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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I liked this article on space useage for small bathrooms. I think it has some valuable information that I have used for my clients.

•Learn how to design a small bathroom without knocking down walls.•Discover bathroom products made for small spaces.
In order to stand comfortably in your bathroom, do you need one foot in the tub? Over the past 30 years, the average size of bathrooms in new homes has almost doubled. However, in many older houses the main bathroom has remained at its original 5- by 8-foot size.
Feel like time has passed your bathroom by? Don’t despair. The following eight tips from Kohler Design Center designer Diana Schrage will help you update your small bathroom, either by saving physical space or by using design techniques to increase the perception of space.

Enlarge photoTIP 1: Toilet upgrade. Old toilets are larger and less efficient than newer models. To give yourself more room to operate, consider replacing your old model with a compact toilet. It's the same size as a round-front model and still provides the comfort of an elongated seat. Plus, newer toilets use less water, making them friendlier to the environment.TIP 2: Stick with solid colors. In a small room, busy patterns overpower and appear to shrink the space. Light, natural tones lend an open, airy feel. If you want to get creative, play with textures rather than patterns. Keep prints light and to a minimum.

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TIP 3: Use corner storage. Install shelving or build your storage units into the corner. Small bathrooms need to make use of all available space. Corners provide those extra inches, and create unique design solutions.TIP 4: Work at the right height. Consider hanging your cabinet from the wall at a more comfortable height (around 34 or 36 inches) to avoid unnecessary bending. If possible, use niche shelving and a mirrored medicine cabinet to remove bulky furniture.
TIP 5: Choose a smaller faucet. Change your faucet to a space-saving, single-control model.TIP 6: Downsize the vanity. Save real and perceived space by installing a petite vanity, smaller pedestal or wall-mounted sink. Console tables, even if they're not particularly small, help expand the perception of space thanks to their slender legs. You'll want to add shelving to make up for lost storage with a pedestal sink.

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TIP 7: Lower your bath profile. To give the illusion of more space, consider replacing your old tub with a lower-walled model. Look for a 5-foot tub with a flat bottom. They're perfect for showering, but still deep enough for a pleasant bath. If you don't have the dimensions for a full bath, consider a corner shower enclosure.
TIP 8: Streamline the shower. Choose a sliding shower door or shower screen. Sliding doors don't require door clearance, and the clear glass acts like a window, opening the space even more.By using some imagination and a few simple tips, you can turn your cramped bathroom into a cozy retreat—without moving any walls.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Remodeling Cost Versus Value Report

The following information is compiled and published by the National Re- modelers Council. The results (even in a sluggish economy) continue to show that our homes are still the most valuable investment tool that most of us have. So what will show you the most "Bang for your Buck" when it comes to remodeling/updating?

Major Kitchen Remodel

National Average

Cost: $56,611 Resale Value: $43,030 Cost Recouped: 76.0%

Pacific Northwest

Cost: $62,997 Resale Value: $55,025 Cost Recouped: 87.3%

Minor Kitchen Remodel

National Average

Cost: $21,246 Resale Value: $16,881 Cost Recouped: 79.5%

Pacific Northwest

Cost: $22,974 Resale Value: $21,944 Cost Recouped: 95.5%

Mid Range Bathroom Remodel

National Average

Cost: $15,899 Resale Value: $11,857 Cost Recouped: 74.6%

Pacific Northwest

Cost: $18,452 Resale Value: $15,992 Cost Recouped: 86.7%

Savvy homeowners are using this time and information to give them an edge. They are updating their homes and enjoying the new amenities while building value and market appeal into their homes.

Friday, September 18, 2009

October is "National Child Safety Month" . If you have small children or pets, dangling cords on window coverings can contribute to serious injuries from accidental entanglement or strangulation. Walls too Windows and Hunter Douglas are pleased to offer the LiteRise cordless lifting system FREE on every purchase of:

1. Vignette Tiered Modern Roman Shades
2. Duette Honeycomb Shades
3. Applause Honeycomb Shades

Available September 25th through November 16th 2009

The Fall season is upon us and what better way to ready our homes for the change in weather and temperature is to take stock of how much energy we are losing from an uncovered or improperly covered window. If you are wondering how to improve your energy efficiency, I invite you to give me a call to look at all the innovative energy efficient products available from Hunter Douglas. The timing couldn't be better! Sept 25th through November 16th 2009 is the Fall Rebate program. Receive $25 to $600 back on select products. This is one of the best rebate offers that I have seen, I hope you can take advantage of the savings.

To schedule your home visit to view these products and the many other Hunter Douglas Window Covering options designed with safety and beauty in mind---Please call 360-687-5076

Thursday, September 17, 2009

This is a shot of a Western Show Home that I did. I just love the detail of the light illuminating the fused glass transom. For more pictures of the entire home be sure to visit my website at