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Small Bathroom Improvements for Aging in Place

Remodeling your bathroom is a great way to update your home. And when you are remodeling your bathroom, you should plan for the future, especially when it comes to small bathroom improvements for aging in place.

 

Small Bathroom Improvements for Aging in Place

Custom shower bench seats are fantastic. They, as well as grab bars, are often the two most frequent requests that our company gets from the majority of our clients. That is usually because they are getting rid of old jet tubs and installing more extensive showers.

No matter what your age is, everybody can use a shower seat bench to relax on. It is also great to have a seat bench installed in your shower anytime you have an injury or may need immediate surgery because not everyone is comfortable or secure on the plastic medical seats, which you can purchase at Walgreens. 

While bench seats work great, they can sometimes be a little rickety or temporary. And while the constant movement isn’t a safety issue, they can add to the discomfort of you or a loved one. So try a built-in one instead. Some built-in seat benches are made to fold down as needed and take up less space. And they are made from durable plastic, while others can get pretty fancy with being made from teak wood. Some companies offer a molded bench that you can fit into the shower space as well. It is easy to tile around them, and the seats come in different heights since everyone is built differently. 

Since we are talking about comfort and since ceramic and porcelain shower seats can get kind of cold. Another great option is doing a heated seat. By installing a heater in your shower, it will make the bench seat a lot warmer when you sit down on it. 

How to Design a Bathroom for Aging in Place

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Grab or safety bars. When it comes to grab bars, people often think that only older people need them. And that when grab bars are installed in your bathroom that you are aging. But what they don’t realize is that security inside the shower is a must for any generation. Grab bars are only necessary to help you get a solid hold and prevent you from losing your footing around the slippery areas. 

They are convenient to have and can make getting up off of things a lot easier. Especially if you have a bad hip or knee, grab bars can also be used due to age, a medical situation, or from too much relaxing in the shower. While they don’t bring up visions of style, there are a lot of options to choose from and prove that safety and style can go hand-in-hand. They can go from your standard grab bars to a more fancy and classy style. The fancy/chic style is made of chrome, brushed nickel, or burnished bronze so that it can match the rest of your bathroom fixtures. 

No matter what your age, adding grab bars to your shower is a great idea. And you won’t have to worry about sacrificing your style over substance because we can all use something to hold onto at times in the shower.

Aging in Place Bathroom Renovation

Small bathroom improvements for aging in place also include shower wands. Shower wands come in handy because most bench seats are further back in the shower. And the shower want is a great companion for it. That way, you can sit down on the bench and have the wand reach across the shower so that you can still use it. Since adjusting the main showerhead isn’t always an option for some people, then having a hand-held shower wand comes in handy. 

While some showerheads come with an additional wand attached, often, the hose isn’t long enough across the shower. You need to make sure that you install one that has a hose long enough to reach the back of the shower. Especially since the point of a bench seat is so that you can sit down while showering. When you have a shower wand that has a long enough hose, you won’t have to worry about standing up and possibly slipping in the soapy mess on the floor of the shower.

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When it comes to planning your bathroom remodel, make sure you take some extra time to add in some of the above ideas. Especially if you are a senior and you want to make some small bathroom improvements for aging in place. And even if you and your family don’t need them, you will find yourself using them quite often without realizing it. Because life can be crazy and you don’t know what it will throw at you. So you will want to be prepared. Taking the extra time and labor to add in the extra convenience to your master or other bathrooms will prove to be a great benefit to you and your family. 

Grab/safety bars, bench seats, and shower wands are all significant improvements to have installed in your shower. Make sure that you check out your local home improvement store for these items. There will be many options in stock, as well as an array of options for special orders. Although these add-ons can add to the cost of the remodel, the convenience of it all will make every penny worth it. Not only are they useful if you plan to stay in your home for a while. They can also increase the value of your home if you want to sell it. And it is easy to donate items you no longer need to places like Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on small bathroom renovations, give me a call. My team and I have been serving South Barrington, Barrington, North Barrington, Inverness, Lake Zurich, Schaumburg, Elgin, Long Grove, South Elgin, Palatine, Wayne, Deerfield, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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What is the Right Roller for Painting

When it comes to painting a room or the entire house, the job can seem relatively simple and basic, to some extent. But it doesn’t take much to have a bad paint job that can ruin a room. Today we are going over what is the right roller for painting to work with many diverse spaces and tasks. 

