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2018 Bathroom Trends – Part Two

 

If you want to add some texture and dimension to your bathroom, you’re going to love 2018. Grab a pen and paper or just bookmark this link, because 2018 just delivered all kinds of options for your bathroom design that will make this room your favorite.

Concrete and Marble. For so many years, granite has been king. But 2018 is ringing in the new year with new surface options that may be ending granite’s reign. Concrete has been moving into kitchen designs for several years, and now it’s making a successful debut in bathrooms. From walls to sinks to tubs, it’s an interesting option that brings depth and texture. And while it’s no secret marble has and always will be a classic choice, 2018 ushers in a new era for this well-loved material. Be prepared to find thick, weighty marble slabs used as entire bathroom walls and in showers, taking this well-loved material in an exciting new direction.

Metal Framed Showers. Industrial elements have been and will continue to be an influence in home design. And this year, it’s bringing a new flair to trendy bathrooms with metal framed showers. The metal frames overlaying the shower glass replicate the window pane illusion that is not only attractive but also brings texture and depth.

Hand Carved Stone Sinks. Who doesn’t love a vessel sink? This year, designers are taking it up a notch with hand-carved stone vessel sinks that are practical, yet make a powerful statement. With a broad spectrum of different types of stone, finding a style that speaks to you will be a cinch. Have fun with this one.

Tile … Pattern, Color, Texture. While tiles have had a place in American bathrooms for years, 2018’s patterns, colors and textures, take this design element to a new level. This year, you’ll begin seeing tile patterns full of intrigue, bright colors and textures galore.

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2018 Bathroom Design Trends

With each new year comes a round of new design trends for consumers to embrace. If you’re looking for a few ways to upgrade your bathroom, whether you’re planning to sell your home, or you just want to change things up a bit, this blog series is for you. To learn what 2018 holds with regard to bathroom design, read on.

Monochromatic colors? Yes please. Are you someone who has a hard time determining what colors to mix for an attractive room palette? Worry no more. Design on a single color and choose varying shades to use in your bathroom and you’re on trend. From white to indigo blue to gray, go grab some paint chips-your life just got easier.

Bring on the Color. While monochromatic color is in, so is color itself. While there will always be those who enjoy the subtlety of organic tones, 2018 has arrived giving those who love bright, colorful baths and even kitchen permission to give it a go. Green, indigo, orange, yellow? whatever your pleasure, grab that paint brush and get to it

Stand-alone tubs? Perhaps the days of claw foot tubs are not completely back, but they’re getting pretty close. Stand-alone and sunken tubs are the way homeowners are creating a spa-like environment in their own homes. Whether in the bathroom or in the master bedroom, you’ll begin finding stand-alone tubs creeping back into homes this year.

Black is back. So brass managed to make a come-back, and now black fixtures have too. Especially with the monochromatic trend in play, black fixtures add a nice crisp pop and contrast to keep things interesting.

Ledge storage for the win. While storage has been making a comeback for a while, the ledge storage that we’ve all been using to lean photos and artwork on in our living rooms and bedrooms has made its way to the bathroom. Install it over your sink or toilet, whatever you please. But more storage options are reason to be excited.

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Indoor Water Safety

When most people think of water safety, they think of pools, lakes and beaches. Yet, the bathtub, among other places, in your home can be a dangerous place for both young children and the elderly if not properly supervised. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 2006 and 2010 a total of 303 children under age 5 years old drowned in just bathtubs, and if you include children placed in infant bath seats in bathtubs, the total rises to 346.

Though these statistics can be alarming, there are some things that you can do to help prevent incidents in your own home:

Never leave a baby or child unattended in a bathtub. Believe it or not, Infants can drown in as little as 1 inch of water.

Drain your tub immediately after each use. And teach your children to do so as well.

Make sure that any buckets or containers that hold water are always emptied after use and stored upside down.

Close toilet lids and install toilet locks if you have very small children.

