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Despite the high standards quality standards of United States public water systems, a huge proportion of US homeowners choose to filter their drinking water, whether from concerns over safety, purity, or taste. But what about your bathroom water supply? 

Are there any reasons why you would consider adding a residential water filter to treat the water you used to shower, shave, and brush your teeth?

 

  • Safe Does Not Mean Pure

 

Public water utilities in the United States are closely monitored and tested for safety on an ongoing basis—but there are widespread issues and numerous areas across the nation where water supplies aren’t making the cut. 

Even putting aside tragic cases like Flint Michigan (where cost-cutting practices caused widespread damage to the pipe system, resulting in massive lead exposure and poisoning) public water services here in Colorado contain various treatments like chlorine and fluoride which are used to keep the water safe for the public.

But safe does not mean pure, and these additives and their byproducts are believed to have long-term side effects that likely include an increased risk of cancer. 

Private well water is generally even worse, as wells are exempt from Environmental Protection Agency drinking water regulations. Well water is routinely contaminated by fertilizer or pesticide runoff, farm waste, landfill seepage, or damaged septic systems. In particular, well water has been linked to several recent US outbreaks of norovirus, salmonella, and hepatitis as well as arsenic exposure.

 

  • Even If You Aren’t Drinking Unfiltered Water, Contaminates Can Affect You

 

A wide number of publicly accessible studies have concluded that even if you aren’t drinking contaminated water, simply bathing or showering in it will dramatically increase the dose of contaminates your body receives on a daily basis. 

Trihalomethanes (THMs) such as chloroforms, bromoforms, and haloacetic acid are the most common culprits, and exist in water supplies as a byproduct of those same public water sterilization treatments. They’ve been linked to increase risk of asthma, lung irritation, and cancer, and when you shower you absorb them, either through directly through your skin or through water vapor as you breathe.

By installing a whole-house water filter or a premium showerhead water filter you make sure that you are completely eliminating exposure to (and immersion in) water containing any of these contaminates. 

 

  • It’s Really Good For Your Skin

 

High levels of chlorine and fluoride in water (especially hot water) tends to dehydrate and irritate the skin, making issues like acne, eczema, and dandruff much worse than they might otherwise be. Filtering and softening that water can give the body a chance to heal and recover from the problem. 

Many homeowners report noticeably softer and healthier skin within just a few weeks after switching to a filtered showerhead!

 

  • It’s Really Good For Your Hair As Well

 

Chlorine and hard water attack hair the same way it attacks skin, dehydrating and damaging your hair’s luster and volume and interfering with soaps, shampoos, and conditioners. 

 

  • It Will Stop Lime Buildup

 

You know that sticky white crust that takes over showers if you get behind in your cleaning? That’s limescale, a collection of minerals left behind by hard water. This scale builds up over time and is an absolute pain to clean. 

But if you use a showerhead filter or, even better, a whole house water filter you can eliminate that buildup before it starts and keep your shower looking great for years to come.

So, what are your options?

Whether you’re remodeling or just taking your home’s water quality more seriously you can easily add a water filter to your shower, bathroom, or entire home. You have a variety of brands to choose from, but the underlying filtration technology usually falls into one of the following categories.

Vitamin C Filters: These are considered the best filtration system for showerheads. Ascorbic acid cartridges are used to neutralize more than 99% of chlorine and it’s byproducts while softening your water. However, the cartridges need to be replaced as they wear out, and they can be pricey.

Activated Carbon Filters: These are the most common option and resemble the filtration you find in most drinking water systems. Replacement cartridges are cheap, but they do lose effectiveness as water temperature rises, and they don’t soften water.

KDF Filters: These filters use metals to create an electrical charge, drawing in ionized particles and neutralizing them with calcium. While this is great for taking care of hard water they don’t eliminate chloramines.

Two-Stage Filters: Using zinc and granular copper to filter chlorine and a second stage activated carbon filter to remove other particles, these filters give you extremely high water quality at the expense of cost and complexity. 

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If you’d like to filter your home, bathroom, or shower water as part of a home bathroom remodel or simple home improvement, contact us today. We’re a one-stop shop and can help you choose the system that’s right for your needs and budget, with great installation and high quality customer service guaranteed!

2020 is well underway and so far, it’s been a doozy. But not all things 2020 need to be a big flaming ball of stress and mayhem, as this article will prove. We invite you to sit back, grab a nice cool drink, and read on about all the new and exciting Bathroom Tile Trends 2020 to watch—especially when it comes to bathroom tile. In a nutshell, the minimalism we’ve all seen so much of is gradually giving way to new creativity and flavor, and we’re a big fan.

