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Project of the Month: Master Bath with a Doorless Walk-in Shower

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Mar 8, 2016

A master bath is a homeowner’s personal space. When a bathroom doesn’t meet the needs of the users it may be time for a change. A master bath in a Jamesville, NY home that was built in 2000 did not provide a comfortable retreat for the homeowners who prefer a walk-in shower to a tub and wanted to add a heated floor. We worked with them to redesign the bathroom and the way the space functions for them.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Projects of the Month

Slip-Resistant Bathroom Flooring and Shower Base Options

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Feb 23, 2016

If you are planning to remodel a bathroom it is important to carefully consider flooring and shower base product options for both safety and function. Slips and falls are the leading cause of injuries at home and often occur in a bathroom.

While no floor or shower base is “slip-proof,” floors and shower bases with texture can be “slip-resistant.” There are many slip-resistant products available for floors and shower interiors in a variety of textures, colors and surfaces including luxury vinyl flooring, solid surface bases and tile. Check the manufacturer’s product information to determine if it is slip-resistant.

Here are three options for slip-resistant bathroom flooring and three options for slip-resistant shower bases:

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Topics: Bathrooms, Tile, Flooring

Project of the Month: Manlius Master Bathroom Remodel

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Feb 2, 2016

Bathroom trends and lifestyles change over time. In the 1980s and 1990s desirable features in a master bathroom included a large whirlpool tub and a small shower. A dressing area with a vanity, where a woman could be seated to apply her makeup, and brass finishes were also trends. Today, comfort and easy maintenance are important in bath design.

Our Project of the Month features a late 1980s-era master bathroom in Manlius, NY that was completely remodeled to provide a practical retreat for the homeowner. Updates include an expanded vanity, a private area for the toilet and a walk-in shower without doors that can be turned on by a remote control unit.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Projects of the Month

Our Picks for the Best Bathroom Design Trends for 2016

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Jan 26, 2016

Bathroom design trends are influenced by the introduction of new products and features and the changing preferences of homeowners and professional designers.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Design Trends and Ideas, Walk-In Showers

The Top 5 Home Remodeling Articles for 2015

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Dec 22, 2015

If you missed some of our home remodeling blog articles during the year, it’s your chance to catch up. Here are the top five most read articles for 2015:

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Topics: Bathrooms, Design Trends and Ideas, Walk-In Showers

4 Facts to Know About Bathroom Grab Bars

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Dec 8, 2015

Home accidents are most likely to occur in a bathroom. According to studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) more than 230,000 nonfatal bathroom injuries among people over age 15 are treated in emergency rooms each year.

Injuries occur most frequently in or around a tub or shower. Women are more likely to experience injuries than men. Overall, injury rates increase with age, especially accidents where a person slips and falls near a toilet.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

How to Select the Best Sink for Your Bathroom 

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Sep 15, 2015

If you’re planning to remodel or update a bathroom, you will need to purchase a sink. With so many options and styles how do you select the best sink for your bathroom? Here are five things to consider when choosing a bathroom sink.

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Topics: Bathrooms

The Exciting New Look of Shower Wall Panels

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Jul 14, 2015

Manufacturers of shower wall panels are creating exciting new designs. They now feature products made from fiberglass and composite materials that can be molded with grooves, various textures and finished edging. Some new designs replicate popular tile patterns, including subway tile and grid tile layouts. Most are available in a range of colors and finishes. Matte, gloss and textured finishes are also options that have changed the look and aesthetic appeal of shower wall panels.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

6 Space Saving Fixtures for Half Baths

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Apr 21, 2015

Half baths are small spaces that are often less than 24 square feet in size. The primary fixtures used in this space are a toilet, sink, mirror and lighting. Vanities, cabinets and shelving can be used if space permits.

How can a small space be optimized for both comfort and function? Here are the things you need to know about six space saving fixtures if you are planning to remodel or update a half bath.

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Topics: Bathrooms

Our Picks for the Best Bathroom Design Trends for 2015

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Jan 27, 2015

If you’re planning to remodel a bathroom this year you may want to consider some of the current trends in bath design that will add both comfort and function to the room. Many of the trends we identified in 2014 will continue to be seen but with growing interest.

Generally bathrooms are small spaces. The average size of a bathroom in many older homes with a combination tub/shower unit is about 5-by-8 feet (40 square feet). In newer construction the average size of a bathroom is larger, approximately 8-by-10 feet. Half baths are typically 3-to-4 feet wide and 5-to-8 feet long. There are new configurations and products available that will optimize the space if you plan to stay within the present dimensions and amenities to add if you plan to expand the room or build a bathroom addition to your home.

Here are ten of our picks for the best bathroom design trends for 2015:

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Topics: Bathrooms, Design Trends and Ideas, Walk-In Showers

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