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6 Before & After Bath Transformations

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, May 17, 2016

One of the best parts about remodeling your home is the opportunity to reflect on the changes you made by comparing before and after photos. When it comes to bathrooms, which typically look radically different with even minor changes, the differences between what it used to look like and what you changed it to can look like completely different homes. We've looked through our library of images and found 6 Before and After bathroom transformations that show just how much a bath can be changed.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

The Best Bathroom Design Trends for 2016

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Feb 16, 2016

The bathroom design trends we expect to see in 2016 focus on space, aesthetics, and details. The trend to treat the master bath as a private, spa-inspired space has persisted for several years. This year, we're seeing that increase with more considerations for how the bathroom is shared, and in ensuring a pleasant, relaxing experience for all users. Walk-in showers continue to be the driving force behind most bathroom renovations, customized to fit reimagined, larger spaces. Smaller bathrooms and powder rooms follow bath trends as well with a greater attention to detail and materials selections. 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, Walk-In Showers

4 Design Options for Walk-in Showers

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Jan 19, 2016

A walk-in shower is one of the most popular choices for bathroom remodels. Walk-in showers are attractive, easy to clean and can be customized for safety, comfort and use. They can be designed to fit almost any bathroom space, and can be designed to complement a separate soaking tub. When it comes to walk-in shower design, there are four fundamental design options to consider. We'll take a look at each.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

Project Spotlight: A Romantic Oriental-Inspired Master Bath

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Jan 5, 2016

Originally, this master bathroom was tucked away past a small foyer-like space just off the master bedroom. The narrow bathroom beyond had a practical layout, but lacked style and felt like a closet. The main goal of this remodel was to create a unique space by combining the two spaces into a single room, increasing storage and usability.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Universal Design

Trends to Consider When Designing a Bathroom Vanity

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Aug 25, 2015

The bathroom vanity is a make or break 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.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

The Best Bathroom Design Trends for 2015

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Mar 17, 2015

The newest and best design trends coming in 2015 were recently debuted at the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). For over 50 years, KBIS has showcased the latest industry products, trends and technologies. We’ve picked some of our favorite products from this year’s show for you to consider for your bathroom.

KBIS Picks for the Top Bath Products of 2015

The KBIS organizers select a series of the "best" products at the show as standards in the industry for the coming year. Winners were selected based on functionality, quality & durability, flexibility, aesthetics & style, and innovation.

  • Best of Baths (Gold Medal): Inspired by men’s tailoring patterns, Walker Zanger presents their Sterling Row designs for the bathroom. The wood-finish ceramic comes in eight different designs including Houndstooth, Oxford and Tuxedo. With black, white and grey tones, create a sleek and masculine finish that can be utilized on floors or walls.
  • Best of Baths (Silver Medal): Sleek lines, industrial details, and streamlined details combine in this Michael Berman Graceline C-Spout Widespread Lavatory Faucet from ROHL. Thumb notches are featured on the dial or lever shaped handles and the faucet curves gracefully and adds a touch of elegance to your bathroom.
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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Soaker Tub Style Options For Your Luxury Bath

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Feb 17, 2015

It’s not merely a blast from the past- soaker tubs are coming back into style. They create a luxurious experience that has a design to fit every style from traditional to the most modern. If your dream is to incorporate a soaker tub into your bathroom redesign, you can find the one that’s just right for you here.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Project Spotlight: Contemporary Universal Bath

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Feb 3, 2015

Watching how her husband, who had been wheel-chair bound, consistently have difficulty using their master bathroom left this homeowner thinking about her own future needs. Instead of continuing to deal with the space as it was, she made the choice to upgrade it to fit her style, and to work for her long-term needs. The result is a spectacularly crisp and modern universally-designed bathroom. This bath is a NARI Local Contractor of the Year 2015 Winner in the Universal Design Category.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Bathrooms, Universal Design

6 Hot New Products for Master Baths

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Oct 28, 2014

Bath designers are always excited when new products are introduced to the market. This year, we are amazed by the beauty, durability and functionality of glass, wood patterned porcelain tile, frameless cabinets and engineered stone quartz products. Other hot new products for master baths include eco-friendly toilets and steam showers.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

Awesome Design Ideas for Walk-in Showers Without Doors

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Aug 19, 2014

Homeowners are discovering the convenience, comfort, beauty and easy maintenance of walk-in showers without doors. It’s no wonder that walk-in showers are now one of the hottest trends in bathroom remodeling. In this article you’ll find out why.

When designing a walk-in shower without a door, there are many things to consider. First and foremost are the needs, tastes and budget of the homeowners. Second is the space that you have to work with. Then there are drainage, water containment, mechanicals, fixtures, wall and floor tile, and ventilation.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers


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