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You need to learn as much as you can about remodeling a bathroom. You, after all, are the primary bath designer. All the professional does is refine your ideas into a workable plan. The smarter you are about bath design, the better your bathroom will be.
The articles listed below were written by our kitchen and bath design staff to help you learn what you need to know about kitchens. These have been widely reprinted on many other web sites, but here are the very latest revisions of the originals. Take the time to read about the many interwoven elements of a well-designed bathroom. And, to complete your education, see our complete articles index.
- The Design Process: If you plan to make substantial changes to your bathroom, then a construction plan is required to guide the remodeling process. Learn how your ideas are turned into a concept plan and then a construction blueprint in a three-step process using computer-assisted design.
- illustrated Rules of Bathroom Design: The National Kitchen and Bath Association's guidelines for planning a safe and functional bathroom. If your bathroom does not conform to these common sense rules, it will probably not be a success. This is essential reading for anyone planning to remodel a bathroom.
- Selecting Bath Fixtures:The choices of bathroom fixtures are a little overwhelming. Tubs, showers, sinks, faucets and toilets come in so many shapes, sizes, colors and with such a great variety of features that choosing the right fixtures can be a challenge. Here are some guidelines and suggestions to help you select just the right fixtures for your bath remodel.
- Sources of Supply: Faucets: Thinking about buying a faucet? Before your do, see our list of faucet manufacturers with ratings and guidelines on what to look for and how to select a good, lifetime faucet for your remodeled bath.
- Flooring Options for Kitchens and Baths: Wood, stone, vinyl, ceramic tile, laminated flooring. What are the pros and cons of each? What is the best flooring material for your remodel bathroom? Learn the fundamentals of bathroom flooring.
- New and Traditional Countertop Choices: Exciting changes are happening in the world of countertop materials. Is solid surfacing, laminate, stone or tile the best choice for your remodeled bathroom? Or maybe something more exotic. Take a look at the incredible selection of modern counter top materials.
- Porcelain or Ceramic: What is the difference? Is it porcelain tile or is it ceramic tile? Does it really make any difference? Find out here.
For more good reading, check out the StarCraft Custom Builders' complete articles index.
The Bathroom Revolution
Per square foot, your bathroom has more equipment than any other room in your house. Itís expensive space, and every inch counts. This is increasingly true today as bathrooms are required to do more than ever before. Fitting it all in during a bathroom remodel is no simple task.
The Changing Role of Today's Bathroom
The role of the bathroom is changing rapidly. The importance of the bath in our homes has grown dramatically just in the past 20 years. Spacious rooms, closeted toilets, double bowl lavatories, whirlpool tubs, and large walk-in showers have found their way into our homes. No longer just a functional room, the bath is becoming a luxury retreat. Purely utilitarian
functions of bathrooms are now being relegated to small cubicles. Toilets are housed in separate enclosures; tubs, showers, and lavatories are placed in distinct areas.
As a culture, we are in the process of transforming the bath from a purely functional space into an opulent private retreat. To many homeowners, baths have become "morning" or "evening" rooms. The average bathroom in new housing has tripled in size over past quarter century. Boundaries between master bedroom and master bath are disolving. The bath blends into a dressing area that seamlessly merges with the sleeping area. Meanwhile new equipment is moving in. Exercise machines, personal spas, televisions, telephones, audio equipment, and even fireplaces are being are being introduced into the bathing area.
Bedrooms and baths now form a kind of inner-sanctum where people can indulge themselves in the lap of luxury. The bath is becoming our private sanctuary — a place to get away from it all.
The Small Bathroom Remodeling Specialists
Unfortunately, our houses do not automatically adapt to these new trends. And, those of us who still own the home we bought 20 years ago probably still have that old, tired, well-used bathroom squeezed between two bedrooms and the stairs.
It's not that we would not like to own one of those new, spacious, designer baths featured in all the bathroom remodeling magazines and on television home improvement shows. It's just that those expansive flourishes of Italian marble, porcelain plumbing fixtures by the square yard, and as much sparkling chrome as a '58 Cadillac grill all have to have someplace to go, and we just don't have the floor space.
And, if we did happen to have an unused 200-300 square feet of space sitting around, we probably have better use for the $40,000 it would cost. We are, after all, Nebraskans. And, although we like beautiful living spaces as much as the next guy, this is one place in the world where common sense still tends to prevail — at least most of the time.
Still, you don't have to settle for a dysfunctional and ugly bathroom. In a bathroom remodel, a whole lot can be done with even a very small room. And, there are ways of finding more bathroom space if you know where to look.
That's where we can help. We know that most of our clients do not have the floor space required for a grand "designer" bath. So we have become the small bath specialists — using imagination, ingenuity and creativity to pack more design, more features and more utility into less room. We know how to plan and build distinctive
bathrooms that conform to all of the accepted design rules, building and safety codes.
Most importantly, we know how to remodel bathroom so they are affordable using painstaking design, cost-saving construction practices and careful substitution of less expensive alternatives that will still give you that special look and feel that is uniquely yours.
We will work with you through a three-step design process to merge your ideas and lifestyle with the available space and structural requirements into a design that meets both your needs and your budget; guiding you through the myriad of choices available for your new bathroom, and helping select the right
products and materials for your pocketbook.
Our No-Nonsense, Plain English, Lifetime Warranty
We guarantee our workmanship. And, we back up that guarantee with written warranties: a warranty on our cabinets for as long as you own your home, and everything else for a full three years. Compare that to the skimpy one-year limited warranty offered by our competition.
Our promise is very simple: if any defect in our workmanship is discovered at any time during the warranty period, we will fix the problem at no cost to you. We could not make it simpler. No other remodeling company that we know of has this much faith in the quality of its work. We promise to do it right, and we stand behind that promise. .
