Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling has plenty of ideas for better bathroom lighting in Shawnee, Mission, and all over the southwest Kansas City area!
If you are struggling to have enough lighting to do daily grooming tasks or if your bathroom lighting is downright unflattering, consider the suggestions below to make your morning and nightly routines easier and more enjoyable!
Small bathrooms, especially in apartments, are notorious for small windows, no windows, or an oddly placed shower window. That may be all the natural lighting you get, so you naturally have to look to other lighting sources for the bathroom.
Fluorescent lighting is found in most commercial bathrooms and many residential ones. The problem is that it’s bad for pretty much every purpose. The only time it can be a benefit is if you work under fluorescent light. At least your makeup application will look right…
The Solution: Layered Lighting!
Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling suggests that you approach bathroom lighting with the proper amount of care. Adding multiple layers of lighting will mimic natural light if you don’t have an adequate amount.
Here are some of the layers we recommend:
Other things you may want to consider:
When Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling renovates a bathroom, we ask the homeowner to think about the many ways they will use their bathroom. From getting ready every day to a weekly at-home spa session, your bathroom will be a room that is used daily for multiple purposes, so the lighting scheme should be varied enough to handle that.
We can offer other options, like the ones below, that will add additional light to the bathroom and give you the ambiance you’ve always wanted!
Other considerations for your Shawnee or Kansas City bathroom lighting include the type of bulbs you use (halogen, fluorescent, or incandescent), and options like dimmers that will help you control the amount of light in your bathroom even more.
When you’ve had enough with inadequate bathroom lighting, call Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling and let us design a layered lighting scheme that will illuminate your bathroom and make your daily bathroom routine a lot easier!
Plans for Installing a New Shower?
A shower is a necessary part of your day (hopefully), but it can be so much more! Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling invites you to think outside the box – or the shower stall – when it comes to the design of your home’s bathroom when you are building or remodeling.
Here are a few of the coolest showers we’ve seen to get your creative juices flowing!
When you’re ready to go for something really bold, call Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling to discuss your dream bathroom, and we’ll help you design it!
Costly Kitchen Remodeling Pitfalls
Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling has plenty of ways to help you create the perfect kitchen, and with our expert advice, we can also provide some tips about what not to do when remodeling a residential kitchen. Knowing what things to avoid is as important as knowing which things will make your kitchen timeless and functional.
We’ve worked with customers from Shawnee to Prairie Village and all over downtown Kansas City, so you can trust our reputation when it comes to your home renovation!
Our team of pros will advise you on the big features and the smaller details that will make your kitchen look larger, more stylish, and less dated – all without following each and every trend that’s out at the moment.
For starters, here are a few things to avoid when remodeling your Overland Park or Lenexa kitchen:
Certain elements need to be chosen first, and other decisions will hinge on those. Therefore, it’s important that you know what to do first and what can wait until later. An experienced contractor can help you make these decisions in the correct order, from appliances and counter tops to wall color!
Think about the issues that you struggle with in your current kitchen. Wouldn’t it be nice to have more kitchen cabinets? It’s not just the addition of more cabinets, though. It’s when you have more accessible cabinets that will make your kitchen easier to navigate, whether you’re cooking for a hungry family every night or entertaining guests on the weekends.
Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling would ask you this simple question: Do you ever? In our years of experience, homeowners who are renovating a kitchen almost always ask for our advice on how to maximize their counter space, especially in smaller homes. From Olathe to Leawood, we help homeowners make the most of their kitchen countertops with wall storage that keeps your countertops clear to hidden workspace that slides out of sight when you don’t need it.
Did you know there’s something called the kitchen ‘work triangle’? A kitchen designer can explain this and many other design concepts to you, even if you plan on doing much of the work yourself. Letting a professional take a good look at your kitchen before you get started and offer up advice on your upcoming DIY project will make the entire project go smoother. While all the individual parts of your kitchen remodel may be within your grasp, it’s a good idea to have an expert look over your design plans to avoid complications.
In addition to helping you adjust and finalize your designs, a professional Kansas City kitchen remodeler can help you stay on budget. Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling experts won’t try to talk you into features that you don’t want or can’t afford. We just try to give customers the amount of help they need and create beautiful kitchens that are highly functional, while increasing home value in the process.
Bedroom Redesign and Remodels - Atmosphere First!
Your bedroom should be your mental retreat from the day’s stresses, yet 68% of Americans report that they have trouble sleeping at least once a week. With the tips below, you can create a relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom. Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling has helped many customers design and execute their dream bedroom, and by following these steps – and enlisting our expert assistance – you, too, can have a relaxing, rejuvenating bedroom.
