What is a Realistic Bathroom Remodeling Budget?

When planning for your bathroom remodel, you may be wondering what a realistic number might be to set as your maximum budget. Unlike kitchens, which can be worth spending up to 25 percent of your home’s value, bathrooms typically should be budgeted between 5 to 10 percent of your home’s value. This makes remodeling a bathroom about half as expensive as your kitchen, mostly because there is considerably less cabinetry involved. Read more

5 Bathroom Trends to Watch in 2016

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home. While you want it to obviously be functional and practical, you still want it to look good, right? If you’re looking for some design ideas, we’ve compiled five popular bathroom design trends prevalent in 2016. While you don’t have to buy into the latest trends, we hope that you can get some ideas for what you’d like to integrate into your bathroom when the time comes to remodel. Read more

Making the Best Use of a Small Basement

Finished basements are a great way to add additional square footage to your living space. But after factoring in the mechanicals, you may find you only have a few hundred square feet to work with. You may have planned on using your basement as a rental space. In that case, you probably want at least a kitchenette and full bath down there. This may not prove to be realistic with the available space. So what can you do with the otherwise underutilized room?

Playroom or Gameroom

Need a space for younger children to keep all their toys so they aren’t all over the house? A basement playroom could be perfect for your needs. A quiet place to play tha

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t doesn’t involve playthings being in the walking areas can relieve stress for you. If you have older children, or they outgrow it, you can turn it into a game room. Older kids and adults alike can enjoy this sort of space. The most popular features in a game room can include billiards and foosball tables, perhaps even a dart board. Some also include gaming systems and gaming or beanbag chairs. Of course, you can’t leave out a reading and study area with comfortable seating and plenty of reading material.

Home Theater

In smaller homes, you may not have the perfect spot to watch movies comfortably. Making a spot in the basement for a home theater could be perfect. All you need is a big screen TV, entertainment equipment, good speakers, and comfortable sofas and/or chairs. Having a small refrigerator and perhaps a small half bath would make it the perfect entertainment center for your home. A small home theater can share space with a kids’ playroom or game room, as well. All of these items are available at a fraction of the cost they were in the recent past. This is most likely due to the higher demand.

Exercise Room

Need a place for your exercise equipment? Do you long for an out of the way place to practice aerobics, dance, or yoga?  Perhaps you have a child who is participating in ballet, cheer, gymnastics, or other activities requiring a dance or exercise area. An exercise room or dance room can be a fine solution. You’ve probably seen rooms with full length mirrors on the wall. The mirrors are optional, but complete the space, as well as make it feel larger. In any case, you don’t need too much room for it. It may even be possible to hold a small dance studio for friends or clients in the space.

Extra Bedroom for Older Child

Have an older or adult child who really doesn’t want to share a room. A common solution is to put a bedroom in the basement. It’s perhaps the most famous use of a small basement space. Bear in mind that basement bedrooms may not be considered “legal” bedrooms if they lack designated closet space or easy egress access. But the functional space is probably the easiest way to utilize the area. Discuss with your contractor the best ways to utilize the space for your specific needs.


Designing Your Kitchen For Optimal Pantry Space

Every kitchen needs a good pantry space. But some are designed without that consideration. That’s when a total redesign may be necessary for the best functionality. Here are some points to consider when working with a contractor to design your kitchen for optimal pantry space. Read more

Is it Easy to Convert a Half Bath Into a Full Bath?

Half baths, also known as water closets or powder rooms, can be very useful in a home. They add a household convenience and can fit into a small space. But if your household has outgrown your home’s complement of full baths, you may be considering converting your existing half bath or half baths into a full bathroom.

Converting an Existing Closet Into New Bathroom Space

One of the common ways to expand the space available is to remove an adjoining closet, as many half baths are next to existing closet space. Sometimes, closets themselves are large enough spaces to be utilized as half baths already. Combining these spaces can provide enough room for a shower stall, bathtub, and additional storage space. The storage space in the expanded bathroom may be able to be used for some of the same items that would have been in the old closet, such as cleaning supplies. Read more