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Create or Renovate Your Bathroom

The bathroom is one of the rooms in the house where work is most complex: space is often limited and technical constraints are high. Whether you wish to create or renovate your bathroom, Homemyinfo is here to guide you through the stages of your project.

The designer bathroom seduces lovers of noble materials and pure aesthetics. To compose your designer bathroom, you must carefully choose the wall and floor coverings, furniture, and accessories. At the entry-level, the designer bathroom is breathtaking and also accessible to small budgets.

What is a designer bathroom?

The designer bathroom is characterized by a contemporary, minimalist and airy look. Whatever its surface, the space is uncluttered, volumes and light are highlighted. Furniture and accessories are chosen to form a coherent whole.

Designer bathroom: a minimalist base

Colors

The designer bathroom is available in a maximum of 2 or 3 colors. You can favor:
– Neutral tones, such as beige, gray, white;
– the natural colors of the raw materials;
– black and white for a graphic effect.

You also have the option of decorating the designer bathroom with a strong color, such as orange, mauve, royal blue or canary yellow. In this case, you may prefer discreet accessories or bathroom linen.

Wall and floor coverings

The designer bathroom gives pride of place to prestigious and durable materials. For the walls as well as for the floor, consider:
– wood, which brings warmth;
– waxed concrete, for an industrial style;
– marble, for a majestic and luminous aesthetic;
– monochromatic tiles or 2-color tiles for an electric effect.

For the walls, think about wall painting in a sober color.

Materials

For accessories and furniture for your designer bathroom, turn to:
– ceramics;
– concrete;
– glass;
– wood;
– metal.

Dressing a design bathroom: simplicity and elegance

Chic equipment

The equipment sets the tone for your designer bathroom. We recommend:
– the Italian shower, spacious and visually light;
– the island bathtub, which dramatizes the space;
– the washbasin, placed on a countertop or a piece of furniture;
– the hanging toilet, if your toilet is not in a separate room.

Uncluttered furniture

To store your beauty products, bath linen and possibly your cleaning products, you need bathroom furniture.

Choose furniture that visually occupies as little space as possible. If your bathroom is narrow, it is better to choose furniture that sits on the floor, under the washbasin, to save space. If you are fortunate enough to have a large bathroom, wall-mounted furniture is an effective solution.

Tip: make sure that the color of your furniture matches the color of the walls and/or floor of your bathroom.

Discreet accessories

Accessories play an important role in the decoration of your designer bathroom. For example, you can opt for:
– Chrome-plated fittings;
– recessed lighting fixtures for walls, ceiling or furniture;
– shower accessories, towel rails, and stainless steel cups;
– large mirrors or even a whole wall of mirrors;
– plain and matching bath linen.

Where to find the elements of the designer bathroom?

For wall and floor coverings, you can go to the DIY and home improvement store. Equipment can be bought from specialist companies and furniture chains. As for accessories, you have a wide range of choices: department stores, decoration shops, furniture, and DIY stores, etc.

Prices vary enormously depending on the range and the number of people using the bathroom. On average, without taking into account the work of a craftsman for the installation, count approximately:
– between $40 and 400 $/m² for the wall covering;
– between $40 and 1 000 $/m² for the floor covering;
– between $70 and $4 000 € for the equipment, per unit;
– between $20 and $300 € for accessories, per unit.

All in all

A bathroom must be well thought out to provide maximum storage space and equipment while maintaining easy circulation.

Between shower and bathtub, washbasin and practical storage, the development of a functional and pleasant bathroom requires a little thought.

Whether it’s a question of creating it entirely or renovating it, you have to ask yourself the right questions.

The layout of a bathroom requires a good evaluation and anticipation of your needs so that the room corresponds to your uses. It is therefore essential to devote the necessary time to the development of your project before you start.

Take a look at your situation

Start by identifying present and future users of the bathroom. Bathrooms are not designed the same way when you live alone or as a couple and when you have children.

