Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Bathroom with Hardwood Floor

March 10, 2009
Bathroom w/ Hardwood Floor

Bathroom w/ Hardwood Floor

Bathroom w/ Poured Concrete Floors

February 25, 2009
Bathroom w/ Poured Concrete Floors

Bathroom w/ Poured Concrete Floors

Walk-in Shower Room

January 12, 2009

 

Walk-in Shower Room

Walk-in Shower Room

This shower room features an overhead rain shower, and brass shower jets.

Ugly Bathroom

January 12, 2009

 

Ugly Bathroom

Ugly Bathroom

This ugly bathroom design wasn’t cheap.  Remember, an expensive bathroom design can look worse than an affordable design done properly.

Bathroom with Domed Ceiling

January 12, 2009

 

Symmetrical Bathroom with Dome

Symmetrical Bathroom with Dome

All-tile Bathroom

January 12, 2009

 

Bathroom Arch

Bathroom Arch

This all-tile bathroom features a dark wooden bathroom vanity, drop-in bathtub, and travertine tile.  Notice the bright lighting that adds a warm feeling.

Steam Room

January 12, 2009

 

Steam Room

Steam Room

This bathroom features a steam room with travertine tile, a poured concrete floor, and slate vanity top.

Glass Shower and Elegant Bathtub

January 12, 2009

 

Glass Shower and Elegant Bathtub

Glass Shower and Elegant Bathtub

Bathroom Idea

January 12, 2009

 

Bathtub, television, vanity

Bathtub, television, vanity

Bathroom Idea

Bathroom with bricks

January 12, 2009

 

Bathroom Poured Concrete

Bathroom Poured Concrete

Bathroom ideas

January 12, 2009

 

Bathroom Ideas

Bathroom Ideas

A bathroom with tons of space that uses marble, granite, and travertine in a majestic combination.  Notice the steam room to the left of the picture.

Large bathroom

January 12, 2009

 

Spacious Bathroom

Spacious Bathroom

Yet another huge bathroom with plenty of space.

Bathroom Glass

January 12, 2009

 

Bathroom Mirrors

Bathroom Mirrors

Glass and mirrors are the stars of this bathroom.

Large Bathroom Design

January 12, 2009

 

Large Bathroom Design

Large Bathroom Design

A sunken bathtub is the centerpiece of this spacious bathroom.

Wasauna Bathtub

January 12, 2009

 

Wasauna Bathroom

Wasauna Bathroom

This elegent but simple bathroom has a hardwood floor and a Wasauna negative edge bathtub.  Hardwood floors look great in the bathroom, but they need to be used very carefully because too much exposure to water will damage and stain the wood.

Bathtub with a view

January 12, 2009

 

Custom Bathroom

Custom Bathroom

This bathroom features 24″ glossy travertine tiles, and a whirlpool bathtub below a lit stained glass backdrop.

Bathtub under fireplace

January 12, 2009

 

Bathtub with fireplace

Bathtub with fireplace

This is a simple yet elegant bathtub, sunken into an oval marble staircase and below a gas fireplace.

Classy Bathroom

January 12, 2009

 

Classy Bathroom

Classy Bathroom

 With enough space, anything is possible in the bathroom.  This bathroom features matching dark vanities with granite countertops and long, short mirrors.  The 12×12 travertine tiles give way to smaller tiles that surround the in-ground bathtub.

Small Bathroom

January 12, 2009

 

Small Bathroom

Small Bathroom

Granite countertop, conventional brushed nickel bathroom faucet, Acrylic Sunken Bathtub, and Glass Shower.  The tile backsplash over the countertop matches the backsplash above the bathtub.

Amazing Bathroom

January 12, 2009

 

Amazing Bathroom

Amazing Bathroom

This is a contemporary bathroom with glass storage cabinets, matching chocolate stained wooden vanities with a white marble top, and a white acrylic bathtub.

