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7 Signs Your Bathroom Needs A Makeover

7 Signs Your Bathroom Needs A Makeover

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in doors, Home Improvement, roofing, siding, windows |

Bathrooms get their fair share of wear-and-tear. After all, besides the kitchen, they are probably the most frequented room in the house. Most people start and end their days in the bathroom. Because we spend so much time in the bathroom, we should love — or at the very least tolerate — our bathroom’s appearance. But it’s hard to enjoy spending time in an outdated and unsafe bathroom. Outdated bathrooms are not only ugly to look at, but if your bathroom pipes and hardware are leaky, an outdated bathroom can also cost you a decent chunk of change via wasted water. Not sure if it’s time for a bathroom makeover? Here are some signs that your bathroom is in need of some TLC. 1) The bathroom always looks dark and gloomy. Most of us get ready for the day in the bathroom. We shave, put on makeup, and do our hair in the bathroom mirror. But if your bathroom is poorly lit, it can be difficult to look your best. A bathroom makeover can be as simple as changing out the bulbs, but if you really want to brighten up your bathroom and give it a modernized, upgraded look, you can invest in a new light fixture. Recessed lighting is the perfect way to brighten up your bathroom while simultaneously making the area look larger. 2) The faucets are always leaking. One major way to tell that you’re ready for a bathroom makeover is if you have leaky faucets. Not only are leaky faucets a nuisance but each drop adds up to gallons of water wasted each month, and no one needs an unnecessarily high water bill. You could have a plumber come out and replace any missing or damaged parts, or you could just pull the trigger and buy new, stylish faucets instead. 3) Your bathroom looks like it’s from the 50s. There’s nothing inherently wrong with having an outdated bathroom. After all, “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?” But if you plan on selling your home anytime soon, you might benefit from a bathroom makeover. Bathrooms can often be selling points in your home, and buyers tend to like clean and modern looking facilities. 4) The bathroom lacks functionality. Another sign that your bathroom may require a makeover is lack of functionality. Do you not have enough storage space? Is the bathroom’s layout totally whack? If so, it may be time for a bathroom makeover. Bathroom functionality is especially important if you have elderly individuals living in your home. Things like a seat in the shower, a walk-in bathtub, and grab handles are especially useful when sharing your home with older people. 5) The tiles in your shower look disgusting. Tiled showers and tiled tub backsplashes add visual effect to your bathroom. Unfortunately, they are a pain to clean. With time, the grout in between bathroom...

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The Importance of Lighting in Renovation

The Importance of Lighting in Renovation

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in doors, Home Improvement, roofing, siding, windows |

Although it really shouldn’t be, the lighting component of a renovation is sometimes overlooked in favour of other aspects. To overlook the lighting as a major part of your renovation is to do a potential injustice to the overall look and feel of the property. You can consider lighting one of the most important components of interior design, in fact; the impact that quality, well-positioned lighting can have on the look and feel of an entire room is quite impressive. Lighting affects every detail of the room, from the various colours and shades in your fixtures and fittings to the perception of size and space available. Proper lighting also makes it much easier to perform the tasks that the room was designed for in the first place. Nobody wants to cut themselves shaving due to improper illumination, or heading out with lipstick on their teeth!   Here are some tips for getting the best of your lighting when renovating:   Visualize the ideal qualities of each room For each room, step inside and try to imagine how it might look its best. For example, if it is currently shadowy and dimly lit, it won’t have a very appealing atmosphere. Correctly placed lighting will transform the entire look of the room. Also consider the assets of each room and how you can best accentuate them. Which details should be standing out as attractive features? If there are any aesthetically pleasing fixtures such as a beautiful fireplace or a marble kitchen countertop, you will want to highlight these with what is known as ‘accent lighting’. Accent lighting is very important as it maximizes the impact of the décor and draws the onlookers’ attention to the aesthetically pleasing aspects in a room, such as pieces of artwork, ornaments, plants, or even architectural aspects.   Illuminate according to the features of individual rooms A ‘one size fits all’ approach according to the type of room you’re renovating will limit the potential for each room. Smart renovators will pay the necessary attention to the lighting requirements of each room based on its characteristics; for example, requirements will vary according to how much natural light gets in, the size and shape of the room, and the fixtures and fittings within it.   Prioritise carefully if on a budget Not everybody has a bottomless supply of cash for the renovation, so it might be necessary to prioritise your lighting requirements. When setting your budget in the first place, don’t leave the lighting as an afterthought. If you can’t stretch to every room, or you can’t install the various layers of lighting needed to optimise the appearance of each, aim to properly illuminate the foyer, lounge, kitchen, and bathroom before anything else. The more features you can accentuate, the better.   Don’t overdo the lighting There is lighting a room sufficiently, and then there is overdoing it....

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Top Five Places that Let Pests Inside