Be certain to close the lid on your clothes washer so as not to tempt little ones. And while some parents allow their children to play in the drum of their washer when not in use, remember that the more comfortable a child is there, the more likely he or she may be to try to climb in when you are not around

If possible, keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed. Out-of-sight and out-of-mind is the goal.

Always, always use a safety cover if you have a hot tub or spa in your home. And be certain that your child is always at arm’s length when around a hot tub – just as you would an outdoor pool.

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Bathroom Upgrades That Deliver

Summer has arrived — the time when many homeowners make plans to roll up their sleeves and take care of those long-awaited upgrades and remodels. If your bathroom is on your summer target list, here are a few key upgrades than can deliver a significant bang for your buck.

Countertops. Updated countertops can make a tremendous impact. You will want to look for natural stone, engineered quartz or the ever popular Carrera or Calcutta marble for a more modern look. If your budget is more limited, painting your countertops is now a very viable option. Plan a visit to your local home improvement store and they can get you on the right path. Either way, neutral colors are a good option.

Lighting. Modern lighting can make all the difference in your bathroom. If sophisticated is what you’re after, LED sconces and bathroom bars can deliver. If you’re more traditional, there’s plenty of lighting options to choose from on the market today, so take an afternoon and enjoy perusing your local stores.

Fixtures and faucets. Faucets can often make or break a good looking bathroom. Get rid of your bone and brass and install nickel, chrome or white fixtures to achieve a more up-to-date look. If you’re not comfortable installing these, call a professional like Go Green Plumbing and they will be glad to help.

Remove carpet. While it can be nice to step out from your shower onto nice soft carpeted floor, it’s also a prime spot for mold and bacteria to grow. Purchase a few nice, fluffy bath mats that you can wash instead. Next, replace the carpet with a tile–or laminate that resembles tile or hardwood.

Bathroom Cabinets. Whether it’s a coat of paint, refacing or total replacement, new bathroom cabinets can transform a frumpy bathroom into something special. As far as color choices go, neutral is always a good call.

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The Hidden Shower Drain

When doing a bathroom remodel, homeowners usually focus on what they consider the big items.  For example, the tub, vanity, countertop, and tile all contribute to the overall design we want in our bathroom so they are a natural choice. One thing homeowners normally don’t think about is the drain system in the shower.  Most people are used to the simple round drain that sits in the middle of our shower floor.  Though it gets the job done, no one can call it pretty or attractive.

Today, however, there are new and attractive choices available.  Tagged as “hidden or premium shower drains,” these drains allow for a more finished and attractive look on your shower floor.  They come in linear—or trench—shape, square and triangular shapes, as well as curbless designs that are simply an opening at the bottom of the wall.

It’s helpful to note that using a hidden or premium drain can expand your design choices as well.  Using larger sized tiles, shaped and patterned tiles are easier to implement now than ever before.  And most importantly, you don’t have to worry about an ugly round drain detracting from your beautiful tile work.

However, as with any remodeling project, research your choices and discuss them with your contractor or plumber.  This will ensure that you have picked the best drain for your shower area.  Then you can enjoy the smooth, finished look and feel of your new shower floor for years to come.

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High Tech Your Kitchen Remodel

When it comes to a kitchen remodel, most people think of outlets and lights switches as an afterthought.  While they are a necessity, they can sometimes be unsightly and detract from beautiful kitchen designs.  Thanks to some great new items, outlets and light switches can now become an interesting part of your design that will add to the overall functioning of your new kitchen.

Light Switches –  There are now flush mount switches that are as stylish as they are functional.  These range from a simple push switch (no flip switches here), touch switches that require a touch of your finger tip, a tap switch that turns on/off with a tap of the finger, and even sensor switches where you wave your hand in front of the switch.

Outlets – Once something that could ruin the look of a gorgeous backsplash, outlets are now something to build in as part of the design. Pop-out outlets, for example, have smooth flush features enabling the outlet to remain hidden until you push it to reveal three plugs.  There are also USB outlets that can make it easier to charge your devices while working in the kitchen.