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Dimensional Tile Designs

While subway tile isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, it is giving ground to other geometric alternatives like herringbone tile, hexagon tile, and even scallop tiles. And it’s easy to see why. While once extremely dated, these retro styles (and some new ones) allow homeowners to maintain a simple, clean white bathroom while still making an interesting visual impact and giving the space a dose of character.

Expect to see dimensional tile used as flooring, bathroom backsplashes, and shower walls.

 

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For those looking for something truly unique and eye-catching, graphic tile is another retro trend that’s on the rise. Graphic tiles are available in soft, neutral hues that let the design speak for itself, or bold contrasting colors for those looking for some explosive energy.

Be prepared to find mostly encaustic ceramic graphic tiles as well as some new porcelain options.

 

 

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Wainscoting and Partially Tiled Walls

Bringing tilework partially up your bathroom walls gives the space depth and drama, and there are a variety of different heights to choose from and coordinate around. Many homeowners choose to add a ledge or shelf above this tilework (if it is at countertop height), offering convenient storage space for personal necessities.

 

 

 

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Matte Tile Finishes

A rising trend from last year, matte tile is once again a popular choice in 2020. Matte tiles are understated and less dramatic than glossy options, making them better for hiding smudges, scuffs, and water marks. Plus you can find them in a variety of colors and shades including increasingly popular neutral and natural varieties like travertine and limestone.

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Evolving Subway Tile

Subway tile is incredibly popular, but it’s also a bit plain and due for some variation and creativity—which is exactly what we’re seeing. Subway tile trends today feature new colors, sizes, and shapes, especially long and skinny subway tiles, inky blues or jade green, and natural browns and gray tones.

These new subway tiles allow homeowners to break the monotony and add some character, while still keeping their décor clean, classic, and understated.

Expert Bathroom Tile Installation and Remodeling

At Artisan Remodeling & Design of Fort Collins Colorado, we love taking outdated or unremarkable bathrooms and renovating them into truly unique, comfortable, and functional spaces for you to enjoy. We hope you got inspired by our Bathroom Tile Trends 2020 blog. If you need bathroom tilework done or are considering options for updating your bathroom, give us a call at (970) 691-6995.

Our team would love to help you explore your vision and show you how we can make it a reality!

bathroom lighting You might not think it, but lighting design is one of the most important aspects of a modern bathroom remodeling project. You’d be amazed at the difference a few well-positioned light sources can make to the overall tone of your space, and how much convenience they can add to your daily routine.

At Artisan Remodeling & Design it’s our mission to give you the best remodeling experience possible with high quality materials and craftsmanship. And that means we highly recommend professionally adding LEDs to your new bathroom.

Here are four reasons why LEDs belong in your next bathroom update!

Affordability

A few years ago LEDs were a premium option with a high price tag. Today they’re quite a bit cheaper—and MUCH cheaper to use in the long term! Depending on the bulb, LEDs are 75% more efficient than older incandescent bulbs while providing the same, or even greater, light output. This adds up to substantial utility savings in the long term.

Durability

Not only do LED use less power but they last far longer and are less prone to physical damage or damage from moisture when compared to traditional bulbs.

New LEDs can last 50,000 to 100,000 hours or more, compared to only 10,000 hours or so for fluorescent lights and a paltry 1,200 hours for incandescent bulbs (approximations, exact figures will vary).

Style

LEDs aren’t limited to a few different form factors like incandescent or fluorescent lighting, and they can be produced in far smaller designs that still output the significant light intensity. These specialty lights open up a whole world of design possibilities to consider, from recessed lights to LED strip lighting.

Improved Light Quality

First generation consumer LEDs had a sterile, cool white or blueish color that most homeowners didn’t care for—especially in the bathroom where natural tones are preferable. But that’s all changed and today you can get LED bulbs in a wide spectrum of high quality light temperatures with excellent illumination quality.

For more information about LED Light, visit the website of Department of Energy.

Expert Fort Collins Bathroom Remodeling!

Do you have a bathroom in your home that isn’t quite right? Artisan Remodeling & Design of Fort Collins, CO can transform your old, outdated, or poorly designed bathroom to give you the modern, luxurious experience you and your property deserve. To get started, contact us today at 970-691-6995 or simply fill out our contact form.

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7 Universal Design Tips to Make Your Bathroom Future Proof!

What is Universal Design?

Universal Design is an approach to construction and design that aims to make environments as accessible as possible to all people, especially those with physical disabilities or limitations. And if you’re considering bathroom remodeling or renovation in the near future you should strongly consider implementing some slick, modern Universal Design elements in your new space.

