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    Bathroom Tech: The Role Technology Can Play to Enhance Your Bathroom

     / Hello MrSteam

    There’s no question that MrSteam is a company ahead of its time when it comes to bathroom technology. So many of the innovations that have been noted as tech trends of 2018 have been standard issue for MrSteam projects for years – including ChromaTherapy, towel warmers, mobile integration, and home automation systems, including SteamLinx, Home Wizard, and, of course, digitally controlled steam showers.

    But bathroom tech is growing apace, especially as millennials come to expect it, older homeowners find it useful when they want to age in place, and the generation in the middle, now raising their families, find any technological innovation to be an added bonus!

    Top Contractor Red Flags to Look Out for When Remodeling Your Bathroom

     / Hello MrSteam

    Hiring a bathroom contractor can be daunting. You want someone who will realize your vision, make the right decisions, show up when they promise, and deliver on time and in budget. They should be someone you can trust, and whose workmanship will create a bathroom you’re proud of for years to come.

    But you’ve heard the horror stories – contractors who overpromise and underdeliver, who bully you into compromising what you want, and who even take your money and disappear. MrSteam offers the following tips so you’ll recognize the red flags and avoid hiring that terrible contractor in the first place.

    Put Down That Sledgehammer! Remodeling Your Bathroom Takes Planning (Part 2)

     / Martha Orellana

    So, you’re still thinking of remodeling your bathroom... There might be any number of reasons you’ve finally decided to take the plunge but as we shared last week in Put Down That Sledgehammer! Remodeling Your Bathroom Takes Planning (Part 1) you will want to put some serious planning in before you get started. 

    So what additional pearls of wisdom—or words of warning—does Bart have for the first-time renovator?

    Consider the Space You’re Working In, and Your Contractor’s Expertise

    Steam showers have a small footprint and consume very little water—two gallons per 20-minute steam session, on average—so you won’t encounter what Bart calls “the cascade of renovations.”

    For example, “A homeowner might install a 60 gallon spa tub with jets, and then be obliged to replace their 40 gallon water heater with a larger one. But maybe the larger water heater requires additional venting, or more amps on the circuit, or has too large a footprint for the space available. Also, you might find it necessary to shore up the floor of the bathroom—60 gallons of water weighs a lot, plus the weight of the tub, plus the weight of the human being in the tub.”

    Put Down That Sledgehammer! Remodeling Your Bathroom Takes Planning (Part 1)

     / Martha Orellana

    So, you’re thinking of remodeling your bathroom. There might be any number of reasons you’ve finally decided to take the plunge: Your clawfoot tub is suffering from carpal tunnel. The cracks in your tile wall have started to resemble an evil bunny. That faux-fur leopard print toilet cover was concealing a multitude of sins. You’re simply too vain for that ugly vanity. 

    Or maybe your decision is about more than aesthetics. Perhaps you’ve got an aging relative coming to live with you (or you, yourself, are an aging relative) and you’re seeing the advantages of a step-in shower. Or you want your bathroom to be ADA compliant. Or maybe you’re finally tackling that persistent plumbing problem head-on, and you might as well give the bathroom a facelift while everything’s torn up. These are all valid reasons. 

    A Masterful Master Bath

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    When Martha Orellana, MrSteam’s VP of Marketing, tackled a renovation in her own home, thoughts of changing the master bath weren’t part of the initial plan.

    “Originally, we were just going to do the powder room,” she says. “But then it became a ‘while we’re at it…’ project” – ending up with Martha and her wife, Susan Rosenbluth, needing to move out of their home for three months to accommodate the significant construction being done. “In the end, every single surface in our home was touched,” she explains. “Had we planned on that, we would have said: ‘let’s just move everything out and put it in storage.’ That would have been the smart way to do it.”

    Steamtherapy Considers Aging in Place

     / Hello MrSteam

    Is your house your home? Are you planning to stay where you are as you age? Then you might want to start planning now to make sure you can Age in Place! If you’re in your 30s, 40s, maybe even in your 50s, you probably think you can just skip over this blog post. But don’t. No matter how old you may be, we really suggest that you read on.

    Tiny Bathroom? MrSteam’s Tips to Maximize a Small Space

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    Whether you’ve embraced the current “tiny home” trend, or simply have a home that lacks room to enlarge your bathroom, it’s critical to learn how best to maximize a bathroom in a small space. The last thing you want is to feel cramped and uncomfortable. So MrSteam has compiled some great design tips for you, whether you are redesigning your small bathroom or just looking for some optical illusions to give you a greater sense of spaciousness.

    Designing Bathroom Renovations to Enhance Your Life: Lori Gilder Interview - Part 2 of 2

     / Hello MrSteam

    Lori Gilder is an award-winning Architectural Interior Designer known for her clean, architectural lines and comfortable California Modern style. She has been a featured guest of multiple HGTV shows and as a contributor to television, print and digital media platforms. Her award-winning firm, Interior Makeovers Inc., specializes in custom solutions for homes and vacation properties throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

    Part 1 of this interview discussed how to avoid remodel pitfalls. In Part 2 Lori answers some of our questions geared at how your bathroom remodel may enhance your life through thoughtful design choices.

    Preventing Bathroom Renovation Pitfalls: An Interview With Designer Lori Gilder: Part 1 of 2

     / Hello MrSteam

    Lori Gilder is an award-winning Architectural Interior Designer known for her clean, architectural lines and comfortable California Modern style. She has been a featured guest of multiple HGTV shows and as a contributor to television, print and digital media platforms. Her award-winning firm, Interior Makeovers Inc., specializes in custom solutions for homes and vacation properties throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

    Selling Your Home? Unique Bathroom Improvements Increase Buyer Interest

     / Guest Post by Gary Ashton, Realtor

    You have a beautiful home. However, there are many other properties in the community with a similar layout, square footage and construction. What is a homeowner to do to get that second look from the ideal homebuyer looking for a luxurious home?

    Consider how to update and provide appealing features to the bathrooms in your home. New technology and high-quality materials make it easy to add attractive features to one of the most frequently used room of the house. Explore the bathroom improvements available to get the response you want from buyers.

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