A small bathroom presents special challenges when it comes to storage. You need to find a place for small things like toilet paper, makeup, and razors while offering enough room for towels and other bulky items. Fortunately, with a few simple organizational tricks, you can find ways to fit those items into even the smallest bathrooms.
Place a shelf right above the sink. You have a few items that you use at least once a day. Things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes, razors, tweezers, etc. A small shelf above the sink and below the mirror is a perfect place to store these commonly used items.
Add a cabinet or shelves above the toilet. If there is one space that you need to use in a bathroom, it is the area above the toilet. Half the wall from the top of the toilet to the ceiling is available for a cabinet, open shelves, or towel racks.
Replace a mirror with one that has shelves included. A few decades ago, medicine cabinets were standard in most homes. These sturdy mirrors had shelves behind a mirrored door. Now, many homes have flat mirrors. The good news is that you can replace these flat mirrors with modern stylish ones that include the shelving.
Use spice racks and hanging baskets. The wall space around your sink and tub is ideal for storing smaller items, so they are handy to find, but not cluttering the sink or tub surround. Spice racks and hanging baskets allow you to maximize your vertical storage and keep your space organized.
Put hooks on the wall. Another way to maximize your vertical storage is with hooks. Towels, brushes, robes, and bags are just a few things you can hang off a hook. With removable plastic hooks available, no surface is off limits for these handy items.
Don’t forget the back of the door. Walk into your bathroom and close the door. Look at the back of the door. There is a major blank slate available there. Hooks, racks and hanging baskets will give you the stockpile space you need.
Use the area above the door. If you look up above your bathroom door, you will see a dead space, perfect for storing extra towels and toilet paper. A simple open shelf is easy to install and will get things up and out of the way. You can go as plain or as fancy as you want with the shelf and hardware choice.
Maximize your under sink cache. If you have a sink cabinet, you need to ensure you are using all the space available. Plastic drawers and adjustable shelves can give you precious space for seldom-used items that you still need to access on occasion.
These simple organization ideas will help you maximize your bathroom potential. If your small bathroom just still isn’t doing the trick, the experts at Columbus Bath Design can help you remodel a brand new bathroom. Give us a call today!
Spring cleaning usually involves clearing closets, cabinets, and storage areas on unwanted clutter. We wash windows, refinish floors, and prep the windows and doors for warm weather. What about the bathroom? Some bathrooms have no windows, which means mold and mildew growing over the long winter. Because of this, it is important to deep clean bathrooms as well!
Just working with a can of scrubbing bubbles and a sponge might not cut it. Here are the supplies we recommend you pick up for this endeavor:
Many bathrooms have wooden cabinets. To dust and clean them, mix in a small jar one half cup lemon juice to two cups olive or coconut oil. Shake until well mixed, then dust your wood cabinets. It’s a natural alternative to cleaning chemicals and will make the wood glow.
Some people mix dish liquid with vinegar and water to wash glass and mirrors. However, the dish liquid isn’t really necessary. Lemon juice or vinegar and water will clean most everything.
Close the glass shower door after you’ve turned on the hot water. Allow the steam to build up, and then shut the shower off. On the glass shower walls, apply a paste of baking soda and vinegar. Let sit for a few minutes, then wipe off. Spray with water. Wipe down with microfiber cloths to prevent mildew.
Close the shower door again with hot water running for steam. Use either the Seventh Generation cleaners or a mixture of vinegar, lemon, and water. Apply the cleaner to the tile walls and floors, then close the door. In a few minutes, shut off the shower. With a Swiffer or a microfiber mop, remove the moisture from the ceiling.
Wipe off the tile walls and floors. If not all dirt was removed from the grout, apply a paste of vinegar and baking soda. Scrub with a toothbrush. If it still won’t come clean, then a professional formula should be applied.
Now the windows, mirrors, walls and floors are clean, it’s time to deep clean the sink and toilet. One of the best tips we’ve seen for cleaning the toilet and sink is to sprinkle in baking soda. After a few minutes, pour in vinegar. It will sizzle and bubble. When it’s finished bubbling, rinse it. It will shine like new!
Next you’ll need plastic sandwich baggies and rubber bands. In the baggie, mix vinegar, baking soda, and water. Wrap the faucets and shower head with the baggie. Let them sit for a couple of hours or overnight. Then, remove them and wipe them down. Your faucets and shower head will shine!
