Bathrooms Your Kid Will Love

Your kid is imaginative, playful, bright, and one of a kind. A bathroom can either be just a bathroom, or a place in which your child has the freedom to live, learn, and enjoy. Why not give them a unique space where they express themselves freely?

One thing to remember when creating a kid’s bathroom is that their taste will inevitably change, and change fast. So try not to get carried away in the fun of the process. Think of this as more of a redecorating project than a remodel. Try make temporary decorating changes such as brightly colored paints, towels, and other bathroom accessories to add a theme (changes that won’t effect the value of your house in the long run). Most of these examples are gender neutral as well, so they’re perfect for a shared bathroom situation between boys and girls. Let’s check it out!

Under The Sea

Blue walls, painted ocean creatures, white and yellow towels
This under-the-sea bathroom is a spectacularly fun theme for kids of many ages. It’s a fun and lively display that’s super easy to create. With walls containing soothing shades of blue and underwater pals, who wouldn’t want to splash around in this paradise?

Outdoor

Blue and green mountain/trees/moon shower curtain, teal towels
This is perfect for the explorers out there. If your little one has a keen sense of adventure, an out door themed bathroom might strike their interest. Bring the outdoors inside by incorporation scenery like this mountain and tree shower curtain. Let them pretend they’re out in the open air relaxing beneath the moon and stars. This theme provides a great opportunity to add in more animal friends in the form of bath toys, pictures, or costume like towel wraps.

Rubber Ducky

Rubber duck themed bathroom
Who doesn’t love a classic rubber ducky? Brighten your child’s bath time with a decked out space full of smiling ducks and dazzling shades of blue and yellow. Bring in rubber duckies of all different shapes and sizes, from all parts of the world to complete this bathroom.

Pirate

Nautical shower curtain in red, white, and blue, red tile counter, pirate accessories
Roam the high seas and search for buried treasure in this pirate themed bathroom.
Make this space into an interactive playground with everything pirate oriented. Find an old trunk at a second hand store that can be turned into a treasure chest for bathroom storage.

Make Sure Your Bathroom Is Kid Accessible

Mom and daughter in bathroom, white sink, circular mirrors
It’s important for kids to gain their independence. So try adding things that will make their routines more accessible, such as bringing a step stool into the picture, adding in an easy-to-use soap dispenser, and making sure towels and toilet paper are set at appropriate heights. Another important element is the height of the light switch. Make sure it’s within your child’s reach, or place a permanent step stool below the switch.

How have you created a kid-friendly bathroom?

Aging in Place – Bathroom Remodeling Tips

The bathroom may be one of the smallest rooms in your home, but there’s no doubt that it’s one of the most important! Unfortunately, the bathroom can also pose a serious risk to elderly members of the home, and having a hard-to-use bathroom can make aging in place a goal that’s difficult to achieve. With more than 90% of seniors stating that they wish to remain in their homes while aging, keeping the bathroom updated with accessible features is of utmost importance.

Thankfully, there are countless upgrades available for the home bathroom that can make it more functional and safe—without sacrificing on style! Whether you are ready to go all-out for a complete bath remodel or are working on a budget to make economical upgrades, having a high-quality bathroom that meets your needs may be closer than you think.

Innovative Features for a Safer, Accessible Bathroom

One of the biggest risks for aging in place is falls within the home, and the bathroom is a prime spot for those to occur. In fact, falling is the leading cause of injuries reported in the ER for those aged 65 or older! Navigating the tight spaces and slippery surfaces of a traditional bathroom can be a serious barrier to aging in place, and we’ve broken down some of the top tips for turning each area of your bath into a safer, more useable room.

Flooring

The most important thing to look for in bathroom flooring is its slip-resistance. As a rule of thumb, the smoother the surface, the more likely it is to get slick when wet, and there are several options available to upgrade the floors of your bath.
Vinyl is a great choice if you’re on a budget and looking for slip-resistant flooring for your remodel, and certain types of tile also lead the industry in popularity. When choosing tile for your accessible bath, look for products that have texture to give your feet extra grip. The tile industry makes this choice even easier by adding a number to each type of tile that reflects how slip-resistant it is. Look for a tile that has a rating of 0.42 or higher to get the most out of your new floor.

