Five New Year’s Resolutions for Your Bathroom

Callen Blog - Bathroom Photo_011215After all the foot traffic your bathroom saw over the holidays, it could probably use some attention and even some remodeling help. Resolve to give it a makeover in the new year with the following tips.

  • Stop bathroom mold. High moisture levels create the perfect environment for mold and mildew to thrive. To combat dampness in the bathroom, squeegee water off your shower walls after showering. Also be sure to run bath vents during and after a bath or shower to allow moisture to escape.
  • Spruce up the showerhead. The fine spray of a showerhead can easily become clogged by mineral buildup. Get the water flowing again by soaking the showerhead in a 50/50 solution of warm water and vinegar. If you cannot remove the showerhead, pour the solution into a plastic bag and secure it around the fixture so it can soak.
  • Scum proof shower doors. A water-repelling product such as Rain-X can be effectively used on shower doors as well as vehicles. This treatment forms an invisible film on glass that causes water and soap to bead up and run off. After cleaning the shower door thoroughly, apply for up to six months of repellency.
  • Set the water heater to 120 degrees. Water heaters that are set too high not only waste energy, they also can lead to burns. Because many water heaters don’t display a temperature, check it by filling a glass from the tap closest to the water heater. Let the water run for a few minutes before taking the sample. If the water is too hot, adjust the dial and repeat the process.
  • Go clutter-free. Bathrooms, especially small ones, can quickly become cluttered. Use every inch effectively by adding built-in storage for toiletries and appliances. Wall-mounted sinks and toilets are a great solution to open up bathroom space. Keeping the countertops and floor clear will make the space easier to clean and more attractive.

For more ideas to improve your home with high-quality bathroom remodeling in Milwaukee, Brookfield, and surrounding areas, call Callen today at (414) 765-2585. We can give you the bathroom of your dreams in 2015!



Four Kitchen Looks Trending for 2015

The kitchen is the hub of culinary creativity, and it also offers tremendous design opportunities for homeowners who are ready to remodel. Here are a few looks, finishes, and design elements we believe will be on trend in the year ahead.

  • The kitchen as part of the great room. Experts agree that the kitchen will continue to merge with other rooms as the open space concept surges in popularity. Great rooms – a hybrid of the kitchen, family room, living room, and dining room – are forecast to become the most likely of rooms in 2015, according to “The New Home in 2015,″ a survey of designers, builders and other home experts published by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
  • Bold color. Not a fan of all-white kitchens? You’re in luck, because interior designers are injecting fun, funky color into kitchens and living areas, using lime greens, turquoises, sunset yellows, and rich clay reds to transform boring rooms into spaces that demand attention.
  • Modern traditional style. The kitchen continues to be a prime location to mix colors, materials, and textures, such as stainless steel and wood, or wood and marble. Designers say homeowners are moving from contemporary features including polished chrome fixtures and glass backsplashes to more traditional elements such as classic door profiles, tile, and pewter or brushed nickel fixtures.
  • Customized countertops. Eco-friendly countertops made from engineered concrete are the latest trend in kitchen interiors. For homeowners who want to participate in the creative process, this material can be totally customized using different ingredients, casting techniques and surface treatments.

If you’re planning to change up your kitchen in 2015, give the Lake Country kitchen remodeling experts at Callen a call at 414-765-2585. With knowledgeable designers, a comprehensive selection of products, full installation services, and creative yet affordable design solutions, we can create the kitchen that’s just right for you.




Get a Head Start on Next Year’s Holidays with Callen

The Christmas season is the most festive time of the year, when family, friends and neighbors descend on your home to visit, relax, and celebrate. If last year’s holiday gatherings bring back uncomfortable memories of a crowded kitchen and you’re dreading sharing your small bathroom with your in-laws again this year, it’s time to give your home a gift – interior remodeling by Callen!

Kitchen Remodeling

Whether it’s Christmas dinner with extended family or a quiet evening with your spouse, Callen can make your kitchen space more comfortable and inviting for everyone with an open floor plan; fresh new colors and lighting to highlight the best features of the room; a spacious island complete with sink and electrical outlets; and ample storage space for all those holiday fixings. We can help you swap dated cabinets for elegant yet efficient pieces, and add texture with unique backsplashes made of tile, marble, or stainless steel. When we’re finished, your kitchen will be transformed into the focal point of your home, the perfect spot to gather loved ones together.

Bathroom Remodeling

As a home ages, bathrooms tend to be forgotten. Impress your guests with a stylish, functional bath that’s as inviting as the main rooms of your home. Callen’s expertly trained design team can help you choose from a wide selection of custom showers and vanities, oversized tubs, specialty fixtures, countertops, wood accents in every hue, and smart storage solutions. Transform a small bathroom into a spa-like oasis with the strategic use of space and lighting. At Callen, it’s our goal to help you create the look and feel that satisfies your specific needs.

As your family gathers for the holidays this season, think about how your home could serve you better – then get the “WOW” you’ve been looking for when holiday guests arrive next year! For the best kitchen and bathroom remodeling in Brookfield and surrounding areas, Call Callen. Call us today at (414) 765-2585 or click here to schedule a no-obligation consultation for your next project.

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Adding Visual Interest With Texture

Kitchen updates rank among the most popular home improvements and typically provide an excellent return on investment.

When remodeling a kitchen, some of the mainstays are granite countertops, stainless appliances, and statement lighting. But also trending is texture, an important design element that adds dimension to a room.

In 2014’s National Kitchen and Bath Association annual trade show and EuroCucina (the world’s largest kitchen trade show), the buzz was all about the layering of textures with combinations of concrete, metals, glass, wood, quartz and marble, and even laminates and veneers.

There is an art to adding texture; you don’t want to go overboard. When adding texture, instead pick one or two areas where it will add some punch, but not be a visual distraction.

backsplash-textureFor example, a backsplash is one area of the kitchen that can easily be incorporated with texture. Picture your shiny countertop against a contrasting matte backsplash or a tumbled travertine. If it’s not your style, the entire backsplash doesn’t have to be the same. Consider adding a mosaic or stained glass insert, either randomly scattered or perhaps centered in the back of the stove. If you’re a fan of an all-glass backsplash, consider blending with stone, marble, or metals.

Another way to use texture is to break up the counterspace. If all your undercabinet counters are the same material, you might break it up with butcher block surrounding the prep sink. Of if the countertops are shiny, a honed finish on the island adds interest. For a cook who likes to bake, a section of counter may be marble for rolling out dough.

Texture is not only about rough and smooth, contrasting colors and woods are also a visual texture. Contrast painted wood cabinets with a stained island base. Instead of all your cabinets having closed doors, consider the many options of glass panels or one or two open shelves.

Lights add another layer of texture and interest. Accent, decorative, and ambient lighting are an important element of great kitchen design.

Another way to add interest in the kitchen is the use of greenery – an infusion of organic elements. Herbs and plants can be integrated into the design with their own shelving, mini greenhouses, or decorative potting. Green plants, flowering plants, and herbs not only add a visual element, but an aromatic one as well.

Adding the right amount of texture is fun because the possibilities are many. But with so many patterns, colors, and materials to choose from, it can also be overwhelming. The designers at Callen are more than happy to help you select what will look beautiful and functional for your home.