These simple tips and tricks should be all the cleaning you need to make your bathroom shine like new. If your bathroom needs more than just a little freshening up this spring season, give Columbus Bath Design a call to get started on your dream bathroom!
While you make time for de-cluttering, cleaning and storing winter clothes, welcome spring by sprucing up your bathroom, too! With new décor, colors, and creativity, a dull area becomes a dazzling paradise. Take a peek at our tips below to get a fresh spring look in your bathroom!
Nothing says springtime like bright colors. Get rid of black, white, brown, gray, beige, navy blue, and neutral shades and aim for colorful bath decor. Mint, yellow, red, pink, green, and purple shades are great standout colors to incorporate into the room. If changing the wall color to be brighter is too much for you, however, use bright pops of color in the vanity, artwork, or vases to get the same feel.
Designs and knickknacks add personality to any room. Stripes, shapes, and patterns on towels, shower curtains, window curtains, bathroom accessory sets, mirrors, and artwork enhance that personality. Embrace the shape of the decorative piece (likely a square or rectangle) in multiple areas to create balance in the space. Quirky accent pieces such as artwork, sculptures, or trinkets tell a story through their detailed designs.
Flowers, plants, and beach pieces will give a spa-like, natural element of the area. It makes the room feel fresh, intimate, and special. Flowers in vases, potted plants, seashells, and conch shells are examples of different natural elements to add to your space. Accessories made of brick, stone, or wood work well also. You could even add a reclaimed wood wall or shelves to give some texture to the room.
It’s impossible to have too much storage space in bathrooms. When shelving is too full to store unused items, portable storage space may be your solution. Portable storage items make bath items easy to access while being stylish. Baskets, bath storage racks, shower caddies, and countertop organizers are great storage options. Larger rooms can add small bath cabinets, over the toilet storage, and ladder shelves for more space.
A mirror is a staple in bathrooms for enlarging the room, so updating the mirror with a new frame will make it pop. If you have only space for small mirrors, we recommend adding multiple to create symmetry. You could even replace one large mirror with two smaller ones to enlarge the space and allow for more creativity. Pair mirrors with sunlight and new lighting fixtures, and the mirror-light combo will illuminate the space.
Let light brighten the area through natural and indoor light. You may even want to replace darker shades or curtains with white or see-through ones if you can. Adding bright, new light fixtures help a space appear brighter and refreshed as well. That could even become a fun spring DIY project – painting old light fixtures to give them a new look!
As you can see, paint jobs and renovation overhauls aren’t necessary to turn bathrooms from drab to fab. Swapping home decor to and from the area will have a major impact on the appearance and vibe without spending thousands to achieve a similar result. Even if Ohio’s weather isn’t ready to welcome spring gracefully, welcome it in the bathroom using accessories.
If you’re looking to give your bathroom a complete or partial update besides fresh paint and accessories, contact us today to get started!
When it comes to the priority of home improvement projects, the bathroom runs a pretty close second to the kitchen, and there is a plurality of reasons behind why homeowners choose to take on a bathroom remodel. It could be to modernize an outdated design, make it more energy efficient, or just make it their own. A remodeled bathroom not only adds to the aesthetics of your home but also to its resale value. Renovating your bathroom can add upwards of $10,000 to your home’s resale value, making it a great long-term investment.
Aside from increasing the resale value and improving aesthetics, many homeowners are also seeking ways to improve energy efficiency in their homes. In doing so, they are also beautifying their space, essentially killing two birds with one stone.
Many homeowners have turned to energy-saving lighting fixtures to effectively and efficiently light this space in their homes. We recommend investing in high-efficiency LED lighting instead of using traditional bulbs. Another change you can make is turning to energy-saving fans for ventilation purposes. These fans are not only quieter but are also far more efficient than average fans, saving you money.
So, other than lighting, what are some of the more common upgrades? Well, believe it or not, it’s countertops; the highly sought-after granite and quartz countertops commonly used in kitchens are becoming a must-have for today’s modern bathroom. Also, when it comes to flooring, as well as walls, many homeowners are choosing porcelain, with many citing the material’s aesthetics as the basis for their choice.
