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How To Design A Bathroom For Kids



As a parent, you know that kids are life-changing. Take bathroom design: When you’re designing a bathroom for your own tastes and needs, you might have fun browsing magazines or websites for the latest, most eye-catching ways to add luxury and style. When you’re designing a bathroom for your kids, however, there are more pressing concerns to consider. For little ones, the bathroom is the place for nightly baths, months of potty-training, brushing their teeth and more. That’s why, to make the bathroom as practical and enjoyable as possible for your youngsters, you need to think strategically about kids’ bathroom design.

How can you create a bathroom that you and your kids will love? What are the most important features to include? To help answer these questions, here’s a look at some tips for creating a cool kids’ bathroom.

Select a Theme

Start with the fun part — picking a theme. Whether you go with an animal theme or something simpler is up to you, but try to think about what your kids will enjoy, too.

Choose a Color Scheme

There’s no law that says you have to go with rainbow colors in a kids’ bathroom — no more than you have to go with neutrals. Explore ideas in magazines and websites to see what kinds of kids’ bathrooms appeal to you, and pick a color scheme to guide your decorating choices.

Think About Functionality

How many kids will be using the bathroom? Would a double vanity make sense so that more than one person can be cleaning up at the same time? What products or tools will your kids need to be able to reach and use regularly — how can you make them accessible? Do you need a bathtub for your small children, or are your kids old enough to shower independently? By starting with your practical needs for the bathroom, you’ll have an easier time deciding what to include.

Create Storage Space

Storage space is vital in any bathroom, but especially in a kids’ bathroom where you’ll want to be able to quickly and conveniently tuck clutter away. From vanity storage to cute baskets or other containers, there are lots of ways to incorporate more storage space into your bathroom. Explore the possibilities and make sure you include enough storage areas for your needs.

Think Long-Term Solutions

Considering your kids’ practical needs right now is essential, but so is thinking about how those needs will change over time. Will your children want privacy between the sinks and the toilet in the future, for example? Will the cartoon theme stand the test of time, or will you be remodeling a few years later as interests change? By thinking long term now, you can save yourself another project or two later.

There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to kids’ bathroom design. To make sure you create a space you and your kids will love, take the time to think through possibilities. Talk to your children about what they want and see if you can incorporate some of their desires. When you’re looking for the best and most affordable bathroom products, come to Modern Bathroom, where we offer factory-direct pricing and free shipping on everything we sell!

Average Return On Investment For Bathroom Remodels



If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your bathroom, there’s more than improved aesthetics to enjoy. That’s because, bathroom remodels can be a great way to add value to your home, especially when it comes to resale potential. Buyers today like seeing updated bathrooms and kitchens, so when you’ve put in the time and expense of making thoughtful upgrades, it often pays off in your sales price.

What kind of return on investment is involved with a bathroom remodel? What kind of materials will give you a higher return? Would making a bathroom bigger be a smart choice? To help answer these questions, here are some tips to keep in mind as you plan your renovation.

The Average ROI on a Bathroom Remodel

While no two bathroom renovations are exactly alike, they represent the potential for increase in home value. How much? Recognizing that every bathroom, home and neighborhood differ, and that multiple factors affect resale potential, there are still some governing principles. According to U.S. News, for example, investing in a bathroom remodel yields a 62 percent return on average — at least if you do it well. A successful remodel means thinking strategically about what upgrades you make, banking on current trends and timeless features.

What High-End Materials Generate a Higher Return?

Part of knowing what high-end materials will pay off best in resale value is knowing the current market. You want to look at current trends and what is generating the best price-per-square-foot value, using that to guide your investment. Some bathroom renovation choices that tend to do well right now include:
 
  • Double sinks: Especially in the master bathroom, homeowners like double sinks that provide more convenience and flexibility.
  • Brushed metal faucets and fixtures: There are multiple styles of finishes that do well in resale value, including pewter, silver, nickel, copper, bronze and gold. Whatever you go with, aim to match all the bathroom fixtures together.
  • Luxury bonuses: To give a bathroom that “wow” factor to attract buyers, see if you can incorporate a few impressive extras. This could be heated towel racks or radiant heat floor mats. You might add a hand shower to the shower/tub. Think strategically to make upgrades that will make a difference.
Keep in mind that, in many cases, cosmetic changes tend to be smarter investments than major layout changes or overhauls. To get the most out of your bathroom remodel, focus on visual features like colors, fixtures and tile.

How Bathroom Size Factors Into Resale Value

Buyers typically like full baths with space. If they’re buying a home with three bedrooms, for example, they’ll usually prefer two full baths over one-and-a-half bathrooms. What does this mean when you’re remodeling? If you can affordably increase a bathroom’s size, it might be a wise choice. Upgrading a half bath to a full bath makes a significant difference in your home’s specs, potentially boosting its value when it’s time to sell.

When it comes to bathroom renovations, there are no guarantees about resale value, but there are some general guidelines to help you make wise choices. Look at all the factors, think about what’s selling well, and reference studies like this 2016 Cost Vs. Value Report to help you make decisions you can feel good about when it’s time to sell!

