Creative Bathroom Lighting – Bring Bath Light Ideas Into Focus

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There’s no rule that says bathroom lighting has to be basic or dull. There’s plenty of room for creative bathroom lighting in the 21st century.

The modern bathroom has become a refuge, spa and important style element, putting emphasis on creative bathroom lighting. Bath light ideas favor both mood and task options. Homes in Waukesha WI often have more than one bathroom, each open to its own bath light ideas and creative bathroom lighting applications.

Bathroom lighting is almost an afterthought in many home designs, but modern interior designers are taking a better approach. Selection of bathroom lights should get the same attention to detail all the other fixtures in the home. Maybe more since they play an important role in the way the room functions – and space is usually limited.

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Wood-style Tiles Give Bathroom Remodeling Unique Appeal

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The latest in tile can provide exceptional style and previously unexpected looks for any bathroom remodeling design.

Wood-style tiles are the hottest trend in the building and remodeling industry. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are covering walls and floors where traditional hardwood or wood laminate floors once grabbed the headlines. Wood-like tiles not only look great, they’re practical in any area with extremely high traffic or exposure to the elements. The new tile designs combine the classic look of hardwood with the superior durability of tile. They’re perfect for bathrooms remodeling in the Waukesha WI area.

Ceramic and porcelain tiles designed to look exactly like wood were predicted to account for as much as 25% of sales in 2017, and have already topped that in most areas. It now accounts for as much as 40% of buyer requests. Realtors report it is equally hot with home buyers – adding to the resale value of a home. Continue reading

Bathroom Remodel Costs vs Value

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Walk-in showers have replace whirlpool tubs at the top of the bathroom remodeling wish list.

A bathroom remodel is one of the hottest construction projects of the 21st Century. While all plumbing upgrades are considered excellent investments, there’s no guarantee how much return they will generate. There are regions where a basic remodeling project will return more than 100% of the cost. But the average ROI in cities like Waukesha WI is around 60%.

The best advice when reviewing bathroom remodel costs vs. value is to think strictly in terms of what you will get out of it. Will it add to the livability of your home? Will it make live more enjoyable? Unless you’re planning to sell soon, be selfish and think it terms of the project’s value to your lifestyle. Continue reading

Water Treatment Extends Life of Fixtures And Appliances

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This won’t do – a water treatment system to combat hard water is the solution.

Wisconsin is known for “hard water” that benefits from a professional water treatment system. A systematic analysis by an experienced plumbing service leads the way to extending the life of your pipes, fixtures and appliances.

People and Property Benefit from Water Treatment

The quality of your water is a key to your overall health. Without effective water treatment, a host of serious illnesses can be  linked to “bad” water including bacteria, viruses and organic pollutants, chemicals and mineral content.

High-quality water is even more beneficial to household appliances. Installing a whole house treatment system can improve your quality of life and save you money by keeping your appliances running at top efficiency and lasting longer. Consider – A water softener can cut the use of laundry detergent and dishwashing soaps by as much as half. Continue reading

Plumbing Based Solutions Save Water And Money

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Low Flow Toilets use less than half the water traditional toilets use saving water and money

To conserve water and save on utility bills, using plumbing strategies is one of the best ways to go.

Of course, homeowner actions do contribute to reducing water usage. Fewer baths, short showers, using less cycles with your dishwasher and other adjusted activities help lower water usage.

In addition to the behaviors above, your plumbing can help you trim even more water usage. Using a professional plumber in Waukesha WI, such as Schoenwalder Plumbing, there are water saving strategies that can help save some money with utilities.


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Bathroom Remodel Questions To Ask Yourself

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Your Bath Remodel Checklist should include the type of qualities your contractor should have

You’ve researched your new bathroom remodel project.

You have talked to a number of potential bath remodel contractors. Each, from your perspective, can do the job.

There is even one remodeling contractor who has impressed you with his bath remodel knowledge and you feel you can trust him.

However, even with all of the parts aligning, you ask –

  • Can the project be done cheaper?
  • Am I paying more than I should?


