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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!

Making Your Bathroom Remodeling Pay Off

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

A Money-Smart Bathroom Remodel

When you remodel your bathroom with Metropolitan Bath and Tile you can’t go wrong. You’ll be working with the #1 bathroom remodeler in the US and improving your daily living routine and your home’s value. How to make it pay off the most?

CNN Money says the Return on Investment for 2011-12 (ROI) is 102% for the mid-range bathroom modernization (as compared to kitchens 90%). Upscale pays off at lower rates. Making a house bigger and fancier than your neighbors will also cost a lot more than a mid-remodel when the house is on the market and a neighborhood comparison is done.Here’s some things to consider:

How long will you be in your home?

If you’re staying in your home 5 years or more: remodel to please yourself.

– Select your style and features or remodel more extensively. Still you may want to consider the long-term.

– Vessel bowls used to be considered an upscale addition – now they’re everywhere – but as gorgeous as they are they are meant for a bathroom that doesn’t get hard use.

– Trading your tub/shower combo for a large shower is very popular these days but keep at least one tub in the house.

If you’re remodeling to sell or the market turns:

–  Do not go for latest trends. Simple with lots of storage is your best bet.

– Two sinks are a great feature but make sure you have enough counter space.

– Toilets at comfort height and dual flush; also, moving the sewer line costs more.

– Consider ‘warm floors’ electric heat under tile—inexpensive and invaluable.

– Countertops and Tile in neutral colors; undermount or integrated sinks, if possible.

– Faucets in simple, clean design – quality always counts

– Good cabinetry; clean lines; minimum height at 33”.

– Wall color can add the ‘decorating touch’ and it’s easy for buyers to repaint.

–  You may want to stay away from water-wasting features in super-showers or giant whirlpools with people becoming more environmentally conscious – think “green”.

–  Add ADA approved products and design – easier access and safety for young and old alike.

So whether you want to live like royalty in your getaway spa bathroom or just want a pleasurable, more modernized bathroom that suits your daily needs amortize the cost of your Metropolitan Bath and Tile bathroom remodeling over time and you’ll get your true personal ROI!

Contact a MetroBath showroom and start your smart design today – it will definitely pay off! Read our testimonials…