Pet Friendly Bathroom Upgrades

Having a pet around the house can be great; but you should take proper precautions to  keep your furry friends safe. When renovating your bathroom, you might want to take your pets into consideration. Many of them will be a benefit to you, as well as your pet.

Pet Friendly Showers

    Showers that make it easier to give your pet a wash can be very helpful, and very modern. A curbless shower reduces the risk of tripping; for both you and your pet. This type of shower is safer, because it reduces the risk of falls when you take your everyday shower; while also making it easier when it is bath time for your pet.
    Non-slip surfaces in the shower will help you be safer in the shower, while helping your pet feel less nervous at bath time. Pets that don’t like baths are often afraid of getting hurt on the sleek floor.
    Detachable shower heads help you get all the hard to reach places; but they also make cleaning your cat or dog easier. A detachable shower head gives you greater control when getting the last of the suds, or avoiding water in their ears.

Litter Box Nook

    A litter box is a necessary but unsightly part of cat ownership. When renovating your bathroom, consider adding a litter box nook. Transform part of your bathroom cabinetry into a nook for your cat’s litter box. This way, the litter box is out of sight but is still accessible. 

Tile Floors

    Tile floors are the best choice for a pet-friendly bathroom. Tile is durable, easy to clean, and waterproof. It makes it easier for you to clean up after your dog shakes off his wet fur to dry off. Tile is also available in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and designs; so you can find ones that fit your style.

Toilet Lids

    Not every homeowner opts for a toilet seat lid. But if you have a pet, it can be helpful in a number of ways. Toilet seat lids can be used to sit more comfortably when washing your pet in the tub. But they can also be used to protect your pet. We all know the common trope of a dog drinking out of the toilet. But this can make them extremely sick, or even poisoned; when you use toilet cleaners. For smaller, more agile pets, like cats, an uncovered toilet can be a potential drowning hazard. Cats can sometimes fall into the toilet, where the cupped edge and funnel-like interior can be difficult to escape from. Toilet seat covers can be helpful in protecting your pet’s health and well-being. If your pet continues to access the toilet, consider adding a child-proof cover.

Locking Cabinets

    Locking cabinets can keep your children, and your furry friends, out of your beauty products, cleaning chemicals, and medicines that they can otherwise access. If your pet gets into those items, they can easily make a mess of them, or get sick. Protect your children, pets, and your products from each other with locking cabinets.

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Pantone’s Color of the Year 2019 – Living Coral

Many paint brands choose a “Color of the Year” during the winter for the upcoming year. The colors chosen are often a large part of interior design, fashion, industry, graphic design, and more for the year to come. But Pantone has continuously chosen the color that makes the biggest splash. This year, the Pantone Color Institute chose the color “Living Coral.” This color is described by Pantone as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” The Pantone Color Institute figures out the next big color through seasonal trend forecasts, color psychology, color consulting, and design strategy.
Living Coral is a vibrant and beautiful color that can be perfect for kitchen backsplashes or bathroom walls. The eye-catching color highlights a space while the golden undertones provide a mellow feel to the space. In nature, coral is vivid, and a reef may have a plethora of colors and hues. Living Coral seems to capture the natural blends and can mesh well with a variety of colors. The color is an interesting way to add vibrance to a space. You may want to consider it during your next remodel.
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Designing a Kitchen to Age in Place

Many kitchen upgrades are done because the homeowner wants to change the design for aesthetic purposes; while others might do it to raise the value of the home. But for some people, especially those planning to stay in their home for the long haul; the kitchen remodel is done with ease of access in mind. Preparing your kitchen to “age in place” is a good idea for homeowners who plan on living there well into their elderly years. An elder-friendly kitchen is created to make your life easier now, as well as when you are much older. Elder-friendly kitchens can help support your independence in your later years, while making your life easier now. Upgrades will focus on safety features, ease of access, and better organization.