 

What is the Right Roller for Painting

If you have multiple painting projects to do, picking out the right paint roller can seem like a daunting task. Especially when the rollers come in different sizes and textures. Not to mention the rollers come in different colors as well. But the tools that you use in your home can certainly help you with various projects. Let’s look at the projects that paint rollers can help you with.

Best Interior Paint Rollers

When it comes to painting the ceiling, walls, doors, and trim, it is recommended that you use a lamb’s wool roller. The lambswool roller cover is the go-to classic cover. And it works well for painting because it is often made with 100% merino wool, which is naturally shed-resistant. It is also high-density wool, which holds an exceptional amount of paint for fast coverage and a smooth finish. And you can use it with all paints and enamels.

Though they are relatively new to the game, microfiber roller covers are a great option to use because they are a bit more cost-effective. They are great to use with latex and oil paints on smooth to semi-smooth surfaces. Microfiber rollers are also recommended to use with all premium and low VOC paints. And the microfiber covers also hold up to three times the paint of your standard 9″ covers. 

Soft woven roller covers are a tightly woven fabric that delivers virtually lint-free performance when using latex and oil coatings. They also offer an exceptional cover for gloss, semi-gloss, and satin coatings. The extra-dense weave provides an extremely smooth finish to your walls and other surfaces. Soft woven roller covers are available in multiple sizes, and they fit all standard roller frames. 

How to Select the Best Roller for Your Painting Project

What is the right roller for painting? When it comes to sizing, paint rollers come in multiple sizes. They can range from four inches to twenty-four inches. The sizes and types of your rollers will depend on whether you are painting inside or outside. It also depends on what part of the house you are painting. You also want to make sure that you pick a size that fits the project you are working on, as well as what your hands and wrists can hold comfortably. If you are an inexperienced painter, you will want to play it safe and use a smaller roller. Doing that will help you make sure that you don’t make a mess or get paint in areas that you don’t want to paint. 

As you select the size roller, it is important to take a look at the area that you will be painting so that you can get the right fabric type. If you are going to paint the doors in your home, it is recommended that you use a microfiber or soft woven roller. But if you are going to be painting the outside of your home. Then it is recommended that you select a ¾-inch polyester roller, which is a very cost-effective choice. And for the interior of your home, it is recommended that you choose a 50/50 polyester with a lambswool blend roller. Whizz rollers are great for the smaller and harder to reach areas, which are usually 4-6 inches long and are about the width of a hot dog. 

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Like with any project, it is important to clean your paint roller cover when you are finished. All it takes is soap and water to clean the roller. And while painting can seem like a daunting task, a fresh coat of paint can update a room. Painting can even update the outside of a house and give it excellent curb appeal. By approaching a paint job with a full understanding and scope of the project, you can put a plan in place and do a successful paint job. Having the right roller frame and cover for the paint job you are doing will save you time and money. It can make things easier and gives you the finish that you expect.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on selecting the right roller for painting, give me a call. My team and I have been serving Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Oakbrook Terrace, Lombard, Carol Stream, Westmont, Willowbrook, Woodridge, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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How to Choose Interior Paint Colors for Your Home

Are you tired of those out-dated colors in your home? And are you curious about something brand-new and lively? We recommend to our clients’ several different suggestions on how to choose interior paint colors for your home. 

 

How to Choose Interior Paint Colors for Your Home

When it comes to painting the interior of your home, many homeowners often become overwhelmed. Especially when it comes to picking out the colors and even the tools. They might not know who to call, where to turn to, or how to start the process. Thankfully the interior of your home only needs to be painted every three to five years. 

The frequency of how often you repaint the interior of your home depends on the wear and tear that happens to it. Not to mention keeping your home up to date with the current design trends and styles. People often grow tired of the out-dated colors that are on their walls and want something new and vibrant to look at. So it is recommended that you look at the different ideas on how to choose interior paint colors for your home.

Tips for Choosing Interior Paint Colors

Well, it’s officially the weekend! And with that giant cup of coffee in hand. You are starting to realize that it’s been a while since you last painted the inside of your home. If you are looking to do one room in your home. Then it is greatly recommended that you go to some of the major paint stores and manufacturers and get a few paint swatches or color visualizers in the colors you are thinking of using. You will need to spend some time here in working with them and deciding on which color you like the best. But doing that is a great way to see what color looks good in the freshly remodeled kitchen. 

Besides going to a major manufacturer or a store for them, the color visualizers are also available online, as well. Going to Pinterest or Houzz are great places to go online to get some great ideas for your home. Especially since many interior designers share and post the most recent projects that they have finished on these and other sites. They also list the interior paint colors name and brand names that they used. 