Showers and Bathtubs

Bathing independently is at the top of the list for concerns when talking about accessible bathrooms, and there are numerous ways to minimize the risk of falling and make a shower or tub easier to manage for those who struggle with mobility.

Curb-less Showers
Walk-in or roll-in showers are some of the most popular choices for an accessible bathroom. Barrier-free shower pans allow wheelchairs to easily roll in and out, and the lack of a ledge eliminates the need to step into the shower. You can also upgrade your walk-in shower with built-in seating, ADA-compliant grab bars, and adjustable shower heads to truly make it a functional, stylish space.

Walk-In Bathtubs
A growing tread for accessible bathrooms is installing a walk-in tub. While there are numerous benefits to this bath feature, there are also some drawbacks to keep in mind. Walk-in bathtubs allow for effortless bathing and comfortable seating, and they commonly feature leak-proof doors and hydrotherapy jets. However, the person must remain in the tub as it fills and drains, which can be an uncomfortable drawback.

Toilet

Toilets are arguably the most essential feature of any bathroom, and having a toilet that is fully-functional for all members of the family is a vital part of aging in place. The height and location are both major factors when it comes to choosing an accessible toilet in your bath remodel. Make sure that there is enough room around the toilet for easy maneuvering, and taller toilets with supporting grab bars are a good idea to minimize the risk of falls and injury. Also keep in mind the location of the toilet paper roll! Reducing the need to reach out for toilet paper can make the entire process safer and more comfortable.

Lighting and Accessories

Showers, tubs, floors, and toilets are the biggest components of an accessible bathroom remodel, but you don’t need to stop there! There are several ways that you can increase the safety and function of any size bathroom with affordable, simple upgrades, including:

    • Adequate Lighting: Choose light fixtures that illuminate the space well without creating an intense glare. Natural light is always good in a bathroom, and having easy-to-access switches and a nightlight can help increase the functionality of the space.
    • Sinks and Countertops: Sink faucets that have levers instead of knobs are ideal in an accessible bathroom. Additionally, check into installing countertops at two different heights so using the sink is comfortable whether you are standing or sitting in a wheelchair.
    • Storage and Safety: Installing grab bars throughout the bathroom is a necessity to assist elderly family members with their independence. You can also add inexpensive caddies and storage units in the shower or around the sink for easy access to important toiletry items.

Getting Started with Your Accessible Bathroom Remodel

For many homeowners who are considering an accessible bathroom remodel, cost can be a major factor. Full professional bath renovations can run upwards of $40,000, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a safer, more stylish bath on a budget! By starting slowly with minor upgrades, you can begin creating a bathroom that is more accessible and reduces the risk of slips and falls—which is the main goal for anyone with a desire to age in place.

When you’re ready to take the leap into a larger-scale bathroom remodel, be sure that you do some research on the contractor that you choose! Keep aging in place best practices in mind to ensure that you are getting the highest value for your remodeling budget, and you’ll be enjoying your beautiful, accessible bathroom in no time.

DIY Bathroom Hacks That Will Save Your Life

Oftentimes household fixes appear harder than they actually are. There are a number of tasks that are easy to perform yourself and will cost you far less than calling in a professional. With that being said, it’s important to know when you aren’t capable and it’s time to call in an expert. Read on to learn about simple bathroom fix-ups that you can do yourself.

Unclog a Drain

Vinegar, baking soda, and measuring cup
Slow draining sinks or showers can ruin your day and leave you feeling unclean. This is an easy, inexpensive trick to try before calling in a plumber.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 C Baking Soda
  • 1/2 C White vinegar

Pour the baking soda into the drain, followed by the vinegar. The mixture will bubble up and create a powerful solution that fights through scum. Wait about 10 minutes and pour in boiling water to clear the solution.

Re-Caulk Your Shower

Man holding caulk gun, blue painter's tape on white tile

The sealant in your shower can often become moldy and start lifting in areas. It’s important to replace it before any further damage occurs. This is especially important if you’re on an upper level apartment, as it can cause leakage for your downstairs neighbors.

