2018 Bathroom Remodeling Trends

bathroom remodeling

 

Welcome to the latest and greatest bathroom remodeling trends for 2018 with a home bathroom remodel. Bathroom remodels historically are an excellent home investment with a high ROI. HGTV boasts in a 2017 article that the ROI on a bathroom can bring as much as 100% at resale. So, what do you have to lose?

Enjoy the great comforts of a beautiful and functional bathroom with some of the hottest bathroom trends for 2018!

Spa Showers-

Let it rain! Hand showers, body sprayers, and rain showerheads bring the latest in shower fixtures to your home. In an overall bathroom floor plan, increasing the square footage and adding a tiled shower which features a bench and nooks for comfort. The raining showerhead and other spa features can make each morning a bathroom dream to start your day off on the right foot. Image the elegance and simplicity of the space with the function of the rainforest. Now that’s living!

Individual Vanities-

Sharing is caring, except when it comes to bathroom space. Then it is each man/woman on their own. We all want our private areas to get ready, and individual vanities with sinks are the perfect way to share a master bath yet still keep your personal space. Avoid cluttering the countertops with plenty of storage for both of you. Outlets can be installed inside of drawers to keep the top clean and bright as well. There is a wide range of excellent vanities available that allow for individualized spaces.

heated flooringHeated Flooring-

Bare feet on a cold bathroom floor is never fun, so why not heat things up with heated flooring. There are a variety of products out now that range in price and features including anti-fungal properties. Electric in-floor heating mats installed under the tile are relatively inexpensive to run compared to forced air over the long run. There are two types of radiant floor heating systems including hydronic systems and electric radiant floors. Both work well under most conditions.

Tucked-Away Toilets-

Hot in 2018 is the tucked-away toilet. This is mainly placing the toilet behind a fogged glass, decorative screen, or half wall to allow for extra privacy. You do not need a lot of room to make your commode more private as even the smallest space can provide the required room. Also, do not worry that this will make your room seem claustrophobic as there are ways to create the feel without significant barriers.

Furniture Looking Cabinets-

Basic cabinetry has taken a new twist with pieces that contain sculpted legs, paneling and other unique features that create a furniture look rather than the traditional bathroom vanity. These pieces come in a variety of styles from very sophisticated to match an elegant theme to cute country themes.

Subtle Colors-

Invoke a feel of relaxation with neutral colors this season. Gone are the days of glaring or dark colors. Subtle colors do not mean boring by any means. Creating a fresh feel with tile arrangements, recycled glass, or metallic mosaics to spice it up.

vessel sinkVessel Sinks-

Vessel sinks are made from an array of materials such as glass, marble, tile and cast iron. They also are styled in a variety of shapes such as round, leaf, square, and more. The collection seems endless making the space a focal point of the room. Vessel sinks work exceptionally well with furniture looking cabinetry.

 

To get an estimate on your bathroom project for 2018, contact us here. 

 

 

What is Ice Damming and how does it affect my roof?

ice damming

 

Perhaps you have heard the term “Ice Dam” or “Ice Damming” and are not sure what exactly that is or how it affects your home. We have the answers for you.

An ice dam refers to a rim of ice that forms at the edges of your room and gutter systems that prevent water and melting snow to run off the roof (drain) properly. The water backs up and can cause damage to the roof, interior walls, insulation, ceiling, around windows as well as other areas. Ice dams can also be dangerous as when they break loose, sharp ice and icicles can fall to the ground potentially harming people or pets.

Mold and mildew problems caused by ice dams.

Not only does an ice dam cause damage to your home but it can also cause a health hazard with mold and mildew growth. The moisture and water leaking into the house will soak into the walls, insulation, and drywall. When this happens long enough, mold spores and mildew begin to grow.

How are ice dams formed?

Ice dams are formed when the higher portions of the roof are above 32°F while lower surfaces are below 32°F. The water at the more moderate portion freezes and the more elevated portion runs down to the lower portion backing up behind the ridge adding to the ice dam.

How does the roof maintain two different temperatures?

Heat rises. When the heat rises if the insulation on the inside of the attack space or in a variety of roofing areas is not sealed properly the top of the roof will become warmer than the edges of the roof. The heat loss also prevents the home from heating fulling and increases home energy costs.

How do you prevent ice damming?

To prevent ice dams from forming it is important to check the insulation levels in your attic as well as make sure that your roof, soffits, and vents are all sealed properly. It is also essential to make sure that your gutters are free of debris and corrosion as this can cause the water from draining correctly. Roof shingles should be well maintained and lose shingles and rotting boards replaced. Flashing around the chimney should be sealed well.

How do I clear an ice dam that is already formed?

Safety is critical in this area as that when you are removing an ice dam, you can quickly be hit with massive clumps of ice that roll off the roof. A roof rake is preferred if you have one or to call an expert to remove the ice dam to prevent further damage or injury.

What is the best type of insulation to use in my attic to help prevent ice dams?

