it is free standing and does not have to be attached to a wall.

Some claim that you can use a walk-in tub for a shower as well but this is not feasible in my opinion. The ledges around the tub are not designed to drain water back into the tub so you would need a 360 degree shower curtain to divert the water properly. You can, however, add a personal hand-held shower to complete your walk-in bathtub.

All Walk-in Bathtubs Are Not Created Equal:

walk-in bathtubRecently, many new companies have started to manufacture walk-in tubs. Some are quality tubs and some are not. There are many aspects that make up a well-engineered tub. The shell is usually made of fiberglass or acrylic. Acrylic is the better of the two. Acrylic is a very tough and durable man-made plastic. Corian countertops are made of acrylic, as are airplane windshields, skylights, and outdoor signs. Acrylic tubs are made by vacuum forming a sheet of acrylic over a fiberglass reinforced mold. The finished surface is high gloss, non-porous, and chip, peel and stain resistant. The color runs throughout the acrylic so it is color-fast and will not fade.

These walk-in bathtubs are designed to stand alone and therefore must be self-supported. The tub and plumbing components should be supported by a heavy metal frame. This frame should also have hand-holds that will make carrying and installing the tub easier.

The plumbing fixtures are critical. The tub must drain fast enough so the bather is not sitting in the tub for a long period of time waiting for the water to drain. The faucet should be a recognizable brand so parts are readily available. It must be able to handle enough volume to fill the tub as quickly as possible so the water does not cool as you are filling it. Obviously, the door must have a good water tight seal.

Walk-in bathtub prices vary greatly. Options such as a therapeutic whirlpool, air bath or heater will add to the cost. Some tubs are made in this country while others are made in China. Before purchasing, do your homework. You will want to work with a company that makes a quality product with a proven track record and offers a good warranty.
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Before You Buy Your New Walk-in Bathtub:


Do You Have Enough Space? The most important considerations when planning for a walk-in tub are available space and access. Walk-in tubs come in different lengths, heights and widths. They are designed to fit in the same space as a regular tub. Check your doorways and hallways to make sure you have enough room to get the tub into the bathroom. Since the standard bathroom door is only 24″ wide, the doorway would have to be widened or removed to get the tub in and then be replaced. If you are not comfortable measuring, enlist the help of a carpenter.

Can Your Water Heater Meet Supply And Demand? The tub specifications will tell you how much water the tub will hold. Ask your plumber if your current water heater will be able to supply enough hot water. You may want to replace your hot water heater with a larger and more efficient model. There would be nothing worse than to go through the process of buying and installing a beautiful walk-in tub only to find you don’t have enough hot water.

Does Your Home’s Electrical Panel Need To Be Upgraded? If you choose to add whirlpool jets or an inline heater, consult with your electrician regarding your electrical service. You may have to add new circuits. If your service panel is filled to capacity, you will have to upgrade your electrical panel.
walk-in bathtubs

Buying a Walk-In Tub:

There are four options for purchasing a walk-in bathtub:

  • Buy it and install it yourself. You should know enough about carpentry to make the necessary modifications to get the tub in the room and install it. This is a two person job so you’ll need a helper. A plumber and possibly an electrician will need to be subcontracted. You’ll be responsible for a correct installation in order to protect the warranty.
  • Have a general contractor purchase and install it. You should make sure the contractor supplies a good quality tub, is familiar with the installation process and is willing to manage and service the warranty process should you need it. Ask if you will have to pay for service calls if there is a warranty issue. A contractor with little experience with this product is probably not a good choice.
  • Buy the tub from a marketing company. These companies market mostly through newspapers and magazines. They do not have a local store. If you do purchase a tub through a marketing company you will be responsible for receiving the tub and installing it. If they do offer installation, it would be through a subcontract network. If you have a warranty issue it will be up to you to get it resolved; the subcontractor has no responsibility past the installation. Buyer beware!
  • Buy from a franchised bathroom remodeling company. These companies furnish AND install so you deal with one company that specializes in the product and the installation. Franchised companies are held to certain standards to assure their customers of a good job. Typically, their installers are employees that have passed drug and background checks. The companies are required to have the proper licenses and insurance. Best of all, if you do have a problem, one call will take care of it.


Questions to ask before you hire a company to install your walk-in bathtub:

  1. How long have you been in business?
  2. How many walk-in tubs have you installed?
  3. Do you have a showroom where I can see the product before I purchase it?
  4. Does your product have IAPMO, UPC, UL, ANSI certifications? These are independent testing organizations that assure the products meet safety and mechanical standards.
  5. What licenses do you have? (Business, contractor, plumbing, electrical, etc.)
  6. Will you furnish me with a Certificate of Insurance? (This assures you the company has Liability and Workmen’s Compensation insurance).
  7. Check their rating with the Better Business Bureau.
  8. Do you have references from customers who have purchased this type of product?
  9. What is your warranty on the product as well as the installation?