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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Remodeling the Bath? 5 Touch-of-Luxury Tubs

April 1, 2016 1:54 am

For their range of high-end amenities, luxury homes have one feature in common: a show-stopping master bath. The average remodeler can get a similar luxe look by up-scaling the project, say the experts at Cornerstone Design and Remodel, a San Diego, Calif.-based firm. The feature that’s most worth the investment? A deluxe bathtub.

According to Cornerstone, the most popular luxury tubs are:

1. Claw-Foot Tubs
Claw-foot bathtubs are the epitome of Old World luxury, with vintage feet that raise the tub several inches off the floor. This tub is ideal for those looking to add a statement piece to their bathroom.

2. Drop-In Tubs
With drop-in bathtubs, the plumbing is concealed underneath the tub. Drop-ins can be installed with a surrounding shelf for seating, and may also include whirlpool settings.

3. Freestanding Tubs
Freestanding bathtubs can help highlight the flooring, while also adding a sense of spaciousness. These tubs can be installed anywhere in the bathroom, proving them versatile.

4. Soaking Tubs
Soaking tubs have a supportive shape different than traditional bathtubs, allowing the bather to sink lower and retain the water temperature. These tubs are capable of being equipped with a hydrotherapy system.

5. Walk-In Tubs
Walk-in tubs have a watertight door and built-in seat ideal for those with limited mobility. Aside from being an add-on, the seat allows the bather to sit upright comfortably.

Aside from these tubs, remodelers may also want to consider a custom-built model, which can be shaped into specific dimensions (or freeform) depending on the design plans.

Source: Cornerstone Design and Remodel

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7 No-Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your Home This Spring

April 1, 2016 1:54 am

Ready or not, spring is here, and with it comes the urge to open up your home to fresh breezes and sunshine. The trouble with that, as some homeowners lament, is that the furnishings may look a little tired.

Before you replace a few big-ticket items, take a few tips from the editors of Home & Garden Magazine to spruce up your home without spending any money:

Bring the Outdoors In – Take a walk and gather a bunch of the season’s first lilies or daffodils, or even a branch or two of greenery. Fresh greens and flowers are the fastest and easiest way to put a little spring in your home.

Flip the Throw Rug – This may not work for oriental rugs, but for others, flipping a rug upside down may expose a textural difference or a slightly different hue that changes the look of the room.

Rethink the Layout – Sit down with a pencil and paper and try out some different furniture arrangements. A simple switch may make all the difference in changing the look of your home.

Use Leftover Paint – If it’s still sitting in the garage, use it to freshen up walls or cabinets that may have been scrubbed once too much.

Edit It Down – Sometimes, when a room looks tired, you don’t need to add anything new. Try removing a few things to edit down the space. You may find less is more.

Rearrange Displays – Instead of packing in row after row of books on a bookcase, try leaving space open on the shelves and display a few knick-knacks or art objects.

Change Out Wall Art – Move a few of your favorite paintings to another spot. Switch them out with a couple of prints or family photos. Check the attic for a vintage item or two and hang them on the walls for a fresh, new look. 

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