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Guide to ordering your bathroom vanity

Selecting your bathroom vanity is an important design decision to make because it is the focal point of your bathroom.  There are many different types of vanity options for you to select from when you remodel your bathroom.  If you are shopping at a big box store such as Home Depot your choices are fairly limited to integral vanities (one piece that includes the cabinet base, sink, and faucet with little to no variety in style).

If you have decided to go for a more customized look for your bathroom, we suggest purchasing your cabinet base, then your sink, countertop, and faucet.  Not only are you more likely to achieve a style more suited to your personal space,  you will be able to create a space that works for your living situation.

Here are some tips regarding the selection of your cabinetry as well as the sequence for when you should purchase each product:

1.  Assess your space to determine the size cabinets you need.

You  may find that you are limited in your options due to the space available in your bathroom so the very first thing you should do is assess where in the space your cabinetry will stand and then measure the available space so you know your maximum dimensions. Depending on  your contractor you may receive product selection guidance but at the very least your contractor should provide you with the dimensions.  If you do not have assistance during this process, be sure to take into consideration the baseboards and/or any wainscoting when measuring, especially in a tight spot.

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2. Determine what you want your cabinets to accomplish

Ask yourself these questions:

  1.  Do I need more or less storage?
  2.  What type of storage options do I want:  space for towels, additional shampoo space, an area for my curling iron and hair dryer?
  3. Do I need another sink or do you currently have dual sink that is using up valuable space?
  4. Do I need more or less countertop space?

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3.  Select your countertops

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Once you have decided what style and color cabinetry you want, you will need to get the dimensions from the manufacturer so you can order your countertops, which will need to be fabricated.

4.  Select your sink

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To get your countertop fabricated, you will need to know what your sink selection is.  The countertop manufacturer or supplier will need to know the dimensions of your cabinets so the cutouts will be correct for installation.

4.  Select your faucet

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Your fabricator will need to know the dimensions of the faucet you have selected so the appropriate holes can be drilled.

Most contractors will not begin working on your project until all materials have been not only selected, but also delivered so it is imperative you take action quickly on ordering material.

 

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor servicing San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA with a showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.

4 Toilets you did not knew existed

When it comes to toilets, the choice may seem simple however toilets are getting more and more sophisticated.  From water conservation to self-cleaning, technology continues to amaze us with what is available when we are ready to remodel our bathroom.  Here are a few toilets you may not have known existed but may not be able to live without once you hear about them!

dual-flushing-toiletDual flushing toilets now allow you to save water without sacrificing performance.  We have seen quite a few of these emerging in San Diego.  Some, like the one shown in this image, have two buttons on the top, while others have a traditional single lever.

DXV_AT200-Integrated-Bidet-Smart-Toilet_9cabad1dWho would be surprised that there is now a Smart Toilet?  Who would not want a toilet that warmed up their seat for them, had a night light and deodorizer?   In addition to all those features, toilets can also include bidets with a warm air dryer to finish things off.  Mind blown!

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Not all of us have $10,000 to spend on a toilet, but if you do imagine having this Toto toilet!   This toilet not only has the night light and deodorizer, it is also self-cleaning.  The lid will automatically raise and shut for you and there is no need to manually flush, who needs that hassle anyway?

wall-hung-toiletsBack to reality though, another toilet that is emerging in popularity is the wall hung toilet.  This European look is great for small bathrooms and they provide a modern sleek feel while providing more room in the bathroom.

Our point is you do not have to settle on the same old plain elongated or round toilet bowl.  There are a variety of styles available so your bathroom can have a decorative feel and there are a ton of options for functionality, as well.

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor servicing San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA with a showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.

 

3 tile feature options for your bathroom

Nothing looks better than ceramic or porcelain tiles for your bathroom, whether you are wanting to accomplish a fabric, wood, or stone appearance.  Ceramics also offer a wide variety of colors and an astounding number of patterns.  Ceramic tiles are easier to maintain than natural stone, however may be less comfortable than vinyl (but who really installs vinyl in San Diego bathroom remodels these days?).

Ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles are both made of a fired clay material called ceramic.  Porcelain tile as a higher density and has more durability than ceramic tile.  Porcelain tile is also more water-resistant than other types of tile because the high temperatures fired on the clay leave the tile dense.

Tile works well in Southern California bathrooms because they cool the space down during the hot summer months.  Ceramic tile is not as easy to install as vinyl so expect the cost of installation to be higher.  One advantage of ceramic tile is they are harder than clay-based tiles and many times have through-body color which is an advantage if a tile is chipped.

What type of tile feature appeals to you?

linen-wall-tile-choudior-showerLinen tile:  This textured tile comes in various colors, and looks stunning in small or larger tiles. The look overall gives the appearance of a spa and offers some tranquility to your space. The texture of the tile seems to scare some away however it can be cleaned like any other tile and it give your shower a beautiful aesthetic look.

 

tile-that-looks-like-woodPorcelain wood tile:  A soft grey color is usually chosen to give a shower a modern look. This tile can go in as is or liners can go in to give it a unique look. A popular flooring option is using pebble tile. You can choose a pebbled rough texture or a cut pebble texture for the flooring. This look is very much on the rise because of its neutral soft tones.

