The bathroom is one of the only rooms in a multi-bodied household where we’re expected and encouraged to lock ourselves inside. With that kind of permission, it makes sense to use this private space as a luxurious sanctuary. Make the most of your haven by giving it the proper lighting. Here’s some important advice to keep in mind when redesigning your bathroom, lighting included.
The four types of light needed for the best bathroom atmosphere are task, accent, decorative and sparkle.
This is the light by which you can best see yourself. Proper task lighting at the mirror is important and we recommend using a pair of sconces mounted at eye level on either side of the mirror to provide shadowless illumination. This creates the best scenario for makeup application, shaving, tooth care and so on.
Avoid adding a light above the mirror. That includes recessed lighting in the ceiling which would throw a strong light onto your forehead and cast deep shadows below your eyes, nose, and chin. Not only is this light ineffective for shaving or applying makeup, but it can also visually age you by 10 years. People should look their best when they look at their reflection. Proper lighting in the bathroom will make you feel better about yourself and promote confidence throughout your day.
If you enjoy art in your bathroom, accent lighting will show it off best. Recessed directional lights provide focused illumination for each piece of art — or, in this case, for an alcove dedicated to your favourite bath products.
This adds visual sparkle. Using a single pendant in a square-shaped bathroom will add just the right touch.
This acts as fill light. In bathrooms with taller ceilings, a cove or cantilever details, ambient lighting fixtures can be installed along the perimeter of the space. Architectural details such as these can hide the fixture and create indirect lighting.
Sconces on large mirrors at the sink vanities now offer functional task lighting. Recessed cans on dimmers provide ambient light for whatever mood is desired. Dimmers are especially useful in the tub area, where relaxation and romance are priorities. Wall sconces offer additional ambient and decorative light. Large mirrors, both at the vanity and over the tub, effectively reflect all of these layered light sources for the best effect.
Looking for more tips? Get in touch with us to set up a design meeting and allow us to put your dream bathroom together.
Article Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/houzz/2013/10/15/how-to-light-your-bathroom-right/
It’s a hard life, being a towel. All that hard water and friction can really wear a fabric down. Not to mention regular exposure to oil and soil. Even the fluffiest, most luxurious towels need a little TLC now and then, to keep them feeling their best.
If you’ve ever asked the question ‘How do I keep towels soft?’ we can help. We’ve put together some tips to get your towels as good as new.
CUT BACK ON DETERGENT.
Towels feel stiff because they start to build up soapy residue. By using a little less detergent than suggested, your machine’s rinse cycle will have an easier time washing out those last pesky bits of soap.
WASH IN WARM WATER.
Warmer water (around body temperature is best) absorbs detergent better, leaving less buildup on your towels. You can also let detergent dissolve in the washer before adding towels – just start the wash cycle, add soap and wait a minute or two before adding your towels.
REPLACE FABRIC SOFTENERS WITH VINEGAR.
Fabric softeners contain silicon that will make towels water repellent, so they won’t get as good a wash. Instead, soften your towels by using one cup of white vinegar about every six weeks; this will remove the soapy residue that makes towels feel rough, bringing back softness while restoring them to full absorbency. Simply run the towels through a regular washing cycle, then redo them using vinegar instead of soap.
USE BAKING SODA.
This will help loosen up fibres and clean off any chemicals or grime, making your towels softer. Just mix half a cup of baking soda with your normal amount of detergent. As an added bonus, baking soda naturally eliminates musty odours that may have built up – say, if you left damp towels lying around in a gym bag or in a pile on the bathroom floor.
LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD.
Don’t put too many towels in your washer at once. Not only will it strain the machine, it won’t allow enough room to rinse out all the dirt and detergent from your towels. The same goes for your dryer; if you overload it, there won’t be enough air in the dryer to properly fluff the fabric. So you’ll get stiff, matted towels, instead of soft, fluffy ones. For most standard machines, try two or three bath towels at a time, along with hand towels and washcloths.
TOSS IN A TENNIS BALL OR DRYER BALL.
Having a few unused tennis balls or dryer balls bouncing around in the dryer helps remove lumps while softening and fluffing your towels.
GO EASY ON THE TUMBLE DRYING.
True, it makes towels fluffier, but the heat from the dryer can damage the integrity towels. So use a lower setting or alternate between air drying and tumble drying. You can also partially dry towels on the line and then finish them up in the dryer. If you prefer line drying, shake the towels out afterwards to fluff up the fibres, or toss them in the dryer on a cool setting for additional softness.
There you have it – the answer to the age-old question ‘How do I keep towels soft and fluffy?’ Follow these self-help tips and your towels will stay plush and fluffy their whole lives.
