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new bathroom trendsOne thing is clear, new kitchen trends and new bathroom trends are continually evolving. Over the past century, Americans started “hanging out” in the kitchen instead of formal living rooms, and a culture of standing around the center island was born. In the past decade, the allure of a spa-like bathroom filled with comfort and style has emerged as another popular area for relaxation and enjoyment.

Busy professionals and stay-at-home parents alike have started to look forward to time spent soaking in a tub after a hard day of work at the office – or in the home. Whether you’re interested in a completely new bathroom or just a few enhancements, the new world of bathroom remodeling offers several beautiful and enjoyable trends.

Let the Light Shine In

New Bathroom Trends Create Beautiful Bathrooms

While every bathroom doesn’t lend itself to massive windows and gorgeous skylights, significant remodeling of today’s bathrooms often includes discussions of enhancing natural light. Squinting into a mirror in the morning under the bright gaze of a fluorescent light isn’t an enjoyable way to start the day.

On the other hand, lights with dimmers and softly illuminated track lighting offers a much subtler way to begin the day. The tiny porthole windows of the past are also gone from many newly remodeled bathrooms. Large windows above the tub or to the side of the sink that allow the sun’s warm light to cascade into the space are much more popular than high, inaccessible windows.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association recommends cross-lighting for placing lights around the bathroom mirrors. They define this concept as:

“Light sources should be placed so that light emanates from above, below, and both sides of the mirror. This technique is called cross-lighting, effectively eliminates shadows. If you have light coming only from above, it hits your eyebrows, causing shadows beneath your eyes—not an encouraging sight first thing every morning.”

The Evolution of Tubs and Showers

A claustrophobic shower and a noisy Jacuzzi tub might have been all the rage in the 1980s, but savvy remodelers and homeowners today don’t have to put up with these old designs. Today’s showers often provide extra room and feature airy windows and glass walls that create an open, inviting shower, rather than a little closet space.

Likewise, today’s new bathtubs aren’t always the spinning and hectic whirlpools of the past. Homeowners today often choose a subtler soaking tub that offers a relaxing evening, rather than the chaotic, swirling vortex of a Jacuzzi.

Thinking About the Toilet

Bathrooms that offer a limited amount of space tend to restrict where a homeowner may place the toilet versus the bathtub and sink; however, moving major components of the bathroom has become a popular way to create a more hygienic and private space for the toilet.

The design pros at “This Old House” also recommend setting aside part of the remodeling budget for a nice toilet. They recommend finding a toilet with a high Maximum Performance score to ensure the best experience in the “loo.”

They suggest:

“Don’t settle for a wimpy flusher. Maximum Performance testing (MaP) gauges a toilet’s ability to get the job done with just one push of the handle. Look for a loo with a MaP score of 500 or higher; this group includes many WaterSense-rated toilets, high-efficiency models that use as little as half of the 1.6-gallon-per-flush legal limit. “

Fun Extras for the Bathroom

Technology has also invaded new bathroom trends with awesome features like special built-in sound systems around the bathtub and shower, televisions built into the mirror, and warming racks for towels and bathrobes. Automatic faucets, low-flow toilets, and efficient faucets also add an environmentally friendly flair to new bathrooms.

Would you like to know how to turn your old, tired bathroom into a relaxing paradise? Contact Artisan Remodeling, Inc. today for information on how your bathroom remodeling project can create a welcoming and beautiful new space.

bathroom remodeling in fort collinsWe’d all like to have an oasis in our home… a place where we can retreat from the day, relax, and even pamper ourselves a little.  That’s why building a spa bathroom is such a wonderful project.  The average bathroom remodeling in Fort Collins project brings in a great return on investment–around 80%–and you’ll enjoy your spa retreat for years to come.

So how can you create the bathroom of your dreams?  For starters, make sure you’re working with a trusted, professional team like Artisanal Remodeling and Repair.  When dealing with plumbing, electrical, and installation projects, it’s critical to bring in experienced people who can help make your dream design a reality.

As for that design, the world really is your oyster!  There are so many amazing features to be found in high-end bathrooms these days, it’s simply a matter of choosing what best suits your needs and tastes.  Here are a few ideas to inspire you:

  • A frameless glass shower door is the height of elegance in a modern spa bathroom.  These gorgeous doors give the illusion of floating without support, so especially if you have a smaller space, it will feel as open as possible.
  • Another important choice is flooring.  Ceramic tile is a great option that comes in endless varieties and functions well in a high-traffic bathroom.  Even better, you can carry some of your tile onto the wall, either to differentiate between the wet and dry spaces, or to create a fabulous focal tile wall in your shower.
  • Don’t forget about the extras.  Radiant floor heatingheated towel racks, and custom lighting are all features that will make your bathroom truly feel like a spa.

