Bathroom Refinishing

Wood Design in Bathrooms

    While more traditional bathroom design tries to stay away from wood; modern design can make excellent use of it. Innovations in wood treatment give homeowners a lot of options in designing with water-resistant wood for bathrooms. Now more than ever, using wood elements in your bathroom design can be simple and create a spa-like feeling in the room. There are a number of uses for wood in the design that will bring a more natural quality to the room.
    For the walls of your bathroom, wood panelling can be utilized in many different design styles. Darker wood creates a warmer and classier feel; while lighter wood can evoke that of a spa. Natural looking wood, with knots and creases, will make the bathroom look rustic. Wood panels put in horizontally make the room feel bigger, and more natural. Vertical panels create a more uplifting feeling, and make the ceiling seem higher. Diagonal or zigzag lines can create an energetic feel, but can be overbearing at times if overused.
Wooden floors don’t get as cold as tiles, and can make a great floor for a bathroom, especially with radiant floor heating. Wood also makes a great material for your vanity, adding textural elements and a sturdy design.
For the shower and bath area, using wood can provide excellent spa-like elements and a natural, earthy feel. Duckboards in the shower are a non-slip surface that allow for water to drain through. They are generally more hygienic than shower mats. Duckboards hide away the drain, making a more seamless and aesthetically pleasing shower floor. For bathtubs, drop-in models set in wood can be beautiful. A natural wood element for the tub skirt brings the spa to your home.
To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.
 

Bathrooms for the Elderly and Disabled – Universal Design

    Bathroom design for the elderly or disabled is all about ease of access and safety. Often called “Universal Design,” the trend of redoing your bathroom or other parts of the house with safety features for the elderly or disabled can be a major benefit. Other than the safety it provides you, universal design bathrooms can raise the value of your home. 
    Grab bars and rails are a great asset to any bathroom. Available in a variety of colors, styles, and materials; these bars are a fantastic safety plus that help you get in and out of the shower with ease. The shower can be slippery. A bar gives you extra insurance against a slip and fall. Grab bars are helpful for standing in the tub, getting off the toilet, and safely getting in and out of the shower. Adding a few bars to your bathroom can go a long way in terms of safety. 
    Ease of access in the shower can be important. Shower seats can be great for reducing falls. Adjustable or hand-held showerheads provide functionality to the space. Curbless showers are a great step towards safety and smooth design. Curbless showers reduce the chance of tripping while getting in or out of them. But from a design perspective, a curbless shower can make the room seem bigger and more spacious. With a curb, that bump in the tile can visually separate the shower from the rest of the room; making the room seem more cramped.
    For sinks, counters, and vanities, these minor details can make a bathroom a lot safer. Avoid sharp edges. Curved or rounded corners can reduce the risk of bruises or injury. Hanging sinks with panels covering the pipes can make it easier to bring a wheelchair under it. 
    To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Shower Head Upgrades

    Your shower should be a place to escape. Whether you are washing away the troubles from the day, or getting ready to go out; you need a shower that does the job right. These upgrades to your standard shower set up will make your shower more enjoyable, morning or night. 
    Rain shower heads are wide and provide a downpour effect. This is supposed to be calming and create a more spa-like feel. They are usually mounted on the ceiling. More water is used with most rain showers, because the heads are wider and have more spouts.
    Shower panels are powerful and jacuzzi-like set up. Multiple shower heads that can be opened or closed provide multiple centers of water pressure for a good clean feel. While there are pre-built panels available; custom ones can be made with multiple heads. As long as your pipes and water heater can handle the multiple heads; the water pressure on these styles can be incredible.
    Aerating shower heads provide great pressure with less water. By mixing air with water, this shower head pushes out water with more pressure and less water. They generally cost more in installation, but you save more over time by saving water.
    Many people have smart TVs, but smart shower heads? Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connected shower heads can connect to your cell phone. Play music, track water usage, and control LED lights to light up your shower. Smart shower heads can be a great upgrade. Some of these smart shower heads actually power the lights and speakers with turbines as the water shoots through.
    To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302. 