Walk-in Steam Showers

December 8, 2008

 

Walk-in Steam Showers

Walk-in Steam Showers

 

This is a collection of walk-in steam showers with an interesting feature: the water heats up before it enters the shower, so the first drop of water you touch is hot.  You can control the temperature via a digital thermometer.  The steam room portion of the shower includes aromatherapy.  One other neat feature of these showers is that they sit on your existing bathroom tile/floor.  I have been hesitant to recommend steam showers in the past because I am not a fan of walking around on acrylic — it is just too thin and creaky.  These showers enclose the existing tile, so they are far more solid.  I found them here.

Whirlpool tubs

October 4, 2008

Whirlpool bathtubs increase the resale value of a home. If you are thinking of a bathroom renovation, it might be a good idea to install one.  

Why? Well, it conveys a feeling of relaxation and premium luxury. These are intangibles that no person can accurately quantify. And the therapeutic benefits are real. Sore joints, aching muscles and even arthritis are relieved by the heat and massage components of the whirlpool tub.

The repeated actions of bubble jets and pressure increase blood circulation, invigorate the skin and relieve tension. Some hospitals even use whirlpool tub therapy for expectant mothers who are about to deliver their babies. The warm water and gentle waves ease the stress and prepare them better for labor. 

But for the family, the other benefits are immense: A place for bonding and camaraderie, fun and intimacy. If you have to just get away from it all, you need not go to a faraway place. Just slip into the watery bliss of your own whirlpool bathtub.

Bathroom airbath

September 25, 2008

The Big Hippo Bathroom Co. defines airbath as a “unique luxury product that is different from other whirlpools and spa baths.”

To be more specific, airbaths utilize an air injection system from the base of the tub. Hundreds of tiny microjets inject warm water into the air stream so that warm bubbles will wrap the body and prevent uneven temperature changes.  The effect is a warm and thorough massage on your skin.  This is different from the traditional whirlpool that just pumps and recirculates the water through side jets.

Apollo Airbath Ltd. is claiming that the Ballerina (topmost picture) is the world’s first back to the wall free standing airbath. It is suited for showering and bathing. Its front bow and mounted taps in the center provide a balanced and sturdy orientation. Brass or chrome-plated claw feet, blow dry feature to prevent bacteria build up and its microjet system are included.

The Countess (right) is a soaking tub fit for two. Sloping backets, underwater lights and contoured backrests are really intended for long relaxing moments.

Shower cabins

September 25, 2008

Shower cabins are the European equivalent of steam showers here in the U.S. Digitally controlled multiple jet showers and steam bath system are the main highlights.

While the functions and features may be comparable it is how they “dress up” the cabin and incorporate it into the bathroom that makes all the difference. 

BluBleu of Italy’s stunning Box Sabi blends into the wall and is a refreshing idea for a built-in shower. A contrasting wood frame finish will accent its rectangle shape and offset the predominant colors of the wall. The tempered glass and sliding door and antibacterial acrylic material help keep it perpetually clean and presentable.

In contrast, BluBleu’s Light is the shower stripped to its basic components: tempered glass, acrylic, steel and chrome. .

Making the bathroom look bigger

September 19, 2008

Remodeling a bathroom in an old house without enlarging the space is a real challenge. Bathrooms in old homes are rarely larger than 5 x 8 feet. The right way to approach the problem is to increase physical space by scaling down bath furniture and clutter. Compact, elongated toilets, flat-bottomed, low-walled bathtubs and showers with sliding doors are immediate space savers.

Compact toilets with a round front will also save water.  Glass sliding shower screens economize movement while creating the appearance of more space. Opting for petite vanities, smaller cabinets and wall-mounted sinks will also increase the remaining floor space. Designing storage or showers around corners also helps.

Other techniques include using  larger tiles and mirrors to create an illusion of more space. Scattered small lighting sources or even colored lights also create a roomy atmosphere. Finally, light or warm colors and shades are also the best for small spaces.

Minimalist bathroom designs

September 12, 2008

Minimalism is subtraction.

It is both timeless and universal.

You are safe and can never go wrong with a minimalist bathroom design.

Bare, clutter-free, spare, stripped down, smooth, clean lines, colors and textures are some of the words to describe minimalism. Wall-mounted vanities and fixtures, and monochrome or muted colors are some elements of the minimalist design aesthetic.

