The bathroom is probably
one, if not the most, highly trafficked areas of your home. Stop to think
about it --- has ever a day gone by when you do not use your bathroom?
You may eat your meals out and forego the use of your kitchen for a day
or you may come home and fall into bed without ever having stepped foot
in your family room. But, the bath ... that's a necessity.
It's also a room that
is highly visible to guests of your home. You may be able to close your
bedroom door to indicate that it is "off-limits," but certainly you can't
deny visitors access to the bathroom.
Follow these remodeling
tips to turn your current bath into one that incorporates the latest styles
and today's modern conveniences.
- Replace Outdated
One of the easiest
and least expensive ways to update your bath's look is to replace
old faucets with new styles and designs. Moen's® Monticello®
collection of bathroom faucets blends perfectly with either traditional
or contemporary bath settings. And, chrome is not the only finish
available anymore. Monticello faucets also feature finishes of polished
brass, glacier (white), and the popular combination of chrome and
polished brass. The collection's lack of exposed screws and narrow
ridges make it a breeze to clean up, while its washerless cartridge
system means easy maintenance.
If you quickly
tire of the "same old thing", Moen's Concentrix® faucet line features
a system of interchangeable handles which allow you to periodically
create a new look for your bathroom. Choose from circular, diamond,
square and rope-styled handles. And although the handle inserts look
expensive, they are affordably priced and may be changed easily without
the use of tools. Both Monticello and Concentrix faucets are available
for your tub and shower combinations to create an integrated look
for your entire bathroom.
- Update Your
Bath With New Wallpaper
Create a dramatic
change in your bathroom simply by hanging a new wall- covering. A
visit to your local decorating store will show you that prices and
styles vary greatly. While the selection process is based on personal
preference, be sure to pick a wallpaper made to withstand steam, high
temperatures and wear and tear. The last thing you want is something
that starts to come down after your first shower. Remember a border
can work with your wallcovering to create contrast or add a dramatic
flair to your ceiling area.
- Install New
Flooring In Your Bath
Tile has long
been a standard in bathrooms because of its water resistance, durability
and ease of maintenance. But, you may want to check out the other
options available to you. Vinyl flooring is a good choice for the
bath since it is durable and resists water penetration. Manufacturers
are constantly creating new colors, patterns and textures in vinyl
flooring so you can easily find a style that meets your decorating
needs. Carpeting was once considered the flooring of choice for a
master bath, but it retains moisture and is prone to mildew. If you
do decide on carpet, use it only in the dry areas of your bath such
as the dressing and grooming areas. Wood makes an attractive floor
covering, but moisture is again a problem. Wood surfaces must be well
sealed with poly-urethane or marine varnish.
- Realize Savings
in Your Water Bill With a New Toilet
Did you know that
today's newer toilets feature a low-flow flush system? It's the law,
actually. These toilets use only 1.6 gallons of water per flush while
older toilets use approximately 3 - 1/2 gallons. Not only will you
realize a cost savings in your water bill, but the many toilet styles
and colors now available will make your bath more attractive. Some
newer toilets also feature a tank and bowl combined into one low-to-the-floor
piece providing for a quieter sound.
- Add a Pressure-Balancing
System to Your Shower
Have your ever
been a victim of "Shower Shock?" This is the unpleasant experience
that occurs when someone in your household flushes a toilet or starts
a washing machine, thus sending a sudden blast of hot or cold water
during your shower. Not only is it unpleasant, in some cases, it can
lead to scald burns. To combat these sudden changes in water pressure,
Moen has created Posi-Temp® and Moentrol® shower faucets.
Both have a unique pressure-balancing systems that regulate water
delivery and keep the temperature to a constant ± 2š F. In addition,
Moentrol has a temperature memory so that the next time you jump in
the shower, it regulates itself and returns to the same temperature
at which it was shut off.
- Install a New
Replacing an old,
worn-out vanity may add new life to your bathroom. Quality cabinets,
like those manufactured by Aristokraft,
are available in a number of different styles and colors. While white
continues to be one of the most popular vanity colors, light and whitewashed
woods are running a close second. Also, dark, rich woods are still
finding a place in many homes. When choosing materials, look to laminates
that resist cracking and chipping. Surprisingly, solid wood is not
the best material for large flat surfaces such as cabinet sides, bottoms
and shelves -- plywood and particleboard have proven stronger in these
- Create More
Space with a Pedestal Sink
To create the
illusion of more space in your bath, why not install a new, modern
pedestal sink. Pedestal sinks add a touch of charm and elegance that
usually cannot be duplicated with other types of in-cabinet sinks.
Newer models also feature etched designs and decals that can accent
your design scheme.