These features may include:

Wide Passages

While most doorways are 30 to 32 inches wide, consider expanding your bathroom door to 36 inches. This provides more space for walkers or wheelchairs to move in and out, and can make it easier to squeeze past busy family members on a frantic Monday morning.

No Curb Showers

Not only do they look high class, curbless or Roman shower designs are perfect for aging homeowners or those with mobility issues. Removing or minimizing the raised edges between the shower and bathroom floor makes entry much easier, and reduces the likelihood of trip and fall accidents.

Non-Slip Flooring

On the same theme, flooring should be installed that is specifically designed to provide a good tread even when wet. Tile with texture or wide grout lines is a popular option.

Grab Bars

Stylized grab bars (which can double as towel bars) in strategic locations around the shower and toilet may come in handy more often than you think. Everyone slips or struggles to pull themselves up sometimes, and a firm handhold can make a critical difference when you need it.

Hand-Held Showerheads

You might not think you need a handheld attachment on your showerhead, but there are many who use it on a daily basis and rely on the flexibility it can provide. It’s a simple addition that can make all manner of shower activities easier, from rinsing your hair, to washing the dog, to spraying down muddy children when the need arises.

Elevated Toilets

If you’re an able-bodied adult getting down to sit on the toilet is no trouble at all. But getting onto a toilet can be tricky if not dangerous for the elderly, injured, or those with other physical limitations. Raising the toilet makes this transfer much more straightforward without any real inconvenience.

Floating vanities

They look minimal and modern, they’re extremely convenient for cleaning, and they are the perfect solution for those in wheelchairs, as the wheelchair user can pull up underneath and use the vanity as normal. And if this isn’t an issue just add a simple standalone shelf underneath the vanity for towel or toilet paper storage—a winning option for everyone!

Accessible Bathroom Remodeling in Fort Collins, CO

If you’re considering updating your bathroom near Fort Collins Colorado, contact Artisan Remodeling & Design. Our professional team would love to help you design a modern space that meets your needs while giving you the peaceful, luxurious experience you deserve.

Call us at 970-691-6995 or 970-402-2099 today!

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Are you a homeowner thinking about a bathroom remodel in Fort Collins or Northern Colorado? A bathroom remodel is the most commonly renovated room in the home, and for good reason. It comes with a number of personal comfort benefits, and it’s an investment that pays. We’re going to look at some of biggest payoffs when choosing a bathroom remodel for your Fort Collins home.

 

Great Bathrooms Sell Homes

 

Whether you’re buying or selling the bathroom is often a deal maker or breaker. The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in a home, putting it on the top of a home buyer’s list for rooms to look at. Home shoppers check the sink, shower, and toilet. They look at cabinet space, mirrors, lighting, and overall space. Updating your fixtures and adding some natural lighting can be enough “Wow” factor to get your bathroom transformed into a home closing asset.

 

Do it For You

 

If you’re not planning to sell your home anytime soon, a bathroom remodel can still add a lot of value to your life. Your bathroom should be as comfortable as your master bedroom. It’s the room where you go to prepare for the day and go to rejuvenate at the end of a long day. If it’s your master bedroom bath you can make it as personal and creative as you like – not many people will be using it.

 

Increase Your Home Value

 

Very few home renovations will recoup a 100% return; however, bathroom remodels do recoup the highest percentage among remodels. You always want to maximize your return on investment, and no home renovation, aside from the kitchen, comes close to achieving a high return like the bathroom.

 

Decrease Clutter

 

When you update your bathroom you get more space. Adding extra cabinets and storage areas can help declutter other areas in your home. Some people even put their washer and dryer in a large bathroom. You can add a closet to store towels, linens and other toiletries that might have otherwise been stored away in inconvenient places.

 

Make Your Home Energy Efficient

 

The Environmental Protection Agency estimated that if 1% of homeowners upgraded their bathrooms with energy efficient fixtures, over 70 billion gallons of water and $1.5 Billion worth of energy costs would be saved in a one-year time span. If you’re thinking about going green or just wanting to save some green paper, updating your bathroom with energy efficient faucets, showerheads, or lighting is a great start.

 

Ready for your Fort Collins Bathroom Remodel? 

 

Getting your bathroom upgraded can be a simple one day project, or a complex project that lasts weeks. You have a lot of options. We can help homeowners on tight budgets that just want to update their fixtures, and accommodate more ambitious bathroom renovations that include extending the size of the room. We can help you with design and choosing the fixtures that will make your bathroom transformation exactly the way you dreamed of.

Call today at at 970-691-6995 or 970-402-2099 with any questions – we’d be happy to help.