Kohler uses wall-mounted vanities and space saving sinks. Porcher’s Epic bath collection of basin, toilet and bidet uses crisp lines to reflect European style minimalism. 

Designing a spa bathroom

September 11, 2008

The baby boomers are used to a comfortable lifestyle and are willing to spend for it–bathroom remodeling included.

According to Lowe’s, a spa bathroom remodel would cost in the 5-figure range and take roughly 6 weeks to complete, depending on your choice of materials and contractor.

Key design points include: lighting scheme, color coordinated furniture and tiles, and matching showerhead and faucet. The list is quite extensive :cabinetry and countertops, tiles, plumbing, paint, lights, doors, windows and accessories.  Vanity sinks and faucets, shower systems, vanity mirror and closets are included.

Steam is in

August 30, 2008

One bathroom remodeling trend that is really hot (no pun intended) is steam–lots of it. Steam room, steam shower and steam bath are becoming more and more common. Many see it as both an investment in health and home. A general bathroom remodel to include this has to consider space for the standalone steam and shower unit. Also keep in mind the need for a seat or bench, drainage, wood or tile surfaces and insulated door.

And speaking of heat, electric mats and heated tiles are also part of some bathroom designs. Just put them under the tiles or floors of open showers. That makes walking on cold tiles a thing of the past.

Latest bathroom remodeling trends

August 30, 2008

A recent survey of bathroom remodeling experts confirms a growing emphasis on bathroom luxury, style and comfort. A case in point is preference for big shower areas with hinged glass doors. Hinge doors over glass sliding doors. This is to replicate the spa and sauna experience. More glass, more space is the way to go.  Shower walls, stylish grab bars (!) and heated tiles are also becoming popular choices. These not only provide extra comfort but upgraded bathrooms also increase the home’s value.

Bathroom Remodeling at Home Depot

May 9, 2008

Times are hard, and most people who are remodeling are doing it on a budget.  If you are looking to remodel your bathroom on the cheap, Home Depot is a great place to start.  There are several companies (Kohler, MAAX, American Standard, and Pegasus) who manufacture a particularly affordable series of items just for Home Depots.  In many cases, the quality is similar to their mainstream stuff that you will find in the kitchen and bath showrooms, but without all the bells and whistles.  Typically, the warranty and service won’t be as good.  Nevertheless, it’s a great way to remodel without spending a lot.

Home Depot Bathtubs

Bathroom Lighting and Ventilation

January 14, 2008

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has developed a punch list of 41 guidelines that range from the essential to the highly recommended. Here are just a few:

  • clear space at doorways of at least 32 inches wide
  • at least 48 inches of clear space in front of a toilet and 16 inches on each side (measured from the fixture’s centerline)
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Bathroom Design Idea: European Charm

January 10, 2008

With so many ancient treasures near at hand yet so much that had to be replaced after World War II, Europe evolved a uniquely rich form of transitional style. That style is amply evidenced in this bath. Open spaces decorated with only a few grand gestures, this bath are appointed with just the right mix of modern conveniences and timeless comforts. The result: quietly romantic retreats.

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Bathroom Design Idea: Classic Design

January 10, 2008

This stunning bathroom design, while equipped with modern conveniences we’ve come to depend on, clearly hearkens back to the elegant, many-layered past. In this bath, neutral colors show how rich and eloquent they can be. Light-capturing white and special touches, like the artworks matted in gold, add to the quietly opulent mood.

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Bathroom Design Idea: Low-Key Luxury

January 10, 2008

From Canton to Copenhagen, white cut with blue (especially intense, mid-tone cobalt or royal blue) has won hearts through the ages. This bathroom design takes the perennially popular pairing to regal new heights with the addition of gold accents.

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Bathroom Design Idea: Exploring Style

January 10, 2008

In home designs, bathrooms are often given low priority. During a remodel, the bathroom may fall by the wayside behind more public spaces like the kitchen. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Every popular decorating style can be interpreted for the bath.