Converting From A Bathtub To A Shower



As much as there is to love about a bathtub, there are times when a shower makes more sense for a home. Today, showers are trendy, convenient and space-efficient. Maybe you want more bathroom space, don’t particularly care for baths, and/or like the look of a shower more than a tub. Whatever the reason, when you are ready to take on a shower remodel, you’re in good company. Just keep in mind that this remodeling project will be most successful when you carefully think through its implications.

Converting to a shower will involve several considerations, such as:

  1. Where the new shower will go: If you’re planning a simple conversion, your new shower will go directly where the tub was (as opposed to a full bathroom remodel where you may choose to relocate it). If your tub was in an alcove, removing it will give you an opening that’s near 5-feet-by-3-feet in size. If it was free-standing, you’ll need to think about how/where you’ll place your shower. Either way, water is already in place, which makes plumbing easier.
  2. What type of shower you’ll install: Do you want to go with a curbed or curbless shower? The first type will have a curb or lip up from the floor, keeping water inside and requiring you to step inside to shower. Curbless showers, on the other hand, need to be built at a slope that sends water toward the drain and away from the rest of the bathroom. There are shower stall kits in various sizes, or you could go with a custom-made, tiled shower. Explore the possibilities to see what makes sense for your space and budget.
  3. What to do with the opened space: Should your new shower be smaller than your old bathtub, you’ll have some additional square footage to play with in your space. Think about what you’ll do with this area.
  4. What hardware you’ll use: There are lots of ways to customize and add value to a shower, including its hardware and fixtures. Decide what faucets you like — chrome, black, silver, something else? Explore possibilities for shower heads, whether you like rainfall or multiple shower heads.
  5. What type of enclosure you’ll use: A great option for making a shower sleek and modern is a glass shower enclosure, a choice that creates a distinct, seamless sight line from the bathroom through the shower. Choosing this or a shower curtain is up to you.

As you’re beginning the process of designing a shower, be sure to do your research. The clearer your vision for remodeling, the easier it will be to answer questions, make purchases and move forward on your timeline. Use the five considerations above as a good starting point for deciding how and where you’ll put your new shower in place. When you’re looking for quality bathroom components, from shower doors to shelving, come to Modern Bathroom! We offer factory-direct pricing, free shipping and up to 70 percent savings on most items. Search our site to learn more today.

How To Make Your Bathroom Feel Larger



From a master bathroom to a powder room, it’s only normal to wonder how you can make your bathroom feel bigger. Bigger bathrooms are more luxurious, comfortable and, typically, more valuable in the eyes of potential buyers. While, of course, you could remodel your bathroom from the ground up, knock down some walls, and renovate it into a larger space, that isn’t always an option for all homeowners. If you want to make your bathroom feel bigger without taking on a time-consuming, costly project, what can you do? Here are some simple, effective ideas for maximizing your bathroom space:

  1. Go white on white. Sticking to one color throughout a space is a way to trick the eye into seeing it as larger. Rather than breaking up the room into sections of light and dark, a white-on-white theme will create a seamless look. Bright and light is the way to go when you’re trying to make the most of the space. White walls against white tile against white towels and shower curtains will only expand your bathroom’s sense of space.
  2. Or, at least go monochromatic. If you want a small bathroom to feel bigger, but don’t love the white-on-white theme, take the same idea and try it with another neutral. Any way you can repeat the same color and style throughout your bathroom, the better. Whether you go with a cream or a soft blue, take a light, bright color and use it everywhere. This prevents the room from feeling choppy and, by extension, smaller.
  3. Pick a bigger mirror. Mirrors bounce light around a room and increase its overall sense of space. Use the largest mirror you can above your vanity — or even go with a wall-to-wall, counter-to-ceiling mirror, if possible.
  4. Install a glass shower door. Glass doors lengthen your bathroom’s visual space by expanding the sight line into the shower. As a benefit, glass shower doors are trendy, attractive and a great, modern choice.
  5. Hang longer curtains higher. If you go with a shower curtain, make it feel a little more luxurious by hanging it higher. Install the curtain rod as close to the ceiling as possible, and buy a longer curtain that will go all the way to the floor.
  6. Opt out of a swinging door. If you have a bathroom door that swings into the bathroom when it opens, you are wasting valuable space. Go with a sliding or pocket door to expand the room’s spacious feel.
  7. De-clutter. The more you have on surfaces, the more congested your bathroom can feel. First, remove everything that doesn’t need to be in the bathroom: knick-knacks, those 10 extra towels you always have on hand, etc. Then, move all necessary toiletries and appliances to appropriate storage areas — under the sink, in the cabinet, in containers, on shelves or elsewhere — out of sight. Try to free counter space and floor space so the room feels bigger and more open.

Even when you can’t take on a full-scale renovation, there are still so many ways you can make a bathroom feel bigger. Use the seven ideas above to make the most of the square footage you have — and turn your bathroom into a room that feels bigger and more comfortable in the process.

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