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Bathroom Remodeling Storage & Space Saving Tips

Friday, August 3rd, 2012


Unless you’re fortunate enough to have a large, luxury bathroom remodeled by Metropolitan Bath and Tile, space is usually at a premium in a standard bathroom – especially in an older home when a tub/shower, vanity and toilet, bar of soap and towels were the only things you’d find in a bathroom of the past.

Today, we have more things in the bathroom: electronic grooming/drying/straightening/curling gadgets, luxury toiletries, varieties of hair and makeup brushes, tons of cosmetics and  – well, just more stuff in general! Finding space for all these things in your bathroom is important to avoid clutter which ruins the finished product of a new bathroom remodel. MetroBath will get you started in the right direction with a well-planned design of a gorgeous place to escape to -free of distractions. Here’s a few ways to keep your bathroom better organized and appearing more spacious if your bathroom has a standard, small footprint:

Ditch the tub – if you’re a shower person and there’s another tub in the house opt for a glass-enclosed shower only and you can gain some valuable space and the glass creates the illusion of open space.

Extend the countertop over the toilet – if your toilet sits right next to your vanity, extend your countertop material as a narrow ledge over the toilet –  that little extra space can make a big difference. You can also move your sink off center to have even a wider, usable area instead of slivers on either side of the sink.

Open the space with a non-traditional sink and/or vanity.  Find some attractive floor storage containers or baskets and you can have MetroBath designers incorporate a pedestal or console sink which makes the room look larger by not having “the box” under your sink – always perfect for a powder room. You can also wall mount a vanity or sink and then you can tuck those pretty baskets and containers underneath on open shelves.

Wall mounted faucets – not only do they look contemporary and stylish you just gained an easy-to-clean, usuable area around your sink. Have your MetroBath designer guide you through our showroom displays for convenient and reliable selections.

Install vertical cabinetsMetropolitan Bath and Tile can add floor-to-ceiling cabinets as a linen tower if there’s room and you’ll have a tower of storage. Keep infrequently used items at the top. Great for keeping mounds of fresh towels handy.

Tap into the wall space – There’s a treasure trove of unused space in between your wall studs for installing into rather than on top of. Use those spaces as display nooks or add doors to conceal the jumble. Do the same in your shower before you retile to have sleek out-of-the-way niches for soaps, shampoos and conditioners. Metropolitan Bath and Tile experts can determine if you have space they can adapt.

Accessories like floating display shelves, towel bars and rings that match your faucets (or not), small, freestanding cabinets or decorative stands, hooked coat racks,  artistic containers or stackable baskets and bins keep everything in its right place in an attractive way.

A little pre-planning from a professional can get you more actual and visual space.  Benefit from MetroBath‘s experience (over 30,000 bathrooms installed) – for your unique bathroom space and budget. Visit one of our 4 convenient bathroom showrooms today – in Bowie, Rockville, Towson Maryland or Chantilly Virginia.Metropolitan Bath and Tile will design & remodel a bathroom with gorgeous style just for you and maximize its functionality – it’s up to you to keep it organized after that!

Optimizing Your Mid-level Bathroom Remodeling Budget

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

A mid-sized budget for your bathroom remodeling gives you the opportunity to indulge a little and still get maxi-size rewards in design and functionality. The money you spend now can increase the value of your home in the years to come.

Make The Most Out of Your Mid-Size Bathroom Remodeling Budget

Prioritize your wish list
If you have spending decisions to make then list the things in order of need. Take your time in deciding on whether you want the extra moulding or the better cabinets. Spend your design time with your Metropolitan Bath and Tile designer wisely. MetroBath can be creative with the problems that you have with your current bathroom and find a solution for you that you may not have considered. The huge volume we do (one job at a time) at our locations equates to experience you just can’t get with other bathroom remodeling companies.

Quality that lasts
Tile always makes a big impression. A partially tiled bathroom can be nice but rich, quality tile on the floors and ceiling really make a statement. Budget running low? Try wainscotting topped with a soothing or rich wall color.

Again, good planning goes a long way so find a way to optimize your bathroom storage. Even the best design can be ruined by daily, distracting clutter. If you have lots of toiletries or linens with no place to put them in your bathroom MetroBath can add linen towers, a custom (not standard) vanity that fits all your available space, a generous medicine cabinet, or even just more stylish bars and hooks that coordinate with your fixtures to keep towels handy, dry and more attractively organized. There may even be hidden space in your walls that can be utilized.

Always get the best quality cabinets you can afford. They take a lot of daily use and abuse in the steamy bathroom.

Countertops & Walls
If you’re attracted to the beauty of marble and granite in the bathroom but not the price tags or maintenance problems consider cultured marble or manufactured natural quartz countertops.

Silestone® is durable but is scorch, stain and scratch resistant (ideal for bathrooms), comes in over 60 colors with different edges and finishes to choose from, and it’s a breeze to clean up.

Cultured marble, granite and onyx panels on the walls can also be a nice, affordable step up from your old bathroom’s outdated fiberglass or acrylic.

Save some budget for the extras
Most people tend to splurge on their daily showers for their bathroom remodeling- and luckily there are many exciting ways to accomplish that. The super-shower of today is an experience. It has multiple jets in different positions, innovative handhelds, rain bars, programmable temperatures – you can even have special lighting or music at the touch of a button.

Enclose it all behind sleek, glass doors – or not – for a more open feel. Don’t forget to add soap dishes and shelves for convenience – and safety bars. Built-in seating is a great way to relax in a large shower.

Warm up your bathroom with heated floors and towel warmers like you find in luxury hotels. It’s a comfort feature that is more affordable than you think and it goes a long way to making your bathroom cozy and special – and radiant heat costs just pennies a day. A fog free mirror is also a clear way to update your bathroom.

Come in to a Metropolitan Bath and Tile showroom soon and start the planning process with one of our helpful designers.Your designer and estimator can take a look at your existing bathroom and your bottom line and suggest the best quality products that you can afford with a look that accommodates your style perfectly.

Keep your bathroom remodeling priorities in mind (sneak in a few bells, whistles and horns) and you’ll be on your way to an outstanding new bathroom you’ll be thrilled with – within budget.

Three more ways Metropolitan Bath and Tile can make the most of your mid-size budget:

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