Non-Slip Floors

Slip and falls can be a dangerous hazard for elderly people. When choosing flooring, you should choose one that is slip resistant as well as soft for landing. While some tiles can be considered “slip resistant,” falling on a tile floor can cause a lot of damage to your body. Safer flooring options can include laminate, bamboo, and vinyl. Avoid using area rugs or floor mats in the kitchen, as they can offer potential tripping hazards.

Reduce Edges

Along with non-slip floors, a kitchen that ages well will have less sharp edges. Countertops should be designed with rounded or bevelled edges; which will help mitic\gate injury during a fall. 

Easy Access Cabinets

From reaching up high, to trying to find what you're looking for, cabinets can be a problem for some elderly people. Windowed cabinet doors can allow you to better determine where an item is before you start checking the cabinets. Cabinet organizers, lazy susans, and pull-out drawers can help reduce bending and reaching. D-style pull drawers and lever handles can be a lot easier for elderly people to use.

Lots of Lighting

Light up your kitchen. As you age, your vision can become more impaired. Area lights, lights inside cabinets, and undermount lights can help illuminate important areas of the kitchen to make your life easier. 

Leave Space for a Wheelchair

You may never need a wheelchair, but it can be a good idea to prepare for it. Creating a space where you can pull up a wheelchair to work in the kitchen can be a good idea. If you don’t use a wheelchair, the space can still be used with a chair. Breakfast nooks can easily double as a seated prep space. 

Easy Use Appliances

Appliances for a kitchen meant to age with you should have easy to reach controls and easy to read displays. Drawer style dishwashers can reduce bending and strain. Keep microwaves on the countertop. Wall-mounted ovens can allow for baking without bending. 

 

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How Much Should a Bathtub Cost?

Bathtubs can come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, styles, and materials. There are a number of factors that go into the cost of a bathtub and it’s installation. We are going to break down all of the features of a tub that can add to the cost of your tub.

Materials

    The material of your tub is the number one factor of the tub price. Many tubs in homes are fiberglass. Fiberglass is inexpensive, lightweight, and strong. It also requires the least undermount support, because of how much lighter it is than other material options. Fiberglass does not compromise function for cost. A standard size fiberglass tub can range between $200-$1,000, not including labor and installation.
    Enameled Cast Iron is the next step up. Cast iron retains heat well, and is extremely durable. It is also heavier than fiberglass, which means that it will usually need more weight support than the lighter material. A standard size cast iron tub can range between $500-$2,000, not including labor and installation.
    Marble is one of the most expensive materials for bathtubs. Marble tubs are luxurious. The retain heat well, and is overall regarded as the best material for a tub. Marble is heavier than fiberglass, but lighter than cast iron. A standard size marble tub can range between $1,000-$2,500, not including labor and installation.

Sizes

    A standard, 60 inch tub may not be what you want for your bathroom. The larger you go, the higher the cost of the tub. A fiberglass tub that is double the standard size can exceed $2,000. Walk-in tubs can be great for master bathrooms and are designed for both comfort and flexibility. The larger size tubs that are available can cost $1,500 to $10,000 depending on size and material used. 

Styles

    Built-in or stand alone tubs can vary in cost. Built-in tubs use walls to help support the weight and hide plumbing. They are often easier to install on a gutted bathroom, but are often harder to replace than a stand alone tub. Built-in tubs are usually less expensive than stand alone models of similar size and material.

Upgrades

    Add-ons can add to the cost of a bathtub, but can make all the difference. Whirlpool tubs can cost a pretty penny more, but many homeowners find that it is a worthy investment. Whirlpool tubs will often require electrical hook-ups and changes to the plumbing system; which can add $500-$10,000 to the cost, depending on the upgrades required. Aromatherapy diffusers can be a great upgrade for those who really want to make their bathroom into a spa. They won’t add too much to the cost of the bathroom; but the price will depend on the model.
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. 
 

Kitchen Range Hood or Fan?

    When renovating your kitchen, you may want to add in a range hood over your stovetop. A range hood is a ventilation system that sucks up smoke, odors, and moisture from the stove and pushes it out of the home through a built-in duct system. The other option many homeowners use instead of a range hood is a range fan, which disperses the smoke and odors. Which is right for your kitchen?