 

Shower remodel Classic Home ImprovementsStone Tile:  Porcelain tile that has a natural stone look offers the beauty and variation of stone, but without the maintenance required of real stone.  The engineered porcelain tile is designed to have rough or polished finishes to resemble rough, gauged slate or smooth, polished marble.

 

Get creative with your bathroom, take the time to look at different styles.  You may find that you like something you never would have imagined.  We also suggest taking the material to your home (most places will allow you to take home a sample) because the lighting in your space will make a big difference on how the product looks once installed and store lighting is never the same as home lighting.

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor servicing San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA with a showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.

 

When to Order Material for your Bathroom Remodel

Once you have decided to remodel your bathroom, the planning begins.  Most homeowners start off with a general theme and style they want to accomplish for their new bathroom.  Once they have decided on those two things, many homeowners do not really know where to start.

It is important to understand that when you are building a custom or semi-custom bathroom, the sequence in which you order material plays a very important role in the project because delays in receiving material essentially means delays in starting (and completing) your project.

This is an exciting time but once you get started, product selection can be overwhelming.  Here are the 7 core products, and the sequence you need to purchase them in, to ensure you keep your sanity (we have excluded accessories, trim,  and paint in this particular article):

1.  Select your vanity.

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Do not delay on selecting your vanity, some are custom made or are not in stock and can take several weeks to receive.  You do not want your finished bathroom to be delayed while you wait for your vanity to arrive from the manufacturer.  Most contractors will not begin work on your project until all the materials have arrived so this is a priority.

2.  Select your bathtub and shower glass doors (if applicable).

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Bathtubs, like vanities, can have a long delay in shipment depending on where they are coming from and if they are in stock.  There are a variety of different sizes and options for bathtubs including type of material, depth, length, with or without jets, and handles.  Becoming popular are the walk in tubs meant for aging in place.

3.  Select your faucets and trim to be installed.

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Selecting your faucets and trim is an essential part of your shopping.  There are “rough” parts to the shower fixtures which will be installed behind the drywall and under the tile floor.  Without those parts, you will be delayed in the middle of your project.  Be sure to match your tub and shower trim to your sink faucets, many times they are paired in a “family” of products such as Kohler’s “Memoirs Collection” .

4.  Select the tile for your shower and backsplash.

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Tile is just as important as your vanities because its such a large piece of the bathroom.  You will be selecting tile for your shower and backsplash so you will want to consider how well they coordinate with one another.  We tend to guide our clients against “matchy – matchy” with the different products to avoid a “washed” look.  For example, we might suggest not using white tile with white cabinets.

5. Select your toilet.

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When it comes to toilets, the choice may seem simple, however, toilets are getting more and more sophisticated!   There are toilet options that are designed to be green and save water depending on which flush option you choose.   Additionally, there are a variety of style and color options. Manufacturers such as Kohler have families of sink, tub, and toilets which have the same style, making your product selection choices a little easier when you want them to match.

6.  Select your lighting.

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Don’t forget to consider your lighting options…there are so many to choose from.  Not only do you have to decide between canned lights, pendant lights, or light bars – you also need to decide what you want out of your light switches.  For example, do you want to have a dimmer, is it important to have a built in night-light?  Those types of questions will lead you to the light that will fit your family’s lifestyle.

 

7.  Last, but not least, select your flooring

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Flooring is your last and final piece to your master piece. Ditch the linoleum and select flooring that works with your design.  If you love wood but don’t want the hassle of maintaining a wood floor, there are now porcelain wood tiles that can give you the look of wood flooring.  Travertine flooring along with ceramic tile are also popular choices.

 

Your bathroom has the potential to look amazing.  The world of design and remodeling have endless capabilities to turn the idea of your space to a wonderful masterpiece. Start getting inspired by looking at local design build contractor’s website or better yet look to see if they have a Houzz profile.   Anything is possible no matter the size of the space.

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor servicing San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA with a showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.

3 Types of San Diego Home Remodeling Contractors

When considering a major home renovation many homeowners will ask friends and family for a referral or they will look to the internet for recommendations on who to invite out to their home to provide them with an estimate.  The problem is, many consumers do not really know what type of remodeling contractor they need.  There are essentially 3 types of San Diego home remodeling contractors.  Here is a cheat sheet to help you understand what type of remodeling company you should be reaching out to:

Specialized trade contractor –

Special trade contractors may work as a subcontractor, performing only part of the work covered by a general contract, or they may work directly for the owner for only the trade for which they are licensed (ie:  plumbing, electrical, cabinetry, etc).

General Contractor (Type 1) –

Someone who has the ability and license to tackle a lot of different aspects of a remodel.  Most of these type of general contractors are good at what they do, however they are not specialists in any aspects of the remodel.  This type of general contractor might be referred to as a “handyman” or “jack of all trades” (although, if licensed, insured, and highly experienced, is likely more than just that).

General Contractor (Type 2) –

A company who has all the skills and licenses of a general contractor, but also manages all aspects of the remodel that he or she does not actually execute his/herself.  A general contractor will often hire sub-contractors or have in-house specialized tradespeople to perform each individual trade within the remodel.  (ie:  would you want a plumber installing your electrical? – that would not happen in this case).  This type of general contractor not only manages the schedule and the tradespeople, this type of contractor will also assist with design, space planning, product selection, and manage product tracking and delivery.

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a “Type 2” licensed general contractor servicing San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA with a showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.