Getting married? Give your guests a little extra something with a Wedding Bathroom Basket. This great little idea – also known as hospitality baskets or bathroom emergency kits – have become very popular for weddings in South Africa over the last year. Usually, a basket, tray or box, is placed in your reception venue bathrooms and full of first aid items, toiletries, and sanitary products to help your guests with any mini emergencies they may have. And while not essential, the extra effort will certainly be appreciated by guests!
Bathroom Basket List
To help you create the perfect bathroom baskets we’ve compiled this handy little list of items to give you an idea of what to include to help you and your guests enjoy your big day even more.
- Blister Plasters
- Party Feet
- Hand Sanitizer
- Sunscreen (for outdoor weddings)
- Bug Spray (for outdoor weddings)
- Cough drops
Beauty Bits and Items to Freshen Up
- Bobby Pins/Hairgrips
- Hair Bobbins
- Dry Hair Shampoo
- Hair Gel
- Feminine Hygiene Products (tampons and liners etc.)
- Clear Nail Varnish
- Nail File
- Nail Glue
- Lash Glue
- Blotting Paper
- Deodorant (aerosol style so multiple guests can use it)
- Hand Lotion
- Mints and Gum
- Wet Wipes
- Baby Powder (can help with sweaty feet and chaffing!)
- Stain Remover Pen
- Lint Roller
- Safety Pins
- Sewing Kit
- Earring Backs
- Mini bottles of perfume and aftershave (you could pick up samples from beauty counters)
- Body Spray
Tips for Creating the Perfect Wedding Bathroom Baskets
- Grab yourself a nice basket, a pretty decorated box or tray to put your items in but keep in mind the space you will be placing them, make sure the basket isn’t too big for the counter or too small for all the items you are including. If there is no counter space at your venue, ask if a small table can be left in the toilets to hold the bathroom kit.
- Create his and her baskets for ladies and gents’ bathrooms. Tweak the above list by adding in or omitting items.
- Collect product samples throughout your planning, they’re free and they are perfectly sized for bathroom baskets.
- If you have young children attending, don’t put any sort of medication (paracetamol etc) in the basket. Leave these items behind reception and leave a little note in the baskets telling your guests where they can get them if needed.
- Likewise, keep scissors, needles or glue out of reach from little hands.
- Ask a bridesmaid or a family member who is offering to help, to organise this for you. Just send them on this list to print out and they can pick up bits and pieces throughout the planning process.
We hope you find this little checklist helpful for your big day! For more great wedding advice and ideas on how to set up your personal or guest bathrooms, get in touch with us!
Original Article: https://www.onefabday.com/wedding-bathroom-basket-list/
Many people think the kitchen is the heart of the home, but we’d beg to differ! Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home – a place where you can rest, relax and refresh! Bathrooms, along with kitchens, are also among the most important rooms buyers look at when you are selling your home. There are a number of reasons for doing a bathroom remodelling project, and you may have different motivations for different projects. Here are some of the most common reasons to remodel your bathroom.
ADD A BATHROOM
One of the top reasons people begin a bathroom remodelling project is to add a bathroom. Among the most common reasons to add a bathroom are to create a master suite, turn a closet into a half bath or add a bathroom to a floor that doesn’t have one, such as a basement.
Adding a bathroom is an expensive project, especially if it is in an area of the house that is far away from pipes and plumbing connections, so you should ensure you thoroughly weigh the pros and cons of such a project.
EXPAND A BATHROOM
Not everyone has the space or the money to completely add a new bathroom, but a good alternative can be to enlarge and expand an existing bathroom. One common bathroom project is to enlarge a half bath by adding a shower and/or tub. You also might add a tub to a shower. Such projects can be done without too much expense and can greatly add value to your home.
ACCOMMODATE AN AGING RELATIVE OR YOURSELF
As you age, you may need to make changes to your bathroom to better accommodate you. That could involve adding rails and a ledge to your shower, for example. You also might need to make similar changes to one of your bathrooms if an elderly relative such as a parent is going to be moving in with you.
UPDATE YOUR BATHROOM
Bathroom styles, just like those in other rooms in your home, can change over time. Green and yellow toilets and sinks were once all the rage but now would be considered severely dated. Remodelling your bathroom to update with the times is a good reason. It might be as simple as painting it a different colour and updating the fixtures or it could require a complete tear out of everything. Updating is something many San Mateo homeowners do to their bathrooms when they decide to sell their home.
