Monthly Archives: March 2015

5 Bathroom Design Mistakes to Avoid

Revamping bathroom space is one of the most important home remodels you can do. It can increase functionality, make the space more comfortable, and of course, be pretty to look at. Whether big or small, bathroom designs should always be well thought out and should function with multiple users in mind. Avoiding these common design blunders will help you be happier with your bathroom for the long haul.

Lack of Privacy

Peek-a-boo! The last thing you want is guests or family members having a clear view of a private space. For example, adding a bathroom that’s directly across from the dining room might not be the best idea ever. When designing a new bathroom, try to keep it away from high traffic areas of the house.

Nonexistent View

No one likes a dark space, even in a bathroom. Make sure your new bathroom is strategically placed to let in some light. We suggest utilizing an outer wall with windows. If windows aren’t an option, consider adding an operable skylight. This will allow the fresh air and natural light needed to make the space feel comfortable.

Curbed Shower

Typically a shower will have a curbed foundation. This concept is no more! We suggest a curbless shower to make the bathroom look bigger and appear cleaner.

Bigger is(n’t) Better

That’s right! Bigger isn’t always better. Better is better. When redesigning a bathroom, think beyond bigger. Whether you’re designing a large master bathroom or refiguring a tiny guest bathroom, the most important aspect of a new bathroom is that it has a great design that functions efficiently for your unique lifestyle.

Focusing on the Toilet

Avoid making the toilet the first thing you see in the bathroom. Secondly, avoid any sight lines to it from adjacent rooms. Placing the toilet and shower in their own room allows one person to be in the shower while another is getting ready at the sink. This type of bathroom layout doubles the room’s functionality.

If you’re ready to design a new bathroom or remodel an existing one, give us a call! We look forward to seeing your vision and making your dream bathroom a reality.

5 Fresh Home Updates for Spring

The transition from winter to spring is a tricky time when it comes to home decor. On one hand it’s still a bit chilly fully transition to spring accents, but on the other hand we are seeing some warmer weather and spring is just around the corner. While spring may not be in full swing (yet), it’s never too soon to add a few cheery touches to your home.

Clear Your Entryway

The entryway is the first area you (and guests) see when coming home from work, school or errands. If you’re anything like the rest of the world, this space can get cluttered quickly. an ordered, calm space can help you work toward an ordered, calm mind. Consider investing in a multi purpose unit for coats, shoes, hats, gloves, scarves and anything else you store in this area.

Swap Your Your Towels

There is a time and place for stark white, fluffy towels in the bathroom. Spring is not it! Add a pop of color to your bathroom(s) with floral or boldly colored hand towels. This added color will create a sense of warmth, welcome and energy to an otherwise plain bathroom. Waking up is hard enough as it is – but these towels are sure to cheer you up!

Buy Yourself Flowers

This may sound a little bit silly, but hear us out. A bundle of colorful flowers is one of the quickest ways to add pizazz and cheer to any space. Additionally, it will make you feel like spring is here despite the cooler temperatures.

Quick fact: did you know that flowers don’t just brighten our surroundings, but are beneficial to our mental health, too?

Bring Spring Indoors

It may be too cold to sit outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the flair of spring indoors. Open blinds, curtains and windows to brighten and open up the space. Next, add some colorful pillows or throw blankets to couches or chairs.

Enjoy the View

Right now you might be thinking, “what view?” Let us explain. While we may not all have a picturesque view of woodlands or water from our bedroom window, too many of us are guilty of keeping the blinds and curtains closed. Our recommendation? Let the light in! You will be surprised how much a little bit of daylight can lift your spirits. If the view of your backyard is less than pleasant (especially after this dreary winter weather), make it more scenic. Start with polishing the windows until they sparkle. Then, start planning a colorful spring garden.

Hopefully, spring is just a couple more weeks away. In the meantime, we hope these tips help you feel the warm vibes a little bit early!