What You’ll Need:

  • Putty knife or razor blade
  • Painter’s tape
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Caulk gun
  • Kitchen and bathroom caulk

Completely remove the old caulk with the putty knife of razor blade. You can use a caulk softener to make this step a bit easier. Clean away debris with a vacuum, and follow by wiping the area with rubbing alcohol. This step will remove any residue from your tile.
Next you’ll want to tape of the surrounding areas, and you’re ready to apply the new caulk! Lay down the caulk with the gun as evenly as possible along the edges or your bath or shower. Wet your finger and run it along the caulk to smooth it out. This process also helps to really set and seal the new caulk. You’ll want to let it dry for about 24 hours.

Leaky Faucet

Close up of dripping bathroom faucet

The sound of a leaky faucet can keep you awake at night. Luckily it’s a quick and easy fix that doesn’t cost much.

What You’ll Need:

  • Wrench
  • Tape (to prevent the wrench from scuffing your finish)
  • Drain stopper or rag to block the drain

Switch the water supply valve under your sink to the off position and stop your drain before hand, you don’t want to lose any parts! Disassemble the stem using your wrench and inspect all the parts for cracks. Take the damaged pieces into your hardware store to find replacements.
Check out this guide on different types of faucets and how to take them apart.
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Running Toilet

Toilet tank diagram

A constantly running toilet is another one of those ugly sounds that you don’t want to be plagued by. The flapper valve is the plug that contains the stored water in your toilet tank. A noisy, running toilet is usually the result of a worn or damaged flapper valve.

Remove the lid from the toilet tank, reach in and grab the flapper valve attached to the metal chain. If you don’t see any damage on the valve, a build up of algae could be the extent of the problem. If this is the case, try cleaning it and testing it out before you purchase an entirely new valve.

Do you have any bathroom hacks we should know about?

How To Make Your Shower Doors Shine

Glass shower wall, white subway wall tile, black fishbone floor tile, bench
Water spots, soap scum, and mold are all unwelcome eyesores that can make your entire bathroom feel gross and grimy. The phrase “deep cleaning” probably evokes the image of one on their hands and knees, scrubbing for hours on end. However, ridding glass of water spots and build up doesn’t have to be a painstaking process. Follow these tips to remove build-up and prevent it from coming back.

Deep Clean

Half lemon and bowl of baking soda

There are so many methods out there, from using rubbing alcohol, to wiping down doors with dryer sheets. There are also several mainstream cleaners that people suggest for this process such as Kaboom, Lime-A-Way, Barkeeper’s Friend, etc. Common household cleaners can be effective, but will cost you more and may be too harsh (it’s possible for an abrasive to cause etching in your glass doors). Baking soda, especially when mixed with vinegar, is a gentle yet powerful solution that truly gets the job done. This formula is easy to make and contains only a few household items.

First apply some lemon juice to the doors. Then combine vinegar and baking soda to make a soft scrub-like paste. Apply the paste in a circular motion on doors with a scrub brush (use an old toothbrush for metal framing).

Then use a bit of white vinegar and water on a dry cloth to wipe the paste away. The acidity of the lemon/vinegar is strong enough to cut through mineral scale and make spots disappear.

Black mold in metal shower tracking
If your shower doors don’t slide the metal tracking tends to fill up with water, which leads to mold and mildew. Counteract mold by plugging the drain holes with some paper towels, pouring vinegar in the tracks and letting sit overnight. Vinegar is a great natural disinfectant and deodorizer.

Maintain

Stainless steel OXO squeegee

One word… “squeegee”. The OXO Good Grips stainless steel squeegee is a high quality tool that’s reasonably priced. To prevent water spots from coming back it’s absolutely necessary to wipe down doors with a squeegee or a microfiber towel after each use. This process should be followed with a daily shower spray to ensure that no build up returns. Again, vinegar is a great solution. Fill a spray bottle with half vinegar and half water and use after your squeegee. If soap scum persists after all is said and done, consider switching to liquid or gel soap, as bar soap can often be the culprit. Developing these habits will drastically improve the appearance of your shower doors and prevent you from needing to deep clean more than a couple times a year.

How do you keep your shower doors clean?

