Small Bathroom Remodel Tips

When you do a bathroom remodel on a small bathroom some of the things that you want to make sure that you include is giving it a feeling of being bigger, easier to move around, and having it more functional. To start with, you need to look at the bathroom and determine what specific areas you want to update or change. Then you will need to figure out what updates and changes will fit into your small bathroom remodel budget. Yes, even though you may have a small bathroom it can be expensive. Sometimes just a change in the color of paint will help to change the look of your bathroom. A bigger impact can be made if your budget allows replacing your fixtures and flooring.

When doing a small bathroom remodel one thing that you should do is try to maximize what space you have so you can create an illusion of having more space than there is. Choose paint in a light color such as mint green, baby blue, lilac, etc and pale time for the areas around the shower or sink and for the floor. You can use bright or dark colors for accessories but it is best if you keep the colors light, neutral, and serene.

Another good place to invest some of your small bathroom remodel budget money is in the lighting for the bathroom. To help make your bathroom appear bigger and brighter without taking up space is too used lighting that is recessed into your ceiling or have fixtures mounted above your sink. You can also place a large mirror above your sink. If there is a window in your bathroom use light colored or thin curtains to let in the daylight.

If your bathroom has a large tub, you can free up some space by replacing it with a standup shower or a more modern smaller tub. If there is a large vanity sink, replace it with a pedestal sink that is smaller. You can install a corner shelf to make up for the cabinet space you would be losing when you replaced the vanity. Remove all the clutter from the bathroom that you do not need. Behind the toilet, you could put a shelving unit where you can store some extra towels, toilet paper, etc. You could also have colorful small baskets on one or two shelves with your family’s personal grooming items like shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, or gel, and more. Use a towel rod to hang up colorful towels that compliment your décor. Put up a toothbrush holder. So many little changes can make a big difference.

Most of these small bathroom remodel ideas can be worked into a small budget.… Read More

Home Improvement for the New Year: Kitchen Renovation

The start of 2008 is a chance to finish old projects or begin new ones. A good project to focus on is the kitchen or more specifically kitchen cabinets. New kitchen cabinets will cost anywhere from $4,000 to $9,000 for any type of regular cabinets that you would buy in a retail store. Higher end cabinets will of course cost even more, but even the lower end cabinets (places like IKEA) can still cost you a couple thousand dollars. While a good rule of thumb is that you are getting what you pay for, even some of the higher end kitchen cabinets are not made of the best materials.

So the way I found to get a great kitchen and not have to pay the high retail prices is through the Internet. My kitchen cost me $2457. I priced this same kitchen at Lowes for a similar style cabinet and it would have cost me $5806. While it was the same kitchen cabinet style, it was made of a lower grade material. I then priced the same kitchen at a local building supply store. The most similar cabinet would have cost $5240 for the full kitchen. Also, I noted that the cabinets at these two stores did not have solid wood sides, only solid wood faces. Comparatively the kitchen cabinets I found online were made of solid wood faces, with ¾ inch plywood sides instead of fiberboard.

Most kitchen cabinets these days, unless custom built, are really RTA cabinets. This simply means ready to assemble. Whether you are buying these cabinets at a store or online, 90% of the manufacturers are mass-producing the parts and eventually have to be assembled. At a store, they (the store) will assemble the cabinets for you and charge you a high mark up or the manufacturer assembles them before shipping. Either way you are incurring the added expense of the labor required for the assembly, and the additional shipping costs of having them shipped assembled. However, buying the cabinets online allows you to avoid a retail mark up and enables you to build the cabinets yourself. Yes it is a little more work, but it is rather simple to put these cabinets together. And in the end if you’re cutting your cabinet costs in half, then it is a simple choice to choose RTA cabinets online.

Regardless of which type of cabinets you choose, new cabinets will help increase the value of your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers. Why not maximize the return on your investment by installing a great looking cabinet that is more durable and cost half the price?… Read More

Want to Change Your Crawl Space Into a Basement? You Can With a Crawl Space Dig Out

Home owners with crawl spaces, you need not suffer any longer! If you’ve long dreamed of taking that damp, cramped, useless crawl space and turning it into a full basement – complete with lots of extra living and storage area, it’s now possible with a crawl space dig out.