 

Adding a Bathroom to Your Basement

Everyone loves to have a finished basement. A bathroom is the finishing touch that every basement needs, from a basement office, man-cave, den, family room, or even a rented-out apartment. For a renting space, a full bathroom is just one of many prerequisites. Having the extra shower or bathtub is great for a house with plenty of kids and/or busy mornings. When creating a new bathroom space in the basement, these are important things to consider.

Space is the first thing to consider. Before anything else, do you have the space for it? A small half-bath can be about as small as 18 square feet, but you can go a bit smaller. You don’t want the room to be too cramped. The minimum size for a full bath, for both comfort and zoning, is usually about 36 to 40 square feet. Many people create half baths under the staircase if the space is wide and tall enough.

Codes and regulations can make or break the new bathroom installation. After considering the space, it is important to see if creating a new basement bathroom is legal for your area or property. Some zoning laws restrict the number of bathrooms on a property, or if you can have a bathroom below ground.

Drainage is important for any bathroom. Aboveground bathrooms are assisted by gravity in order to keep the pipes clear. In a basement bathroom, you or may not have enough of a drop for it to be powerful enough. Pressure-assisted toilets or upflushing systems are just two options to remedy this. If you want to create a full bathroom, drainage for the tub or shower is important.

Lighting in a basement space can make the room feel more inviting. If you are planning on putting it on an exterior wall; consider installing a window if possible. A frosted glass window will help ensure privacy while adding natural light. Mirrors can help extend the reach of light in the room and make the room feel bigger in general.

To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

 

Modern Design in the Bathroom

    A modern bathroom is more than just style. Openness, safety, efficiency, and geometric shapes define the new style of modern bathroom fixtures and design. Open design makes the space feel bigger and more spacious. Safety features, especially near the the shower, are becoming more popular. Energy and water efficient fixtures in the bathroom is becoming more prominent as going green is becoming more important. Geometric shapes provide a more contemporary feel and help define spaces. 
Openness:
    Homeowners are embracing open styles in bathrooms more and more. This open design comes in a few different ways. The simplest and easiest way to implement this into your bathroom is the use of open shelving. This adds color easily via the various items on the shelves; while the lack of cabinetry reduces the space taken up on the walls. Even vanities are moving towards a more open design with shelving.
Glass doors on showers create more depth in a bathroom. Curtains close off an entire section of the room. Freestanding tubs are becoming more prominent. A freestanding tub offers a variety of options for installment, whether in the center of the room, near a wall, or angular. Many homeowners are looking to add natural light to a bathroom with skylights. Between the natural light and the view out of the window, a skylight offers a great open feeling, which helps even a smaller bathroom feel more spacious. 
A foggy mirror often makes a bathroom feel smaller after a hot shower. Anti-fog mirrors are a convenient way to remedy this. They make getting ready to go out simpler.
Safety: 
    Safety in a bathroom is not only good for you, but it is stylish as well. Added safety fixtures in a bathroom make life easier for you and your family while adding more to the look of the room and raising the value of the home. Universal design styles, meant to make life easier for the elderly and disabled, are becoming more prominent in homes. They benefit everyone living there, while raising the overall value of the home.
    The main area of focus for bathroom safety is the shower. A curbless shower reduces the risk of tripping when entering or exiting the shower. This also takes away a look of division between the shower and the rest of the room. Shower seats are a great way of making a shower more enjoyable, and safer. A built in shower seat works as shelving in the shower, while giving you a place to sit and relax. It makes cleaning your feet, shaving, and other tasks much easier. Grab bars for the shower are helpful for reducing slips in the shower, and can provide an adequate spot for hanging your washcloth to dry. Lights in the shower are becoming trendier. Shower lights have been out of main bathroom design for a few years, but have been on the rise lately. 
Efficiency and Smart Technology: 
    In a bathroom, efficiency can save you a lot of money in the long run. While there are simple things, like low-flush toilets, there are plenty of other options that not only save money, but to make your bathroom space more enjoyable. 
    Smart showerheads are a great innovation for more than just simply saving water. Bluetooth-enabled showerheads can keep track of how much water you are using, or even play music straight from your phone or tablet. 
    Bathroom floors are often cold, especially during the mornings. By running the water pipes under the tiles, you can reduce the amount of energy needed to heat the floors by using the hot water going to your showers. 
    Efficient bathroom faucets reduce the use of water at the sink. The two main types of these faucets are no-touch and metered. No-touch faucets are the motion-sensored fixtures that go on when your hands are under the water, and off as you pull away. A metered faucet is pressed for the water flow, and pours as the faucet slowly retracts to its original position. A metered faucet is a good installation for children’s bathrooms, as it reduces the length of time that the water is running. 
Geometric Shapes:
    A design for a modern bathroom in the last few years has been all about curved edges and square tiles. As we continue onward, the square tiles are still prominent among bathrooms for powerful backsplashes and wall coverings. But the curved edges of your tub or vanity are being replaced with more angular fixtures. Angular design is showing up more and more not just in home decor, but in car design, the fashion industry, and more.
    Square and rectangular shapes in bathroom design often come from the tub. Freestanding or even built in tubs are often ovular; but lately, more rectangular models have been in newer remodels. Square showerheads are also becoming popular. Faucets with angular shapes are a popular nw trend for modern bathroom design. Square decor items in bathrooms are also being bought more frequently, from soap dishes to towel racks.
    
