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Should I Stay During Renovations?

by Columbus Bath Design |October 1, 2021 |0 Comments | Bathroom Accessories, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Remodeling, Making the Decision to Remodel Your Bathroom, One Day Bathroom Remodel | ,

Although many people leave during home renovations, this step is not always necessary. Some may prefer staying in their comfortable house, keeping up their old routines. Others may want to get away from the noise, mess, and disruption of a big bathroom renovation.

You’ll need to make a plan for where you’re staying, whether you remain in your home or go. This may also factor into your timeline and renovation budget. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each option:

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Should You Stay?

Staying at home is in many ways the easier option. You won’t need to research in-budget accommodations or ask your relatives for a favor. However, don’t underestimate how busy your house may become during a major remodel.

Pros:

You will have easy access to all of your work equipment, clothes, etc.

You’ll stay in the loop down to the minute on how this remodel is proceeding.

If a problem pops up, you’ll be one of the first people to know about it.

Some kids and pets may do better at home and with their regular routine.

You won’t have to rent a hotel room during the interim.

By watching the remodel, step by step, you can make last-minute changes as needed.

For very minor remodeling jobs such as swapping out hardware or repainting a wall, renting a hotel room may be overkill.

Cons:

If they’re re-sanding or tearing out the walls, you can expect a lot of noise and dust.

The noise during working hours could interfere with distance learning and working from home.

Those contractors may need to access a room you use frequently, such as a kitchen or bathroom.

Painting and other activities can release fumes. You may be asked to leave the house for a time anyway, to let these chemicals dissipate.

Pets may get agitated by the stream of strangers in the home.

If the renovation takes place over many days, this may create a big disruption in your daily routine.

If you’re getting the bathroom renovated and only have one bathroom, it may not be practical to stay.

Should You Go?

Where can you go during a renovation? Some people rent a hotel room, either on a budget or as a splurge. Often, this may be close to their home being renovated or conveniently near work. Other people stay with friends and family, go somewhere exotic, or rent an RV.

Pros:

You and your household won’t have to deal with strangers in your space, noise, dust, etc.

Your rental room may have advantages like a gym, high-speed internet, or an easy walk to work or school.

A change of location can break you out of a rut. You may actually get more distance education or video conferencing work done in a new place.

Renovations may run longer than expected. You might end up having to get a hotel anyway.

A trusted contractor can take care of minor issues and decisions, freeing up your time.

You won’t risk any incidental contact with paint fumes or other irritants.

The work may be done faster without your family being constantly underfoot.

Cons:

This can be a significant expense, especially if you travel or stay somewhere luxurious.

The place you find that’s on-budget may not be anywhere near your work, loved ones, etc.

If you’re staying with family and the project runs long, you may overstay your welcome.

You’ll miss out on the comfort and amenities of home.

Over the long run, it may be very inconvenient to keep returning to your home during renovation to pick up clean clothes or important documents.

There’s going to be a time delay between a problem popping up and you hearing about it. This is especially true if you go on vacation somewhere.

Work With Your Contractor

If you have specific concerns, bring them up with your contractor during the planning stages. Do you really want to stay at home during the renovation? They may be able to shuffle the schedule around to make this possible.

In some cases, your contractor may be able to work on just one room at a time. This leaves space for your family to use. They may also tackle high-use areas like the kitchen during the day when everyone’s out.

Meanwhile, what if your budget is strained by the additional expense of staying somewhere else? Your contractor may have a few ideas for trimming the renovation costs. These might include:

  • delaying less-vital parts of the renovation
  • accelerating the schedule so you need to spend less time away from home
  • sourcing more budget-friendly materials and appliances

Renovations Done Right

At Columbus Bath Design, we want your renovation to go off without a hitch. We’re a family owned and operated business proudly serving the Greater Columbus area for over two decades. Contact us today and we’ll get started on your renovation plan.

What Makes a Bathroom Luxurious?

by Columbus Bath Design |August 15, 2021 |0 Comments | Bathroom Accessories, Bathroom Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling Tips | , ,

A luxurious bathroom is one that calls to mind a spa-like environment from the comfort and privacy of home. Amenities include rich textures, soft lighting and technological advancements that move your bathroom beyond functional into the realm of luxury. The following are some of the most notable amenities that make your bathroom luxurious. Read on to determine what you could do to update your bathroom, making it more luxurious and increasing its value.

Radiant Heated Floors

While bathroom flooring of all varieties like marble is beautiful to look at, it can be quite chilly especially if you are stepping into the room in the cool of the morning. One way to combat this issue and add luxury to your bathroom is installing electric radiant heated floors underneath your flooring. This means you step onto your beautiful marble floors, and they are pleasantly warm. 

Steam Shower or Sauna

If you have the room to include a sauna or steam shower, it is truly a luxurious addition. Here is a look at the difference between the two options:

  • Steam Shower: The typical steam shower has fully loaded chromatherapy, massage jets and both handheld and ceiling shower heads, including built-in radios. The massage jets are designed to treat the body to a wonderful experience of acupressure for increased blood flow and improved circulation.
  • Sauna: A sauna is a bit different from a steam shower in that it is created with wood, absent of any chemicals. You can have it built as part of your bathroom or put it in another location in your home. 

Towel Warmer Rack

Speaking of heat, another luxurious amenity that changes a bathroom’s characterization from functional to luxurious is a towel warmer. Along with purchasing rich, fluffy textured towels, adding a towel warmer is another way to add some class into the space. This will ensure your towel is warm and waiting for you when you get out of your tub or shower. There are also towel-warming drawers that serve the same purpose in drawer form. 

Lounge Space

Of course, the fixtures of your bathroom should be luxurious. However, another way to exude class is to incorporate lounge space and lounge furniture. Adding a couch or sitting area into your bathroom is one way to manufacture a spa-like atmosphere. 