Kitchen Countertop Materials 101

It’s easy to choose kitchen countertops based on looks alone. But there is more to counter space than how well it matches the kitchen’s current features. Durability, maintenance, and, of course, cost are also important factors to consider when making a selection for a kitchen remodel.

Lifestyle

First things first. How do you live? If you enjoy cooking on a regular basis or have kids who love to make messes, white countertops might not be the best fit. Is your kitchen the gathering place of your home? Then you might be looking for something exceptionally durable.

Granite

It’s safe to say that granite is the number one choice among countertop purchases. There are a few reasons why. It comes in a variety of patterns and color pallets making it extremely versatile. Blacks, whites, greens, corals and beiges are all examples of available colors, with each pattern being unique. Granite is also available in two different finishes, polished or honing. A polished finish will be shiny whereas honing creates a matte look. Granite can be both affordable or pricey, depending how much is needed, where it is purchased and where it’s shipped from.

Stone

Other materials, like marble, limestone and soapstone, are softer than granite. They also require delicate use and greater care. Stone countertops can be an attractive option for kitchen remodelers because they often come in a wider variety of colors than granite. They also offer more durability and are easier to maintain. The downside? It wont necessarily save you any money. Engineered stone is comparable in price to granite.

Concrete

This is a countertop material that has been skyrocketing in popularity. Take caution! While concrete countertops can be customized to fit your personal style, they require extensive attention and care. Abrupt changes in temperature (such as placing a hot pan on the surface) may cause concrete to warp or curl. Additionally, damp sponges left on the counter can cause discoloration and acidic spills may etch the surface.

Wood

Looking for something a little bit different? Wood countertops create a traditional, rustic and natural feel. Better yet – they are easy to clean and any scratches can be buffed out with ease. On the contrary, water can be damaging to wood. It doesn’t take much, either. Keep in mind that wood countertops must be oiled frequently to seal the surface.

We recommend seeing all materials in person before making a decision. Our showroom is full of examples. If you’re ready to get the ball rolling on your kitchen remodel, give us a call. We will even schedule a free design consultation.

5 Things to Know Before Remodeling a Bathroom

When is the right time to remodel your bathroom? Right now. If you plan to stay in the home, you might as well be happy with the space, right? On the other side of the coin, remodeling bathrooms is a huge selling point in terms of resale value. Here are five things to keep in mind when taking on a bathroom remodel.

Start with a wish list

Think about your current bathroom(s). What do you love about it? What do you dislike about it? Is there anything that could be changed to make the space more functionable? Come up with a list of things you have always wanted. Itemize them according to must-haves and would-like-to-haves. If you’re not sure what you want (and it’s okay to not know), search magazines, Pinterest and our Homes Heart showroom for inspiration.

Make a budget

It’s tough to start any home remodeling project without a budget in mind. This where your list of must-haves comes in handy. Calculate how much your must-haves will be first, then move on to the would-like-to-haves if there is room in the budget. Make sure to consider unexpected expenses, as well. We recommend factoring in at least 10% for unforeseen surprises.

Call Homes Heart

Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for and a budget in mind, the next step is contacting the professionals at Homes Heart Kitchen & Bathroom Design. We can tell you what your budget can buy, and provide solid advice on how to save and where to splurge. Homes Heart takes pride in turning our client’s vision into reality. Whether you have an idea of what you’re looking for or have not a clue where to start, we work with you from start to finish.

Use Space Wisely

Maximizing your space is one of the key factors in any remodel. Whether you have a lot of square footage or only a small space to work with, increasing functionality is key. Floor to ceiling cabinets, double sinks and built in storage are all ways to increase function and space.

Design for Longevity

Whether you’re planning to stay in your home forever or thinking about moving in the future, design for the long term. It will make you happy for years and impress homebuyers if you sell. Whether you’re doing the floors, adding cabinetry, redoing the shower or completely demolishing the space, take time with the design and make sure you’re going to love your choices for years to come.

Contact Homes Heart to get started on your bathroom remodel! We’ll give you planning tips, advice on working with contractors, and product buying information. Visit our showroom for product examples and ideas!