IMPROVE YOUR BATHROOM’S UTILITY
Sometimes, a bathroom in your home may need to be remodelled to increase its utility. That could be to add more storage or to improve the ventilation. You might also want to create a walk-in shower or add a bidet. Or you might add a double sink to accommodate a spouse moving in.
FIX A PLUMBING PROBLEM
Most plumbing problems are minor and are issues you can take care of with minimal work and fuss. However, if you have a leak that is in the walls in your bathroom, requiring you to tear out walls or flooring to fix the problem, it can be a good time to do some remodelling as well.
INSTALL WATER-SAVING DEVICES
Just about any bathroom could be improved in ways that will save water, and remodelling to install water-saving devices is a good reason to do work on your bathroom. Some common water-saving devices are low-flow shower heads and low-flow toilets.
IMPROVE OVERALL ENERGY EFFICIENCY
While saving water is a good goal in your bathroom, why stop there? There are some things you can do to improve your overall energy efficiency in your bathroom. Installing LED or CFL lights will save you on your electricity costs. Putting in a more efficient ventilation fan can also save money on your energy costs. You can make energy-efficient changes on their own or as part of a larger bathroom remodel.
TO MAKE COSMETIC CHANGES
Many people do minor bathroom remodels simply to make a few cosmetic changes and refresh the bathroom’s look.
Even if your bathroom is still in style and not dated, it may still be in need of a refresh. You may give it a new coat of paint or replace your vanity or cabinets. You could replace vinyl flooring with tile or put an acrylic insert in your tub or shower to make it look new.
BECAUSE YOU WANT TO & CAN
You may simply want to remodel your bathroom for no other reason than that you want a change and it will make you feel good. Nothing should stop you from remodelling your bathroom if you have the desire and the money, but you should try to ensure that any changes you make are adding to the resale value of your home or at least not detracting from it.
Get in touch with us to chat about your dream bathroom and let’s bring your ideas to life!
Organising your bathroom can be complicated. You have to worry about space, hygiene and placement in a way that suits your family’s style but is also functional for everyday use. If your bathroom is small or cramped, that’s another hurdle to overcome.
The good news is that small bathroom storage ideas do exist. They might be a little more creative than the ones typically displayed in home and garden magazines, but that just means your space will be unique.
There are a few things to consider when thinking about organisation in a tiny bathroom. Are you taking advantage of the entire space? Are you hanging, hooking, shelving and stacking things both horizontally and vertically? Can you do something more efficiently? For example, instead of folding your towels, can you roll them? Is your design actually functional? Will you use it? Will your kids use it? It’s pointless to install clever shelves and hooks if they’ll be ignored by your family.
If this sounds like a lot to think about, don’t worry. We’ve already done the work for you when it comes to finding and curating small bathroom storage ideas. Here are just a few ways to re-organise your towels and toiletries during your next round of spring cleaning.
Most will agree that baskets make excellent storage. They’re pretty, come in different sizes and shapes, and most are pretty sturdy. Place a few of the same size and colour on your shelves and you have a stylish storage system. Grab a couple of lined baskets from ZARA Home to get this look!
The possibilities are endless when it comes to sprucing up your small space and adding creative details that make keeping it neat and tidy as easy as can be. You spend a lot of time in your bathroom, so make it make you happy with only the best storage ideas.
Need help organising, redesigning or remodelling? We can help. Get in touch with us and let’s get chatting!
So you’re ready to remodel that bathroom. Congratulations! As you probably already know, you’ve got some tasks ahead of you. Even with the help of a professional bathroom designer, a lot of the mental work inevitably falls right on you, the homeowner.
So it’s going to be up to you where you want things to go, how much you want to spend, what you want it to look like and how you want it to function. This step-by-step workbook will help you navigate the process through the planning and conceptual phases. Just remember to keep your eye on the prize, and seek the help and guidance of people who’ve been there before. And above all, plan thoroughly.
Step 1: What Are You Trying to Achieve?
It seems like a simple enough question that should have a simple answer: “Well, I need a new bathroom.” But when embarking on a journey that will take a good chunk out of your time and bank account, you want to get it right. And you want to be happy with the end result.
Before you do anything, think about what your ideal bathroom would be. Forget constraints of money and space; just imagine what you want and what the intended purpose will be. Who is this bathroom for? Is it a master bathroom? A powder bathroom? A kid’s bathroom? How often will it get used and what will the function be?
- How many people will use it?
- How much time do you spend in the bathroom during the morning, afternoon and night?
- What’s your routine – how does your current space hinder it and how could a new space improve it?
- Do you plan to grow old where you live now?
- Do you have medical issues like poor eyesight or arthritis to consider?
