Bathroom Addition: Should You Choose Ceramic or Porcelain Tiles?
When it comes to bathrooms, a lot of people would think of getting tiles for the bathroom flooring. Regardless of a planned home addition design or a bathroom renovation, having a nice bathroom should be planned accordingly. There are a lot of things to consider when building or renovating a bathroom – from the countertop material to the shape of the bathtub that will suit the bathroom. You might even want to consider whether to put indoor plants in your bathroom area. But for now, we have to think about which type of flooring to put in the bathroom. All about bathroom flooring Two of the most popular bathroom flooring are ceramic and porcelain tiles. They may seem like the same thing. A lot of people wouldn’t even think about a specific floor tile as long as it looks nice and is specifically meant for bathrooms. It is understandable, though. Not everyone knows the difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles. They are both used usually for bathrooms and the same installation process. Perhaps one type of tile is a little expensive than the other. But just how do they differ from each other? For one thing, ceramic and porcelain belong to the same type of tiles called ceramics. This type of tile is made from organic earthen clays and then hardened using heat. But lately, porcelain tiles had their own flooring category as it is said to have different specs from other bathroom tiles. Nonetheless, you should consider the type of bathroom material to use when planning on building a home addition. One factor to consider aside from color and design is its water absorption level. What’s with ceramic tiles? Ceramic tiles are usually made from coarse clay mixed with a small amount of fine kaolin clay. Likewise, it does not have the same additives as those in porcelain clay. Ceramic tiles also tend to be a little porous than porcelain tiles, though it may not be a big deal especially if the former is treated with glaze. Ceramic tiles are also less expensive than porcelain tiles (starts at $.50 per square foot) and used indoors only. Ceramic tiles usually come in monochromatic colors. You can ask professional home remodeling architects whether ceramic tiles will suit your budget and bathroom design. As mentioned, ceramic tiles are more porous than porcelain bathroom tiles. On the upside, ceramic tiles can resist heat better than porcelain, which is why the former can be a good countertop material. As for care and maintenance, ceramic tiles are not that difficult to clean. As bathroom tile material, it needs regular mopping and period sealing. Glazed ceramic tiles also have less tendency to absorb water. But if you have unglazed tiles, you might have to apply sealers on the whole tiles. What’s with porcelain tiles? Meanwhile, porcelain tiles have a lower water absorption rate. Like ceramic tiles, porcelain tiles also use kaolin clay but with a mix of feldspar and quartz. Unlike ceramic tiles, porcelain can mimic different materials like marble and wood grains. That is why porcelain tiles are a good choice if you want that […]Read more
Planning a Bathroom Makeover? Here are Some Upcoming Bathroom Trends This 2020
We are almost at the end of the first quarter and about to usher in the second quarter of the year. What have you accomplished in terms of home improvement, so far? It’s not too late to start renovating your home, one day at a time. Maybe you can start as simple as changing your bedroom carpet or rearranging your living room furniture. Or perhaps consider planning for a home addition design. In such a case, you should hire a professional home addition builder. There are a lot of additions or renovations you can do for your home. For example, you can plan a living room extension or bedroom addition. Or perhaps upgrade your bathroom in time for 2020! Bathroom trends this 2020 Just when you think your bathroom seems fine, you can be wrong. You can do more for your bathroom but you might be too busy focusing on other parts of your home. That is why it might be high time for a bathroom makeover. Before that, you need to look for experienced home remodeling architects to help you with your home improvement project. Before that, you need to know the latest bathroom trends for the year 2020. Perhaps this is the right time to have a bathroom makeover. Out with the old and in with the new! You will definitely love these following bathroom renovation ideas you can try soon. Bath fixtures with brass or gold finishes Brass and gold are back especially for bathroom fixtures this year. From toilets, sinks, showers, and other bathroom fixtures, you can enjoy a classic and luxurious bathing experience every time. Industrial-themed bathrooms Not everyone may find this bathroom design appealing. However, this bathroom design is definitely back in style for this year. It’s tough and edgy, yet modern and classy appeal will be the norm in many households. If you are aiming for an urban and modern-looking home, you should consider this bathroom design on your next home improvement project. Woody accents The cool grey theme is out, and warm woody accents and tones are becoming popular once again! Various wood shades can match different bathroom themes – they’re basically versatile. This is also one home addition design you would want to consider. Open showers and huge bathtubs Open showers are still in this year, as well as huge luxurious bathtubs. Add ambient lighting, asymmetrical mirrors, and “floating” vanity cabinets and you will have a bathroom that you can be proud to let your guests use. Get that wallpaper back Just when you think wallpapers are only for bedrooms, you are wrong. Wallpapers with bold and intricate patterns will surely make your bathroom look more interesting. To avoid peeling and moisture issues, you can install wallpaper in the powder area. Bathroom trends you should not look back… for now For your home improvement needs, you should call reliable home addition companies. On the other hand, you might want to avoid these following bathroom designs for now. Anything pink – rose gold or anything with pink hues, stay away for now. Tiles with hexagonal shapes – you can opt for simple-looking […]Read more
Bathtub or Shower: Which Should You Choose?
