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Design Tips for Your Ideal Bathroom

How to turn your bathroom into a luxurious spa experience

Your bathroom is sanctuary, a place to get away, a spa-like retreat in the comfort of your own home. When it comes to creating the bathroom of your dreams, it’s important to consider the aspects of balance, functionality, and aesthetically-pleasing design. Keep the following tips top of mind for your bathroom renovation plans.

Indulge in Luxury Features

Want to make your bathroom feel like a luxury resort? Opt for radiant heated flooring. Nothing feels better first thing in the morning or after a shower than stepping onto a warm floor. If you have enough space in your bathroom and are really looking to enhance the coziness, a fireplace is a unique, inviting, and relaxing feature to include.

Enhance your shower experience by installing a rainfall style showerhead. According to a recent Houzz survey, rain showerheads are among the most popular features a bathroom can offer. Not only will this upgrade make showering more enjoyable, as a highly sought-after amenity, it enhances the value of your space. When updating your tub, make room for two and include spa jets. After a hard day’s work, a nice soak might be just the therapy your body needs.

Set the Mood with Lighting

Proper lighting adds life to any bathroom, regardless of size. Looking to give your space a soft, dreamy glow? Incorporate recessed or LED strip lighting to create subtle ambiance. For an extra boost of beauty, incorporate a chandelier into your design. A simple and effective way to enhance the versatility of your bathroom lighting is to install a dimmer setting to your fixtures.

Maximize Efficiency

Part of designing your dream bathroom means increasing the efficiency of the products you use most frequently. Not only will upgrading to efficient products minimize your impact on the environment, it will also cut down on your energy bills. Toilet flushing accounts for over a quarter of total indoor water use. To decrease the amount of water your toilet uses, install a dual flush, low-flow toilet. When it comes to the shower and sink, state-of-the-art technology gives you the option of installing high efficiency fixtures without sacrificing water pressure.   

Focus on Flooring Material

If you’re looking for a way to visually expand the space of your bathroom, go with a neutral stone floor. For a lavish look, consider installing marble floors. Going for a more personalized feel? Tile is highly customizable and can bring your bathroom to life with different design variations and color options. If you crave a more natural looking variance on your floor, consider river rock for a lively, flowing, yet rustic look.

Choose an Ageless Layout

If you plan to be in your house for a long time or if you’re raising children, make sure your bathroom layout is one that emphasizes ease of use. Incorporating slip-resistant, textured flooring is a wise place to start. Another feature of a safe bathroom is a flat entry shower. This minimizes the risk of tripping over a step and adds a clean, linear look to your space. Installing a bench in your shower is another great way to enhance its safety and provides both seating and storage options.

Get Input from the Professionals

Consult with a design build firm when scoping your bathroom redesign endeavor. The experts at Factor Design Build help you budget, plan, and execute every detail of your new bathroom. Our experienced in-house team includes contractors and interior designers who will guide you in the process of designing the bathroom of your dreams.

Contact Factor Design Build to turn your bathroom into a luxurious spa!

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Making the Most of Your Home’s Space

How to Optimize your Home’s Floor Plan for Maximum Living Space

Homeowners have a variety of choices when it comes to altering the interior of their homes or investing in a full-on addition. Before making the decision to increase your home’s footprint, consider how you’re already using your space. Adding on to your house is a big undertaking that could offer you major benefits in the long run but there are incremental changes you might be able to make in the meantime.

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Key Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering Building a Home Addition

4 Questions to Ask Yourself If You’re Considering a Home Addition

After much research, you’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time to start planning your home addition. When everything is said and done, adding onto your house will give you more space, improve your quality of life, and enhance the resale value of your property. Before moving forward with your home addition project, consider these key questions.