- Do you just want something that’s easy to clean?
- Is storage the catalyst? Relaxation?
- Or do you just want to update the look for resale?
- Would your dream bathroom include towel warmers, steam showers, fireplaces or TVs? All these things will help guide you in your decisions.
Why Are You Remodeling?
There are three main reasons people want to remodel a bathroom. (For some, it’s a combination of these or all three.)
- Updating the look. If you’re happy with the layout of your current bathroom but feel it just needs a refresher, then you’ll be focusing your attention on material selection and perhaps new cabinetry or plumbing fixtures.Pay attention to the age of your home and the remodels done by previous homeowners. Putting new tile over a foundation rife with dry rot or severely outdated or junky plumbing is only delaying a potentially huge problem down the road. You may want to wait until you can do a complete job right.
- Resale value. If you’re updating your bathroom to sell, you’ll want to look at what potential buyers might want. While it’s hard to anticipate what a random buyer is looking for, you can do a little research on what appeals to the majority of homeowners.
- Better functionality and more storage. Perhaps you’ve always hated how the door swings open and hits the vanity, or you’re tired of stacking toilet paper on the toilet reservoir and seeing makeup on the counter. Maybe you never use the bathtub and long for a larger shower. Or wish for two sinks instead of one. Or crave more natural light.
This level of remodelling will likely have you gutting the space, and possibly rearranging the elements within it and rerouting the plumbing. This would result in an all-new bathroom. This category would be on the higher end too.
Step 2: Research and Budget
Before you get ahead of yourself, it’s best to know what you will be able to spend. You probably already have an idea of what you can afford, so the first thing you’ll want to understand is how much a bathroom remodel is going to cost. The median spend on master bathroom remodels in South Africa is R25 000, according to a 2018 OXO bathroom trends study.
Consider whether you’re after a basic remodel, a mid- to upper-range one or a deluxe remodel, and always factor in a cushion of at least 10 to 20 percent more for unforeseen costs that might arise.
Remember: To keep costs down, see if you can make your updates without moving any of the existing plumbing or wiring.
Step 3: Find a Professional
Whether or not to hire a professional for any part of your project is up to you. If you know what you want and where to find what you need, and are confident that your ideas will work, then the design phase could be left up to you.
But know that a professional bathroom designer may be able to think of things you may not have considered – like adding a skylight or rearranging the space in a creative way to maximize functionality and efficiency.
There are different ways you can work with a designer. A little guidance from a design consultation or a more developed vision with a design plan may be all you need to get started. For particularly complicated jobs, full design services are probably best.
If you’re comfortable tackling the demolition, construction and installation yourself, you may not need a general contractor. But it’s a project that can quickly get out of your grasp. If you lack experience, a bathroom remodel could take you several times as long as a professional to complete, and the result might still be of poor quality.
The complexity of routing plumbing, laying tile and flooring, installing vanities and toilets, and more leaves way too much room for error, and you’re likely to mess something up, lose money and end up with a bathroom that’s full of flaws. If you want to cut down a little on your budget, stick to straightforward tasks like painting.
For major structural changes, you may need to hire an architect. Plumbing and electrical work are almost always hired out. In some places, it’s required by law. When in doubt, hire a pro to help.
Step 4: Refine Your Plan
Gather photos of bathrooms you like. You can create a concept book to store and organize photos of layouts, styles, finishes and more. For example, you may like how the toilet, vanity and shower are laid out in one particular photo but don’t necessarily like the style, colour or materials in that space.
If your dream bathroom doesn’t seem as though it could ever fit in the space you have, think about what’s on the other side of the bathroom walls. Can you steal space from an adjacent closet, bedroom or another unused area? Is it possible to punch out from your home to create more room?
Other options to consider are whether or not you want the toilet out in the open or in its own water closet. What kinds of special storage you need – for the hair dryer, makeup, shaving kit and more. How to get more natural light. Or even how to incorporate sinks and vanities to fit your height and that of your spouse or partner.
Can you create a transition area that connects through a closet and dressing area and then out to the hallway, so you don’t have to wake your spouse or partner while getting ready in the morning? There’s almost no end to what you can dream up and execute, so think ahead and plan accordingly to get everything you want.
And it may seem mundane, but something as simple as where the outlets will go can have a huge impact on your morning routine. Do you charge your phone in the bathroom? Use a hair dryer or other devices?
Now is when you will want to make a plan for how you’ll access the power source. Other considerations may include things like where you should put the toilet or even where you will keep the toilet paper.
Choosing the style of bathroom you want can be complicated. Designers recommend that you look to the rest of your house for a jumping-off point. For example, you probably don’t want to do an industrial-style bathroom in a Craftsman home.