10 Bathroom Ideas That Will Make It Actually Feel Like Spring, Now

After almost five years in the suburbs, I’m moving back to New York City in May. While I’m excited to have world-class restaurants and art institutions at my fingertips, I’ll miss Virginia’s abundant parks and hiking trails. I’m certainly not moving into a penthouse on Central Park West, so I’ll have to make a greater effort to stay connected to nature. Being surrounded by green is calming, grounding, and beautiful, so it’ll be a win-win. The first signs of spring (hi cherry blossoms!) are inducing fantasies of infusing my new apartment with life. As potted plants and flowers for the living room and kitchen are practically de rigueur, I’m challenging myself to approach my bathroom decor with a green thumb. Here are a few of the most verdant ideas sprouting on my inspiration board so far:

1. Keep it wild

Light grey bathroom with wooden accents and mosaic tile flooring
Since full blown bouquets are expensive and too perfect sometimes, I’m loving this simple vase of wildflowers. Think more stem than flower, more leaves than petals. It is a small indulgence to replace them weekly, but they last longer than say, roses and are cheaper, too. Have fun with the proportions; pairing long stems with a short and minimalist vase make for a striking effect.

2. Paradise found

Tropical glass bathroom with freestanding bathtub and jungle plants
Okay, this definitely reminds me of a trip to Bali rather than a typical New York City bathroom, but we can take a cue from this tropical paradise. If you have a window in your bathroom, place a tropical tree floor plant by the bathtub or toilet. You can also recreate the simple steps to the bathtub with reclaimed wood. Incorporating wood and other natural elements are a sure way to feel earthy and grounded.

3. Play around with levels

Exposed brick bathroom with various potted plants and urban oasis vibe
Floating shelves are simple to install and are much more attractive than those flimsy over the toilet organizers from Bed Bath & Beyond (you know the kind I’m talking about). We love how this homeowner accessorized these rustic shelves with terracotta potted plants and a bright framed print. The long vine-y plant lends an organic, jungle feel. The idea is to feel transported into a sanctuary; by mixing and matching levels and placement of the pots, the overall effect feels effortless. Plus, the bright green floormat pops and brings the entire space together.

4. Art imitates life, and life imitates art

All white bathroom with contemporary art, an orchid, and white radiator
This mostly white bathroom feel serene and tranquil. Orchids are a common household decoration, but they feel extra luxurious and glamorous here placed by the sink. The artwork adds a mysterious element to the nature-inspired atmosphere as well. I’m not entirely sure what that photograph is meant to be of, but the man looks like he’s floating in the ocean, with rays of sunlight shining through the surface. How surreal and transporting is that?

5. Source unique vases

Rustic style bathroom with distressed wooden floors and freestanding tub and large plant
I’m guilty of sticking freshly bought flowers in the basic, plain vases that I’ve hoarded from getting flowers delivered on my birthday. For my new apartment, I’m going to keep a lookout for vessels that are works of art in themselves. I’m obsessing over this bubble-like blown glass vase that makes an impact on the floor with what’s basically a tree branch. You can place anything in a beautiful vase and it will look expensive and special.

6. Think tropical

Spa like bathroom with tropical potted plants, a freestanding tub, and teak wood cabinets and accents
The tropical leaf print motif is currently a big trend in fashion and home decor. Go straight to the source by purchasing a plant with large tropical leaves. Keep it simple with a white or terra cotta pot, and juxtapose it with other natural materials like a jute rug, unglossed wooden cabinets, or a tree stump stool.

7. Celebrate year-round

Wooden plank accent wall with circular magnolia wreath over bathtub
Wreaths aren’t just for holidays. This gorgeous one above is dried and stands out beautifully from the rustic plank walls. Also, I love magnolia wreaths, which are classic Southern and can keep for years if well maintained. Installing wooden planks as an accent on just one wall of your bathroom can be a weekend project. Source leftover wooden pallets from warehouses and stain them to your preferred darkness. After measuring and cutting for size, use real nails and Liquid Nails to adhere to the wall. The resulting effect is truly amazing.

8. Your urban oasis awaits

Bathroom in shades of green with forest shower curtain, green towels, and cactus plant
This space combines city and wilderness in one fell swoop. The shower curtain is a lush green forest, and you can even make your own by having a print shop blow up a high resolution nature photo. The cactus is a foil to the tropical leaf, as in reality neither of these plants would be anywhere near one another. Though not in the photo, an aloe vera plant would be cute and could provide relief for summer sunburns, stat. Even the hand towels have printed fern motifs, which reflect the pale blue-green walls. The slate colored floor tiles are reminiscent of the concrete jungle and the world that lies outside.