Every home is different as to what kind of insulation works the best for your particular home. Homes with angled ceilings and no attic, roofs with skylights, flat roof dormers and low-slope roofs are especially challenging to vent at a proper level to prevent the ice dams from forming. To understand which options are best for your home it is best to ask an expert such as High Quality Contracting to review your situation.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to review your ice damming problem, please contact us here. 

 

Southeastern Wisconsin New Construction at Its Finest

In Southeastern Wisconsin, the top New Home Construction company is High Quality Contracting, Inc. 

We are licensed and insured with decades of experience behind us, you are guaranteed the best possible experience from planning to construction, our team of experts will work diligently to provide the best possible experience. 

Here are a few examples of recent projects from High Quality Contracting Inc. 

You will find everything from a standard home builds to a more elaborate build constructed deep in the country. 

Many of our customers return over and over again and recommend their friends because we go over and above to make sure this is the best possible experience. 

Our team of craftsmen possess creative and innovative ideas to help build the best possible home, garage, addition, or office space possible. 

If you are looking to build for the first time or the last, we are the team for you. 

Give us a call today at High Quality Contracting, Inc to schedule a consultation and hear what great ideas we have to help you along the way. 

Remember, High Quality Contracting Inc, Is Craftsmanship That You Can Trust!

Declutter Your Kitchen with a Charging Station

charging stations for the kitchen

A remodeled kitchen can be one of the best projects for your home and give you the highest in ROI. With Smartphones, computers, and tablets all being a large part of any homeowners’ daily routine, it would make sense to add a charging station to the hub of your home, the kitchen. 

Today’s modern cabinetry allows for contractors such as High Quality Contracting to add a level of convenience to your kitchen that we were not able to do in the past. Along with that, new outlets constructed to effectively power a USB are also available.  

Here are a few great decluttering power station ideas for your future kitchen project: 

  1. Tip-Out Drawers
    Depending on the configuration of your cabinets, you may have a space for a small tip-out drawer when a full depth drawer is not an option. This is often the case in front of a sink or built-in range. The are is usually small and can be used easily for this option, reducing the amount of space wasted. 
  2. USB Wall Outlet 
    If you’d rather add USB charging ports to your outlets than buy USB power adapters, the best option is to install them directly into the outlets in the kitchen. You will need to be aware of safety codes regarding outlets, however, there are many great options for USB Wall Outlets now that are functional, good looking and meet industry standards. 
  3. Full Depth Charging Drawers
    Placing a charging station inside a full depth drawer works well because the most devices that need to be charged (tablets, phones, laptops) are typically flat. Laying them inside a drawer means you don’t have to worry about them falling or getting anything spilled on them.  This is ideal to keep things out of sight as well as safe. 
  4. Under-Cabinet Outlets
    Charging holders combined with the under-cabinet outlets are semi-revolutionary and very helpful. You can install a charging holder for your iPad that will not only hold the iPad while you scan your list of Pinterest recipes but, you can easily charge the unit safely at the same time. 
  5. Shallow Cabinets
    Like the tip-out drawer, a shallow cabinet can be a great way to use a thin space left at the end of a larger cabinet. A simple cabinet with doors is generally a less expensive solution than drawers and offers plenty of functionality. Many times there is a small space that can be used for a small cabinet, and inserting the wiring for a charging station there will keep everything up out of the way and allow room where you need it most. 

These ideas are great for modern families on the go. If you can think of any other great ideas for a home charging station in your kitchen, please be sure to write us a note by contacting us on our Contact Form

Move Over Man Cave, Welcome the She Shed

she sheds

She Sheds are the latest in construction projects, that are bringing about a buzz among homeowners.

The man of the house has longed for the Man Cave for many years. You know the place where you and your buddies go to watch the games, have a few drinks and kick back without the interruption of the family.  Men have pretty well mastered the idea turning dens, garages, and basements into the ultimate male hideaways that include billiard areas, bars, recliners, work out areas, and the ever favored Theater Screen TV. 

Women across the country have decided it is now time for the men to move over and create a She Shed for their personal retreats. 

These areas started out as a simple shed turned into a place to read or work on hobbies and have now become objects of great craftsmanship and elegant beauty.  

She Sheds now have items such as:

  • Heated Units
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fully Carpeted, Wood Floors or Tile
  • Wide Open Windows and Secure Doors
  • Built-in Beds, Sofas, and Storage
  • Hobby Areas
  • Charming Patios
  • Electrical Outlets including USB Ports
  • Gardens and Green Roofing
  • Moats ( Yes some have moats around them with fish swimming) 
  • Lofts 

This is not an all-inclusive list and is limited only by our imaginations. 

Why get a She Shed?   

Just like a man, a woman would like a place to call her own and sit in private now and then. The stress from family, work, and responsibilities can drift away for a few hours each week relaxing in a spot all to herself. 

High Quality Contracting, Inc can help you design an amazing She Shed with all the bells and whistles attached. Our craftsmen are skilled and have a multitude of great ideas to make even a small space into the best possible getaway for her.