Make a Small Bathroom Look Larger

Many homes have Small Bathroom space, but at first glance it looks cramped.  Too much stuff squeezed into that tiny space.  There is hope, however.  By making minor adjustments to the bathroom it will look larger.  Since looks matter in selling, buying and remodeling take these tips below to heart.

Bathroom color visually makes a room larger or smaller deepening on what you do.  Don’t paint the walls one color and have everything else another color.  This makes the space small.  Make it look larger by painting the whole bathroom the same color—preferably a light color.  The ceiling should have the same paint color as the walls for maximum expansion upward.  Blend tile color and wall color to be the same color.  Paint the tiles the same shade as the bathroom so the shower/tub can unite with the rest of the space instead of looking like a separate space.  The whole space looks larger visually.

Showers and bathtubs take up most of the space in the bathroom.  Just looking at it makes the bathroom small.  By making these changes it will look and feel larger.  Take tiles to the ceiling.  It’s unusual to do that, but it feels more spacey than the way most builders do it:  they stop adding tile one inch or less below the ceiling and add edges.  Attach shower designs throughout the rest of the bathroom.  It makes it look consistent and clean; that makes the space expand.  Tile designs should run outside of the shower and onto the bathroom walls.  Designs on the shower floor should be the same design on the bathroom floor.  Stopping one design and starting a completely different one makes the space choppy.  Clear glass in showers opens up space in the bathroom; it feels like an extra wall.

Big mirrors in a small bathroom are a win-win.  Trim or no trim one large mirror that reaches the ceiling makes the space grow.  Mirrors in the bathroom must be placed in the right area for maximum results.  Placing a mirror across the window expands the wall to makes it seem like there’s two windows in the same space.  Placing a mirror toward the ceiling opens up the bathroom from the top.  Add a few ceiling light fixtures at the top of the mirror, hanging above or across from the mirror makes the scenery complete without any remodeling.

Other information is as follows:

  • Get as much natural light in the bathroom as possible.  Open up the window to let the sunshine in.  Use translucent window shade or stained glass for a mix of natural light and privacy.
  • Add bathroom shelves or the medicine cabinets inside the wall instead of having the shelves stick out.

If you need any home remodeling done to your bathroom, contact us.  We use these tricks and more to make the most out of any small space.

Why you need a licensed contractor for your remodel

Your decision to renovate your house has come after some serious thought. You have decided which parts of your house are getting the overhaul, what look you are going for, and even your timetable for completion. Now it comes down to hiring your contractor. We know that the budget is a factor for you.

It might be tempting to go for the cheapest estimate that comes through the door. There are many companies out there that might try to lure you in with low prices, but there are reasons why you need to make sure you put your investment into the hands of a licensed contractor.

1. No chance of financial harm

If you employ the services of an unlicensed contractor who does not have worker’s compensation, you could be held liable should they injure themselves on your property. You might not realize this, but your homeowner’s insurance probably won’t cover the claim leaving you stuck with exorbitant medical bills. A licensed contractor comes in with worker’s compensation already in place.

2. Don’t worry about paperwork

Only contractors with a license and homeowners are able to get a building permit in California. If you get the permit as a general contractor, you take on all of the legal liability and your contractor becomes your “employee.” In this situation you become responsible for state and federal tax withholdings, planning, and scheduling of inspections. A licensed contractor is able to handle all of this for you.

3. Protect yourself from job abandonment

The reason that unlicensed contractors are able to give you such a low estimate is because they often do not plan to finish the job. A licensed contractor is held to a standard in order to keep their license. The Contractors State Licensing Board can help you if your job is abandoned or not satisfactory. You don’t get that piece of mind with an unlicensed contractor.

When you consider the real cost of going with somebody who doesn’t have the experience or expertise in order to get state licensed, the answer is obvious.

Contact us about you remodel.

Home Improvements: When Going the Extra Mile Makes Cents

Spring – ’tis the season for cleaning and sprucing things up before the hot days of summer arrive. This year, you’ve decided to go for it. In addition to spring cleaning, you’re going to tackle some of those home improvements you’ve been meaning to do. That’s good; all houses need some serious sprucing up after awhile. But before you start tearing things up, take some tips from a couple of experts and make sure that the improvements you’re planning to make will be an asset to your house’s value.

The Usual Updates: There are things around a house that need to be updated on a regular basis. Some, like carpets, need to be replaced because they wear out. Others, like bathrooms and kitchens, need it because they become outdated and unappealing. According to the experts, a fresh coat of paint, kitchen and bathroom updates, and energy-efficient windows are improvements that will add value to your house. But when you’re making those updates – especially to the kitchen and bathroom – be sure to keep them in line with the rest of the house. Really fancy bathrooms or kitchens that make the rest of the house feel like a hovel, can be more of a liability than a boost.

