Designing your dream bathroom calls for careful space planning, considering your needs, and a sophisticated mix of materials, textures and proper lighting. Here are our expert tips for making your dream a reality!
Think Function First
A bathroom, like the kitchen, is one of the hard est-working spaces in the home. If it’s not functional, everybody suffers. Keep all of its functions in mind when choosing the sink, tub, shower, toilet and other pieces. For instance, the bathroom is a workstation for preparing for the day so plenty of storage and access to outlets is key. We can achieve this by adding counter top space, under sink storage, and additional outlets.
Make It Relaxing
But the best bathrooms aren’t all about functionality, they’re also a sanctuary — a spa-like space where you can relax and wash off the cares of the day. By this standard, be sure you’re choosing colors and fixtures that fit this mindset. If you love bubble baths, maybe a large claw foot tub is right up your alley- be creative! We want you to create a space that is perfect for you and your needs.
Map the Space
Plumbing considerations will impact where you place the shower, toilet and tub. Yet, you also need to think like an industrial engine er when making a bathroom floor plan. Walk the space with your Patterson superintendent and imagine the tasks required to get ready for the day. Consider the length of your arm’s reach. Do you want to store objects in a vanity and, if so, would you mind bending over to retrieve them? The objects used most often, as a rule of thumb, should be closest at hand.
Plan for Little Luxuries
Like we said, this is your sanctuary! Consider what other fun ideas you can incorporate into the bath with a little clever planning; perhaps you’d like a seat in the shower, a steam room or built-in storage for linens. All of these are totally probable and really set your bathroom above the rest!
Choose a Motif
How do you want to feel when you’re in the
bathroom? Is it a formal space (consider a black-and-white scheme) or a casual area (try neutrals)? The motifs often a
ssociated with baths are water oriented; we also see fish-themed, seashells, boats, piers, blue hues and sandy beach colors.
Reflect Your Favorite Style
But water themes aren’t the only option, it’s okay to think outside of the box. Choose a motif that relates to the area in which you live (city or country?), a style o
f architecture you love (classic English country or New England cottage?) or a style that you’re personally attached to (bohemian or Asian?). Remember: A bathroom
motif doesn’t have to (and probably shouldn’t) knock you over the head- subtle with pops of color or expression is best!
Know Your Surfaces
When selecting products for the bath, such as til
e or marble, be sure that you know the inherent qualities and the drawbacks of each material. Will the marble or tile stand up to heavy wear? (Watch out for veins in marble, which often indicate weak points.) Do you want a polished floor or more of a honed look? Shiny floors may become slippery while natural materials may have a pitted surface that is more slip-resistant, but may also collect dirt.
Add Drama With Fixtures
Plumbing fixtures are the jewels of the bathroom because they’re metallic and can add a dramatic effect to any space,
just as jewelry can to an outfit. There are a plethora of finishes and styles offered by today’s manufacturers, from brass to bronze and all metals in between. Keep in mind your motif and maintenance as you choose your bathroom fixtures. Elaborate gold fixtures probably won’t jive with a beach-inspired bathroom and may also require more cleaning than you’re up for.
Be Careful With Lighting
Choosing the correct lighting is critical in the bathroom, where mirrors are
present and mood is important. Consider the appropriate task lighting for sink and shower areas. Keep in mind that fluorescent lighting casts a bluish tint, as opposed to the yellowish radiance of incandescent bulbs. The wrong paint and lighting color combos could lead to disaster when you’re doing your makeup.
Mix Soft and Hard
Bathrooms are considered “hard” because of their straight lines: mirrors, cabinets, counter tops, etc. Use small amounts of fabric to reduce the inherent harshness of many bathroom materials. Anything from towels and shower curtains to window treatments or even small upholstered pieces, like a vanity stool, will bring a soft touch to a hard space.
Add a Touch of Mother Nature
And last but not least, the final touches. Don’t forget to incorporate plants and greenery in the bathroom. The asymmetrical nature of growing things (in design lingo this is called fractal) will help offset the bathroom’s many right angles and straight lines.
Patterson Remodeling can ensure all your needs are met when you’re building your dream kitchen, a HUGE aspect of which being your counter tops. Choosing the right kitchen counter top can be tricky (and expensive!). Before splurging on such a big update, check out the pros and cons of the top kitchen countertop materials to help you select the right one for your space.
Practically maintenance free, engineered quartz countertops are stain, acid, scratch, heat and impact resistant and, thanks to their non-porous surface, don’t need to be sealed like natural stone countertops. Available in a wide range of colors and patterns, quartz typically ranks close in popularity to the perennial top choice: granite.
Polished Granite Countertops
Still the top choice of most homeowners, traditional granite countertops offer a high-end look that adds to your kitchen’s value while providing a durable prep surface. Because granite is a natural material, variation in the stone’s pattern is common and, for most people, adds to its appeal but can make matching up slabs tricky. In most regions, the cost of granite and quartz are comparable but natural granite requires a bit more care than manufactured quartz to keep its good looks — wipe up all stains quickly, especially oils, wine, acids and soda, and follow a regular sealing routine — typically once a year.
