Photography 101: Tips to Capture Your Bathroom’s Good Side

December 31st, 2014

Whether you’re prepping your house for sale or just taking pictures of your bathroom for memories sake, the bathroom presents several obstacles that make it very difficult to photograph. Not only can size be an inhibiting factor, the many reflective surfaces in your bathroom can make it a frustrating process all together.

These tips can be helpful for Real Estate Agents, Interior Designers, and Home Stagers. Try using some of these tricks and see how well the photographs of your bathroom come out in your next project. It’s guaranteed that your bathroom will look ten times better. Lights, camera, action!

Custom Residential Bathroom

Wilson Residence Custom Home by © Alair Homes.

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Bathroom Trends to Look Out for in 2015

December 29th, 2014

With the holiday season in full swing, 2015 is just a few weeks around the corner. So what types of trends can we expect to see in the bathroom this year? Last year we saw a handful of trends that focused on functional use. This year, the emphasis is going to be placed on designing a fully personalized bathroom experience. How do you do this? Feature floor tiles, natural elements, sustainable materials, and of course technology. Keep your bathroom up to date with the latest fashions and trends. Here are the 15 bathroom trends that every designer, home stager, real estate agent, and home remodeler needs to be aware of in 2015.

Bathroom Trends in 2015

Recent bath remodeling project by Remodel Works.

Aside from the fact that bathrooms are getting bigger and bigger (even having multiple toilets), there are many new trends that are expected to be popular next year. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Prevent Plumbing Pipes from Freezing

December 22nd, 2014

Keeping your plumbing pipes from freezing during the winter can seem like an impossible task in some of the coldest areas of the country. Needless to say, there are a few steps you can take to winterize your bathroom to make sure that your plumbing doesn’t freeze up.

To do this, you want to make sure that your home is well insulated. For pipes that are running through the attic, you want to make sure that your pipes are running underneath the insulation so that they stay warm. Here are some more tricks to keep your water pipes from freezing. But first.

Picture of Frozen Pipes

Photography by Goran Zec

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Beautiful Bathroom Vanity Ideas to Jump Start Your Remodel

December 19th, 2014

Picking a bathroom vanity sounds like such an easy thing to do but when you look at all of your options, you may be overwhelmed to think of how many different styles, color combinations, and features you have to choose from.

Well, today we’re going to round up some unique bathroom vanity ideas that you can use to jump start your bathroom remodeling project. Whether you’re aiming for a modern bathroom makeover or a cozy rustic escape, there’s a vanity that will fit perfectly into the design and layout of the bathroom of your dreams.

Modern Bathroom Vanities

Modern vanities are characterized by sharp lines, black and white color combinations, and simple drawer pulls. Modern design seeks to create something that is visually pleasing and equally functional. Smooth surfaces make it easy to keep your bathroom clean with a simple wipe down.

Scorpio Reversible Vanity

33.5″ to 57″ Scorpio Single Vessel Sink Vanity. $899.00.

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5 Tips for Creating a Radiant Master Bathroom Remodel

December 17th, 2014

By Stephanie Cernivec

Remodeling projects require time, money and effort, which is why many homeowners choose their renovation after some careful thought. They want a return on their investment when they sell the house as well as new home features that benefit them immediately. A good number of homeowners decide to upgrade their bathrooms because people spend a lot of time in these spaces, and they are an important feature for buyers. Of course, there’s still the question of: Which bathroom gets the new look? According to a survey conducted by Houzz, 60 percent of people who renovate a bathroom choose the master.

Heated Bathroom Flooring

Come up with a plan before you begin to renovate the master bathroom so that the finished product will reflect your personal tastes and meet your needs. Here are a few considerations to help you with the process:

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What is the Standard Depth of a Bathroom Vanity?

December 15th, 2014

Standard depth of a bathroom vanity is 21″. This measurement is taken from the front of the cabinet to the rear of the cabinet and does not include any overhang of the countertop. This addresses the question regarding standard depth of a vanity minus the countertop.  Standard measurement does not include the countertop so there is no need to subtract the countertop overhang. Bath vanities typically range between 20″-23″ with shallow depth vanities also available for narrow bathroom layouts.

