3 Ways to Tell If Your Bathroom Needs a Remodel


Do you have “deferred maintenance” piling up when it comes to fixing up your bathroom? You may be waiting for certain warning sides before you pull the trigger on committing to a full bathroom remodel. Here are five ways you can tell if such a bathroom remodel is in your near future. Read more

5 Budget Fixes That Improve Your Bathroom


Looking for some quick fixes to improve your bathroom? No matter how big or small it is, there are five budget-friendly fixes that can be made in any bathroom. Read more

Advantages of Custom Bathroom Cabinets and Vanities


While there are plenty of stock vanity options available for your bathroom, sometimes your particular space calls for a custom unit. Whether you need something smaller or larger, taller or shorter than the stock cabinets you’re finding, a custom bathroom vanity gives you the freedom to do whatever you wish.

For example, double-sink units and floating vanities are a couple of popular options. While there are stock options, perhaps you need certain dimensions for your space that aren’t easily available. You may also be looking for a specific style of cabinet or a certain type of wood species only available with a custom order. Availability is not an issue when it comes to custom cabinets if you have the budget and time to wait for acquiring more uncommon options.

While custom kitchen cabinets are alwaybexley-sliders a popular topic, it’s important to remember that they can be even more useful in the bathroom. Space in bathrooms tends to be at even more of a premium than your typical kitchen. You can’t make the same compromises with size and function when it comes to cabinetry choices that you could in a kitchen design.

True, many cabinet manufacturers have gone to great lengths in expanding their stock and semi-custom lines with what can be a plethora of options. But sifting through all of the options can still leave you with design space that may go underutilized. Building everything custom ensures no space will be wasted. From the vanities to the wall-mounted cabinets and even the medicine cabinet, custom options maximize function.

The primary consideration with bathroom cabinets is how they will stand up to moisture over the long term. Properly installed stock cabinets can hold up for decades, and semi-custom can last even longer. But stock cabinets are often made of MDF – medium-density fiberboard. Some even use hardwood veneers, especially with semi-custom lines.

While MDF outlasts the cheapest available option – particle board – nothing beats solid plywood or full hardwood construction. Proper sealing on custom cabinets ensures that they can outlive many of their less expensive counterparts. The best wood species to use is solid oak, but birch and maple with proper staining can also be used for long lasting cabinets.

Another solid material for custom bathroom cabinets is rubberwood. It is made from the wood of rubber trees that are at the end of their life cycles, meaning that they are no longer able to produce what is needed for latex. This is an extremely eco-friendly wood species as it’s using material that would otherwise have completely gone to waste. Rubberwood is considered to have 90 percent of the strength of solid oak for considerably less cost. Best of all, it’s also resistant to bacteria, fungus, and mold, which makes it especially useful in the bathroom.

With the bathroom being the room with the highest humidity in the house, it’s extremely important to ensure high quality construction in your cabinets. Lower cost options may be fine in a half bath or powder room. But when it comes to a full bath, keep in mind that the extra money you spend now will pay you back in additional years of use and enjoyment.


Bathrooms Get a Lot of Use; You Might as Well Make it a Better Place to Be

Everyone spends a lot of time in the bathrooms of their homes. Some a lot more than others. Whether you are taking a bath, combing your hair, brushing your teeth, or relieving waste, a great deal of time is spent in this little room. Knowing this you should want to make this room as enjoyable as it can be to be in.

This is why it makes sense to do some things to change the look and feel of your bathroom. Fortunately, there are some great things that you can do to make it look a lot more enjoyable, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make these improvements.

Thorough Cleaning and Refurbish of Shower/Bath

The primary thing that will make your bathroom look bad is that the shower and/or bath looks rather dingy from the buildup of calcium carbonate, rush, limestone, or other materials. This will take the beautiful look of your shower or tub and make it look worn, maybe even unusable. Getting a really good cleaning kit or hiring someone to clean and refurbish the shower/tub can make all the difference. If you have a white shower this is an absolute must. You can get a good cleaning kit for a reasonable cost, and a crew should be able to do the work for less than $100. This is a great way to add a new look to the bathroom.

sdb1_0-1030x687New Faucet Handles

Just as limestone and rust will ruin the look of your shower, it will do the same thing to the faucets around your sink. You can clean these as well, but most people feel so much better about their sink when it has a whole new look. Go and buy some new handles and put it on the faucets. You will love this as well.

Look Into New Mirrors

Mirrors can lose some of their luster to them as well. You can clean them but they may not reflect in the same way. It is a good idea to change these and you will feel a lot better about your bathroom. If you have cleaned the tub/shower this is a great idea because it will really capture the changes that you have made. You will be pleased with the results of how your bathroom looks for sure.

Brighter Bulbs

Too often people leave dead bulbs in the lights in their bathroom, or they use really low wattage bulbs. You want your bathroom to be bright, especially if the sink, shower and toilet are white. This will really light up the room and make it look really impressive. You will love how much difference this can make.

New Shower Curtain

All bathrooms that have a shower need a new shower curtain every month or two. This helps to present a much cleaner and newer look to your bathroom, plus the smell of the new shower curtain makes the bathroom smell better. It is a great way to spruce up the restrooms in your home.