    Installing a range hood usually requires more of a dip into the budget than a fan. The hood must be installed above your range, and a duct  must be added to your home, The hood will channel cooking smoke and particulates out of your home and out of the roof via the duct.

Range fans disperse moisture and smoke from the cooktop. Rather than allowing smoke to build up in the kitchen, the fan helps to circulate the smoke and moisture around the room or to other parts of your home. The fan may filter the air, or simply disperse it. Range fans are usually more cost effective as they usually do not require ductwork. They also take up much less space in the kitchen.

Many microwaves that are meant to be suspended over a stove will have a range fan built into them on the bottom. This can help you cut don on costs and the number of add-ons to your kitchen.

Overall, a range hood is better at removing smoke and other particulates from cooking than a range fan. But the hood and it’s duct can be an additional cost to your renovation. When planning out your renovation, decide if a range hood would be a good choice for your kitchen.

While most residential spaces are not required by law to include a range hood, some form of ventilation should be encouraged. Both range hoods and range fans help mitigate smoke inhalation and Carbon Monoxide build up in a home while cooking. For kitchens with stovetops built into the island, the range hood would have to hang down in the middle of the room, whereas a vent fan can be installed above.

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.

 

Designing a Guest Bathroom

    When designing a bathroom for use as a guest bathroom, there are a lot of small upgrades that can make all the difference. Here are a few add-ons to your guest bathroom that you can make to better your guests’ stay.

Spa Designs

    Spa-style design can go a long way in creating a comforting space for your guests. Bamboo cabinets, natural lighting, and natural stone can help create a zen space.

Decorative Toiletries

    You can make it easier for guests to access toiletries by using them as decor. Use decorative baskets or built-in shelves to give them easy access to toilet paper or other necessities without compromising on style.

All-Inclusive Vanities

    Vanities in a guest bathroom should have some extra items that a visitor might forget about when staying the night. Having a few extra items, like a magnifying mirror, or some extra beauty products can go a long way in making your guests feel more welcome in your home.

Guest Showers

    Showers in a guest bathroom should have some extra safety features. You don’t want guests to get hurt. Worse, you don’t want to be sued. Add in some handrails, use a curbless shower design, and slip resistant tile to help protect your guest’s wellbeing.

Relaxing Scents

Candles, potpourri, or reed diffusers can go a long way in creating a relaxing bathroom space for a guest. It doesn’t take much to add more to the room that way.

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Smart Refrigerators in your Kitchen Remodel

The future is upon us, a rapidly growing trend in the kitchens of today is smart technology. What do we mean by smart technology? Imagine being able to preset your oven, or start up a pot of boiling water with just the touch of a screen from anywhere. Companies such as Amazon, Samsung, Google and many more have been developing smart technology for your home and they are now developing technologies for smart appliances. One appliance that is already on the market is the Smart Refrigerator.
The Smart Refrigerator is the epitome of what modern technology has to offer. It offers a wide variety of features such as; touch screen interface, internal cameras, bluetooth connection to other smart appliances, a shopping list that can be synced to your smartphone, and the storage of cook books that will read recipes to you while you cook. Some of the more personal features are the setting of user profiles and personalized notes and to do lists for every member of the family.
Some common questions about the smart refrigerator are whether or not the repairs are more expensive than usual. While this depends on the issue and the manufacturer, the answer is usually no. All of the main parts of the refrigerator are just the same as a standard model. And the smart technology is made to last around 15 years, just the same amount of time that average refrigerator will last.
Another question often posed is whether or not it will become obsolete when newer models come out? Since the appliance is connected to the internet, it will be able to install software updates to keep up with the newer systems on future models.
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. 
 

Steam Showers

    Steam showers are often seen as only for spas or gyms. But today, many people are installing them in their homes. A home sauna is a great way to relax and unwind after work. Steam showers can use up a small fraction of the water of a traditional shower, and have many health benefits.