Although the Standard Height of a Bathroom Vanity can vary, there is generally a higher consensus on the standard depth of a bathroom vanity. According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, “The standard depth is 21” to the front of the box plus the thickness of doors and drawers. Some vanity cabinets used in small baths will be as little as 18” or 16”.”

Standard Depth of a Bathroom Vanity is 21 Inches

You can find a forum discussion on the topic at Do It Yourself and a confirmation on from Elaine Martin Petrowski from This Old House.

How to Shop for Bathroom Vanities by Depth

Follow the steps below to shop for vanities by depth:

  1. Visit this page to shop for vanities by size.
  2. Click on the width range you would like to shop for.
  3. On the next page, There will be a column on your left hand sidebar that will allow you to select the depth of the cabinet.

For further assistance with this feature, please call 1-888-900-0477 or send us an email.
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RTA Cabinets vs Assembled Cabinets

December 5th, 2014

Getting ready for a big bathroom remodel and you may be thinking to yourself, “I can handle this” but in the back of your mind you may be thinking, “Am I getting in over my head.” Ready-to-Assemble Cabinets or RTA Cabinets are an option to manufactured cabinets that arrive fully assembled.

Are they really that hard to assemble? Will I run into any problems? Is it really as easy as they say it is? Surely all of these sobering questions have run through your head. Here’s the run down on what you should know about RTA Cabinets.

RTA Cabinets vs Assembled Cabinets

Photography by Scott Lewis.

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Framed vs Frameless Bath Cabinets: What’s the Difference?

December 3rd, 2014

One of the main issues that you’re going to encounter when shopping for bath (and kitchen) cabinets is the debate between framed and frameless cabinets. Framed cabinets dominated the market in the past but frameless cabinets have become much more desirable in recent years. Frameless cabinets are characteristic of European style cabinetry and are sometimes even referred to as European Cabinets.

The difference between a framed cabinet and a frameless cabinet is the face frame. A face frame is a frame that is affixed to the front of the cabinet. Imagine a cabinet without doors attached. The face frame is added to the front of the box cabinet to create a lip. This face frame adds strength and style to the front of the cabinet.

Frameless Bathroom Cabinets

Frameless Bathroom Cabinets

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How to Make a Bathroom Vanity Taller

November 24th, 2014

Raising a bathroom vanity can accomplished in several ways. Whether you have back problems or would just like your basin to be a raised a few inches, it is possible for you to raise your vanity to a height that is more comfortable and easy to use.

A short bathroom vanity can lead to a hunched back and extreme discomfort for taller individuals. When people want to raise their vanity, it’s most commonly because their existing vanity is 30″-32″. This was common in older homes built prior to the post-war boom where parents shared a restrooms with their children in 2/1 bedroom & bath combinations.

How to Raise a Bathroom Vanity


  1. Standard Height Bathroom Vanity – 32″
  2. Comfort Height Bathroom Vanity – 36″ and up
  3. Vessel Sink Bathroom Vanity Height – 30″

If you don’t have a bathroom vanity with adjustable legs, you can raise your bathroom cabinet by using one of these methods.
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Integrated Sink Bathroom Vanities Inspired by Design

November 21st, 2014

Bathroom vanities with integrated sinks have gained popularity with a distinct sense of appeal and unique design. Integrated sinks blend the wash basin with the countertop into a single one-piece top that is attached directly to the cabinet.

Many of these sinks offer curved and modular designs that blend with the facade of the cabinet with smooth lines that are only made possible with the molding of the basin. Integrated sinks are wonderful in the bathroom because they are easy to clean and offer a change to something new.

Integrated Sinks for Bathroom

Integrated sinks are different from undermount sinks in that the sink and the countertop are one piece. With an undermount sink, the basin is mounted (attached) beneath the countertop often giving it the appearance that it is part of the countertop.

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