Choosing between a shower and a bathtub can be hard especially if you are planning to have a bathroom renovation. Both options also have different styles and designs you can choose from. Regardless of your final choice, you should hire professional home remodeling addition services to do the bathroom installation job. A bathroom makeover is an exciting yet challenging task for a homeowner. Exciting, because you can finally give your current bathroom a fresher and updated look. Challenging, because of the cost implications and some steps you need to take while the renovation is ongoing. You can find affordable home additions companies for your home improvement needs. The question still remains: Should you choose a bathtub or a shower? It will be a matter of personal preference and needs. You may opt for home addition design services so you can have a better idea of which option can suit your bathroom needs. Bathtub: Pros and Cons On one hand, having a bathtub in your bathroom seems like a luxury. However, bathtubs are also a staple among many households around the world. Among its noted benefits include the following: It is a great way to relax after a busy day. Dipping your tired body in a tub filled with hot water can make you feel relaxed and calm after a day’s work. You can add essential oils to soothe your mind and body while inside the tub. It can be a fun way to bathe small children. Bathtubs can be ideal for families with small kids. They will surely love having a mini “pool” inside the bathroom where they can splash, play, and enjoy their bath time. It is available in different designs. There are freestanding bathtubs and also ones that are attached to the wall and floors. The former has different designs you can choose from and can be placed anywhere within the bathroom area. On the other hand, there are some instances wherein bathtubs may not be a good addition for a home remodel. It may not be suitable for the elderly and those with injuries. Unless there will be someone to assist them, then having a bathtub can still be a good idea. Otherwise, it can lead to further injuries such as accidental slipping. It needs a lot of space and water. If you have a small bathroom, then having a bathtub may be out of your option. It also needs a lot of water to fill it in, which may not be practical if you bathe in the bathtub every day. Shower: Pros and Cons And then there’s the shower. Depending on the design, it can make your bathroom look luxurious as well. It also has its pros and cons. First, are the benefits. It is water-efficient. You can instantly use the shower unlike when you use a bathtub where you need to wait to be filled so you can get in. There is no basically water wastage when you use the shower. Once you’re done bathing, simply turn the shower knob off. It is ideal for people on-the-go. People tend to get busy all the time, […]Read more
Choosing The Right Vanity Mirror Size
During the final touches of any home addition design, many would agree that the most overlooked items are the mirror or the bathroom vanity mirror. Technically, the moment you look at it, you tend to see a reflection of everything else around you before you even see the actual mirror itself. Though treated that way sometimes, a great looking mirror is one of the most important components in any room, most especially in the bathroom. When it comes to its style, size, and shape, you will never run out of choices and here are some tips that you can use to be able to take home the best mirror perfect for your vanity area. How To Choose A Vanity Mirror Sizing Your Mirror There are two things that you should look into when choosing the size of your ideal mirror: Proportion and Function. To achieve a balanced look in your bathroom, visualize the size of your mirror based on your vanity space. Ideally, your vanity mirror should not be bigger or wider than the space itself. The easiest and safest way to pick one is by choosing a mirror that is almost as wide as the space you wanted it to be placed. Some opt for a custom-sized mirror because you won’t find a pre-made vanity mirror that will exactly fit the width of your bathroom vanity area. The perfect functional vanity mirror should only reach at least 30 centimeters over and under your eye line or whoever will be using the bathroom. Hence, the more height you apply, the better, because it can provide a wider viewing angle and