Under-counter Tracks – These attach under your cabinet area and can be used to provide lighting, extra outlets, USB ports and iPad/iPhone cradles.  They can be installed using an existing outlet to provide electricity to each cabinet section, or can be hardwired in for a completely smooth, unmarred backsplash.

Bluetooth is also a feature that can be added to allow you to control not just the lighting in your kitchen, but throughout the rest of your home.  So, if you are updating or remodeling your kitchen area, remember to check out the new tech items available to make your kitchen high functioning, as well as beautiful.

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Your Plumber Can Do More Than “Fix-It”

 

Many people believe that the only time to call a plumber is when you have a clogged pipe or a leaking water line.  But in reality, there are many occasions when a licensed plumber is needed. Are you building a new home?  Do you want to add a bathroom, or move a sink in your existing home?  Then a licensed plumber is just what you need.

When building a new home, there is a ton of work to get your home water system (sewer lines, water lines and drains) installed, and a professional plumber can get it done efficiently.  Each state has specific guidelines for the installation of plumbing in a new home, and a professional plumber is trained and licensed to meet these guidelines.  This ensures that all of your home water system is working properly, and gives you peace of mind.

What about that kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room remodel?  All these projects can require removing old water lines, installing new pipes, relocating sinks, showers and tubs.  With the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room being busy, popular rooms in your home, you need the plumbing supplying water to them working at their best.  Your local professional plumber can make certain everything is installed correctly and passes local state code requirements.

So, think of your local plumber as more than just a fix-it company.  They are available to help with many home projects, both new construction and existing home improvement.  Give them a call to discuss any projects you might be considering to make certain your home water system performs at its best.

Have more questions? Call us – we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day. If water runs through it – We Do It!

Is It Time to Replace Your Toilet?

 

Although it is used on a daily basis and is an indispensable element of their homes, most people give little thought to their toilets. However, like other items in your home, age and usage can take its toll. So, how can you know if your toilets are in need of replacement? Here are some signs that will help you determine if a new toilet should be in your future.

  • The majority of toilets are made from porcelain, which over time can develop small hairline cracks. Even a small crack will leak leading to damaged flooring and subfloors. Sometimes the bolts that hold the bowl to the floor will deteriorate due to a leak, causing the toilet to rock. While this can signal a need for the bolts to be tightened, it can also mean that the floor beneath the toilet has been damaged by a leak. An experienced plumber can help determine if a repair or replacement is needed. toiletring
  • If you have an older toilet in your home, it may not flush quickly or efficiently. If that is case, updating your toilet may be worth considering. Because new regulations require toilets to use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush, upgrading an older toilet can help decrease your water usage, saving you money on water bills. Furthermore, the new dual-flush toilets uses even less water for the majority of flushes reducing your water usage even more.
  • If you decide to replace your toilet, there are many options to consider, so do your research and read reviews before making your selection. Think of your family’s needs and lifestyle when choosing from the broad variety of new designs. Toilets styles today range from the standard two-piece toilet to a one-piece. Also, your decision to go with a concealed base versus an integrated base style can effect your cleaning process, so be sure you understand what you are buying.
  • As you are probably aware, you can still choose from a round style seat or an elongated style seat. And though white is still the most popular toilet color, there are many other color options to consider, depending on the other materials used in your bathroom.
  • Seat height can also be a consideration. The majority of toilets sold are a standard 17-inch seat height, but there is also a “comfort height” available at 19 inches. These are beneficial particularly for anyone in your family who has problems getting into and out of sitting positions.

 

 

Giving a little thought and TLC to your toilet can prevent damage to your bathroom flooring and floor structure. So keep an eye out for small leaks, or movement of your toilet, to know when it’s time to replace your toilet and you’ll be more apt to avoid bigger and more expensive problems.