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Avoiding Basic Bathroom Remodel Mistakes

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Consider creating a private place for your toilet out of plain sight when planning your bathroom remodel

When you design your bathroom remodel, chances are you are looking forward to creating a comfortable and accessible space for everyone in your family. However, during a bathroom remodel, many changes looking like a good idea on paper can actually make the room less desirable when the project is complete.

Reviewing your bathroom design multiple times before demolition is significant because not only do you want certain amenities added in your bathroom remodel, but you also want to avoid mistakes you’ll hate having to live with. A very common challenge is how the toilet is placed in your bathroom design. In larger floor-plans a private area is a definite option. With smaller bathrooms, other ideas are available to help the aesthetics of your bathroom.  Below are a few ideas.

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You Deserve A Water Filter For Your Home

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A water filter system for your entire home wil protect your family at all times in Waukesha WI

A water pitcher with a water filter capability to remove particles from drinking water is one of the best water treatment plans for many homeowners. However, the rest of the water in your home is still unfiltered. The same contaminants you wanted to remove from your drinking water may also be prevalent in dishwashers, washing machines, showers, and even the water used when brushing your teeth. Most people feel their family deserves clean water from every faucet used.

A point-of-entry water filter can be installed in your home protecting all of the water your family comes in contact with. This is the one method ensuring your entire water supply is safe. After all, there is no possible way to know what your kids are doing every minute of the day or where they might be getting their next drink from. On hot summer days is it possible hot kids playing outside would drink from a hose in your yard rather than going inside to a sink with a filter?


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Kitchen Remodel Survival Tips in Waukesha WI

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With your kitchen remodel expect to prepare food somewhere other than you stove or oven in Madison WI

Finally getting your kitchen remodel done is exciting. Your kitchen remodel can also be VERY stressful, too.

Your new look kitchen will be done soon but there are a few hurdles you have yet to clear. The biggest challenge is the room you use for meal preparation will be unusable for an extended period of time. The truth is cooking is tough to do when stoves and ovens are removed and sinks are unhooked and prep areas are covered or torn out.

A typical kitchen remodel can take from four to eight weeks. And, assuming living away from your home during all or part of your kitchen remodeling is not a reasonable option, below are a few ideas to help minimize the stress of your remodel. Continue reading

Water Heater Installation – Choose A Professional

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Professional water heater installation will ensure proper function and extend water heater life

Water heater installation can be a tough job for the average homeowner. While it’s nice to save a few bucks on the installation, as well as learn a few things, cutting corners can cause long term problems.

If water heater installation is done properly, maximum efficiency and proper operation is the end result. Below are some good reasons to let the pros do your installation.

With Water Heaters Size Can Matter

In choosing correct water heaters, a flow rate calculation should be done as well as the temperature rise you will need in your home. Also, identifying the peak hour demand by accounting for the number of people in the home and their usage patterns can influence the water heater you choose. Continue reading

Bathroom Renovation – When Are They Too Expensive?

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A remodeling project like a bathroom renovation requires a building permit. Whoever pulls a permit is liable for the welfare of the workers and any injuries in Waukesha WI

A bathroom renovation requires a sizable investment. We sometimes hear a project will ‘cost too much’ and the plans of a homeowner are reconsidered. We understand the process.

The question a homeowner should ask at this point is to what am I comparing the cost of a bathroom renovation project?

Bathroom Renovation Quote Insights

In reviewing a bathroom renovation quote, there are many things to consider. The first is your frame of reference. Do not limit your bathroom renovation options. Ask yourself the following questions – Continue reading

Kitchen Renovations – Are You Living In Your Next Home Already?

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Kitchen renovations large and small can benefit from natural stone like granite

Kitchen renovations can take many forms in Waukesha WI.

Kitchen renovations can be complete remodeling projects where walls, cabinets, floors and windows are all fair game. Or, kitchen renovations can be as modest as updating countertops, new sinks and cabinet hardware.

With the economy slowly recovering over the past six years, the modest updates have given way to the more expansive, complete kitchen renovations in Waukesha WI. One thing all renovations and updates can use are new countertops using natural stone or granite. More affordable than ever, granite comes in a huge variety of colors and provides an elegant accent to the most moderate of projects and the most ambitious kitchen design. Continue reading

Spring Sump Pump Maintenance

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Sump pumps a great way to protect against water damage to you basement and belongings

Sump pump maintenance is not exciting. But, when you consider functioning properly sump pumps can save you thousands of dollars in water damage, excitement is not the issue. Protecting your home is the issue.