Take into account the technical constraints

Before you start choosing equipment, find out about the feasibility of your project. Indeed, depending on the constraints that already exist, you may not be able to afford everything, unless you undertake very heavy work. It is not always easy to evaluate these technical constraints. The help of a professional will be invaluable to you, especially if you wish to completely review the structure of the room.


Replacing a Broken Roof Tile

While all home problems, whether it’s a broken doorknob or failing light switches, must be resolved as soon as possible, it’s safe to say that homeowners unanimously agree that roof repair must always be at the top of every priority list. One loose shingle can have disastrous effects! If left unattended, that shingle will most definitely lead to water leaking into your house. And water coming through the roof can easily travel from the attic right down to that expensive and painstakingly remodelled living room and maybe even onto that new big-screen TV.

But roof replacement and repair is not simple and cannot be done at leisure. Considering the disastrous consequences you can suffer because of roof failure, roof repair must never be delayed. Whether you think you need to repair one loose shingle or replace the whole roof, you will most probably have to call in an experienced contractor to ensure that the job is done right the first time. This post will help you brush up on roof basics so you are well prepared when it comes time to solicit bids from roofing contractors.

Roofing Materials: Common Choices for Residential Roofing

Roofing materials typically vary from one state to another and from one country to another. This is because it not only depends on individual homeowner’s taste but also because the local weather has to be taken into account.

In the world’s most fire-prone regions, metal roofing is generally the preferred material precisely because of its fire resistance property. In regions prone to cold winters and snow, the choice of roofing material would typically be slate roofing or fibreglass asphalt shingles. On the other hand, in other regions, the predominant home styles might call for a Spanish-influenced tile roof. Another factor influencing the kinds of materials used for a roof is the roof pitch (or the roof angle). The steeper the pitched roof, for example, the wiser it would be to opt for wood shake shingles. This same material will be completely unsuitable for flatter, low-pitched roofs though.

If you are considering replacing the whole roof, you can select from on the most popular choices for residential roofing there are:

1.      Asphalt Composition Shingles 

Even though asphalt composition shingles are generally less attractive than the other options out there, they are relatively cheap and easily obtainable. So, do not let their flat appearance deter you from getting them. There’s a reason why asphalt shingles are by far the most popular type of roofing material.

2.      Ceramic tile or Clay Tile

Ceramic tile, also known as clay tile, are great options. However, these Spanish-style red tile roofs are gradually losing in popularity and are slowly being replaced by metal and composite materials. These new materials have the same fire retardant characteristic as ceramic tile but weigh much less than those. If you want a more traditional look, you can stick with the clay tile. Otherwise, you can adopt the new shingles called the half-barrel for a lighter material that looks just as good.

3.      Composition Slate

Composite slates are synthetic tiles that bear a lot of resemblance to the traditional slate roofs and other forms of stone tiles. Composed of about 95% recycled materials, such as rubber, composition slate are gaining in popularity because even though they look the same as the more traditional materials, they offer greater security as they are less vulnerable to weather damage and are also much lighter.

4.      Metal Roofing:

Although known for being expensive and requiring specialty contractors for installation, metal roofing is gradually gaining traction among homeowners. Made of steel or aluminium, metal roofing is rightfully gaining in popularity because it is both fireproof and highly durable. While they may cost a lot at the beginning, they are eventually more cost-effective than any other roofing systems as they are able to outlast all of the other ones. Metal roofing systems also come in different types, such as raised-seam panels and products that mimic the look of composite shingles.

5.      Slate Roofing

Slate roofing is our personal favourite, to be honest! Slate roofing is incredibly beautiful! But we acknowledge that it probably has cons than pros, what with them being both very expensive and very heavy. To top it all off, they are difficult to repair and tend to be very slippery. But this high-end roofing option beauty is truly timeless and unique!

6.      Wood Shakes or Wood Shingles

Wood shakes, also known as wood shingles, are gorgeous roofing systems as well. But this attractive roof is also pricey and are not great options for houses in regions at risk of fire. However, they are very durable and can withstand harsh wintry weather.

So, Do You Replace the Whole Roof, Tear Off those Loose Shingles and Replace Them, or Simply Lay a New Shingle over the Preexisting Layer?

