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Upscale Bathroom
A bathroom remodel is always a good idea  

While real estate markets are cyclical, one thing that is constant is the features potential homebuyers look for in their home and it almost always seems to start in the bathroom. In fact, a 2007 report showed an upscale bathroom remodel recouped 93.2 percent of the costs and a midrange bathroom addition recouped 86.4 percent. This means that a bathroom remodel is always a good idea; whether you are looking to sell your home in the near future or live in it for years to come.

In older homes you will typically find that there is only one bathroom. As a family grows so does the need for your bathroom to grow. Whether you are looking to add a new bathroom to your home, expand your current bathroom, or just give your old bathroom a facelift, here are a few tips to keep in mind before you begin your project.

Lighting
When planning the lighting for your bathroom, be careful not to fall in to the shadow trap. Recessed lighting fixtures are very popular these days and are usually recommended by contractors. If you are relying on them as your sole source of illumination at your vanity you will fall into the shadow trap.

The shadow trap is when you look into your mirror and your face is darker because the lighting is behind you. This is caused because of the fact that recessed lights are very focused lighting and recessed halogen lights even more so.
It is fine to use recessed lights in your bathroom as general room lighting, but when it comes to your vanity you must use another type of light in addition to the recessed to combat the shadows.

Use a more soft focus or diffused light fixture. Ideally the light fixtures should be mounted at eye level or just above, on either side of the mirror, shining at your face. However that may not always be possible. Mounting a diffused light fixture on the wall over the mirror will combat the sharp focus of halogen lights shining down on your face as well.

Bath Tubs
Looking for a unique way to give your bathroom an elegant look? Tile work can turn any ordinary tub into extraordinary. A tiled tub offers a sense of elegance that a standard tub lacks and will give your whole bathroom a distinctive look.
If you make the decision to go with a jetted tub you must then decide whether you would like air jets or water jets. Soaking tubs are a great alternative to jetted tubs. While they allow you to fully immerse yourself in water, not having jets reduces the hassle of cleaning and maintaining the jets.

Claw Foot tubs are an effective way to bring charm and romance into your bathroom. If you are tired of the hard lines of a boxed tub, the soft curve of a claw foot charm will bring back dreams of Victorian mansions. This is a style element that allows the flooring below the tub to be exposed.

Another option to consider is whether you prefer a one- or two-person tub. A two-person tub tends to use more water and takes up more space. Generally a one-person tub is preferable.

Sinks
When selecting the appropriate sink for your bathroom, factors like space and storage needs will help determine the type of sink you select. If there is a shortage in space, but not storage, a pedestal sink is your best option. If storage is a must, a vanity is your best bet. This will give you under the sink storage and counter space for those items used daily.

If you are looking for a more stylish option with storage consider adding a vessel sink above your vanity. A vessel sink is simply a stylish bowl that has been converted to a sink and sits completely above the counter. Some may try to make the conversion themselves, but there are many options available in just about any home improvement store ready to be installed.

Faucets
From the early days of cavemen cupping their hands in a running stream, to the sophisticated Roman aqueducts, to today’s multi-functional and space-age finished faucets, our water delivery systems have come a long way. In fact, plumbing technology has reached the point where most of today’s well-constructed faucets should give you years of worry-free performance.

So, what should you look for when you’re overwhelmed, staring up at that big faucet display at your local showroom or retailer? And how do you keep your new faucet in working order once you 
get it home?
There are three main reasons people purchase new faucets. Obviously, a key one is new home construction. The second is when they take on a bathroom remodeling project, and the third is when a repair becomes necessary — usually because a faucet breaks down or just wears out.

The following are the most commonly asked questions about faucet selection, installation and maintenance. Follow the advice given here and you will not only know how to select a quality faucet, but you will also know how to get the most out of it:

Why do some faucets cost more 
than others?
Not all faucets are created equal — some are simply made better than others. Look for faucets constructed of copper, brass and other high quality materials. These faucets will usually give you superior looks as well as performance and durability. While you may pay a bit more for a quality faucet, here’s where that old adage comes true, because when it comes to plumbing products, you really get what you pay for.

What are the key features I should look for in a faucet?
Today’s faucets do more than just regulate the flow of cold and hot water into your sink. Look for the latest modern conveniences. In the bath, style is usually the driver of choice (traditional, country, contemporary; single or two-handles), and many times the bath faucet is available with matching accessories 
(towel bars, paper holders, robe hooks), to create a “suite” look in the overall bath.

Knowing what’s in and what’s out in bathroom design is important for homeowners deciding just where to spend their makeover dollars. It is important to look at these key areas when determining which products to purchase.

Bathroom Mirror
What’s Out: Unframed mirrors are a thing of the past.
What’s In: A frame completes the mirror and gives a bathroom a finished, updated look. A good tip for selecting a frame is to think about what you’d frame a piece of artwork in the room with. The mirror is the focal point in the bathroom and can make a real statement with the right frame.

Paint
What’s Out: Paint is never out. It is a tried and true way to make a big impact with little cost. Make sure that when you are selecting a paint color you stay away from colors that may reflect poorly on your face. Having mauve walls could convince you to skip your morning blush application mistakenly.
What’s In: Create a spa-like setting with paints in beige and pale tones. Some popular colors are chocolate, aqua, olive, and golds. When choosing color, remember the more contrast, the more “POP.”

Hardware
What’s Out: Mismatched hardware gives the room an uncoordinated feel.
What’s In: Choose brushed nickel, pewter, antique or oil-rubbed bronze finishes that coordinate with the lighting and fixtures, bath bars, knobs, pulls, switches and receptacle covers. These quick fixes pull the room together with one modern, cohesive look.

Lighting
What’s Out: Take down that bright Hollywood lighting that casts a 
harsh light.
What’s In: Go with a fixture that adds beauty and soft lighting with shades or sconces. They can run above your mirror or flank it on each side. And remember, these accent your room’s greatest focal point so be sure to select a style that is right for you and makes a statement in the room.

Flooring
What’s Out: Stepping out of the warm shower onto cold tiles.
What’s In: Installing electric floor warmers beneath your tile. These warmers are easy to install and can be done by just about any professional. They can be wired and turned on with just a flick of a switch before you get into the bath and warm the tiles by the time you get out.

Showerheads
What’s Out: Boring showerheads that send a simple steam of water down 
from above.
What’s In: Multi-jet shower systems and rain showerheads. The multi-jet shower systems have jets up and down the walls of the shower to gently massage away all of your worries, providing a great start or finish to the day. Rain showerheads are larger than your typical showerhead and completely cover you in water. Rain showerheads can be installed with multi-jet shower systems or simply installed where your existing showerhead is.

Follow these simple steps and the next time you walk into your new bathroom you will feel like you are walking 
into a spa.