Hidden Television

Sometimes it’s nice to be able to watch a favorite television show while soaking in the tub or enjoying a steam shower. While adding a TV is easy enough, it doesn’t look great to have a TV installed on the wall in the bathroom. One way to have a TV but still create a luxurious look is to hide the TV. You can do this by hiding it in a cabinet that allows you to open up and view a TV hidden inside. Of course, there are also mirrors that are specially made with a TV hidden behind that shine through the mirror when turned on. 

Nearby Dressing Room

While a dressing room doesn’t have to be part of the bathroom itself, having one adjacent to the bathroom is yet another way to make a bathroom luxurious. It doesn’t have to be a huge room, just an area to get dressed, which should include a bench or chair to sit on and some areas to hang up and/or store clothing. 

Dimmer Switches for Lighting

It’s important to have the option of either bright or soft lighting in a luxurious bathroom. You can choose any style of lighting you want in a bathroom. The way to ensure that the bright light becomes softer is a light dimming switch. This means when you are taking a bath or enjoying your sauna, you can turn down the lights and enjoy the relaxing mood. 

Free Standing Tub and Shower No Combo

The shower tub combination is the practical way to get both features in a small space. However, if you are talking luxury, you want to have two separate features, not one combo unit. Aim for a claw foot, luxurious tub or one with lots of massage features and tech options. For the shower, opt for tile work and walk-in-variety and experiment with interesting shower fixtures, such as waterfall faucets. 

Hidden Outlets

Another feature of a bathroom that exudes luxury is hidden outlets. While outlets are practical and needed— we all need to plug in a hairdryer, razor or other electronics. However, you don’t want to see the outlets. Instead, you can hide them cleverly with inside cabinet outlets. They are there and can be used, but close the door, and they become invisible. 

High-End Materials

Sometimes it’s not adding different features to a bathroom to create a luxurious ambiance, it is using the right materials. Marble for example is one material that exudes luxury and class. You can also use a certain type of privacy glass that can be both transparent and opaque (more on this below). Consider each item you are adding into your bathroom and opt for higher-end materials for a luxurious feel. 

Don’t Forget About Tech

We have already covered some technologically advanced items on this list, and there are many, many types of tech you can add to a bathroom that can create a luxurious and/or experience. Here are just a few examples:

  • Shower Speaker: In a luxurious bathroom, you can add a built-in, water-resistant speaker to enjoy when bathing, showering or just steaming.
  • Privacy Glass: There is a type of glass you can get that will allow you to make it opaque or transparent via an app using a remote control. This means you can make the glass opaque when necessary, but transparent when you want the light to come into the room.
  • Toilet Features: Another interesting tech add-on to a luxurious bathroom is an automatically opening, closing, flushing toilet with a heated seat and self-cleaning feature. There is also another type of touch-free flush feature that can be installed on your toilet, so you don’t even have to touch the toilet to flush. What is more luxurious than that?

Contact Us Today to Learn More

If any of the features listed above sound like something you would like to incorporate into your bathroom—transforming it from functional to fabulously luxurious—contact us today to learn more!

How Columbus Bath Design Can Transform Your Bathroom

by Columbus Bath Design |September 28, 2018 |0 Comments | Bathroom Accessories, Bathroom Remodeling | , , , , , , ,

A bathroom is an integral and decorative part of the home. A well-accessorized bathroom should be as pleasing and inviting as the rest of the house. Warm light, beautiful tile floors, state-of-the-art showers, deep bathtubs, and sparkling fixtures will bring your bathroom to the next level. Let our professionals at Columbus Bath Design help you create the bathroom of your dreams.

Fixtures

Fixtures such as shower heads and faucets no longer have to be dull and boring. Our customers can choose our oil rubbed bronze shower heads, towel rings, faucets and shower doors. Our faucets can even be single or double handled. 

If you and your family are wary of reaching for that bar of soap you’ve put on the rim of the tub only to have it slip out of your grasp, our dishes, shelves, and corner caddies hold soaps and shampoos securely until you’re ready for them. Our shelves also come in different sizes and shapes.

You can also choose from our rainfall showerheads, hand-held showerheads, and showers with body jets that turn to shower into a truly thrilling experience.

Tile

Tile is a staple part of many bathrooms. It is not only beautiful, but it is extremely strong and durable. If it does crack or chip, it is easy to replace. All that’s needed is the batch number to replace a tile with one the exact color and pattern. Tile is also easy to keep clean, especially if it’s glazed. We are pleased to offer and install just the right type of tile to perfect your bathroom.

Bathtubs

Few things are better than a good, long soak in a tub. We offer a wide variety of gorgeous tubs- after all, we aren’t called “Columbus Bath Design” for nothing! Check out our assortment of slipper tubs, soaking tubs and tubs installed on platforms faced with beautiful tile. We even offer updated tub/shower combinations and walk-in-tubs for our older customers.

Showers

Some of our customers want both a tub and a shower. Others don’t like baths, and the tub just takes up space in their bathroom. At Columbus Bath Design, we can accommodate any of these wants. Check out our gallery for the wide variety of showers that we offer for your bathroom remodel. They not only have luxurious tiles, but shelves, special shower heads and jets and transparent or translucent frameless doors.

Vanities

Vanities also don’t need to be utilitarian anymore. Indeed, a beautiful vanity with a gleaming marble top, cut crystal knobs, and paneled doors and drawers can be the focal point of the bathroom.

Interested in a Bathroom Remodel? Call Columbus Bath Design

If you’re in the Columbus, Ohio and are a bit tired of your old bathroom and long for one that is both gorgeous and contemporary, give us a call at Columbus Bath Design. We have everything you need to get the exact bathroom you’ve always wanted.