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Newest Trends in Philadelphia Bathroom Remodeling

Everyone is always interested in the newest trends in Philadelphia Bathroom Remodeling.  Currently there are 3 trends we are seeing.  The first trend is already in Philadelphia, but the options continue to expand as the technology improves; this is the use of therapy in bathroom. The second and third trends have started in Europe, so we should be seeing them here in Philadelphia in the next year or so.  They are stacked vanities and strong colors in the bathroom, specifically lime green.

Technology in the bathroom includes color, water and sound therapies.  For a few years Philadelphia bathroom remodeling projects have been seeing chromatherapy which is color therapy.  Your tub or shower allows you to focus on one color or on multiple colors to invoke different moods, for example, green is calming and provides relief.  Chromatherapy is usually used with hydrotherapy.  Hydrotherapy, or water therapy, has been in use for years by physical therapists and now you can get the benefits at home.  It now involves more than just the shower head.  It can be the rain shower, body massage heads or the shower head with multiple stream choices.  In the tub it can be the choice of an invigorating massage tub, soothing air bubbles or even effervescent bubbles.  Finally, you can also have your choice of tunes in your bathroom.  Your music, podcasts, news can be played through your bathtub with your MP3, smartphone or tablet.  You can even have the water in your tub vibrate to the beat of the music.  How cool is that?   For more information on these bathroom therapies, Kohler’s website has some great examples at http://www.us.kohler.com/us/Bathroom-Bathing/category/429296/429204.htm

 

Other trends in Philadelphia Bathroom remodeling are coming to us from Europe.  This includes the use of strong colors in the bathroom.  The most significant seems to be lime green.  We are seeing this in cabinets and in tile as well as paint color.  It is usually paired with white.

 

The final trend out of Europe is stacked vanities.  This takes the idea of a floating vanity one step further and actually separates the vanity and the sink.  The vanity can be directly under the sink or off to the side which than allows the vanity to double as a bench. For more ideas for your bathroom remodeling project please see Teknika’s website at http://www.teknikadesigngroup.com/philadelphia-bathroom-remodeling.py.  Or for any remodeling project you can find more information at www.teknikadesigngroup.com.

 

Tips for Philadelphia Bathroom Remodeling

Below are tips to make sure your Philadelphia bathroom remodeling project are trouble free.  If you need more information please go to our website http://www.teknikadesigngroup.com/ .

  • Experts agree the place to start is with your budget.  In general you have 3 options, totally DIY, partial DIY and finally Expert only.  Each option gets progressively more expensive in terms of money but less so in terms of time and effort spent.  However, I think the real key is as you go from DIY to Expert, the risk of horrible mistakes becomes less, so be really honest with yourself.  How much if anything do you want to do, especially if you are doing a major remodel?

 

  • Your budget is also controlled by the scope of the project.  Again I like to say there are three possibilities.  There is the least expensive option which can make a big impact, changing just the hardware, wall color and maybe the fixtures such as the showerhead/tub and sink faucets.  The second level would be to change everything in the bathroom including the cabinetry, tile and plumbing fixtures such as the tub/shower and sink.  Finally the most expensive option would be to change everything and move it all around, which involves changing plumbing, electrical and even walls.

 

  • Items that are often overlooked in  Philadelphia bathroom remodeling or deemed unimportant  are:

1. Ventilation.   If your bathroom is not adequately ventilated it can get mold and mildew.  The size of your bathroom dictates the CFMs needed for your space.  See http://www.airflo.co.nz/bathroom.htm for more details.

2. Lighting can make a huge difference in the looks of your bathroom as well as how you enjoy your bathroom.  You will need dimmers to relax or brighter lights to shave or put on makeup.  To prevent shadowing of your face install lights at face level.

 

  • Another thing to think about when doing bathroom remodeling (any type of remodeling) is the environment.  Going green will help with utility bills (plumbing and lighting fixtures) and your breathing (low VOC paints).  It can be as simple as reusing a vanity to save more space in a landfill.

 

Hope this helps with the sometimes daunting challenge of Philadelphia Bathroom Remodeling.  To get an idea of style, please see the attached link to Teknika Design Group’s website,   http://www.teknikadesigngroup.com/bathportfolio.py