How to Select the Right Paint and Color for your Home

Maybe all you want to do is freshen up what you already have in your home. That is great. But remember to keep it simple. You can quickly stop by your local paint store, like Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams, and pick up a couple of paint charts. Most paint companies have a standard white and off white paint charts. And you can bring home those charts with you so that you can try to match it to the existing paint. But in the end, the color selection comes down to you and your vision to make your home more inviting and comfortable to all that are welcome. There are a great many options available now to everyone. And when you know how to choose interior paint colors for your home, the selection process can be quite fun. 

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By going to a local paint store instead of a big box store, you are more likely to find people who know what the current paint colors trends are. They will also be able to point you in the right direction. And the local paint store will be more likely to have a large variety of paint charts that have been put together by interior designers at their corporate offices. The paint charts are guaranteed to look great because of that. The selection process can be a lot of fun. But the ultimate choice in paint color comes down to you and what you want your home to look and feel like.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on how to choose interior paint colors for your home, give me a call. My team and I have been serving St. Charles, Warrenville, Wheaton, Winfield, Geneva, Batavia, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Finishing Your Basement

If you are lucky to have a basement in your home, then you will be looking to expand and use the space. However, it is undoubtedly much better to be able to get a lot of use out of it. There are genuinely a lot of things you can do with finishing your basement, and many of them happen to be very inexpensive

 

Finishing Your Basement

When it comes to completing your basement, it all depends upon the wants and needs of your family. And also what you want the basement to be used for. If you have kids or grandkids, then the basement is a great space for them to go and hangout. It is a great space to keep toys for the kids as well as putting a small couch and a TV down there as well. The basement is also a great space to put an extra bedroom for elderly parents or college students. And if you are an empty nester, then the basement is an excellent space for you to start enjoying by putting in a wine room or an area to play games like poker. No matter what you decide to do, there are a great many ways to transform the space in your basement.

If your basement tends to have water come through the walls occasionally or it floods every 5-7 years. Then you know the hassle of tearing up any existing flooring or carpeting. Take the time to research the many benefits of having a polyaspartic flooring put down in the basement. This flooring is durable that is also super hard and is also installed in garages. Don’t be fooled because this type of flooring looks a lot nicer than you think since they can be stamped to look like porcelain tile. But putting a polyaspartic floor down can be pricey.

Though in the long run, it is worth the extra money because you won’t have to worry when the basement leaks or the next time it floods.

How to Transform Your Unfinished Basement

A lot of times, people leave their basements unfinished and a little rough looking and don’t mind the walls getting a little trashed with things like paint or crayons. But if you are thinking of giving the space a fresh look, then you will want the walls to stay as clean and nice-looking as possible. Of course, one of the first things that people think of when they go to update their basement is an extra bedroom. If you don’t need a spare bedroom right away, then the spare room in the basement can work as an office. More often than not, people use an extra bedroom if they have a child in college who isn’t ready to leave home after graduating and wants some privacy and a space to call their own.

And if your older parents are going to be living with you, than the basement is a great space to incorporate an extra bedroom. As well as a bathroom and possibly a kitchenette as well. But the way that you remodel your basement is entirely up to you and what part of the ‘circle of life’ you are in.

Basements don’t just have to be for the extra bedroom. You can have your basement remodeled in a sophisticated way for a wine cellar or an entertainment room. Installing wine racks, new flooring, and a kitchenette make the space perfect for hosting a wine tasting or just having friends over for an evening of fun. And the kitchenette comes in handy because you can use it to warm up hors d’oeuvre. You can also purchase a nice TV and a leather couch to create a space for hosting football watching parties. 

Best Unfinished Basement Makeover Ideas

Quite often finished basements have drop ceilings installed in them. If you don’t like the way that the drop ceiling looks than you can consider getting a more industrial look downstairs. You can start by having a local contractor spray the floor, joists a dark color to create a dark void. Once the ceiling is painted, you can then install LED lights or track lighting. The lights will help with the much needed extra lighting in the basement. And it will give the basement a finished look that you didn’t expect.

When it comes to the basement walls, there are two ways that they can be done. The first is to paint the concrete walls to make the basement a workable space. Having painted cement walls isn’t something to be ashamed of. If you want the same finished look that you have upstairs, then you will need to have a carpenter come and frame out the basement and install drywall. Once it’s installed, then the drywall will need to be taped and painted. But this will be the best route to go. Because if you are framing out your basement, then you can have an electrician come and install more outlets as well.