Posted by on Jan 18, 2019 in Home Remodeling |

As temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, wildlife is on the lookout for food and shelter. While trees and brush protect pests like squirrels, rats, and raccoons for most of the year, these animals frequently seek out warmer locations for the winter. As a result, the chances you’ll discover them holing up in the garage, attic, or shed increase dramatically during cold weather. Poorly maintained areas of the home are the most common access points for pests. Everything from cracks in foundations to loose shingles and holes in the roof can provide an avenue for animals to move inside. If you’re considering a remodel to prevent wildlife infestations, focus on these five parts of the house: 1. Soffits/Fascia Because squirrels are excellent climbers, they often scale trees to get to the roof. From here, they can reach soffits and fascia, two important but easily damaged parts of a home. Soffits, the areas underneath overhangs, typically contain venting for the roof and attic. Gutters are frequently mounted onto fascia, the exposed siding on the front of an overhang. Once they enter through holes in soffits or fascia, pests can quickly spread to other places, like wall voids and attics. Animals moving around indoors create scratching and scurrying noises that unsettle homeowners. During a remodeling job, be sure to repair or replace any damaged soffits and fascia to prevent pest issues. 2. Chimneys Providing warmth and protection, chimneys are a popular nesting site for wildlife in the winter. Animals like raccoons and bats often gain access from the roof, where uncapped chimneys welcome them indoors. Since some pests carry diseases that can infect humans and pets, animals that fall or climb down chimneys into homes present a safety concern. A raccoon or bat may also become trapped and die in a chimney, requiring professional removal to avoid insect and odor problems. When doing roof or chimney work, remember to install a functioning cap to deter wildlife. 3. Vents Vents on your roof and the sides of your house are great for circulating air and managing moisture. Unfortunately, improperly installed fixtures may let in animals. Bats, rats, birds, and even raccoons can get in via these openings. Droppings that build up in ducts can create foul smells and health risks. Bird nests in dryer vents may present a fire hazard as well. Screening your vents keeps them functional and off-limits to pests. 4. Weather Stripping In the winter, weather stripping around windows and doors stops cold air from leaking into your home. However, rats and mice can gnaw through old rubber, vinyl, and foam strips to squeeze inside. Inspecting and replacing worn weather stripping is essential to keep you warm and repel nuisance wildlife. 5. Pipes Any area with pipes that lead to exterior walls may become an entrance for pests. Poor caulking around pipes provides holes small animals can easily...

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The Pros and Cons of Open Concept Design

The Pros and Cons of Open Concept Design

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Home Remodeling |

Because the large majority of homes in our area were built when the quantity of rooms was considered a premium when putting a home on the market, many of them ended up with a lot of small, closed off rooms. Lots of clients come to G.M. Roth assuming they should convert their home to an open concept design as part of their home remodeling project. As experienced design-build company remodeling professionals, we don’t think open concept is for every family or every house, we see many benefits for some situations, but also drawbacks in others. Here are some of the reasons you might want to consider home remodeling to an open concept design, and others why it might not be the right solution for your family.   Why Open Concept Works Perhaps the biggest reason to consider remodeling to an open concept living space is the sightlines. If you’re a family with small children, they can play in one area while you cook or clean in another. Whomever is cooking dinner won’t feel cut off from conversation, so open concept may connect you better as a family. The same is true when entertaining. The cook isn’t separated from the guests and can enjoy company from the moment they arrive. Another benefit open concept brings is that spaces seem larger. If your kitchen is small and feels cramped, removing a wall may allow you to expand your kitchen into your living space. Sometimes removing a wall allows more natural light into some rooms, tricking the brain into thinking the space is larger than it really is. The formal living room may not be an often-utilized space in your home. If you have a room that isn’t being used, opening up your floor plan may be a positive change. Current trends don’t support having a room set aside, almost like a showroom just to say you have it.  The majority of people today want to use all the space in the home to support their increasing family size. It’s Not Right for Everyone Open concept has its drawbacks. For example, if you do entertain a lot, your messy kitchen will always be on display. You may also find that while entertaining, the open environment is much louder than when you had several smaller rooms. As you look at the cost for home remodeling to open concept, your estimate may contain many elements you may not expect. For example, support beams may be necessary if you’re removing a load-bearing wall. Your design-build company will evaluate the basement and foundation to determine if you need structural reinforcement below the living space. These can add significantly to the cost of a remodel.  Worse still, if not researched during the design process, this could cause a major unexpected expense during construction, or even mean that the design has to be modified because a wall or...

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Design Ideas to Make the Bathroom Work for Everyone

Design Ideas to Make the Bathroom Work for Everyone

Posted by on Nov 29, 2018 in Bathroom remodeling |

As families change, so do our bathroom needs. Because the bathroom is one of the most-used rooms in the house, it needs to be functional for whomever is using it. With current trends calling for people to want to “live in place”, or have extended family join them in their home, planning a bathroom remodel takes on another level of details.  A professional designer knows what questions to ask to help you make decisions that ensure the finish project will not only meet your current needs, but will also work well for your future needs. If you are getting ready to start a bathroom remodel, here are some design ideas that may make your bathroom work better for everyone.   Start With Sinks If you have multiple family members in the bathroom at the same time, especially kids, consider how the existing sink or sinks could be improved. You may have more options than you think. The most common change is to add a second sink when there is ample space in the bathroom for a double vanity. If there isn’t quite enough room for a double vanity with two sinks, look at the popular trough sinks and add a second faucet. Another rarely-considered option works when a bedroom is connected to the bathroom. Consider adding a sink to the adjoining bedroom by creating a space for it that serves as a hallway to the bathroom. If the bedroom and bathroom already share a wall with plumbing, adding an extra sink may be quite cost-effective. That extra sink could dramatically decrease traffic in the bathroom, both morning and night. Storage An ongoing issue in many homes is storage. This can be especially true with teenage girls and all their accessories. Consider switching out cabinets for drawers. Drawers can help organize necessities better than a large open cabinet.  Other options would be to have a cabinet on top of the countertop extending to the ceiling, a cabinet above the toilet, or a well designed medicine cabinet recessed into the wall above the vanity. Linen closets are another storage issue in many homes. You need a place for linens, but is a closet with shelving the best way to utilize the space? Linen closets tend to have small openings which render a lot of the space inside virtually unusable. Many cabinet lines have tall cabinets perfect for bathrooms and can include pull-out shelving or drawers. This helps you better use and access the entire space. The Shower A standard shower and tub measures nearly 3 feet by 5 feet, which can be a large percentage of the square footage you have to work with. Consider how often the tub is used for bathing. If it’s not very often or never, think about taking some of that space to address another need, like a second sink or storage space. Standalone showers can take up...

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