Bathrooms that are designed with practical usage in mind are becoming more common as well. For example, many people are taking built-in bathtubs out to create a combo bathtub/shower wet room, that is handicap accessible. Creating more storage space by adding shelves, cupboards, baskets, and more is becoming common, too. This can increase a home’s resale value by catering to many different types of buyers and making the bathroom easy to use.
Once you’ve decided on the type of upgrades you would like to make; your next step will be to choose a quality contractor. As with any home improvement project, you will want to find a licensed contractor and have a discussion about labor cost, material cost, and timeframe for completion. Finding a high-quality contractor or service provider can save you money by doing everything right the first time and ensuring your improvements last for years.
As with any major home improvement project, you’re encouraged to get a written estimate and do some comparison shopping to get the best deal possible. Your home is your biggest investment, and you will want to get the most out of your remodeling dollars.
We are committed to giving our clients amazing service and high quality products at an affordable price. Call us today to get started on your next project and increase your home’s value!
Trying to surprise your mom is a tough proposition–especially when you’re looking at a remodeling project. You know that she’ll be quickly frustrated by a half-done room that’s difficult or impossible to use, so surprising her while she’s away is one of the most effective ways to get that remodeling project taken care of. If you’re planning a one-day remodeling project, however, make sure that you’re appropriately prepared for the process.
Step One: Create a Plan
If you’re going to finish your remodeling project in a day, you need to know exactly what you want to do. Work closely with your contractor as you discuss details like color scheme, how much remodeling you really need to do, and other key attributes of the project. The better prepared you are, the more likely you’ll be able to complete your project effectively.
Step Two: Let Your Contractor Evaluate the Space
There’s nothing worse than diving in with a project that’s supposed to take a single day, only to find significant problems with your home that will lead to more difficulty. Bring your contractor in when Mom’s not home and let them take a look at the space. They may be able to predict issues like mold behind the walls, uneven surfaces, or tile problems before they start the project, allowing you to assess whether or not you can really complete that project in a day.
Step Three: Prioritize
When you’re working on a remodeling project, things often fail to go exactly according to plan. Those tiles you just had to have for the bathroom walls will fail to stick, or the vanity will come apart as you’re trying to take it out, or you’ll discover that an unexpectedly wet day makes it take twice as long as usual for the paint to dry. By creating a priority list, you’ll be able to decide what pieces of the project can wait until another day if you need to finish up fast.
Step Four: Prepare
In order to truly remodel a space in a single day, you need to be prepared. All of the items you need should be purchased ahead of time, from new mirrors to towel bars. The last thing you need to do is spend your day running back and forth to your local store. Make sure that you’ve chosen materials that work well together and that will effectively fit into your space in order to streamline the remodeling process.
Step Five: Stick With It
A one-day remodeling project is not the time to decide that you want to turn your original ideas upside down. Instead, make sure that you’re willing to live with your original plan–and more importantly, that Mom will be! Last-minute changes can extend the time necessary to complete the project, leaving you with a half-finished room when Mom gets home.
Choosing the right contractor is critical to ensuring a smooth remodeling project, especially if you want to do it in a single day. Carefully preparing and letting the contractor know what you’re doing, however, will ensure a smooth process that will result in a great surprise when Mom comes home.
Many homeowners would love to get a quality bathroom remodel, but the cost of the project can be a major deterrent. Product costs, labor costs, and the inconvenience of having your bathroom out of commission for days at a time can traditionally add up to an expensive final bill. With Columbus Bath Design, that’s not the case.
While some remodeling companies deserve their reputation for producing horror stories, Columbus Bath Design is different. We help our clients achieve the bathroom of their dreams for the most affordable price possible. Here’s how:
The first thing you need to do to get an affordable bathroom remodel is figure out exactly how much you want to spend. Reputable bathroom re-modelers will always ask what your budget looks like up front, but some prefer to leave you swaying in the wind. This way, they can charge you for all sorts of things without you realizing it, leaving you responsible for a hefty bill.
Some people believe that price is an indication of quality and choose an expensive option to ensure quality parts and labor, but this is not necessarily the case. Our staff experts strive to give you the quality you deserve at a price you can afford, allowing you to get all of the features you need to make your dream bathroom a reality.
Once you know how much you can spend, you can start piecing together exactly what you want to have done. Start with your necessities or the things that you absolutely must have in the bathroom remodel to be worth it for you. This includes essentials such as a functioning sink if your current one drips, but it can also include any extras you have your heart set on. For example, if you really, really want a seashell-themed decor, go ahead and label it a necessity.