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Bathroom Design Idea: Streamlining a Vintage Look

January 10, 2008

In the baths shown here, white predominates, cloaking all with a clean yet very romantic aura. The only other tones in the room are undemanding neutrals: the tan of a wicker basket; the soft brown of a weathered wood armoire; the deeper, lustrous brown of wood strip flooring.

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Make Your Point With Emphasis

January 10, 2008

Emphasis is the creation of a focal point, a dominant item of interest in an environment. Designers usually counsel clients to find or create a focal point in each room as a first step toward organizing the space attractively. In the bathroom, it may be an imposing double vanity with a pair of mirrors or a big soaking tub angled in the corner opposite the door.

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Selecting Bathroom Fixtures

January 10, 2008

Selecting bathroom fixtures and their fittings requires a bit of know-how, along with a sense of style. Some fixtures and fittings ha­ve changed in style over the years since indoor plumbing first transformed human existence, but their functions have undergon­e only minor changes.

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Bathroom Safety

January 10, 2008

Bathroom safe­ty and future maintenance require careful consideration. Nonslip flooring, handrails or grab bars for tubs and showers, pressure-balancing valves on showerheads to protect against scalding, and tempered glass for shower doors are some of the safety basics your installer should consider nonnegotiable.

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Floor and Wall Surfaces for Bathrooms

January 10, 2008

Virtually any material can be used to surface walls and floors in the bathroom as long as it’s waterproof, either naturally or by means of an impervious finish. If your choice is wallcovering, make sure it’s vinyl, and use moisture-resistant adhesive not ordinary wallpaper paste.

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Miniature Marvels Kids’ Bathroom Decorating Idea

January 10, 2008

At one time, a bath designed just for children was a novel idea, but today, many homes have a bath reserved just for the family’s children. In a supremely kid-friendly bath like this, the only thing that remains the same as in a conventional bath is the ironclad rule: Never leave a child in the tub unattended for even a moment.

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Color Explosion Bath

January 10, 2008

Fields of strong color played against bright white fixtures is a foolproof recipe for an exciting contemporary space. If your budget is limited, you can make a memorable statement just by painting the walls in one or two of your favorite vivid colors.

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Bright White

January 10, 2008

One of the reasons white remains right in so many homeowners’ minds is obviously that “white goes with everything.” White fixtures look peaceful against pale blue walls today, brilliant against burgundy red ones tomorrow.

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Fresh and New

January 10, 2008

Modern designs seem most successful when they take maximum advantage of what contemporary style stands for: a free-spirited, aesthetically honest, and technologically savvy approach to creating an environment for living.

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Contemporary Bathrooms

January 10, 2008

“Contemporary,” sometimes used interchangeably with the word “modern,” is less a structured concept and more a way of life. Contemporary is cool and clean and can be as casual or as elegant as you please. Because so much of a bath is dominated by modern fixtures anyway, many people simply choose contemporary style, regardless of what they’re using in the rest of the house.

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Drawing from Nature

January 10, 2008

If privacy isn’t a problem on your property, why not treat your bath to the same scenic pleasures you give your living room? The lovely view is made even more inspiring with wonderful framing. A half-round window as long as the soaking tub is a dramatic focal point, its pleasing demi-lune shape evoking the classic curve of Palladian windows but with much more dash.

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Space and Light

January 10, 2008

Some might say space and light are among the few real luxuries. Some also think space and light should be the only components of a bathroom design. Learn about how minimalism brings elegance of simplicity to design on this website.

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Simple and Elegant Bath

January 10, 2008

Texture overrules ornamentation in this simple and elegant bathroom. The smooth grain of the bath’s wood cabinets and the frosted-glass shower enclosure have a natural drama that doesn’t require excessive fixtures.

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Tasteful Decor

January 10, 2008

Black-framed art is a modern touch in a room that’s traditional in tone. Combining strong points of classic and contemporary design, this bath captures the divine style of old-world elegance without coming across as being stodgy.

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Minimalist Decorating Tips

January 10, 2008

 

A pleasing harmony of past and present is achieved in this dark-floored, roomy bath. The new streamlined fixtures call to mind designs from the ’20s and ’30s. But incorporated in this white-on-white space, the fixtures take on an understated contemporary tone.

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