With larger glass areas, energy efficiency and comfort become major concerns. Higher efficiency glass that incorporates low-E2 glass and argon gas has become the norm. “Warm-Edge technology” is also being introduced by different manufacturers of dual pane windows. Traditionally, an aluminum spacer is used to separate the two panes of glass. Tests have shown that aluminum spacers actually conduct heat through the glass thereby decreasing its energy efficiency and creating an area around the perimeter of the window where condensation may form. As is true with any window remodeling project, your best prospect for a quality job is to start with a quality product and have it professionally installed by a knowledgeable licensed contractor who offers an extended product and labor warranty.
Try to avoid placing windows where direct sunlight will strike your favorite grooming mirror, however. Southern and western light tend to be more direct and may cause bright interior colors to appear too intense, whereas eastern and northern sunlight may make cooler colors appear dull.
Bathroom lighting is not only task-oriented. Recessed lighting can easily be angled to highlight works of art, and rope lighting installed on the topside of a molding near the ceiling can create a warm, cozy feeling throughout. If you’re interested in redoing your bathroom lighting, talk to an electrician or interior designer about what it will take to make your new bathroom lighting ideas a reality.
It’s important to match all your stainless steel bathroom fixtures, but be smart about it. Sometimes if you have a metal tub mixed with a porcelain sink, it could look a little weird. However, if you go overboard and completely streamline the room in silver, it could be a bit overwhelming. For instance, you could buy steel countertops but you don’t want the room to look like a doctor’s office. There are even metal toilets available, but you don’t want to make your bathroom look like a jail cell. So keep it simple. Faucets, showerheads, and sinks are the most popular remodels because these little touches of elegance can go a long way. You may even want to buy a metal towel bar, door hook, or trash can to round out the look. Plus, investing in some silver door knobs is a great way to complete a remodel without going overboard.
Shower: If you have a half bath, a quick bathroom design idea is to simply install a single-stall shower in a corner. And to make it invisible to the naked eye, invest in frameless doors or a clear shower curtain for a transparent appearance.
Toilets: Depending on the size of your bathroom, your existing toilet might be fine. But, smaller toilets are available that work just as well as their standard sized counterparts. Low Profile: Low profile alternatives are no harder to maintain than a standard toilet. But, because of their lack of height, a low profile design may not be suitable for homes with tall, elderly or handicapped residents. Toilet installations are an involved DIY project, so it’s best to hire a handyman or professional to tackle this project.