Using Wood in Your Bathroom Design

 

Wood in the bathroom? Believe it or not, yes. Over the last few years wood has become a popular design choice for bathroom design. Used to provide warmth and character throughout our homes, wood has now found its way into bathrooms. Thought for years that because of its vulnerability to moisture, wood shouldn’t be used in high moisture areas, new sealing techniques have now made this possible.bimages

A couple of things to keep in mind before making the final decision to add wood to your bathroom. Although it can be the element that makes the statement in your bathroom, it does require more maintenance. Proper sealing is a necessity to protect from water damage. Resealing every two to three years is necessary to maintain the look and health of your wood. Tung oil or Rubio Monocoat are environmentally-friendly products you can use. Polyurethane is a good sealant as well, but the most durable is epoxy. Though costly, it will provide the most protection.  If you choose this route, look for a low-VOC product.

Another consideration for homeowners is the type of wood. Cedar, teak, old-growth pine and cypress (reclaimed woods), and some exotic woods offer the best moisture resistance.  However, protecting your wood surface from direct contact with water is still the best way to keep it looking good. So, before installing wood, make certain you understand the maintenance it will require.

If you decide that you want to try wood in your bathroom, let your creativity flow. Consider wood countertops, a variety base, a feature wall(s), shower plank flooring, a wood ceiling or beams, even sinks and tubs. Options are limited only by your design style and budget. So, if you want your bathroom to have that something special, look into adding a little bit of wood. It will definitely bring some “wow” to your design.

Flooring for Kitchens and Baths

Choosing flooring for kitchens and baths can be a little intimidating, largely because both areas are affected by water and moisture. The kitchen is also a significant design area, so choosing a flooring that complements the rest of the home is important. To help you in your selection, we have listed some of the top choices for your kitchen and bathroom flooring below.

  1. Ceramic and Porcelain Tile – Tile comes in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and patterns allowing you to create your own specific look and style. Both types will take a lot of wear and tear, and are great at handling water issues like spills, splashes, and leaks.  Although good for water areas, tile can be cold and hard underfoot, so using rugs or cushioned mats may be necessary to offset the discomfort especially in the kitchen. Since tile can crack as floors settle, make certain the proper sub-flooring is used to reduce the likelihood of cracking.  Choosing a non-slip or textured variety is also important as tile can be quite slippery when wet. sp0243_tub-and-floor_s4x3-jpg-rend-hgtvcom-616-462
  2. Vinyl – This is a resilient flooring that offers a softer, cushiness underfoot. It is easy to clean, completely waterproof, and stain-proof. Vinyl comes in a large variety of colors and styles to match any decor, including some styles that have the appearance of tile or real stone. Vinyl also has a wear layer making it scratch and scuff resistant. Textured vinyl, in particular, also provides good slip resistance. Keep in mind that if covering a large area you may have seams that can collect dirt and moisture.
  3. Cork – If you are looking for eco-friendly choices, then cork may be for you. Made from tree bark that’s harvested every eight to 10 years, cork is a nice sustainable material. It provides a soft, slip-resistant surface that is waterproof, making it great for kitchens or bathrooms.  It’s important to note that cork requires resealing every 3 to 4 years to prevent scratching and moisture getting through the seams.
  4. Solid Wood – Although not an option for bathrooms, solid wood flooring is still a favorite for kitchen areas. Wood provides a look that is timeless and creates visual warmth in an area.  If your home has an open floor plan, wood floors throughout can give it a unified look. Solid wood is extremely durable and low-maintenance while on-site-finished hardwoods, rather than factory finished, provide a little more protection against moisture since the finish gets into the seams to help protect the wood underneath.
  5. Other Options – While all of the above are great flooring options, there are many other choices for flooring. Laminate, bamboo, concrete, marble, and granite may also be considered.  Based on your design, life-style, and budget, you can create space that works for you, and gives your family a warm and inviting place to live.
  6. Heated Floors- check out our post here regarding adding wonderful heated floors for your bathroom!

Have more questions? Call us- we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day.  If water runs through it – We Do It!