space. Single vs. Multiple Bathroom Sinks If you have a bigger bathroom designed to cater more people, you have to have a wider and spacious vanity area, even more, if you have multiple sinks. This leaves you with the option of either using multiple mirrors or just a single vanity mirror that is wide enough to service the entire room. You can have multiple skinny and tall mirror if you wanted to give the bathroom a bit of an upright view. With this, you have to consider the height, especially if you have a high ceiling. Although, you still have the option of using one large vanity mirror you’re okay seeing more of your bathroom’s opposite walls. Also, you are free to use multiple mirrors even when you only have one sink. In fact, when you place a mirror at the center of the sink and then add another mirror symmetrical to your center mirror, it actually balances the look of the room even more. Consider A Bathroom Appeal Sconces Having sconces in between a vanity area is one of the reasons why smaller mirrors are being chosen and installed. Technically, you can install vanity lights anywhere within your bathroom nook, but having them beside the mirror provides more light for the face which is more functional and convenient. Wall-to-Wall Mirrors If you prefer to use a more stylish approach in sizing your vanity mirror, ignore the size of the vanity and instead use mirrors as wall accents. This will […]Read more
Time To Spice Up Your Bathroom
So you have already set your heart on pushing a home renovation project this year with the help of the trusted architects’ builder in your area. You’ve got your kitchen, living room and probably the bedroom on your checklist, however, there are amazing and cool bathroom designs that might fit your taste. Imagine preparing for the day in a stylish bathroom like it has transported you to a different place, nothing beats that experience. So if you wanted to have an awesome mood and an inspiring spirit before you head out your bedroom try giving your bathroom the kind of twist that you will surely be proud of. Give Your Bathroom A New Face-lift Reshaping some parts of your home is like opening your doors to new beginnings and experiences. Trying out the latest bathroom designs will give you the opportunity to embrace a fresh start as well as for the rest of your family. The Secret Of The Misty Interiors Many had believed that once you’ve used darker hues in your interior it will make the room smaller and it never worked with bathrooms as well. But that belief has changed now and it was a good overturn. You just have to make the right blend of light and dark combinations where the darker colors are used in smaller areas and amounts. One great effect is the small dark wall and wooden floor combination while everything else is white or chestnut colored bathroom furnishings. The Rose Gold Effect Thanks to the rose gold version of the latest iPhone many designers have seen the glamour in this hue. Incorporating this color in your bathroom revamp will definitely give your space a different personality. Just imagine how limitless colors can be when used in your indoor façade. The Classis Grey This color scheme may seem laid back, but it’s actually a trend this year. Needless to say, the grey bathroom will just provide you with elegance in a subtle way. It offers you both the traditional and modernized bathroom setting that will last for years. It means you don’t have to worry that your bathroom fashion statement will just soon be a fad because it surely is too vogue to become one. Make Way For the J-Shaped Theme Have you heard of the J-shaped bathroom design? If not, then you can probably opt to this bath fashion if you wanted to give your bath space a trendy, millennial look. The common bath shapes that have been overused in the market are the L-shaped and the P-shape baths, but now with the J-shaped pattern, your bathroom area will instantly give out a fashionable and an up-to-date charm. The Old-School Patterned Tiles Another classic, but surely have stood the test of the interior fashion industry, patterned tiles continue to make an impression in such an improving way. If you’re aware of the Victorian, Moroccan, and the Spanish tiles then you can already picture how the patterned tiles look like. One way of providing your bathroom a statement is by using plain hues on the walls and patterned tiled as your bath flooring. There […]Read more