     To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Au Natural in the Bathroom

    The bathroom is a place of quiet peace and tranquility. Natural materials used in bathroom design create a feeling of being within nature. When remodelling your bathroom, consider using natural stone or wood in your design. Enjoy the tranquility of nature while unwinding from your day.
    Woodwork in a bathroom space is quite beautiful. Newer timber made for moist or wet areas of the home prevent the wood from warping and water damage. The natural flow of the grains and knots in the wood mimic the ebb and flow of water in a river. Wood in a bathroom often makes great wall panelling outside of the shower area, to create a beautiful room that feels modern; yet hints at subtle rustic quality.
Duckboarding is an excellent use of wood in your shower. Duckboards are wooden planks laid like a deck with small spaces in between. Sometimes used in this way in spas and saunas, the wood conceals the drain as water falls below. Duckboards feel softer and more natural to the feet and are more slip-resistant than tile or other common materials for tubs or showers. 
    Natural stone or river rock materials make excellent pieces for a bathroom. Stone adds a more neutral and earthy feeling to the room. Natural stone is good for bathroom countertops, sinks, and backsplashes. Mineral veins and sediment lines in the stone create a beautiful and unique focal point to the room.
 To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Shower Curtains or Glass Doors?

Glass doors frame the shower while not detracting from the space

Glass doors frame the shower while not detracting from the space

For bathrooms with a tub-shower combination, a shower curtain or set of glass doors is the usual divider. While both are options, it is important to find the right one for your dream bathroom. There are pros and cons to each one, but the best deciding factor is what you want to see in your new bathroom. 
Shower curtains are less expensive, but less elegant option. While shower curtains can be more easily changed if you want a new look, unfortunately they can get moldy or ripped and require a replacement. With curtains, you should have a curtain rod installed, as collapsible rods are generally not as high quality and are prone to falling on occasion or with little pressure. When choosing shower curtains, look for ones that are PVC- and VOC-free, especially if you have small children. Shower curtains have the most options for designs and colors.