9. Embrace Florals

Romantic chinoiserie inspired bathroom with freestanding white bathtub and ornate floral design
The chinoiserie style is making a comeback. The space above actually doesn’t contain anything living, but the ornate walls feel lush, extravagant, and all-encompassing. Feeling like you’re in a turn of the century Chinese or Japanese garden is a pretty cool thing to say about someone’s bathroom, right? Go bold and find a wallpaper that takes this theme to the max.

10. Go oversize

Sunny white bathroom with pink accent rug, freestanding bathtub, and large potted tree plant
If your bathroom allows it, go with an oversize plant or small tree. Think something leafy or even fruity, like a lemon tree. The key is to experiment with proportion and layering. Finding an oversize plant creates a focal point that is soothing and awe-inspiring. Just be sure to keep it simple with your other furniture and accents.

How will you inject greenery into your bathroom this spring?

5 Tips to Create a Bathroom That Sells

It doesn’t matter if you’re currently look to sell your home or if you think you’ll stay for decades, major remodels in your home should be carefully planned and considered. After all, the choices that you’re making now will determine how easy or hard your home is to sell later on. So, the next time you’re planning out a bathroom remodel, consider the ideas listed below. They are sure to make potential home buyers swoon and bring your home to the top of their list.

1. Create Hidden Storage Spaces

Hidden Bathroom Storage
Clean spaces free of clutter create the relaxing environment homeowners want. During your remodel, try to find out of the way spaces you can hide extra toilet paper and cleaning products. Don’t feel that you must use a typical bathroom vanity to achieve this; wall shelves, cubbies, and hanging baskets can get the job done just as well.

2. Get a Bigger Mirror with a Frame

Large Framed Bathroom Mirror
Bathrooms tend to feel small and closed off; this is especially true in older homes. While proper lighting and paint choices can go a long way to alleviate that, nothing makes a room feel bigger than a large, framed mirror.

3. Add Texture

Textured Bathroom Walls
Don’t rely on paint color alone to bring life to your bathroom. Rather, bathroom walls should have some sort of texture to create a dramatic effect; tile, beadboard, and wallpaper all accomplish this well. Just try to keep the texture a neutral color that will match anything. Then, you can accent it with a bolder paint color on plain walls.

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ditch the Tub

Modern Bathroom with Freestanding Bathtub and Walk-In Shower
Bathtub and shower combos aren’t popular anymore. Instead, more homeowners are opting to ditch the tub and install a large walk-in shower. However, if your bathroom has the square footage, then adding a freestanding tub is probably a good idea.

5. Install a Water Saving Toilet

Water Saving Toiler
Today more than ever, homeowners want a green home and lower utility bills. Older toilets are water wasters, using upwards of 3 gallons per flush. Newer toilets are not only more efficient, they can also be more powerful.

Remember, assuming that the project is properly planned, the cost of your bathroom remodel will likely go back into the value of your home. So, the next time you’re looking to update your bathroom, try to think of what potential homebuyers will want. Even if you’re not looking to sell right away, it guarantees that you’ll get top dollar for your investment.

This post entitled 5 Tips to Create a Bathroom That Sells is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

How to Incorporate Technology into your Bathroom

Most people today rely heavily on technology to make their lives easier. They may think nothing of using their cell phones to program their home DVRs or using their tablet computers to video chat with someone miles away from them. Along with common gadgets like cell phones and computers, however, technology is now making its way into bathroom remodeling. You can make your own bathroom more functional and convenient by incorporating these technological inventions into your remodeling projects.

Digital Shower

Digital Showers

You may dread having to start your shower in the morning. You have to wait for the water to heat up and the stall to become warm enough to get into, which can take several minutes out of your business morning. However, when you install a digital shower, you can set the water temperature and speed and even turn on your shower with the touch of a button on a wall pad or remote control. Your shower can be ready for you to get into without being shocked by water that is too cold or too hot.

Flat Screen TVs that Double as Mirrors or Medicine Cabinets

Dual functioning flat screen TVs designed for the bathroom are becoming more popular. You can get ready for work or take a leisurely bath while still catching the morning news or watching your favorite program. However, these specially designed TVs also can function as medicine cabinets or mirrors. They can open like a medicine cabinet door or show a mirror reflection when you turn off the TV function.

