Most Common Home Renovation Projects for Empty Nesters

A home renovation to an empty nest becomes a practical option for those ready for an upgrade, but not ready to downsize. Approximately 3 out of 4 empty nesters renovate their homes after their children move out, with projects including upgrading furniture, updating an office, remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, adding a home gym or home theater room, repainting walls, replacing flooring, and adding a hobby room. Learn about common home renovations to consider after the kids are out of the house.

Read More

2022-09-25T22:42:38+00:00September 9th, 2022|

Home Improvements You Can Tackle with Your Tax Refund

A tax refund can make many small home improvement projects possible. According to the IRS, the average refund for tax year 2021 is expected to be more than $3,000, which is more than enough budget to paint a room, add a feature wall, or improve your home’s security. Home improvement projects that typically cost less than the average tax refund and can be completed quickly include adding a kitchen island; painting a house; adding a tile backsplash; replacing bathroom amenities such as cabinets, sinks, and fixtures; installing wainscoting, and upgrading a sump pump. Learn about home improvement projects that can be completed with a tax refund.

Read More

2022-04-19T02:48:33+00:00April 14th, 2022|

How to Fix a Sewage Smell in the Bathroom

It is important to resolve sewer smells in your bathroom quickly. Inhaling high levels of sewer gases can cause health problems, including nausea, dizziness, and, in the case of hydrogen sulfide poisoning, even fatality. Airborne pathogens can also be present in your home exposing you to sewer-dwelling germs. And, extremely high levels of sewer gases can even trigger an explosion.

Common causes of sewer smells in a home include clogged sink and shower drains, leaking pipes and p-traps for sink and shower drains, empty p-traps for unused sink and shower drains, a broken wax ring for a toilet, and incorrectly installed vent pipes in a bathroom. Learn about causes of sewer smells in a bathroom and how to resolve them.

Read More

2022-02-12T01:05:47+00:00January 14th, 2022|

Bathroom Design Ideas – Adding a Water Closet

The concept of the “Water Closet” dates back to the late 1800s, with the idea of having a toilet inside the home in a separate room. In the 20th century, homebuilders merged water closets with bathrooms to save space. The water closet – a small, closed room containing a toilet that is part of the bathroom – has been reintroduced in modern-day bathroom design.

The benefits of a water closet are additional privacy when multiple people are using the bathroom and improved hygiene as having a toilet in an enclosed space prevents particles from spreading when the toilet is flushed. Learn more about the water closet and why it is popular in modern bathroom designs.

Read More

2021-12-27T23:52:18+00:00December 22nd, 2021|

Master Bathroom Ideas to Copy in Your Own Space

A master bathroom is not only a room for showering and getting ready, but it’s also a room to unwind. If you’re planning a master bathroom renovation, consider options such as a freestanding or soaker tub, fireplace, double vanity, steam or walk-in shower, bidet, and heated floors to improve the functionality of the space. View ideas and options that you can incorporate into your upcoming master bathroom remodeling project.

Read More

2021-11-02T21:34:47+00:00October 29th, 2021|

The Cost for Radiant Floor Heating

Unlike other forms of heating, such as radiators or forced air, radiant heating provides consistent heat throughout a room. These floor heating systems used to be considered a luxury feature, but today, homeowners are realizing the benefits of a radiant floor heating system, especially in bathrooms and kitchens.

There are two types of radiant floor heating – electric and water-based. Both provide consistent, efficient heat, can save as much as 15 percent on a home heating bill, are compatible with all types of flooring, and are relatively easy to install.

The cost for radiant floor heating depends on the system installed, but the cost is typically between $1,717-$6,047. Factors impacting cost include floor type and size, type of radiant heating installed, materials, labor, installation location in the home, and site preparation and cleanup.

Learn about radiant heating systems and the potential cost for installation.

Read More

2021-10-29T16:24:33+00:00October 28th, 2021|

Why You Need a Building Permit for a Remodeling Project

To comply with most local building codes, in many instances, you need a building permit for home remodeling projects. Local building departments require a building permit to change load-bearing walls or install plumbing or wiring. Some building departments require permits for other types of updates as well. However, most building departments don’t require building permits for minor home remodeling projects such as painting and replacing carpeting. If a building department or other local authority discovers you didn’t pull a permit for a home remodeling project when it was required, you may face penalties—or worse. Depending on local ordinances, a buyer may be able to back out of a home purchase contract, the updates may need to be removed, homeowners insurance may not cover damages caused by unpermitted work, the homeowners could face fines, and more. Learn more about why a permit should be obtained before starting a home remodeling project.

Read More

2021-10-04T00:56:59+00:00September 21st, 2021|

The Cost to Replace a Bathtub

Replacing a bathtub is one of the top priorities for a bathroom remodel. The average cost to replace a bathtub is between $1,435-$7,246. The actual replacement cost is impacted by the type of new bathtub selected, if plumbing adjustments are required, and labor costs. Other factors that effect the cost of a bathtub replacement include removing and disposing of the old tub and other materials, construction cost for preparing the area for a new bathtub, new faucets and fixtures, additional plumbing and materials, and required permits. As part of the bathtub replacement and overall bathroom remodeling project, there are several options to consider for a replacement, including a shower to tub conversion, bath fitter (acrylic liner), general purpose tub, jet or whirlpool tub, soaking tub, walk-in tub, freestanding tub, clawfoot tub, and airbath tub. Learn about why a bathtub should be replaced and factors that could impact the project cost.

Read More

2021-08-30T01:33:56+00:00August 26th, 2021|

The Cost to Install a Toilet

The cost to install a toilet averages between $224-$531. The overall project cost is impacted by the type of toilet and complexity of the installation, which can be effected by unexpected issues during installation, including leaks due to insufficient caulking, a cracked flange that causes a wobbly toilet, a leaky flush valve, or an incorrectly installed wax ring seal. Other factors that can impact the cost include removing and disposing of the old toilet, local labor rates, the type and brand of the new toilet, the location for the toilet installation, additional plumbing required, and if the subfloor needs to be replaced. As part of the toilet replacement and overall bathroom remodeling project, there are several options to consider for a replacement, including one-piece, two-piece, wall-hung, and smart toilet models. Learn about why a toilet should be replaced and factors that could impact the project cost.

Read More

2021-08-30T01:28:50+00:00August 26th, 2021|

What is a Bathroom Bidet?

A bidet – a seat containing a water bowl and used for cleaning one’s bottom and privates with water – dates back to at least Roman times. The first true bidets appeared in French bathrooms in the 16th century. There are 5 types of bidets – the stand-alone bidet, built-in bidet, bidet seats and bidet attachments, handheld bidet, and portable bidet. The bidet is considered more sanitary and efficient than a traditional toilet. The bidet cleans by flushing the area with water and waste is washed away with little risk of contact and no spread of germs. Some bidets offer adjustment of water flow and temperature control. The bidet also offers cost savings with the elimination of toilet paper. Learn more about bidet types and benefits.

Read More

2021-08-04T15:47:21+00:00August 3rd, 2021|
Go to Top