Shower curtains divide the space while providing more privacy and color

Shower curtains divide the space while providing more privacy and color

Glass doors require proper installment, but usually last for years without issue. While soap and hard water can make the glass look dirty, this can be cleaned off with cleaners. It is suggested to squeegee the glass doors after each use to prevent buildup of soap scum and hard water. Glass doors are much sturdier than curtains, and some design styles come with handles for support, hanging washcloths or towels, and of course, opening and closing them. Glass doors range colors by staining the glass. Frosted or semi-transparent pictures allow for more privacy and/or intricate designs. The glass can be a clear pane or opaque depending on your preferences.  
To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

 

Adding a Bathroom to Your Home

    Adding a new bathroom to your home can be great for a multitude of reasons. It is more convenient to have more than one bathroom in a house of two or more. It makes life easier when you have company. Your family morning routine is a much smoother process when siblings aren’t waiting for each other, and it increases the value of a home. Adding a new bathroom or powder room is made easier and more affordable if there is a place to put it in the home that is closer to existing plumbing.
    The first thing to consider for your new bathroom space is the size you want it to be. A larger bathroom can be more intrusive on the already established home, where a bathroom that is too small can feel too cramped. The average size for a powder room is 24 square feet, with a toilet and vanity. Larger powder rooms can go to be about 32 square feet, and they start to feel cramped with less than 18 square feet. The average size for a full bathroom is about 40 square feet, accommodating for a tub or shower, toilet, vanity, and some storage space. 
    Where can you find the space to add a new bathroom? On multi-level houses, installing a bathroom above or below an existing one can reduce plumbing costs and speed up the installment process. Walk-in closets are often a great space to convert to a powder room, provided that the loss in storage space is not an issue. 
    To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Bathroom Trends to Avoid

    We do many bathroom renovations at Dream Kitchens & Baths. We know what works in a bathroom and what doesn’t. Some design trends actually take away from the peace and spa-like feel of your bathroom. Avoiding these design errors can make your bathroom look and feel more relaxing and beautiful.
    Windows are a must. Natural light makes a room feel spacious, keeps lighting costs lower for the daytime, and provides something to look at. When possible, bathrooms should have a window. Windows in a bathroom should also be able to open, to dry out the dampness from a shower. If a window can’t be placed on the wall, consider installing an operable skylight. A bathroom without windows can feel like a dank, musty dungeon. Without proper air flow in a bathroom, mold and mildew can build up easily. If more privacy is needed, opt for frosted glass.
The toilet should not be the focal point. In fact, if possible the toilet shouldn’t be seen from the door. Use the vanity, counters, or a half wall to divide the space and provide ample privacy. Even with the door shut people want their privacy. Some bathroom designs will create an alcove for the toilet complete with its own door; if the space allows for it. 
Don’t put a curb in the shower if you have a stall door. Shower curbs are the floor lips that keep water in the shower, but a rubber track can do the same without the risk of injury. Shower curbs can cramp the space and make it seem smaller. Curbless showers follow universal design standards and are great for homeowners throughout their entire life, as well as the disabled. It is also safer as there is less space to slip and fall. 
Bigger isn’t always better. The bathroom fixtures in your home should be a size comfortable enough for you and other family members, but without taking up more space than it needs to. Tankless toilets can easily reduce the space taken up by fixtures in the bathroom.
To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Mediterranean Bathroom Design

    Mediterranean-Inspired bathroom design is becoming quite popular for 2016. The style combines old-world charm with modern comfort to create a beautiful bathroom lounge. Terra cotta inlays and decor combined with mosaic and three dimensional tiling add earthy and natural color to the space. Cabinetry and vanity design is usually chosen to look like elegant furniture rather than something simple. The us of curves rather than edges creates a better flow in the room. Cushioned wicker chairs or a chaise lounge adds rustic elegance while providing comfort and functionality. Basin sinks or undermount sinks look best in this setting, with curves similar to those you would want in the vanity design. 
    Mosaic tiles are great for creating a stylistic mediterranean backsplash or wrap-around near the tub or shower. Three dimensional tiles are textured to look similar to a wall finish added to a painted wall. They help connect room with the walls and add depth and class. The tiles attract attention to the full space and add character making it feel larger and more detailed, without making it seem too busy.
    To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.