Again, look to photos that inspire you and gather as many ideas as possible, leaving nothing to chance. With so much going on during a remodel, it would be a shame to make a knee-jerk decision on a material or style that in the end, you won’t be happy with because you didn’t make the time to plan for it.
Step 5: Approve the Schematic Design
In this phase, you’ll be reviewing sketches and preliminary floor plans and elevations that show the layout of your planned bathroom and the size of its components, like the vanity and any cabinetry.
The point here is to get the major elements and spacing down before moving forward, not to have a complete picture of how the finished bathroom will look in terms of colour and materials.
Once the measurements and sizes are nailed down, then you will know how many square feet of tile you’ll need to order or how big of a marble slab you’ll need for the countertop. You or your designer can use this info to start shopping around for prices on materials.
These drawings, sketches and scope of work will be used to interview contractors to start getting estimates.
Step 6: Choose Your Materials, Finishes and Colors
You’ve likely been planning for this remodel for quite some time and already have your concept book with inspiration photos breaking down how you want your space to look.
Now’s the time to research materials so you’ll have at least have some working knowledge and be able to have a good conversation with your designer or supplier. For example, marble looks great, but it’s a pain to maintain. Maybe you want to look at easy-to-clean options. Maybe you didn’t know that wood can indeed work in bathrooms or weren’t aware of the great stone possibilities.
Though the selections in this phase seem endless, here’s a general rundown of what you’ll be choosing:
Step 7: Work on Design Development and Construction Documents
At this stage, you should be actively reviewing the floor plan, elevations, tile layout and any other relevant drawings associated with your project. More planning means fewer mistakes will come up.
Also, you want to be kept up to speed on everything that goes into your project – what materials will be used and how they will be laid out. If something isn’t specified in construction drawings, such as general tile layout or how you want trim pieces in your shower niche to look, chances are your tile installer will make a decision on the spot, especially if you’re not around on the day of installation.
This stage will also encompass the permit process. If you’re working with a knowledgeable professional, he or she will take this up, as they are skilled at navigating the process and working with contacts they’ve made at the local planning office. If you’re doing a lot of the work yourself, you’ll need to brush up on what permits you’ll need, and where and how to submit drawings.
Step 8: Get Estimates From Contractors
It’s common knowledge that you should get three separate estimates from licensed contractors for your project. If you’re already working with a designer, he or she may know skilled people or can help you interview different professionals to make sure they’re right for the job.
And it helps to know a little about what’s in a contractor’s bid. Don’t let the highest bid scare you, and don’t immediately jump on the lowest bid.
Step 9: Plan for Installation and Get Ready for Demo
As mentioned, there’s a lot that goes into a bathroom remodel. Depending on the size and scope of your project, the process can take six weeks to eight months or more. And while some of it can be done on the fly, you’re much better off the more prepared you are.
It’s ideal to have every last detail planned, and every material picked out and ordered, before construction starts. The last thing you want is to get halfway through your remodel and have to tell your construction crew to take a two-week break while you wait for that back-ordered marble to arrive from Italy.
You’ll want to nail down the nuts and bolts of how things will flow and where things will generally be placed. You’ll need a dry space to store your materials, so you’ll need to plan on where you’re going to keep everything while construction is underway. Can you make space in your garage or on the side of your house?
Are you prepared for the project and disruption? What time will the workers be there, and will someone be on-site to answer questions and oversee the construction? Will it affect your work schedule or any trips? Where will you shower during construction? Who in your family will be available should something come up? Think about how long the crew will be there and if the materials will arrive in time. Any last-minute decisions need to take top priority to ensure a smooth-running project.
Step 10: Make a Post-Completion Punch List
We recommend that you keep all receipts, contracts, warranties and product information (so you understand how to care for and maintain the materials).
Nevertheless, it’s highly likely that your bathroom remodel will have something wrong, overlooked, broken, scratched or missing — a dent in the wall, a malfunctioning drawer, messy caulk.
Now’s the time to make a list of these things, either in an informal email or more formal document. Get it into the hands of the person responsible for correcting the mistakes, and include a date by which the work should be completed. It’s probable that your contractor will have to return for several visits to address these concerns. Don’t fret. It’s an inevitable outcome of such a complex undertaking. Try to remember that everyone makes little mistakes and that they’ll get fixed.
Step 11: Decorate
Congratulations on your new bathroom! Now it’s time to make it look nice with the right towels, mats, soap holders, accessories and more. And if you have kids, don’t forget to childproof your bathroom.