Benefits

    Steam has amazing benefits to your body. Steam can clear your sinuses. Steam can moisturize your skin, whereas hot showers can actually dry out your skin. Steam showers use up very little water. While a 20 minute traditional shower can use up about 50 gallons of water, a steam shower may only use 2 within the same time period.

How Do They Work?

    Steam showers use a generator that heats up the water separate from your water heater. The generator heats the water to a boiling point, and allows you to control the temperature of the steam as it comes out. Many steam showers also allow you to mix in essential oils or refreshing scents like eucalyptus or mint. 

Installing Steam Showers

Steam showers should be installed by professionals. They are supposed to be moisture-sealed. The power required of the steam generator depends on the volume of the steam shower, and the type of tile used. Stone tile rooms require more energy than ceramic tile. Steam showers often replace ordinary shower stalls, but can also be installed in addition to them. Some homeowners will build a traditional shower system into their steam shower. For larger bathrooms, steam showers can be their own section of 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. 
 

Fall Color Trend for Kitchens – Color Pops

    Many kitchen remodels this season are moving away from white and black shades, and moving towards pops of vibrant color. According to Pantone, color trends are moving towards  a small pop of blue, yellow, or red in an otherwise neutrally colored kitchen. By adding these color pops, you can draw the eye to certain parts of the room.  But where do you add the extra color?

Backsplash

    Your backsplash is the perfect place to add color without breaking the bank. Add splashes of color with mosaic tiles or paint. There are many ways you can design your backsplash to fit your home. Color is very easy to incorporate into your backsplash. By drawing the eye to the backsplash, you add depth to the room.

Smaller Appliances

    Toasters, microwaves, and other smaller countertop appliances can come in an abundance of colors. When you are replacing these appliances, there is a great opportunity to add color into your kitchen. You create focal points on the countertops this way, which helps accentuate the color and style of the countertops themselves.

Larger Appliances

    Dishwashers, stoves, and refrigerators can also come in a variety of colors. Adding color in this way draws the eye to an important part of a kitchen. Colored stoves or dishwashers draw the eye down to the counters, while a colored fridge leads the eye to the center of it. 

Open Shelves

    Open shelving has a lot of potential to add color. The shelves themselves can be colored; or you can use cups or plates with color in them. By displaying the color on the open shelves, you draw the eye upwards, making the room seem larger.

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.
 
 

5 Plants That can Thrive in a Bathroom Without a lot of Natural Light

    House plants often thrive in  or near window sills. Bathrooms are also common spaces for house plants, but they are often very different from plants that grow in the living room or kitchen. Bathrooms have less light and more moisture than most rooms in your house. Adding a plant to your bathroom can add a splash of natural color, help purify the air, and add a peaceful quality to the space. We will be discussing a few of the most popular, low maintenance plants can thrive in a bathroom environment.
The Cast Iron Plant is a favorite for many homeowners looking to add green to their bathroom. This plant thrives in temperatures of the average home, while looking for a bit more moisture than most plants. They don’t require much watering; and are great for those who are notorious for letting plants die off. They are a good starter plant for new homeowners, and are often housewarming gifts. They are often used in bigger pots that can be situated on the floor of the bathroom, near the vanity.
    Lucky Bamboo is another plant that requires little effort to take care of. It is a much smaller plant, and can easily fit on your vanity or toilet tank. Lucky Bamboo is probably the least expensive option on this list. It grows fast, but a few cuts every now and then can keep the little shoots at the height you like.
    Spider plants are among the most highly rated plants by NASA for air filtration. They require very little sunlight, and the high moisture environment of a bathroom suits them well. They are usually available in two styles. One is solid green, and the other has a pale yellow outline to the green leaves. 
    Orchids are the best flower for a bathroom. They naturally grow in low to medium light, thrive in moist environments, and come in a wide assortment of colors. They prefer indirect or artificial sunlight, so they can adapt well to a bathroom with a small window. 
    Ferns grow where light is low and soil is moist across most of the world. Ferns have been around since before the dinosaurs, and for good reason, they are sturdy and hearty plants, that can adapt well to their environment.
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