Think not having a basement isn’t that big of a deal? Well, here are the cold, hard facts:

Homes without basements sell for far less than those with.

Crawl spaces are much smaller than basements and often exposed to the elements, thus making them almost useless for storage.

Only a basement can offer increased living space on your home.

Converting your crawl space into a basement increases the value of your home by 25% or more!

What Is a Dig Out?

A dig out is exactly what it sounds like…digging out the crawl space area to the point where it’s big enough to make a full basement out of the space. Then, adding walls and a floor and maybe an outside entrance.

If A Dig Out is So Great, How Come More People Don’t Get Them?

OK, before we further delve into the benefits of a conversion (dig out), let’s get the con’s out of the way.

Conversions are, at least in the beginning, expensive. They can be a big chunk of dough up front and this scares off many home owners.

Dig outs can also be dangerous to perform…they are not for the average person and MUST be done by a professional.

Converting is complicated, again, it’s not for the Do-it-yourself type.


Don’t let those few cons scare you off. There is a way around all of them, and as you’ll see, the benefits are much greater.

First, a conversion out IS costly up front, but, most good contractors offer financing options, some with as low as 0%. This can allow most people to absorb the cost much easier by paying it in installments with no interest charges.

Second, you will not only recoup the initial investment, but actually MAKE money on the process because adding a basement and waterproofing it increases the value of your home by more than 25%. This combined with the fact that home with basements self or more money than those without is reason enough to get the project done.

When you consider those two points, dealing with a professional doesn’t sound so bad.

And, when you factor in that your new basement can give you:

A home office

Play room for the kids or pets

Exercise room or home gym

Living rooms, bathrooms, kitchens…the possibilities are endless

All of this can be given to your home as a result of converting your crawl space with a dig out.… Read More



Since joining the Hero club blog about a year and a half ago……
I have become addicted to their buttons Gems and Pearls and Their Design blocks for Backgrounds…..
Here is one of my first cards in the pool notice how the only embellishment is the ribbon? I think the Pearls and Background stamping add so much to a card…..also I never really used kraft cardstock and love it so much since joining the group, it really makes colors Pop!
Thanks for looking!

Posted by Kelly Booth on 2009-09-15 14:41:52

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Considering Buying a Wall Mounted Vanity?

Wall mount vanities are a very big trend. They are for the contemporary home with sleek styles and finishes. If you have a contemporary flair and remodeling your bathroom, a wall mount vanity will make a big impression. Since there is no bottom to the vanity it makes it really easy to clean as well. It sounds like an easy decision to make if you like the style but be forewarned. It may cost a lot more than what you may expect.

The installation of the wall mount vanity is where the cost can go up significantly over a floor mount vanity. Before making any purchase, discuss the costs with contractor so the expense is known upfront. Many contractors have never installed a wall mount vanity but they’ll tell you it’s no problem. It’s not unfair to question your contractor’s experience. If they have no experience, later they may come back to you with “unforeseen” issues and demand more money. It is important to discuss those details before the purchase is made and even then there still may be something “unforeseen”. This is unfortunately true with most aspects of the renovation process.

There are two main issues to address with your contractor when installing a wall mount vanity. First, discuss the installation to the wall. Since you won’t have the vanity yet, you may not know how it’s supposed to be installed. There may or may not be installation instructions available in advance or at all. This is more common than you may think but the industry is starting to provide more information overall. The installation is more about the wall and the stud and less about the vanity itself. Reinforcing the entire vanity wall before tiling is widely recommended. The vanity is normally bolted to the wall. Second, be sure to address the location of the plumbing supply lines and drain. Many wall hung vanities have a U-shaped cut-out to accommodate the drain. This is especially common for any vanity with drawers in the center. The supply lines and drain need to fall within the frame of the vanity and they must be centered if there are any U-shaped cut-outs. If the vanity is open on the inside without shelves or cut-outs then the plumbing doesn’t have to be in the center but it is more visually appealing when you open the vanity doors. If you will need to move the plumbing to accommodate the vanity, please discuss the additional labor costs before you purchase the vanity.

By addressing these two major issues with your contractor prior to your purchase, you will confidently understand the total cost involved with purchasing a wall mounted vanity. If you are doing new construction, you will still need to review the vanity specifications with the contractor.

Good luck with your renovation and wall mount vanity purchase!… Read More