Once we’ve completed the spa oasis of your dreams, it just may be your favorite in the house!  Contact us to learn more, and for a free estimate.

bathroom remodeling contractors in fort collinsSometimes it seems that you lose so many of the finer things in life when you lose your mobility. Whether it’s the difficulty in making all the arrangements to go on that dream vacation, or the embarrassment that comes with wheeling yourself into a luxury spa and having to get assistance maneuvering yourself from chair to table to pool for all the treatments, at some point you begin to let go of those things that you used to enjoy, and just say “it’s not worth it anymore.”

It doesn’t have to be that way. For example, you can still enjoy spa-level relaxation in the comfort and safety of your own home, by engaging bathroom remodeling contractors in Fort Collins to make some changes to your existing bathroom.

A professional renovation team can make sure that the bathroom is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair or walker, and install grab bars in appropriate places to help you maneuver around the room. But most importantly, they can install one of the great new walk-in tubs now available on the market. Hydrotherapy is one of the best ways to help relax tense muscles, and gently flex and massage limbs that can move more freely with the buoyancy of water. Available water and air jets add to the soothing atmosphere and hand-held shower extensions help you get water everywhere you want it.

You can also choose between a traditional, full sized bather tub and a taller tub designed for use while seated. If you find that lying down in a tub as you once did, surrounded by candles and immersed in gently scented bubbles, is now a frightening thought because you might not be able to get up again, the taller tubs will still allow you to immerse yourself in bubbles while you remain securely seated on the built-in bench. Grab bars can be installed to make it easier for you to stand and walk out of your walk-in luxury spa, and there’s still plenty of room on the sides of the tub to safely place a votive candle or two, along with your favorite mp3 player to provide the soothing music you are accustomed to.

So don’t give up on pampering yourself just because you’re losing your mobility. For the cost of a few months’ treatments at the spa you used to patronize, you can bring that luxury, convenience, and enjoyment into your own bathroom. Contact us today to learn more.

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too?

A home is an investment, and if you play your cards right you can get a pretty hefty return on your investment when it comes time to sell. The trick is to zone in on the projects that can offer the highest ROI (return on investment), and as of right now, the big three are bathroom remodeling, basement finishing and/or basement remodeling, and kitchen remodeling. All of these projects will not only increase your quality of living, but have also been proven to result in higher selling prices.

According to real estate agents and comparisons of homes sold in both the Loveland and Fort Collins area, these types of remodeling projects most often increase the value of a home beyond the construction costs. Imagine spending $8000 to make a few changes in the bathroom and discovering that it raises the value of your home by $15,000. Your mileage may vary, but these are the key areas that homebuyers are looking at.

Basement Finishing and Remodeling
A basement remodeling project literally increases the amount of square footage in your home. You can configure the new space to add additional bedrooms, bathrooms, a sewing room, office space, home gym, theater room, another living room or anything else you can imagine. A house with a finished basement maximizes the interior living space and offers a great return on your investment. Basement remodeling brings a finished basement up-to-date with clean fresh flooring, refinished walls and plenty of lighting.

Kitchen Remodeling
A modern, functional, well laid-out kitchen is always popular with homebuyers and it’s one of the best ways to command top-of-the-market pricing for your home. You might choose granite countertops, custom cabinetry, or even the addition of a center island fully equipped with a stainless steel sink or cook-top range. No matter how fancy you get, investing in the kitchen always pays off. Upgrading to modern appliances also reduces energy usage.

Bathroom Remodeling
Bathroom remodels are also a wise investment. Let’s face it; nobody wants to purchase a house with a funky old and outdated bathroom. If you click on “our work” at the top of the page, you will see a few examples of our latest bathroom remodeling projects that were very cost effective to complete, and have increased the value of our client’s homes.

So why put off that remodeling project any longer? Call today for your free, no-obligation estimate!

The HandyManual was created to help homeowners such as yourself learn valuable tips and tricks about increasing the value of your home and maintaining/protecting your investment. If you have a topic you’d like us to write about, let us know! We’re always on the lookout for new and fresh ideas.

Happy Home Improving!

Paul