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3 Easy Ways to Add Value to your Kitchen

Add Lasting Value to Your Kitchen with Simple Upgrades

Kitchen remodels are one of the most exciting projects homeowners undertake. It’s your opportunity to tailor your space precisely to your needs and desires. From kitchen countertops to state-of-the-art appliances, there are changes both big and small that you can make to boost your home’s value. It’s true that a great kitchen sells a home, so consider these elements when planning your remodel or renovation.

Make Countertops Count

Walking into your kitchen, countertops are likely one of the first features that catch your eye. Your countertops offer you a lot in terms of functionality, but they are also a chance to highlight your artistic side. When upgrading your kitchen countertops, consider the value a wise investment offers you. Here are some of the most value-boosting countertops to consider:

Quartzite:

Derived from naturally-occurring metamorphic rock, quartzite countertops make a beautiful statement when properly sealed, polished, and maintained. Offering vibrant white and grey hues, quartzite stone swims with movement and is among the most durable, heat-resistant countertop choices.

Granite:

Bringing the outdoors in, granite is a striking stone available in hundreds of color combinations, hailing from all corners of the globe. A family-friendly countertop choice with several finishing options, granite countertops are an enduring and elegant way to increase your kitchen’s wow-factor.

Concrete:

Countertops crafted from concrete revolutionize the look and feel of your kitchen. A highly customizable option, concrete can be pigmented, dyed, textured, or left as is for a more industrial feel. If you want your modern concrete countertop to really shine, topical sealers like epoxy and urethane will produce a high-impact glossy finish.

Other countertop options include marble, tile, wood, soapstone, and stainless steel.

Think of Your Sink

Whether you’re embarking on a full kitchen remodel or looking to make minor upgrades, the kitchen sink is a smart place to start. Among the most used items in your kitchen, the sink is an opportunity to offer your space both beauty and practicality. Depending on your lifestyle and aesthetic taste, there are a variety of sink styles to choose from.

Undermount Sinks:

Seamless and sleek, undermount sinks are installed below your kitchen countertop. With no raised edge or lip, these sunken structures make cleaning debris a breeze.

Apron-Front Farmhouse Sinks:

Offering a charming, custom feel, apron-front farmhouse sinks are a favorite focal point among fans of the rustic, old-fashioned look.

Double Basin Sinks: Designed for multi-tasking, double basin sinks are popular among cooking connoisseurs as they offer separate spaces for rinsing and preparing without the need for sterilization.

In terms of material for your kitchen sink, consider stainless steel, granite composite, enameled cast iron or fireclay. An experienced interior designer will inform you of options that best fit your budget.

Upgrade Your Appliances

Great kitchens emphasize the beauty of details. If you’re looking for an easy way to increase the value of your home’s kitchen without spending your remodeling budget all at once, start by addressing your appliances. Upgrading to high-end appliances will make your kitchen feel more finished and expensive.

Involving next to no construction, kitchen appliance upgrades are relatively stress-free and can increase the functionality of your space exponentially. Start with the most used appliances like your refrigerator, stove, microwave, and (especially) dishwasher. With so many brands to choose from, keep these highly sought-after names at the top of your list:

Viking:

An iconic name in cooking, Viking offers appliances in stainless steel and colored options including dishwashers, microwaves, ranges, refrigerators, and ventilation hoods.

Thermador:

More affordable than its competitors, Thermador offers generous rebate packages and is a brand name that will pique the interest of anyone who sets foot in your kitchen.

Gaggenau: 

One of the most stylish names in kitchen appliances, German-engineered Gaggenau offers appliances for cooking, ventilation, refrigeration, baking, and even coffee.

Additional names you may want to consider when upgrading your kitchen appliances include Miele, Sub-Zero, La Cornue, and Jenn-Air.

Creating Value in Your Kitchen

A great deal of time, effort and sometimes money will go into any kitchen upgrade or remodel. Opportunities to add value to your kitchen are vast. Kitchen upgrades that will increase the resale value of your home are usually bigger investments, but if you want to start small, try a fresh coat of paint or a modern window fixture and see where your imagination takes you!