Color is Important
Cool colors like blue, green, gray and even white work well in the bedroom. Stay away from warm colors like oranges and reds. Pastels of any color are best, but you can incorporate bright or bold colors for accents in the room like trim or artwork. Your bedroom will be more serene if you choose soothing colors for the walls.
Make it clutter free
A designer can help you come up with ingenious ways to disguise your mess, but you have to do your part, too. At Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling, we’re experienced in creating extra, hidden storage for our customers, but it only works if you use it! Put things away each night before bed, and keep work clutter out of the bedroom for your most restful sleep.
Focus on the Bed
Pretty obvious: the place you’re going to lay your head has to be comfortable. Invest in a new mattress or a more affordable mattress topper to make the bed super comfy. Add in quality sheets, a warm comforter, and multiple pillows of different sizes and firmness and you’ve got yourself a regular safe haven! You’ll look forward to cozying up in a bed like that every night.
Any room is more Zen with a houseplant or two. In the bedroom, plants can help purify the air and actually help you sleep better. Some of the best indoors plants are aloe vera and spider plants for their purifying properties and gardenia for its healing properties. You can water these plants about once a week, and they will get plenty of light from windows that get direct or indirect sunlight.
Keep the lighting soft
There are multiple ways to create dim light in your bedroom. Try to strike a balance between too much light, which is overstimulating, and too little, which can strain your eyes. Devices you can use include dimmers, lamps, candles and overhead fixtures that diffuse light from their bulbs.
As you may have guessed from our list above, relaxation is about treating all the senses: beautiful colors to look at, soothing textures, and scented candles will all work together to create a relaxing environment for you to sleep. There are other measures you can take, such as putting the electronics down 30-60 minutes before sleep and adding blackout curtains if light from outside keeps you awake.
Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling is your source for renovation and remodeling. From a kitchen that really cooks to a bedroom that’s perfect for relaxing, we design and deliver any kind of room you want!
Factors in Calculating Bathroom Renovation Cost
Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling is often asked how much it costs to remodel a bathroom, in hopes of getting a general answer (we assume), but you can imagine that the answer is never simple. There are countless factors that will determine how much bathroom remodeling actually costs, so while we can’t give you an estimate for your Overland Park or Bonner Springs home without evaluating the project first, we can break down the average costs of the most common bathroom remodeling tasks.
No Two Jobs are the Same
In the interest of brevity, we’ll give you the mid-range estimates for each component of bathroom remodeling. Be wary of companies that charge far more or far less than these estimates. Not to say that they won’t do a good job, but we’d suggest that you check references and compare rates to make sure you’re getting the most for your money!
An average Kansas City bathroom remodeling project can range between $6,000 and $15,000. Factors that can affect that cost include the size of the bathroom, materials and fixtures, and the specific tasks to be done. For example, it could be quite costly to reroute the plumbing to move fixtures, an expense you won’t have to worry about if you leave the room’s footprint the same.
Installing fixtures, flooring, and cabinets are the major costs of a bathroom remodel:
Painting, installing light fixtures, and replacing the toilet are all jobs that will cost a few hundred dollars, more or less, but just because these jobs are less expensive that the big projects mentioned above, you still need to figure them into your budget.
Demolition is another fee that will be factored in. Removing and doing away with the old fixtures and flooring is a service that your contractor will provide, so you won’t have to worry about these things unless you have an intended purpose for them.
Finally, if you wish to have your contractor handle the ordering and receiving of materials or assist with design planning, these will be additional fees.
You can save money by doing some of the work yourself or leaving certain elements the same. Depending on your budget and the new look you want to create, you can work with Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling to design the perfect Prairie Village, Mission, or Olathe bathroom!
Some homeowners choose to do the demolition themselves and have the bathroom ready for the contractor to do all the new installations.
Bathroom renovation is one of the best things you can do to improve the resale value of your home, so that’s definitely a factor to consider as you stare down the list above! When you’re ready to update a bathroom in your Leawood or Shawnee home – either for your own enjoyment or for the next lucky owners – give Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling a call for value and service!
How We Can Help You Achieve Your Dream Bathroom
Bathroom remodeling in Kansas City has never been easier than it is with the help of Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling, the best in the business! We have designed hundreds of residential bathroom renovations for our customers over the years, and we can provide you, too, with the same level of satisfaction that your friends and neighbors in Leawood, Prairie Village, and Overland Park enjoy each and every day!
Start at the Beginning
Every successful bathroom renovation begins with a plan. You should expect that your contractor will provide you with an estimate including the budget for your renovation as well as a time estimate for completion.
In general, there isn’t a lot of opportunity to expand the bathroom, so we’ve gotten pretty good at adding space by being creative with what’s already there. This usually involves either rearranging the footprint of the bathroom or changing out fixtures for larger or smaller ones to make room in other areas.