Chromotherapy Bathtubs

If you are a fan of natural healing, you may install a chromotherapy bathtub. This tub lights up with colored light bulbs, which are supposed to help heal aches, pains, stress, and anxiety better and faster than traditional medicines. For example, if the color blue makes you feel calm and peaceful, you could install blue light bulbs in the tub’s walls. The bulbs can then tint the water as you take your bath. You can use any color of light bulb, in fact, letting you match your tub’s lighting to your specific mood or physical needs.

Touchless Plumbing

Touchless plumbing fixtures are already popular in retail stores and restaurants. However, you can now incorporate that technology into your home’s bathroom as well. Many home improvement and hardware stores now sell touchless faucets that operate with sensory devices and turn on when you place your hands under them. Touchless technology can also be found with self-flushing toilets.

Along with self-flushing, you can also upgrade your bathroom by installing a toilet that heats up the seat before you use it and likewise opens and closes the lid before and after each use. When you opt for this upgrade, you no longer have to worry about sitting on cold seats or worrying about whether or not you put the lid down.

This post entitled How to Incorporate Technology into your Bathroom is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

6 Advantages of Using Natural Stone During a Shower Remodel

Your bathroom remodeling project may consist of multiple smaller projects that call for your utmost attention. In fact, when you contemplate how you would to redo your shower, you may consider whether or not to put in new walls and flooring in the shower stall itself. If you want a material that is rising in popularity and widely available now, you may be drawn toward natural stone. As you figure out whether or not natural stone is right for your shower remodeling project, you can make a sound decision by knowing some of the perks that come with this material.

Natural Stone Shower

Affordability

While arguably a bit higher priced than some other choices, natural stone is now becoming more affordable for the average homeowner. Once a luxury material that came with a hefty price tag, this selection is so widely available now that its price has been greatly lowered. In fact, when you want to invest in a material that will last for years and give you a good return, you may find that natural stone suits this purpose.

Easy Installation

Natural stone is also easy to install and does not require that you necessarily hire a contractor for this job. In fact, if you can lay tile or brick for some simpler home remodeling projects, you can presumably install natural stone without any difficulty. Even more, because the stones could be different dimensions and sizes, you can creatively arrange them how you wish and not have to pay attention to uniformity as you would when laying brick or tile.

Energy Efficiency

Given its composition, natural stone proves to be very energy efficient. If you dislike cold and drafty showers, you can rest assured that the shower stall will remain warm and comfortable while you are in there. Likewise, after you finish your shower, the stone will contribute to the rest of the room’s energy efficiency. It will help retain heat in the winter and absorb the cool air conditioned air in the summer.

Uniqueness

As no two stones are alike, you can enjoy having a bathroom that is unique and unlike any other when you choose natural stone. With all of the manufactured materials out there today, it is likely that many people have bathrooms that look similar. When you want a one-of-a-kind bathroom, you can get that wish when you choose this material.

Class and Elegance

Natural stone may not seem so glamorous at first glance; however, once you get it home and installed, you will notice that it adds a new level of classiness to your bathroom. With its rustic appeal, natural stone will give you a bathroom that could rival any found in leading spas and hotels.

Easy to Clean

When it comes down to it, however, natural stone’s ability to be easily cleaned could make this choice the best one for your family. If you are a busy parent who does not have time to scrub and scour bathroom surfaces, you will be pleased with how quickly natural stone can be cleaned. You can use most commercial cleaners and wipe away soap grime, spots, and other debris.

This post entitled 6 Advantages of Using Natural Stone During a Shower Remodel is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

Why You Should Use Marble In Your Bathroom Remodel

Choosing the best bathroom remodeling materials can be a challenge. You may want a material that will make your bathroom look classy and elegant, yet also be easy to maintain for years to come. When these criteria are critical to your remodeling project, you may be well advised to consider marble for this purpose. In fact, marble offers many advantages when it is incorporated into this room of your home. You can feel confident in your choice when you realize the key benefits of using marble in your bathroom remodeling project.

Luxury White Marble Bathroom

Natural Look and Feel

If you disdain the artificiality that can come with tile and linoleum, you will appreciate the natural feel and look that marble will offer you. Indeed, it is a natural material and is not manufactured in a factory as other materials are, namely linoleum, tile, and other artificial choices. With its sleek appearance and smooth texture, you can appreciate the natural beauty that it brings to your bathroom.

