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Bathroom Vanity Ideas to Consider

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Original Post: 8/26/15 | Updated: 1/23/18

The bathroom vanity is an important element in the design of a bathroom. The style, scale, placement, size, and storage of the vanity in your bathroom are all key to the room's function and feel. In many cases, the vanity is a crucial visual focal point, and may even be the only thing really making your bathroom unique or interesting. With so much resting on the vanity, it deserves a good amount of thought and planning in any bathroom remodel. Here are some bathroom vanity ideas to consider when designing a bathroom vanity.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

5 Dramatic Before & After Baths

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Remodeling a bathroom is a great way to instantly improve a home. There's something rewarding about having a fresh, new private space that feels like a luxury no matter what the budget was. A bath redesign is a great opportunity to rework the functionality of your space to match your current needs and lifestyle, and can be a great way to add your own character and style to your home. Here are 5 dramatic before and after baths remodeled recently for your inspiration.

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Topics: Bathrooms

Walk-in Shower Design Ideas [Free Guide]

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Post updated: 8/29/2017

One of the hottest trends in bathroom remodeling is a walk-in shower. Walk-in showers are a great option because they can be designed for almost any bathroom (the minimum space requirement is 36-by-36 inches) and customized for style and use. Walk-in showers can be built into a corner or integrated with a tub. They can have doors but also be fashioned without a door. A walk-in shower can be equipped with a variety of accessories to create a custom spa experience or meet the special needs of users.

Our free 15-page guide includes design ideas and remodeling suggestions to help you plan your project. Here are some of the things you will find in the guide:

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

7 Bathroom Shower Design Ideas

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Jul 11, 2017

More and more homeowners are choosing to forgo the traditional large tub and small shower combination in their master bathroom for a setup that better matches their fast-paced lifestyle. In many cases, this means giving more attention to the shower design for an experience that is as relaxing as it is efficient. While the idea behind this bathroom modification is to get in and out and on your way quickly, there's also a desire for the shower to be comfortable and adaptable.

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Topics: Bathrooms

5 Before & After Bathroom Remodels

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, May 30, 2017

Bathroom remodels are a popular home improvement project in large part because our ideas of what makes a comfortable and useful bathroom have changed considerably in the past several decades. Most homes are outfitted with a builder's idea of a good bathroom, which is often stunted by price limitations. In the projects below, we look at five bathroom projects that took a boring and basic space and turned it into a bathroom worthy of your dreams.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

The Best Bathroom Design Trends for 2017

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Mar 14, 2017

The bathroom design trends we expect to see in 2017 focus on the details. Instead of design components that have limited application, the newest trends are straight-forward design principles that can be applied in different ways according to individual taste, style and budget. The best thing about trend cycles like this is that the results remain stylish and interesting for many years. Keep reading for the 5 trends you can expect to see in bath design this year.
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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Project Spotlight: Tub Removed in Traditional Master Bathroom

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Feb 7, 2017

For this Lebanon, Ohio, master bath project, the homeowner was looking for updates to the space that enhanced the portions of the room that they enjoyed. Since this was a partial remodel, the project focused on finding solutions for both look and function that fit within the confines of both the room and the existing elements the homeowners tagged to remain. The resulting bathroom is a traditional space that pulls together the existing elements, includes some of the homeowner’s wish list items, and adds new materials that elevate the room’s style.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Bathrooms

Project Spotlight: A Master Bath Suite in Morrow

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Nov 8, 2016

The homeowners had this house built while they were still living in England. Much of the finished master suite design, therefore, did not turn out as well as they had hoped. For starters, the bathroom, a long, awkward space, felt empty, lifeless, and most of all lacking in function. The bathroom remodel focused on solving the issue of using the space to its fullest potential without crowding it up with unnecessary features.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

9 Great Half Baths and Powder Room Design Ideas

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Oct 25, 2016

Original Post 110/30/2012 Updated 10/25/2016

Half baths or “powder rooms” are places in our homes where we can be creative. We often refer to half baths as jewel boxes of a home because these are small spaces where home homeowners may add high end products without incurring huge costs. Since a half bath is often located off the central area of a home, it is also a great space to add a splash of color or to display artwork.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Master Bathroom Vanity Design Ideas

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Aug 23, 2016

There for you in the morning rush, and waiting for you again at the end of the day to unwind, the master bath vanity wears many hats for your needs. Not all vanities are created equal, however, so when you are considering changing yours, there are several important questions to discuss with your partner and designer. A great vanity, one that works for you and brings the right level of aesthetic flavor to your space, is an important cornerstone to having a bathroom you love.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms


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