How you ask? Water can cause harm to nearly every material and can reach it easily once in your home. Imagine, if your sump pump failed, what water can do to furniture, rugs, carpets paneling and appliances. And that is just the first stage. What if you do not find your water problem right away? Mold and mildew usually follow causing a mess and can sometimes lead to health issues. Sump pumps are wonderful when they work, disaster if they don’t. Continue reading

2015 Kitchen Remodel & New Home Preferences

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Future kitchen remodel or kitchen design projects are likely to have the following amenities.

Kitchen remodel projects and kitchen design in new homes show very specific trends in 2015. According to a recent survey entitled “The New Home 2015”, done by the National Association of Home Builders, there are certain consumer preferences for new homes and remodeling emerging in 2015 and are expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Some of the most relevant preferences include:

• A double sink, recessed lighting, and table space for eating are very likely in a kitchen remodel
• New single-family home will be smaller and have more green features
• Living rooms will either disappear or merge with other spaces
• Great Rooms are the likeliest rooms to be included in new homes
• Low-e windows are the likeliest green features

A kitchen remodel, or an average new home of 2015, is likely to feature a double sink, recessed lighting, table space for eating, a breakfast bar and pull-out drawers according to homeowners. Continue reading

New NAECA Water Heater Guidelines In April 2015

Water heater rules for increasing minimum energy efficiency standards were enacted in 2010. The product specifications will first be effective April 16, 2015, changing dimensions and increasing performance.

What The New Hot Water Heater Rules Mean To You?

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The 2015 NAECA water heater standards will increase the height of water heaters

Manufacturers of water heaters are making the necessary improvements to their entire lines of electric and gas water heaters to meet the new NAECA (National Appliance Energy Conservation Act) standards.

So for homeowners and other consumers in Waukesha WI, there are no worries about technology and engineering involved in the changes. However, the improvements could impact consumers in a number of ways when it is time to replace failing units.

The updated models will be more efficient than ever. That is a given. But they will also have increased physical size as part of their new profile. Like capacity hot water heaters will be two inches taller than previous models. Continue reading

Eliminate Frozen Pipes By Winterizing Your Home

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Winterizing your home will help eliminate frozen pipes that can burst and cause expensive water damage

With the temperatures beginning to drop, now is a very good time to begin winterizing your home. Residents in Waukesha WI know the temperature will be below freezing for an extended period of time and now is the time to act to avoid frozen pipes and other problems.

Pipe insulation, unhooking hoses, turning water off and other actions will help protect your plumbing during the low winter temperatures. Winterizing your home starts with basic, common sense steps. If it can freeze, move or protect it. Continue reading

Know When Your Well Pump Is Failing

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A strong and stable water flow shows your pump is operating properly

You and your family will survive a well pump failure. Time will not stand still.

However, consider the following. You are in the middle of your morning shower, thinking about the busy morning ahead. You are covered with soap suds. Your hair is completely covered in shampoo. Then the water stops. Your pump has failed. This is not life altering – but it is inconvenient, annoying and usually very avoidable.

Given the choice, most people will choose not to get stranded in the shower. During winter especially! Continue reading

Bathroom Design – A Trend Toward Expression

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Personal expression has become a growing trend in bathroom design

Starting about a decade ago, a bathroom design trend began growing.

Incorporating personal expression became a major influence in bathroom design, impacting the majority of bathroom remodeling projects.

Prior to that time, homeowners tended to want nice looking and functional solutions with their bathroom design. Incorporating elements of personal expression was not an overriding issue.

Until that time, a bathroom was a personal place not requiring too much more than being functional. A bathroom design was a pretty straight forward process.

Presently, an important element in the bathroom design process is identifying the style of the homeowners. The result is each component in the remodel project is a piece in the puzzle. Colors, textures and patterns become much more significant and other items such as hardware and other accessories are scrutinized at a much deeper level than ever before. Continue reading