Durability

Unlike other materials, marble will resist the bubbling and warping that comes from being exposed to bathroom humidity and moisture. Once you install this material in this room, you can look forward to years of use without having to replace it or repair it as you might other flooring, wall, and cabinet materials. It will give you a good return on your investment because it will last you for years without such expense and worry.

Heat Resistance

You may not like the humidity and heat that comes after taking a shower or bath. When you have wood, tile, carpet, and other flooring and wall choices in your bathroom, it may seem like the heat and humidity cannot disperse. However, marble resists heat, making it a natural air conditioner for your home. Your bathroom will stay cool and comfortable as you shower or bathe.

Ease of Cleaning

Because it is a smooth, yet durable material, marble is easily cleaned. In fact, you can use mild detergent and water to wipe away streaks, soap build-up, and other debris without having to scrub or use wire brushes and sponges to remove the grime. Even more, it keeps its natural shine and gloss, even after years of use.

Luxury

Out of all of the available bathroom remodeling materials, marble arguably has the advantage when it comes to luxury. Indeed, while the cost associated with this choice is generally higher, it also can offer you the look, feel, and comfort that you want when luxury is a priority. If your bathroom right now is ordinary and rather boring, marble will take it to a new level of elegance and class that arguably cannot be found with other remodeling options.

As you prepare to redo your bathroom, you may wonder what choices are available to you that will give you the look, feel, and luxury that you want for this room of your house. Rather than choose materials that are artificial and factory produced, you can create the bathroom of your dreams when you incorporate marble in your remodeling work.

This post entitled Why You Should Use Marble In Your Bathroom Remodel is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

Get Your Bathroom Ready for Fall and Winter with These 5 Tips

With winter just around the corner, you may already be thinking about the higher electric and gas bills that go along with keeping your house warm during this season. When you want to keep your utility usage to a minimum, you would do well to consider ways that you can make your home warmer without having to turn up the thermostat. One way that you can keep your house warm and save your energy bills involves winterizing different areas throughout your home. In fact, when it comes to getting your bathroom ready for colder weather, you can use these steps to winterize your bathroom.

Winterize Your Bathroom

Put in New Insulation

If it seems like the walls in your bathroom let in a lot of wind from the outdoors, you should pad them up by putting in new insulation. Insulating the walls around the window, under the sink, and around the bathtub can make the room warmer without you having to turn up the heat in your house. As you work on the bathroom walls, you also should remember to check the ceiling to make sure it is well insulated.

Wrap the Pipes

Even if freezing weather is weeks away, you should still wrap your pipes to ward off breaks and leaks when the colder weather finally arrives. Many people forget that their pipes are very vulnerable to freezing during the wintertime. When your pipes freeze, you have to turn up the heat in your home and often use a floor heater or blow dryer to thaw them. Rather than use more electricity for this purpose, you can get a head start on protecting your bathroom and your utility bills by insulating your pipes now.

Seal Your Bathroom Windows

Like your pipes, your bathroom windows should be winterized as well. You can use insulated tape to wrap around the inside perimeters of each window to keep drafts out of the bathroom. You can also make this fixture warmer by hanging insulated curtains or drapes.

Lay Rugs or Carpeting

This simple step can go a long way in making this room warmer without having to turn up the heat in the house. If you normally avoid using carpeting in your bathroom because of the risk of mold growth or moisture, you can lay down area rugs or runners instead of installing wall-to-wall carpeting. You should choose rugs that have rubber non-slip backing, however, to prevent falls.

Winterize Your Toilet

You may be unaware that you can winterize your toilet and prevent this fixture from freezing during cold weather. In fact winterizing the toilet is quite easy and does not take much time at all to complete. This process involves using plumber’s antifreeze, which you can buy at most home improvement or hardware stores.

Before you pour in the antifreeze, you should first empty the water out of the back tank. Once the water is drained, you can then pour in the antifreeze and then flush it into the bowl and drainage system. After you flush, you should then pour a half cup of plumber’s antifreeze into each sink, shower, and tub in your house. This step winterizes the entire drainage system in your bathroom.

This post entitled Get Your Bathroom Ready for Fall and Winter with These 5 Tips is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is a wholesale distributor of kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.