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Homeowners are remodeling bathrooms with more modern styles, experts say

Homeowners are remodeling bathrooms with more modern styles, experts say

Homeowners are remodeling bathrooms with more modern styles, experts say
News from WREX-TV:

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What does your bathroom say about you? If it’s still full of ceramic tile and clunky shower doors, it says you’re getting behind the times. Remodelers and homebuilders are reporting that “sleek” and “stylish” are the current trends, and they may be here to stay. 

“Remodeling bathrooms is a popular home improvement project, but they’re not cheap,” Angie Hicks, Angie’s List Founder, says. “They can cost anywhere from $ 10,000 to $ 15,000.”  

An Angie’s List contractor survey revealed that homeowners are willing to spend handsomely on better bathrooms because much of the cost, often around 80%, comes back to them on resale. People are pulling out their ceramic tile in favor of cultured marble panels, thick-glass shower doors and sleek fixtures. They want to enjoy their bathrooms, not constantly maintain them. 

“They’re tired of fighting the grout lines,” Bathroom Design Professional Mary Wright says. “They’re tired of having to re-caulk. Maybe they don’t have a lot of people in their family members that squeegee a lot. So by that maintenance standard, they want something that’s easier to clean.”

“Consumers are looking for less work around the house especially when cleaning their bathrooms, so the trend remodelers are seeing is more walk-in showers with frameless doors because they’…………… continues on WREX-TV

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Best efficient lighting for bathrooms
News from INFORUM:

Dear Judi: People don’t often think about lighting and efficiency when it comes to bathroom remodeling, it is as important as selecting the vanity or fixtures. Today’s master bathrooms and dressing areas are often as large as some second bedrooms and are more than just a place to shower, shave, etc.

Bathroom lighting in most older homes is typically just a globe light fixture on the ceiling or under the vent fan. For bathrooms with an exterior wall and a window, it probably does not have a vent fan. Either way, install a new Energy Star qualified vent fan with an efficient lighting system.

Use CFL (compact fluorescent) or LED (light emitting diode) bulbs in the fixture. LED bulbs are slightly more efficient than CFL’s and they come to full brightness immediately. You may decide to install a dimmer switch as your child get older, so purchase dimmable models of either type of bulb.

Developing a lighting plan for your master bathroom is more involved than for your child’s bathroom since it must be effective and efficient for more activities—showering, applying makeup, shaving, washing hair, etc.

Use a general lighting technique called layering in your bathroom. There are two basic lighting layers—task and ambient. Task lighting is most important in the bath/shower area and at the mirror and vanity.

The most common task lighting for the…………… continues on INFORUM

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