Repurposing Space: As life changes, so do things people want in a house. Opening up a house’s interior by creating an open floor plan for the living area, dining area, and the kitchen is a nice touch by today’s entertainment standards. Converting an unused space into a home office makes it easier to work from home. And remodeling an attic or a basement helps satisfy a desire for more living space. Meeting some of these wants can definitely add value to your house; just be sure your “new” rooms don’t become too specialized. The more flexible they are, the better.

Building Additional Space: When people talk about adding onto a house, they’re often talking about adding on an extra room or adding a second story. That can be a good idea if doing so won’t make your house the oddball of the neighborhood – something that can cause problems should you ever decide to sell it. If adding an addition will do that, a better option might be to add a sunroom or an outside deck instead. Both will give you some extra “living space” while keeping the house more in line with your neighbors’.

If you need help with your home improvement plans, contact us. Helping you make your home the best it can be is part of our job.

Make hardwired carbon monoxide detectors your next home improvement

What causes carbon monoxide poisoning?

CO is a gas that is produced by burning some kind of fuel. This means that any machine or appliance that burns fuel can create an unsafe condition in your home if not operated properly. This includes your home’s furnace, water heater, and kitchen appliances. Dangers in the garage include a running vehicle, lawn mower, snow blower, or any other gas-powered tool.

 

What are the effects of carbon monoxide?

The effects of CO depend on the concentration level and the health condition of the individual but generally include nausea, headaches, confusion, vomiting, flushing of the skin, and difficulty breathing. A person who is exposed to carbon monoxide can die in just a few minutes, even without the presence of these side effects.

 

What can I do if I suspect carbon monoxide poisoning?

Get out of your home immediately to a place with plenty of fresh air. This will prevent further exposure, however, you should also call 911 since you likely have CO in your system and will need to be examined by a doctor. Before entering your home again, ventilate the area that contains the source of the gas. If you are unsure of where the CO originated, contact a professional immediately who can help diagnose the problem. Do not remain in the house until the problem has been resolved.

 

What can I do to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning?

The best way to remain alert to potential CO leaks is to install hardwired UL approved carbon monoxide detectors. Hardwired models connect directly to the wiring of your home which eliminates risks such as dead batteries or a wall unit getting accidentally unplugged. Combination carbon monoxide and smoke detector units care also available for a clean and unobtrusive look. Bradco Kitchens and Baths Inc. can help you with this important home improvement. With more than 20 years of experience in updating homes, we can help you choose a product that will keep your home safe from carbon monoxide. Contact us today for more information. Let us help you protect your home from the silent killer known as carbon monoxide.

Tips on Your Garage Remodel: Add More Than Extra Room for Your Cars

With summer arriving, it might be a good time to consider doing a garage remodel in your home so you can prepare for more room there when winter strikes again. But remodeling your garage doesn’t have to be done to give more coddling or space for your cars. Many people today use their garage space as an extended part of the house where certain activities can take place other than sleeping.

Create a Private Den

In a den space, you possibly can sleep, though it can mainly be a respite for one member of the family to escape to if there’s bustle going on in the main house. When creating a den that stays warm in the winter, adding extra insulation to your garage will be imperative. And that starts first in the attic where ventilation will need to be measured accurately. That involves installing vent chutes to ensure the flow of air into the attic is never blocked.

For insulating walls, you’ll need unfaced batts to install into the wall, followed by poly sheeting. The easiest may be the attic insulation, which can now be blown in as a money saver.

Create a Workshop

The most common remodel for a garage is creating a workshop for proudly displaying all your tools and your labors. With this remodeling project, adding new outlets and doing some rewiring is going to be required. It’s best to sketch it out on paper exactly where each outlet will be before making any final decisions.

Some of the outlets to consider:

  • Wall and ceiling outlets for certain high-powered workshop equipment
  • Outlets for a TV and for a computer
  • Fixtures for added lighting
  • Wiring for air conditioning and heating

Create a Play Space for Kids

A play space for kids can be a perfect add-on to a garage. Just be sure your cars aren’t in there at the time if the kids enjoy crawling on (or in) your Lexus. But they’ll appreciate that you’ve wired up and insulated the garage for their benefit after you’ve included toys and other play equipment.

Be sure to consider weather stripping around the windows and doors to prevent drafts and insects from coming in while the kids are playing. Also, make sure you have a decent weather strip to go around the main garage door as well as the side doors. Check the framing of your ceiling before installing any drywall.

If this interests you, contact us if you want to remodel your garage with a good budget and on time. We’re a contractor you can trust to get the job done right.