Filling out the rest of the space can be a little trickier. Our experts will be happy to discuss options with you to make the process a little less intimidating. We offer an incredible selection of furnishings that cater to every budget and taste, and we won’t try to sell you something out of your price range.
Skipping this step is probably the best way to turn your remodel into a disaster. If no plan’s in place, you’ll end up choosing items randomly without regard to price or even cohesiveness. The result is generally an expensive mess.
Finally, professional installation ensures that your project stays on time and on budget. Attempting the work yourself is likely to go awry, at which point you’ll need to pay an expert more to fix it than you would have to get them to handle it in the first place.
At Columbus Bath Design, we offer one-day installations for many of our customers. This keeps your labor costs to a minimum while simultaneously ensuring that your budget and plan are followed to the letter.
The three tips above can help you remodel your bathroom for an affordable price. Contact us today to learn more!
Tax season is upon us and what better investment to spend your tax refund on than a one-day bathroom remodel? Other than the kitchen and living rooms, your bathroom is where you spent the majority of the time in your home. It is where you bathe, where you get ready for bed, and often where people try to relax for a few moments in the tub or shower.
Homeowners often find run into the issue of budgeting or saving for a home improvement project. This is why tax season is the perfect time to remodel your bathroom.
Although you aren’t really adding square footage to your home, an extensive bathroom remodel can add a lot of perceived value to your home. Upgrading flooring, countertops, bathroom fixtures, and aesthetics is a phenomenal way to create a whole new environment in your home.
If you are planning on selling your home in the near future, it’s a great idea to remodel your bathroom. Upgraded fixtures will definitely attract buyer interest. The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the home for people especially if you have some nice upgrades. It can really help sell the home.
If your bathroom has not seen an update in a while, it’s the perfect time to use your tax money to make your bathroom fixtures more energy efficient. Energy star rated toilets, faucets, showerheads, and other fixtures can help you save money on your water consumption.
This is especially true for folks that have large families. If you are using hundreds of gallons of water on a daily basis, those savings can really add up when you have modern day fixtures. You can also take the opportunity to upgrade light fixtures, switches, outlets, and other electrical components in your bathroom.
Perhaps the best reason to spend that refund on a bathroom remodel is to get something fresh and new in your life. Often we forget about how drab our current bathroom has become that we don’t even think about how outdated or in need of attention it is.
Doing a complete remodel can help give you a fresh start and make it so you actually want to spend time in your bathroom. Spice things up with a new shower door or make things brighter with new colors or modern cabinetry. A remodel is a chance to remake something exactly as you would like it to be.
One-day bathroom remodeling projects are a fantastic way to go because you can get everything you want in a new bathroom without having to endure weeks of living in a construction zone. Just because it is done in one day does not mean the work is sub-par or that you are getting an inferior service. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a free in-home estimate.
A traditional bathroom remodel can be viewed as time-consuming and expensive. This makes most homeowners hesitant to have their bathrooms renovated, and they see it as a stressful thing. When your bathroom is not renovated, it can be difficult to maintain and may look old and outdated. Therefore, we recommend you have it retouched and redesigned according to the latest bath designs. You’ll have to do a professional research to determine what to correct.
A bathroom should make a person feel relaxed, and you can only achieve this if you change the way it looks. The following five tips will help you renovate your bathroom stress-free.
Working with a one-day remodel contractor is the simplest way to have your bathroom renovated. From the master bath to the guest bath, the expert is able to refresh the spaces to your liking. Hiring a one-day renovation expert offers you the following benefits:
How long do you want the renovation to take? As mentioned above, one-day remodeling is ideal if you want the installations done fast. However, you have to write down your plan before you approach the expert. Another important thing to reflect on your plan is the budget. The trusted contractor that you approach will work with the budget that you provide.
In your remodeling plan, you have to break down the expenses accordingly. For example, take a look at how much the new installation will cost. How much will the demolitions cost? Carrying out a professional research will help you spend money wisely.
Lastly, in your planning, you should prepare to clean the bathroom before its renovated. This will help you and the experts have an easy remodeling process. If you at least clear out your current bathroom, it will make it a lot easier for the crew to begin the bathroom remodel.
