(800) 504-9974 Call Center Hours
Call Center Hours Are:

Mon. - Sun.: 24 hours/day

Customer Service

Mon. - Sun.: 10 AM - 7 PM EST.

Showrooms Hours of Operation
Showroom Hours Are:
New York, NY

Mon. - Fri.: 10AM - 8PM • Sat. - Sun.: 10AM - 6PM

Brooklyn, NY

Mon. - Fri.: 10AM - 8PM • Sat. - Sun.: 10AM - 7PM

Staten Island, NY

Mon. - Fri.: 10AM - 8PM • Sat. - Sun.: 10AM - 7PM

Changing Yourself and Your Home with a New Year
Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

For most people, the beginning of the New Year is a way to clear out the detritus, both literal and metaphorical, that gathered the previous year. It’s traditionally the time when so many of us make one or more New Year’s resolutions, the idea being that with the change in the calendar comes a rededicated adjustment to health and wellbeing.

However, some homeowners may look to 2014 as the year they finally decided to remodel part of their home, specifically the bathroom. If the dawn of the New Year is a time for new beginnings and hitting reset in areas of our lives, then this is also the perfect time to reevaluate what is in our home – and what is missing.
Alongside the kitchen, the bathroom is the most remodeled room in the home. Homeowners often think about remodels when big events occur. For example, when you’re moving, the kids have left the home, or you’ve come into money. But the beginning of the next year is a perfectly natural time to consider actual cosmetic and functional changes in your home. Like phases of the moon, the year moves in the same way. Along with ideas of renewal and rebirth, the coming of January brings with it seeing things – again, physical and metaphorical – in a new way. Is it time to repaint the rooms? Should your upgrade your doors and vanity? Or should you tear everything out this year and finally put in a steam shower?
Plan Ahead
Doing something small, like replacing hinges and adding shelves can be done in a weekend or less, while bigger projects take planning. Having a well-organized plan not only takes away the frustration and stress of taking on too much with too few resources, it also allows you to dream big.  Whether you mark your New Year as a place to begin planning or put your plan in motion, setting goals along the way may be more palatable for some. Others may decide to just get the whole thing done at once.
Replacing appliances, like the toilet and bathtub or shower takes more planning, especially if you are interested in items that are more exotic in style or features. Consider the space in your bathroom, too. While wanting a freestanding clawfoot tub is fine, and definitely something to strive for, is it practical in a smaller bathroom? There are many options that you can choose from that will fit your space, and it is worth the time to look for what you want, even if it delays replacing the same tub that has been in your bathroom since 1985.
A complete overhaul of your bathroom can take several weeks to finish. Whether you want to replace one thing at a time, or have it all done at once is certainly going to depend on your own needs. When choosing premium items, it is best to also discuss what you want with a contractor. Only a contractor, who comes into your home to discuss your New Year bathroom remodel, will be able to tell you how long, and how much, it will take.
However, isn’t the point of thinking about change and transformation at the New Year really setting a goal? Getting to that goal is, some might argue, part of the fun. So, while setting out to lose weight or finally read The Brothers Karamazov might be fun, albeit daunting, planning a bathroom remodel can be seen in the same way. What do you want in your bathroom and what can you see? You don’t even have to be practical in the early planning stages. Look at pictures of bathrooms you’d like and imagine them as yours. Start small, but keep your eyes on the grand vision you have.
Where Will You End Up?
The thing is, when you start planning and thinking of ideas, you will probably end up in a completely different place than you thought you would when began. If you started with the idea of an oversized bathtub taking up one corner of your bathroom, and ended with a decision to completely scrap a tub altogether and go with a walk-in steam shower, plus body spray jets, you’ve come further than you were before. You’ve changed. Maybe not in the sense that most people would say, but if you think again of change as a metaphor, perhaps you can see it as letting go of the past. And this is really what the New Year is all about anyway. Letting go or changing things that were holding you back last year, or for several years in a row is definitely a good thing.
Let this year be the year that you change, both as a person, and as a homeowner. Dream bigger than you have, consider how you’re going to get there with a solid plan, talk to people when you need to, and see your vision become a reality.

Labels: , , ,

Modern Bathroom Décor
Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014

It may be that “modern” is a misnomer these days because when you’re talking about modern home décor, you’re talking about a style that has been around for over five decades. Modern décor really took off post-World War II, and was prevalent in brand new suburbs going up throughout the country. Mid-century modern homes with post-and-beam design, the idea to bring indoor and outdoor settings together with large windows, and sleek appliances and state-of-the-art materials were all selling points. Gone were over-stated Victorian or traditional doors, hardware, and cabinets. Scandinavian simplicity and natural shapes were en vogue, as were Frank Lloyd Wright and Eichler architecture to give homes functionality and make a statement.

The thing is, these mid-century designs never went away, and they’ve experienced a renaissance of sorts over the last decade. But, beyond über-modern signature furniture pieces, like the Eames lounger or Noguchi coffee table, how does modern décor extend to the interior of your home, specifically the bathroom?

Most people who are devotees of mid-century modern, or just modern, design don’t usually go half-way. This is more than just an aesthetic for many people; it can fill up their lives as they track down authentic furniture, paintings, and knick knacks that are central to tying rooms together. Retro is important to them. However, plumbing has come a long way since then, and it isn’t necessary to try and track down a sink made during the post-war boom. Plenty of manufacturers create beautiful modern appliances for your bathroom that will fit in any home with a focus on modernism as a theme.

You can have a modern bathroom, or you can have an ultra-modern bathroom. Some modern looking amenities will seem fairly traditional in their style. Most people grew up in these kinds of bathrooms, and many of our parents or grandparents still have this kind of look to the room. However, for those who are looking for a modern bathroom to match their modern kitchen, there are some ways to make these rooms match the theme.

Modern bathrooms are minimalist in design. While some bathrooms want the focus to be on the bathtub and shower combo, or the oversized vanity, modern décor works because it blends the walls and appliances into a natural style, much like the Scandinavian designers were hoping for 60 years ago. Bathtubs, showers, and sinks may appear as if they flow out from the floor or wall. Color and tones are often natural or basic. But even this simplicity is a major statement.

As with any kind of bathroom or home décor, you don’t need to have the architecture, or bones, of a home to do what you want. While we’ve all seen homes whose architects gave them obvious modernist designs, even someone living in a well-preserved early 20th century bungalow can create a bathroom that is completely modern.

As bathroom remodels go, it might even be easier to work modern looking appliances into smaller rooms that would be hard pressed to fit traditional tubs and toilets. However, oversized bathtubs may be just what you need in your bathroom.

While style is important, so is the utility of space. Floating vanities, sinks, and toilets will work well in a modern bathroom. Mirrors may seem basic when compared to those with traditional borders, but mirrors with simple borders with straight lines will work; mirrors with LED lighting and fog-free systems are even better.

Steam showers may still seem like a luxury to many people, but in a modern bathroom, they fit just as well as a bathtub-shower combination. Simplicity in style doesn’t have to mean going barebones on luxury or indulging in what you want.

Master bathrooms and half-bathrooms can both benefit from a modern décor makeover, especially if you are updating other parts of your home. The bathroom, like the kitchen, is a room that is used every single day. It’s not too difficult to extend the modern theme throughout your home, even if its design is closer to Victorian or Craftsman. Modern lines in both appliances and architecture are cleaner and more straightforward than are traditional or antique designs. There is less “clutter” in modern décor. Yet, because this style has been around for a while now, there is still a sense of history behind it. Instead of simply being eclectic, or possibly eccentric, modern décor can be the envy of your family and friends. 

Labels: ,