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John F. O'Hara
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4 Hacks to Supersize a Tiny Bathroom

January 21, 2016 1:03 am

Bathroom remodels require their fair share of the stake, and if you have a tiny bathroom, that can mean forking over big bucks solely for demolition. Yikes!

But before you knock down any walls, consider these supersizing tricks professional remodelers use—without actually increasing square footage:

• Tile size and pattern can either grow or diminish spaciousness. Conventional wall tiles are 4-inches by 4-inches, which, to the eye, appear smaller than they should. To increase the sense of space in the bathroom, use bigger, glossy wall tiles, like ceramic or granite, in a largely uninterrupted pattern.

• Lighter colors create the impression of more space. To play into this effect, select floor tile that are lighter in color, and arrange them diagonally to give the illusion of more space.

• Tiny bathrooms lack the space for a full-sized bathtub, so don’t try to squeeze one in. Instead, install a compartment shower with glass walls. These allow the occupant to see the room wall to wall, without their line of sight cut off by a curtain or door.

• Strategically-placed lighting can also add spaciousness. To make the most of your tiny bathroom, install wall fixtures, rather than overhead lighting. Wall lighting illuminates the bathroom at eye level; overhead lighting can cast shadows, lending a cramped feel to the space.

Source: Cornerstone Design & Remodel

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Fire Elements, Kitchen Add-Ons Heat Up Outdoor Living

January 21, 2016 1:03 am

More homeowners than ever are incorporating outdoor living spaces into the design of their homes—and with the outdoor living market expected to top $5.7 billion this year, it’s safe to say the trend isn’t fading any time soon.

“The trend used to be toward bringing the outdoors in, but many people today are doing the opposite—bringing traditionally indoor comforts out to the deck, porch or patio,” says Paul Lafrance, host of HGTV Canada’s “Decked Out” and “Disaster Decks,” and a “Trexpert” for Trex Company, a leader in outdoor living. “Thanks to advances in all-weather materials, furnishings and accessories, you can outfit an outdoor living space in much the same way that you would any room in the home.”

The most popular indoor-turned-outdoor room? The kitchen, says Lafrance—this time with cooking apparatus that can handle anything from whole turkeys to smoked meats, and even pizzas.

“The whole concept of outdoor cooking has grown far beyond a backyard barbecue,” Lafrance says. “Homeowners are hungry for fully-appointed kitchens with features like integrated trash bins, ice chests and cabinetry that add convenience and luxury. They also help to keep an outdoor space organized and reduce all those pesky trips back and forth into the house."

A similarly hot trend is warming features, including candles, tiki torches and fireplaces—accents that lend physical and ambient warmth, says Lafrance’s television counterpart Kate Campbell.

“Fire features not only add ambiance to an outdoor space, but also provide heat and light that allows you to use your deck later into the evening and into the year,” says Campbell. “Fire pits and fireplaces also provide great focal points and natural gathering spots for conversation and, of course, s'mores!

Campbell also notes a growing demand for deck features like integrated benches, privacy walls, and ornamental post caps and railings with decorative balusters, similar to those found inside the home.

“One of my favorite things to do with an outdoor space is to create a comfort zone, such as a hammock area or a conversation nook with built-in lounges—somewhere cozy with lots of pillows where you can curl up with a good book, or a good friend,” Campbell says. “I also am a fan of defining different functional spaces outdoors. Weather-proof draperies are a great way to inject color and pattern and create distinct spaces. Another option is adding a pergola.”

To make an outdoor space truly feel like an extension of the home, Campbell suggests mixing in interior-inspired accents, like decorative outdoor area rugs, cushions, pillows and throw blankets made of weather-resistant materials. "Add personality and color with plants, flowers, artwork and whimsical accessories, just as you would inside,” says Campbell.

Source: Trex Company, Inc.

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