By far the most budget-friendly option, laminate countertops are enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to new patterns that resemble natural stone, wood or even quartz at a fraction of the cost. Retro, mid-century looks like the ubiquitous boomerang and bright, saturated colors are other trendy choices to consider.
For a warm, cottage kitchen look, opt for butcher-block-style wood countertops. Both decorative and
functional, this hard working surface is ideal for food prep — properly sealed, wood countertops are sanitary even for chopping meat. Unlike other budget-friendly options, like laminate, wood is highly heat-resistant so you don’t have to worry about putting hot pots and pans on the surface. Most homeowners choose to mix wood countertops with other surfaces like natural or engineered stone to provide a variety of prep surfaces.
The current darling of the design world, the gray-toned veining in Carrara or Calacatta marble isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, it also helps to disguise wear and hide light stains. With timeless appeal, this stone gives any kitchen a decidedly high-end look and, although the cost is comparable to some granites, marble is porous so staining can be a problem. Regular sealing and special care with anything acidic to prevent etching will keep the creamy surface looking its best.
Tile countertops are a great choice if you want an inexpensive material that’s easy to maintain.With endless colors, styles, and patterns available, it’s easy to pick something that fits your home’s style- and for the price, add a nice backspash to go with! It’s simple to coordinate with or mix and match with different design styles.
the years and give the floor an appealing timeworn appearance from the moment it’s installed.
Home Makeover Inspiration!
Are you sick of your old, outdated kitchen? Does your living room need a fresh, updated look? Stop putting off your home makeover and call Patterson Remodeling! We have many licensed professional contractors who can turn your space around in a flash and keep it within your budget! You should be IN LOVE with each and every space in your home! Don’t keep living in a space that is just “okay” or “good enough.” We want you to spend each day living in the home of your dreams!
Check out this HGTV Article for some before and after photos of homes desperately in need of a makeover! Take inspiration from these photos or come up with ideas of your own, but then give us a call! Our contractors can build and help design anything you can come up with. We love a challenge and welcome any opportunity to try out new designs. Whether you are drawn toward modern or classic, contemporary or rustic, our team can get you there in no time at all!
Don’t live another day wishing your home looked like those you see in magazines or on television. Set up an appointment with Patterson Remodeling for a walk-through and customized estimate today!
Which of today’s kitchen trends is right for you?
Times change, and so should your kitchen! Today’s kitchen trends offer a very simplistic, minimalist feel as opposed to previous kitchen styles. In any magazine or on any home design website, you see the modern details of today’s kitchens that really make a statement. Whether it’s the sleek stainless steel appliances or the perfect tile floor, one thing is certain when updating your kitchen to this new, popular style: detail, detail, detail!
Clearly, is no room for imperfection in today’s designs and Patterson Remodeling knows this better than anyone! Our contractors dedicate each day to producing the most perfect work-product possible. Here at Patterson Remodeling, we stand for quality! We aim to please each and every one of our customers with the outcome of their newly remodeled space. We look forward to the opportunity to design and create your dream modern kitchen! Check out this HGTV Article for ideas and an outline of the main design trends we see in today’s kitchens.
Regardless of which design style you are drawn to, Patterson Remodeling can give you the kitchen you’ve always wanted! With our own designers on staff, we can help you from the ground up until you’ve come up with a design that perfectly suits your needs. Start entertaining friends and family in a place you LOVE! Contact us, and let Patterson Remodeling get you there with our team of experienced, professional contractors!
Granite vs. Quartz: Which is best?
With so many options for countertops in a remodel, it can be hard to know which choice is best. From Granite to Tile, Quartz to Concrete, Travertine to Butcher Block, the options seem endless! Before you make your decision, it is always wise to take the time to research which is right for you based on price range, design idea and lifestyle. We specifically want to touch on the Granite vs. Quartz countertop debate. There are great reasons for both, and this article from HGTV brings the pros and cons together in one easy place so you can make the right choice for your family! HGTV Article
No matter which material you decide on-Granite, Quartz or otherwise-Patterson Remodeling is here to help! Contact our office for a quote today, and let us help you design and create the home of your dreams!
Remodeling Your Scottsdale Home?
Ever consider what you indoor air quality will be after a remodel? If not, here is the just of it. Frankly speaking, hire the wrong contractor and your health could be at risk; hire the right contractor and rest easy knowing your home’s air quality won’t be compromised.
We are that “right” contractor! We take air quality and the health of our clients serious. As such, we walk you through options/procedures available to ensure your air quality isn’t compromised. Options include low/zero VOC products. Additionally, HEPA filtration is a procedure used during remodeling. What’s more, we consult with board certified indoor environmental experts and will arrange for environmental sampling if needed.
Call us for more information on how we manage indoor air quality during a remodeling project.
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