And more outlets means more lights downstairs. More lights in your basement means that it will look very bright and welcoming for your guests.

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When you utilize the basement to its capacity, you are creating a smart investment. With 800-1,000+ square footage of space in your basement, you can start using it for living, entertaining, or even office space. Before you do anything, start by figuring out what you want to use the basement for now. Then think about what you want to do with it ten years from now. By doing this, you can make some wise and perfect changes to fit your current and future needs for space. 

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on finishing your basement, give me a call. My team and I have been serving Plainfield, Naperville, Lisle, Shorewood, Joliet, Oswego, Yorkville, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Kitchen Island End Caps | Remodeling Options

There are several seriously cool details you can add to either end of the island in your kitchen. These are generally known as kitchen island end caps | remodeling options. And they are a way of incorporating a little something to the end of your island to help make your kitchen truly stand out.

 

Kitchen Island End Caps | Remodeling Options

The kitchen island has been a significant staple in many kitchens for years. Nowadays, the use of kitchen islands has evolved, and there are many ways to adjust them for your kitchen’s style. Islands used to be a simple square shape of counter space, but now they are becoming a lot more as they change styles and designs. Now the island has become the focal point in the kitchen. That is because it is a great place to entertain, and there are many ways to update it as well. 

This is because the kitchen island is not just a workspace anymore. Because it is becoming a focal point in the modern kitchen, it becomes a high selling point in any home. And buyers are looking for places that can be multifunctional and not just single-use workspaces in the kitchen. Standard features that are often found in and around the kitchen island are an auxiliary sink, extra seating, additional storage as well as flex space that can easily transition from prep work to entertainment. The cooktop is another item that is often installed on the island, as well. 

DIY Kitchen Island Makeover

One of the best ways to update your kitchen island is to incorporate end caps on it. The area of the island that faces the oven is a great space to add an end cap, drawers, cabinets, or even a spice rack. It is also a great space to put in shelves to store and display serving dishes. Doing that is a great idea, especially if you are having a large party, and you can quickly get a large serving platter without having to leave the room to get it. And if your kitchen is part of an open floor plan, then having the part of the island facing out of the kitchen is a great place to put shelves for all of your beautiful serving platters and dishes. 

Having a spice rack as an end cap is a trendy idea. Besides, it adds functionality and keeping everything in plain sight. It is easy to add in flare by installing a stylish rack to put all of your spices on. While some people like to keep their spices hidden away in a cabinet or closet, it’s not out of the ordinary to showcase all of your spices so that you can brag to your guests about your culinary skills. 

Incorporating storage on the island is something to consider, as well. It can be a mini-fridge or a wine rack to store those items as well as free up space in the main fridge. Cookbooks or quick access utensils are other items that you can create storage for on the island. That way, you aren’t running around the kitchen looking for a specific saucepan or utensil. And on flanking end caps, besides adding in shelves for cookbooks. Families often include shelves for small children to keep their bowls, plates, and utensils on is a great idea as well. In the long run, it all comes down to the overall design and layout of your kitchen.

Best Kitchen Island Remodel

While many people might not let their dog or cat in the kitchen, other people see their pets as part of the family and make sure that they are equally welcome in the kitchen. To include their pets in the kitchen, many people install water and food stations for their pets on the side of the kitchen island. This idea often works better in larger kitchens, but you shouldn’t let a smaller one ruin any integrity. Especially since the family dog is usually a good boy and enjoys getting treats that might fall to the floor. So by having a built-in water and feeding station is a big help to you. Because it will prevent you from tripping over the bowls as you walk through the kitchen space. 

A kitchen island is also an excellent place for entertaining guests. This is often the part of the kitchen where you entertain guests and loved ones. And it could be looking into either the family or dining rooms. And a wine rack, mini-fridge, and an extra sink are often installed on the island because people are often trying to entwine form, functionality, and entertainment into the kitchen area. 

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The ideas and styles that you pick for your kitchen island are genuinely limitless. Something that you need to keep in mind what the use will be now and in the future. Because finishes have evolved over the years, the look you choose will give the space a more subtle relaxed feel. So make sure that you plan the design accurately, and its execution will be flawless at the next family gathering. Because where there is food, there is fellowship.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on kitchen island end caps | remodeling options, give me a call. My team and I have been serving Hinsdale, Oak Brook, LaGrange, Darien, Western Springs, Burr Ridge, Hawthorn Woods, Lake Bluff, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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