Bathroom Suite Ideas for Small Spaces

Milano small bathroom

Just because you have a small bathroom suite it doesn’t mean that you can’t create a space that’s both stylish and functional. If planned and designed well, a small bathroom can be transformed into a cosy, spa-like retreat where you can leave the stresses of the day behind. These top tips for small bathroom suites will help you to make the best use of a compact space.

Clever use of light

If you have a window in your small bathroom, then make sure to take advantage of it and let in as much natural light as possible by leaving it unadorned with frosted glass. Natural light helps to enhance a sense of space and it creates an open, airy feel, which is ideal for any compact bathroom suite.

If your bathroom doesn’t have a window, it’s important to choose a light fixture that will illuminate the space effectively. Avoid heavy or domineering light fixtures, and instead choose sleek, minimal designs that don’t take up much space. It’s a good idea to fit lights around the mirror, or you could opt for an illuminated mirror to create task lighting, Spotlights are a good option for lighting up the entire space.

Colour choices

Whites, neutrals and pastels are all great colour choices for small bathroom suites as they will help to brighten the room up and create a sense of space. Dark colours can make the space feel cramped, but if used in the right way, can in fact, make the room feel inviting and cosy.

Fit a large mirror

A large mirror provides one of the best ways to enhance a sense of space in a small bathroom suite. To make a statement you could fit a large decorative mirror above the basin, which will bounce the light around the room. You could even mirror the entire wall from halfway up behind the toilet and basin for a luxury hotel feel. But if space is really limited, you could use small mirrors dotted around the bathroom or fit a mirrored cabinet to create a similar effect. Glossy finishes will also help to bounce the light around.

Ditch the shower curtain

A shower curtain can make a small bathroom suite feel more enclosed, so replace it with a glass screen to help open the room up. If you find that you never use the bath, why not replace it with a wet room glass panel for a sleek, designer look? Wet room glass panels are becoming an increasingly popular choice as they help to create a more spacious look, and they are easy to clean too.

Space saving fixtures

When it comes to choosing fixtures for your small bathroom, look out for clever space saving designs. Wall mounted basins and toilets are perfect for bathroom suites with limited room as they appear to float above the floor helping to maximise space. Short projection toilets are a great option too, and some measure just 600mm in depth. You could make use of an awkward shaped bathroom with a corner toilet and sink.

Storage solutions

It’s essential to incorporate storage into a small bathroom as any clutter will only make the room feel smaller. Vanity units provide a fantastic storage solution as they combine a sink and a cupboard underneath for all your essentials. Other storage solutions include shelving and wall cabinets. You could even incorporate recess shelving into one of the walls so you can keep toiletries close to hand or display decorative objects.

Create a feature floor

Large floor tiles combined with a similar colour grout is another way to create the illusion of a bigger bathroom. It’s a good idea to avoid mosaic patterns and small, fussy designs, as they draw the eye in and create a closed in feel. Large glossy tiles really help to open the room up.

 

 

Design your dream kitchen using natural stone tiles

If you like spending time in the kitchen as much as I do, then you deserve to have it designed and equipped as per your desire. The electric or gas appliances are of great importance but so is the overall atmosphere. Using natural stone tiles can help you design your dream kitchen with minimum efforts and investments. Sometimes, all it takes is just to get a new kitchen top, backsplash tiles or flooring to change the entire outlook of a room. Natural stone tiles are a perfect solution both for renovation and for building a completely new kitchen.

Marble, travertine, granite, slate and limestone can be used and combined to create sophisticated, modern or rustic look for your kitchen. Stone is material that can be used for different purposes. The good thing is that you can have the natural stone tiles with different finishes for different surfaces. You can have polished granite or marble for your kitchen top since it will shine and bring more light but as this finishing makes the tiles more slippery when wet, it is better to use honed stone for the floor. Choose your tiles carefully as they will serve you for life and double check with the manufacturer/seller which ones are more appropriate for countertops and which for walls and floors. Then pick up your favourite design and hire the best professional you know to turn it into reality. Below you can find an example of how a new slate floor and some bricks on the wall can turn your old kitchen into a completely new room.

Create a farmhouse kitchen in 3 simple steps

If you have a look at these before and after pictures your first impression will be that it is a completely different kitchen.

