Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

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

Our Most Popular Kitchen and Bath Design Blog Posts in 2015

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Dec 29, 2015

"Best of" lists are an end-of-year tradition. We look back at the year that has been to help us see a possible direction for the year yet to be. For our part in this New Year's tradition, we'd like to take a moment to look at the 5 blog posts we've shared here that you found the most helpful or relevant in your journeys to remodel your homes.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Lighting, Room Colors, Countertops

Project Spotlight: Increase Space In Master Bathroom

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Dec 1, 2015

Despite the unique and comfortable free-standing tub, which replaced an old whirlpool tub in this master bath, the real star of this remodel was a reworked floor plan. Removing a commode room and swapping that space with a walk-in shower allowed the shower to increase in size and utility. The overall feeling of the small space goes from claustrophobic to airy with attention to space details. White features allow the natural-tone tile to act as a style statement, rather than a background, and the chrome fixtures helped create a contemporary vibe. This project was a 2013 NARI Contractor of the Year Local Residential Bath winner.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

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

Tile Trends in the Bathroom

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Jul 28, 2015

There might not be any surface treatment better suited to the wet environment of the bathroom than tile. With a huge amount of styles, colors, materials and installation options, tile makes a good backdrop as well as a focal point. In a bathroom, your choice of tile can have a bigger impact than in a larger space like a kitchen, so it's important to consider all the options available within your budget and style. Here are some of the key planning considerations for bathroom tile:

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

How to Add Glamour to the Bathroom

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Jun 9, 2015

Designers use a handful of simple techniques to add glamourous sparkle, drama, and class to a space. Typically associated with the decadent 1940's Hollywood scene, glamour is perfectly suited to the bathroom. Keep reading to learn these designer techniques. For even more inspiration, follow Neal's on Pinterest and check out our Glamour in the Bathroom board.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Asian-Influenced Design

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, May 26, 2015

There's a lot to like about Asian design, so it makes sense that home interiors across the globe often look to oriental cultures for inspiration and influence. As with any specific style, Asian design can be achieved with a handful of key elements. For the greatest impact, these elements should be implemented in the construction and finishing of the space, rather than just decor. Here are 4 ways to achieve Asian-influenced design in your project.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Kitchens

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