A Bath That Reflects Your Unique Style
Our common-sense, adaptive design and building practices result in bathrooms that are precisely fitted to our clients.
Every bathroom we build is unique. We do not build cookie-cutter bathrooms. We never ask our clients to adjust to a bath that does not quite fit because it is the only one we can buy from our preferred cabinet or fixture supplier. We don't use stock factory cabinets, so we are not restricted to the stock sizes and limited menu of features that most factories offer. We make out own cabinets out of any wood, in any style, and in any size needed; and as far as accessories and organizer go — if it is made someplace in the world, we can get it, and if it's made out of wood, we can probably make it.
All of our cabinets are custom made and custom fitted to you, your bathroom space, and your life style. But, even with all of this customization, our prices are usually lower than those charged by big lumber stores for their standard factory-built cabinets. How can we do that? Our low-overhead approach and local Nebraska cabinet shop means we don't have to add the cost of an expensive showroom or cross-country shipping to the price of our cabinets.
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If you are not quite ready yet, take a look at the list of articles below. This is a just a few of the many remodeling articles we have on our award-winning web site to help you get started. Even more articles are listed in our Index to Articles.
When you finish reading, contact us and let's discuss how we can help you design and remodel your bathroom into the space you always dreamed about.
Bathroom Remodeling — Some Basic Reading
Don't miss any of the articles listed below on this page. Each one has been written by one of our expert designers or remodelers and contains the distillation of years of bathroom remodeling experience and know-how. You must become a minor expert on bathrooms. Before you sit down with us to work through a bath remodeling plan, you should have a very clear idea of the look you want to create, the features you want to include, and the space you have to work with. The articles run the entire gamut of design issues: cabinets, fixtures, flooring, lighting and more, much more.
For a complete list of articles on this web site, visit our Index to Articles, or use the site search utility below. When you are ready, contact us and we'll get started designing your special bath.
- Cabinet Basics Oak, maple, hickory, ash, cherry. Faced and unfaced. Framed and frameless. Custom, semi-custom and manufactured. MDF, Melamine, Thermofoil, even steel. So many choices. How do you pick the cabinets that are just right for your remodeled bath? Click here to find out.
- Getting More Bathroom Space Our fondness of open spaces within the home doesn't end at the bathroom door. Unfortunately the acreage needed to create that spacious feeling just is not available in many older bathrooms. Often the key to updating a bath is creating more space — or at least the illusion of more space. This article examines where additional space can be found for your remodeled bath, both outside and inside your existing bathroom.
- Flooring Options for Kitchens and Baths Wood, stone, vinyl, ceramic tile, laminated flooring. What are the pros and cons of each? What is the best flooring material for your remodeled bathroom? Learn the fundamentals of bathroom flooring.
- Living Through Remodeling - A Survival Guide Bath remodeling will disrupt just about every routine you have; including some you are not aware of having. But, this noisy, gritty process doesn't necessarily mean you will be tearing out your hair. With a little advance planning, it is possible to live through even major renovations with your sanity and good nature largely intact. Check out our remodeling survivors guide.
- New and Traditional Countertop Choices Is solid surfacing, laminate, stone or tile your best choice for counter tops in your remodeled bath? Or maybe something more exotic. Take a look at the incredible selection of modern counter top materials.
- Redefining the Arts & Crafts Bath Remodeling a bathroom to complement an early 20th century Four-Square house does not require slavish copying of every tiny design detail of a Craftsman-era house. Witness this elegant bath that follows Art & Crafts design principles while incorporating modern fixtures and refinements.
- Illustrated Rules of Bathroom Design The Kitchen and Bath Association has published guidelines for designing a safe and functional bathroom. Created and maintained by a panel of expert designers, these recommendations should be closely followed in any kitchen plan.
- Saving Household Water Fifteen billion gallons of fresh, treated water are used in American households every day. It not only deletes our water sources to waste this water, but costs a fortune in electrical power to treat and pump it into our homes. Find out what changes you can make in connection with remodeling your bathroom to reduce your impact on the environment while saving up to 33% of your water bill.
- Selecting Bath Fixtures: Lavatories, Commodes, Sinks and Basins
The choices of bathroom fixtures for your remodeled bathroom are a little overwhelming. Tubs, showers, sinks, faucets and toilets come in so many shapes, sizes, colors and with such a great variety of features that choosing the right fixtures can be a challenge. Here are some guidelines and suggestions for choosing sinks and lavatories for your new bathroom.
- Selecting Bath Fixtures: Toilets The choices of bathroom fixtures are a little overwhelming. Tubs, showers, sinks, faucets and toilets come in so many shapes, sizes, colors and with such a great variety of features that choosing the right fixtures can be a challenge. Here are some guidelines and suggestions for selecting the right toilet for your bathroom remodel.
- Selecting Bath Fixtures: Showers and Bathtubs The choices of bathroom fixtures are a little overwhelming. Tubs, showers, sinks, faucets and toilets come in so many shapes, sizes, colors and with such a great variety of features that choosing the right fixtures can be a challenge. Here are some guidelines and suggestions for selecting the right bathtub and shower for your bathroom remodel.
- Sources of Supply: Faucets Thinking about buying a faucet? Before your do, see our list of major faucet manufacturers with ratings and guidelines on what to look for and how to select a good, lifetime faucet for your remodeled bathroom.
- Taking the Crook Out of a Crooked Bathroom Among the major problems of this bathroom were that its walls were crooked, and looked it. See how we remodeled this bathroom to fix this problem without rebuilding the walls, opened up the room visually, and provided some unique storage in a small guest bathroom.