Before

After

But if you take a closer look you will notice that the cupboards and the kitchen appliances are the same. The significant difference comes from the slate floor and the brick wall. The kitchen tops are also replaced with lighter ones to match the entire setting of the room. So, here are the 3 steps to follow if you want to have a farmhouse kitchen of yourself:

Change the floor

Choose the most appropriate natural stone for the kitchen floor. Opt for material that can withstand the wear and tear and an occasional food or liquor spill. The floor above is covered with farmhouse riven slate tiles but another option are the gold, yellow or grey granite tiles, as they also carry the same rustic feeling. Besides slate and granite are quite easily cleaned and maintained.

Install new wall tiles

In this particular case the owner chose a brick mosaic wall to add value to the rustic look. It is indeed a good combination with the modern kitchen appliances and the slate floor. Another good suggestion is to use natural stone tiles for the wall or only for the backsplash area around your sink. You can pick some honed or tumbled travertine tiles since they will match the entire atmosphere of the kitchen.

Replace the kitchen top

Install a new countertop to finish the new look of your kitchen. You can opt for natural stone as well – granite or marble tops are quite popular and durable but you can choose a wooden worktop as well. The wood will bring warmth to the entire design of the room and also serve as a highlight in your farmhouse kitchen.

Follow these three simple steps when renovating your kitchen and it will surely become the room you have always dreamt of.

Fireplace Safety Tips You Should Know

Fireplace safety

Who doesn’t love a nice warm fireplace on a winter’s evening?  Fireplaces in the home represent warmth, family, and a feeling of coziness.

Whether it’s a gas fireplace, wood, coal or electric, there are some safety tips you should be aware of when installing and maintaining one in your home.

Gas, wood, and coal are all fossil fuel burning fireplaces, which means they can give off carbon monoxide in the home if not vented properly.  Electric on the other hand does not give off any carbon monoxide, though you still need to be careful of the electrical wiring involved and proper voltage is in place to power it.

We purchased a beautiful linear fireplace in Toronto last year for our condo and absolutely love it!  It’s an electric fireplace that matches our modern decor and provides lots of heat and ambiance for our home.

But whatever kind of fireplace you decide to purchase, just be away of some common safety tips first.

If you will be installing it in your existing chimney, be sure your flu vent is working properly and the chimney shoot is cleaned properly before use.

When using fossil fuel burning fireplaces, always be sure that the room is properly vented, even leaving a window slightly open or at least doors to other rooms open.  Not only can carbon monoxide build up in the home if not vented, but the fire could consume the oxygen in the room if it is an enclosed area.  Proper ventilation is important!

For safety, always be sure that combustibles are clear of your fireplace and that you have a proper screen or glass door in place when using it.  Kids can get burned and fire could light nearby paper, etc if you are not careful.

And never leave a fireplace lit unattended, always put it out before going to bed or leaving your home.

Hope these tips helped and did not scare you, having a fireplace in the home is a wonderful thing and can bring the family together on a cold winter’s evening.

Firpelace Safety Tips Infographic

HVAC Troubleshooting Tips

HVAC Tips For Winter Home

Nothing is worse than you HVAC system crapping out on your in the middle of winter.  Actually, crappy out in the middle of summer may be worse.

Your HVAC system is something you take for granted when it is working fine, but like your car, you regret taking better care of it when it stops working for you.

One of the best ways to save money and headaches is to do routine maintenance on your system to ensure it is working properly as you head into spring and fall each year.

While some things are better left to the pros, especially when it comes to gas and electrical, there are many things the novice homeowner can do on their own to ensure a properly working system.

One of the most common and easiest fixes is being sure to replace your filter each month.  Poor air circulation leads to your system having to work overtime to compensate for poor air flow which leads to an overworked system that can eventually fail.  It is also leads to higher energy costs as your system needs to work even harder to produce the same amount of heat or cooling in the home.

Another thing is to check your HVAC ductwork.  If you have metal ductwork, having it cleaned is simple and affordable.  If you have fiberglass or fiberboard ductwork installed, they can be more difficult to clean and may need replacing if they are very old or in bad overall shape.  We had our HVAC ductwork replaced in Toronto last year by Lloyd HVAC and will be saving a few hundred dollars a year on our energy bill as well as cleaner and healthier air in our home.

And if you system is more than 10 years old, you should call an HVAC company to come out and do a full inspection as there are probably numerous things that need to be checked, repaired and possibly replaced.  A few hundred dollars can save you a few thousand later on down the line.

If you’re not that handy around the house, you’ll save a lot of money down the road if you learn some basic home maintenance.  You can learn alot from sites like HGTV or the DIY Network.

Check out the infographic below for additional things to consider when troubleshooting your HVAC system.

 

HVAC Infographic