North Shore Kitchens is a full service building and home renovation contractor on Long Island. They are considered the kitchen and bathroom remodeling experts. With a long history in the construction industry, they originally started out as kitchen designers but expanded their services to include bathroom remodeling for homes throughout Long Island.
Homeowners on Long Island trust North Shore Kitchens to design, remodel and update many of the rooms in their homes. Bathrooms are a very popular room to remodel these days and there are many options available to redesign and create a beautiful and luxurious bathroom in your Long Island home.
If you have decided to remodel the bathroom in your Long Island home, you should start by doing some research to help you decide which type of theme or design will work best. There are many things to consider when you plan your bathroom remodeling project.
According to HGTV.com , “When it comes to the bathroom, there’s a lot going on in a relatively small space. You need to focus on style and function.” A bathroom is a functional space that can be extended to be stylish and luxurious. It can even become an escape or a haven from the rest of the house or a stressful day. An article on HGTV.com adds, “When it comes to the bathroom, there’s a whole lot going on in a relatively small space. Bathrooms are becoming so much more than a room that takes care of a function. It can be compared to how a TV room has evolved into a home theater with surround sound.”
So where do you begin? When you start thinking about remodeling your bathroom, there are many things to keep in mind. What type of design are you looking for? Do you have a color scape in mind? Will you be replacing the entire bathroom or just the fixtures for your remodeling project?
Most homes on Long Island have more than one bathroom. Which bathroom are you remodeling? Different bathrooms in the home have different purposes and the space layout, appliances, colors and fixtures you choose for a master bath will be very different from what you want for a powder room or a half bath in your basement.
Types of Bathrooms
Consider the following types of bathrooms when you plan the remodeling project in your Long Island home. What category does your bathroom fall in to? Once you determine the type of bathroom that you have – coming up with a design plan will be much easier.
The master bathroom sanctuary is much more than just a toilet, sink, shower and tub. The master bathroom, especially, is where you can get away from it all and unwind at the end of the day. The master bathroom design is equally about function and setting a relaxing mood. This is often a private space, used only by the homeowners. Chances are, this room is often shared and space allowances must be made for two. A master bath is often larger than a regular bathroom. If your current master bath is not big enough, do you want to make it larger?
For homes without a master bathroom, the full bath (or family bath) is the bathroom that everyone uses. It can be a high-traffic space, and for this reason, functionality is the theme. This bathroom must work for everyone. When planning a full bathroom remodel and new design, take the time to seriously review how you use the space and set goals for your remodel so you can stay on track as you make important decisions about floor plan, layout, fixtures, flooring, tiles and more.
Three Quarter Bath
This bathroom is ideal for overnight guests or to be used as a second bathroom. Chances are that this is not your only family bathroom. By focusing some attention to detail and design in this bathroom, you can convert a functional space into a comfortable, stylish place to take care of your everyday bathroom activities.
Half Bath or Powder Room
Powder rooms, sometimes referred to as half baths, are smaller bathrooms that often have only a toilet and a sink. They are often considered a guest bathroom for use when you are entertaining. This small space however, allows you to make a powerful statement with the design that you choose.
When you are designing a new bathroom in your Long Island home, consider the following factors and ask yourself the following questions before you decide on any final bathroom designs.
Choosing the Best Design Features for Your Bathroom Remodeling Project
There are so many features to consider when you are remodeling a bathroom. Keep in mind the theme of your Long Island home and the theme and design that you want to create for your new bathroom. Following are some features to consider for your new bathroom.
Spacious Showers – Showers today can include body sprays, rain shower heads, hand showers, multiple shower heads, therapeutic lights, seats, and infinity drains. A step-in shower without a curb (known as a Roman style shower) is safe for people of all ages. Some builders are choosing to bundle the shower and tub in one tiled area by placing the freestanding tub in the center of the shower zone.
Countertops for a Children’s Bathroom – Rather than counting on step stools to boost small children up so they can reach the sink and faucet, consider lowering the countertop.
Durable Fixtures – If children use the bathroom, don’t choose high-end plumbing fixtures that won’t hold up to yanking and pulling. Choose faucets that are easy to turn on and off, and easy to clean and maintain.
Tub-Shower Combo – A space-saving and economical choice is the traditional bathtub-shower unit for families who depend on the full bathroom for their “house tub.” In many cases, the master bath might be equipped with only a shower.
Soaker Tubs – Tubs are optional in the master bath. But if a good soak is how you like to unwind, you can add a tub that features heated air jets that emit warmth and bubbles. These tubs have been replacing water-jet Jacuzzi tubs. Also, tubs are less likely to be positioned in a corner where they take up valuable square footage space.
Separate Toilet Rooms – Hiding the toilet behind closed doors within the master bath gives everyone more privacy, especially when the space will be used by more than one person at a time. Ventilation and lighting are key in this closed off space, and it’s nice to a dedicated vanity with storage if possible.
Vanity Privacy – Dual sink vanities gain privacy when a shelving unit is posited between the sinks.
Sink Styles – Under mounted sinks offer a sleek look and make countertop cleanup a cinch.
Heated floors – Stepping onto a warm tile floor is comforting on a cold winter day. Radiant heat can be placed below tiles for a reasonable price. Radiant heat mats that don’t use a lot of energy are also an option for specific areas in the bathroom.
Ample Storage – A linen closet positioned in a bathroom is a great convenience and allows the user to access towels and toiletries right in the bathroom.
Color Choices – A natural or neutral color scheme can create a peaceful environment, from fixtures to tile. Darker shades can be dramatic however they can also make a space look smaller.
Tile – There are so many options in bathroom tile. Marble, porcelain and ceramic tiles are available in so many different styles and color schemes.
There are many other design and practical features to consider for your new bathroom:
If you are interested in remodeling the bathroom in your Long Island home, contact North Shore Kitchens Inc. They have years of experience designing and remodeling bathrooms, kitchens and various rooms in homes throughout Long Island. Give them a call at 631-673-7575.