Here are the expert steps we take to plan the perfect bathroom renovation for each customer:
Hiring an Architect
There are people on both sides of the fence when it comes to whether or not an architect or an interior designer can benefit the homeowner during a bathroom renovation. Many of our Lenexa, Shawnee, and Olathe customers have reduced stress, saved money, and ensured complete satisfaction with the help of a design professional.
An architect or interior designer can do all of the following:
Of course, many of these responsibilities can also be handled by your Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling contractor. Every customer is different, from Merriam to Mission KS bathroom remodeling, so we like to make sure that all of our potential customers know the full range of their options for a smooth, stress-free remodeling experience.
There are many reasons why our customers decide to take on bathroom remodeling projects. Some are looking for a layout that makes more sense while others need new functionalities due to mobility limitations. And still others are just ready to update to a modern design. Whatever YOUR reason, Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling can design the perfect bathroom renovation for you!
Color Meaning and Tips That Can Fit In Your Bedroom
When you’re remodeling or simply redecorating, wall color is definitely going to be something you consider. If you are changing your bedroom, it’s important to think about the mood that you’d like to create in this personal space before choosing your favorite color for the paint – especially if the color is trendy! Residents tire of trendy colors quickly, so unless you don’t mind painting the room again relatively soon, choose a tried and true color from the list we’ve put together below!
Kansas City Remodeling serves Gardner, Merriam, Mission Woods, Westwood Hills and many more suburbs of Kansas City, and we talk with customers daily who have very different ideas about how they want their bedrooms to look. To each his own is what we say! We can help anyone achieve the bedroom of their dreams, including helping them choose the perfect paint color.
Here are a few of the best bedroom colors and a little bit about the effect they can have on you:
Advanced Home Renovation Tips and Ideas
You can do practically anything with your mobile devices these days, and home renovation is just one more task that has been made easier with the advent of specially designed applications for phones and tablets!
Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling would like to weigh in on our favorite renovation apps and what you can accomplish with them! If you have a Lenexa or Prairie Village home renovation in mind, you can definitely get some inspiration from these apps or use them during the remodeling process, whether you are doing the work yourself or have a professional by your side!
These apps are sure to get you going and see you through on your next home renovation:
There are a few apps that have been around the block such as Pinterest, a source for ideas, how-tos and more, and Home Advisor, where you can get recommendations for and information about contractors in your area. Whether you live in Mission Hills, Westwood, or downtown Kansas City, there are certified contractors who can help you achieve the results you want, and now your mobile phone can help you, too!
What Kitchens Look Like in the Future?
Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling has done our share of kitchen renovations over the years for customers in Shawnee, Leawood, and beyond, so we can tell you what upcoming trends to watch for as well as which features seem to be fading out.
We’re asked frequently what kitchens will look like 10, 20, even 50 years from now. According to studies and our own informal research, we’d say they will look a lot like they do now!
There are no crazy gadgets or robotic arms in the future for kitchen remodeling. High tech doesn’t interest most people for the kitchen, with the exception of televisions and devices that assist with kitchen-related tasks like making a grocery list or preparing a recipe
Oddly enough, trends in kitchen remodeling say that homeowners will still be interested in classic styles and colors, as well as high-quality features that function well.
Worldwide, there are differences in priorities for the kitchen. Homes in some parts of the world will devote a section of the kitchen to a wine cellar or coffee bar, while others covet a big, organized walk-in pantry. These things won’t change across the board, and neither will a few other things.
We predict that the following features will stay relevant throughout the next several decades:
Trends also predict that kitchens of tomorrow will not change much in their layouts. Here in the U.S., most kitchens are U-shaped or L-shaped. It requires a lot more time, money, and work to rearrange the layout, so you’ll see the majority of remodeled residential kitchens keeping their floorplan.
In rare instances, we anticipate seeing customers in Kansas City, Fairway, and Lake Quivira with ultra-modern taste who prefer a gallery-style kitchen. In these kitchens, the entire layout, from cooking area to dining table, can be connected for buffet-style dining while taking up very little space.
U.S. contractors like Kansas City Bathroom Remodeling should expect to see a continued preference for granite countertops, but they shouldn’t be surprised if customers begin to request engineered quartz. This material is made from crushed quartz and resin, so it does not have to be sealed after installation, a factor that has contributed to its popularity.
New, tougher types of porcelain are also making a comeback, because of both their appearance and their durability.
As far as fancy features in kitchens of the future they’re all about making life easier. Built-in device charging stations and baseboard vacuum systems are requested often, as are range hoods, which keep the kitchen and whole house cooler during and after cooking, and also remove odors efficiently. Developments in areas like these will continue to happen, so there’s still a little surprise left, even for us, in what the kitchens of tomorrow will really look like!
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