That depends. If too many shingles are damaged, you would probably be better off replacing the whole thing. If there’s only one shingle that’s damaged, on the other hand, stick with repairing it. Depending on where you are, you might be able to just lay a new shingle on top of another. Just check the regulations in your jurisdiction. If complete tear-off of the previous roofing is not obligatory, go ahead and layer all you want!


Decorating Tips for the Whole House

Every now and then, we want to show off the beauty of our house to people who would love it. It’s not done in a way to make the other person jealous but to show our hard work in decorating something we love and gain appreciation from them. Decorating tips and basic design principles to follow when adding accessories to a room.

Identify the focal point of the room. It could be the major piece of furniture in the room or an architectural element in the room like a fireplace.

It is usually the first thing that dominates when entering the room. Dress it up to capture the feeling of the room.

For example if the focal point of the room is the fireplace, the mantel could be accented with a painting hanging above it and something tall like a vase on one side and a shorter bowl or sculpture on the other.

If the focal point is the bed, dress it with beautiful bedding, or with a sofa, you can accent it with pillows with loop or brush fringe and a glamorous throw.

The windows of the room could be focal with beautiful treatments that supports the style of the space.

After establishing and playing up the focal point, anchor the main area of activity with an area rug that will also define the space.

Area rugs should be thought of as accessories since they provide an excellent opportunity to add warmth and embellish an area with color, texture and pattern. They also can establish a style that your other accessories can support.

Area rugs can be used to define seating arrangements or to differentiate and separate areas of a large room. And the best part? They can be changed and easily moved within the same room, or to other areas of the home. Try them on an angle to open the room up.

After the focal point has been established and the rug in place, add more interest to the room with other accessories but keep your displays simple to avoid a cluttered result.

Emphasize and create interest to certain areas in the room by being purposeful with your accessories. Accessories should balance with each other and the other elements in the room.

Wide with Wide, Tall with Tall, and Narrow with Narrow are easy decorating tips to remember for the scale, weight and proportion of your accessories.

Fill your wide spaces with fat accessories, accent the narrow spaces with pieces that are thin, and fill up the tall areas with tall accessories or accessories that are layered for height.

For example when addressing a wide wall space use artwork that has wider frames, a tall narrow wall space between two windows calls for a tall and narrow piece. It could also be two smaller prints hung one on top of the other, or a wall corbel with a tall vase on it.

Leave breathing room around the items. This way the eye has a chance to process the display and you avoid having it appear cluttered.

Other accessory decorating tips are to leave the chunky pieces together and the same goes for the more delicate items you may be using.

A pair of delicate figurines would go nicely on an antique sideboard of a delicate scale.

Each display should have its own focal point.

Add interest by using a variety of elements with different textures, shapes, colors and sizes and vary the heights for both wall and your table top displays.

Mix in horizontal shapes with vertical lines and throw in a round shape to balance all the right angles and squares.

Decorating tips for accessory groups, is to use like items together. Don’t spread out your collection, instead create more impact by using an odd number of items in small clusters.

Groups of three works well but in formal settings where symmetry is an important factor using pairs is more effective.

Plants are some great calming accessories to add to your interior. They are cost effective and bring a bit of the outdoors in. They also help to clean the air and they can sometimes add a subtle fragrance.

Even authentic looking artificial plants can beautify a space and provide relative calm to a room. Look for artificial plants that have quality leaves and stems and invest in the best quality your budget allows.

Place tall plants behind sofas, chairs and tables to create a sense of depth. Situate a tree in a corner and smaller plants for on the top of wall units, armoires and on shelves for texture.

Fragrance is one area of a room design that is sometimes overlooked but adds a great deal to the overall mood of the room.

Candles are an inviting way to perfume the air and decorating tips for factoring fragrance into your space. As well as room diffusers, and essential oil rings you place around a light bulb.

Accessories make your home beautiful but avoid using too much.

It is easy to start gathering these wonderful home jewels and wind up with too much of a good thing. Keep it simple and start small in an area you feel needs a new look and use what is meaningful to you.


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