For professional bathroom renovation, you should contact Columbus Bath Design. We are a high-end bathroom remodeling company that boasts of several years of quality service delivery. Ask us about our one-day remodeling option and how our experts can help you redesign your bath in a day. This will help you have the most trending designs installed in your bathroom.
When remodeling a bathroom, the one major element to consider is the bath itself. You can choose to replace a bathtub with a walk-in shower or to install a walk-in tub, or traditional bathtub. Each of the options has benefits, and there are many reasons that you might consider choosing one over the other. Let’s explore the pros and cons of bathtubs and showers.
For families with young kids at home, a bathtub is almost essential. While there are ways to bathe without a traditional tub, it’s much easier and more enjoyable for parents and kids alike. Children often love bath time, and a tub makes it simple to get the kids clean and give them something fun to do, too. Parents typically appreciate the option of bathing their children in a traditional tub, which is why they look for homes with full baths that have at least one installed.
For folks with mobility problems, a walk-in bathtub is an ideal solution for making the bathroom more functional. Seniors can benefit greatly from a walk in tub, as it provides a safe option for bathing, as well as hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is an excellent way to promote circulation in the body and to aid in relaxation and stress relief. A walk-in shower can also be a suitable option for a shower seat can be installed. For aging individuals, it’s important to think about future needs, as well. Walk-in tubs are both safe and affordable.
In a small bathroom, opting for just a shower stall can be a smart way to gain more space. This is especially true if you have multiple bathrooms in the home and at least one other one with a tub. In that case, it may be well worth it to install a walk-in shower and enjoy the extra space that can be gained by skipping out on a bathtub.
If your budget is limited, installing a traditional bathtub and shower combination is likely the best option. It’s necessary to take other factors into consideration, including the size of the space and the other bathrooms in the home. Keep in mind that the bathroom is one of the most important spaces to potential home buyers if you are planning to sell at some point in the future.
Whether you choose a shower, a traditional bathtub, or a walk-in tub, you’ll be giving an important room in the home a fresh look. When weighing the pros and the cons of each option, you have to consider the specific needs of your family, as well as your budget. You can create the bathroom that you’ve always wanted, allowing you to enjoy relaxation and personal time in comfort. Contact us today to further discuss your options and schedule a free in-home estimate.
Hiring a professional contractor to do a bathroom remodel is a smart option, especially if you don’t have the time or desire to undertake a DIY renovation. However, you don’t want to choose a contractor based solely on cost. Here are the key questions to ask your bathroom remodeling contractor:
Before seriously considering a contractor, you should get a better idea of their experience. Ask them for photos and info on completed renovations that they’ve done. They should also be willing and able to provide you with references who can attest to the quality of their work. Experience is important in ensuring that the remodel is done correctly.
It’s important to find out if the contractor and their crew will clean up after themselves. If the current bathroom will be undergoing any sort of demolition, you want to know that you won’t be left cleaning up the mess. Ask if they’ll be hauling away the materials that are removed, such as broken tiles, fixtures, and hardware. The cost of removal for large amounts of materials may fall on you, or it may be included in the contract. Be sure to find out in advance of any demolition work.
In addition to a cost estimate, the contractor should be able to give you an estimated timeline for the project. They should be able to go through each step and explain how long it may take. One thing that you don’t want to have is the contractor begin work and then disappear for days or weeks at a time. You don’t want to be left with a bathroom in disrepair. A quality contractor will value your time and appreciate the need to complete the project within a reasonable time frame.
The warranty question is a critical one for protecting your home. Ask the contractor if they guarantee the quality of their work and if they provide a warranty as a part of their contract. This is to protect elements of a remodel like plumbing and electrical work, which can be costly to repair, if not done properly the first time. As for the materials that you select as part of the renovation, such as tiles, flooring, fixtures, etc., the contractor may be able to provide you with the information regarding manufacturer warranties. Having a warranty gives you peace of mind.
Choosing the right contractor can mean the difference between achieving the remodel results you desire or getting stuck with a failed renovation that leaves you feeling ripped off. Take the time to ask these questions, as well as any others that you may have. Do this before you sign any contracts or agree to begin a bathroom remodel. A qualified, trustworthy contractor will take pride in their reputation. They’ll offer a warranty, stick to a reasonable timeline, and will make sure that you get the finished bathroom you want.
Contact us if you would like to schedule a free in-home estimate and begin your dream bathroom remodel today.