Bathroom Remodeling: Where to Save

Bathroom Remodeling: Where to Save

If your bathroom is reminiscent of decades gone by – complete with peeling linoleum and pastel tiles – it’s definitely time to think about changing the look. As you begin the redesign process, keep in mind that bathroom remodeling is a serious undertaking, and costs can quickly escalate if you go in without a plan. Fortunately, there are several places where you can reduce costs and save money when it comes to furnishing your new bathroom, while still creating a beautiful, modern space in which to begin and end your day.

  • Accessories. Little touches make a huge difference, but when it comes to bathroom accessories like cabinet hardware, faucets and showerheads, you don’t have to go all-out right away to get the look you want. There are a lot of attractive and affordable options to tide you over until you’re ready to switch them out for upgraded models. So for now, resist the temptation to splurge on high-end alternatives.
  • Mirrors. There’s no denying that contractor-grade frameless mirrors are a little boring, but hold off on buying an expensive replacement. It’s actually quite easy to add decorative trim yourself, or even find a frame that will fit your existing mirror, both of which can be done at your leisure when you have the extra time and money.
  • Vanities. If you have a creative eye, consider thinking outside the box when it comes to your bathroom vanity. With a little imagination, an old piece of garage sale furniture can be turned into a stunning bathroom vanity for a fraction of what it would cost to buy a new one. For the countertop, look into granite remnants, which are pieces left over from big jobs that can often be purchased at a discounted rate.
  • Plumbing fixtures. As labor costs make up 50-75% of your bathroom remodel (assuming you’re contracting out the work to a remodeling company), avoid relocating the sink, toilet and tub/shower if at all possible. Using existing piping can save you up to $5,000 in labor per fixture, so it’s definitely worth the effort to design your remodel around what’s already there.

If you’re planning on doing some remodeling but aren’t quite sure where to start, Callen Construction can help. We have talented design specialists who would love to assist you in creating the bathroom desire. Call Callen today at 414-765-2585 to set up a consultation.



Tips for Transforming Small Interior Spaces

Tips for Transforming Small Interior SpacesSmall rooms can be cute and cozy, but they can also feel cramped and restricted. Doreen Schofield, a designer with Callen, offers tips on how to transform your tiny space into an airy abode.

“With the right colors and proper layout, any confined room can become a spacious sanctuary,” said Doreen.

Colors: Certain color combinations can positively change the feeling of a room. “You can make the space feel open by using different shades of the same color,” Doreen said. “Create this visual coherence by color coordinating the walls, rug, furniture, and accessories throughout the room. Dark colors absorb the light; so keep the walls and flooring a lighter color to create an airy feeling.”

Mirrors: Adding mirrors throughout your small space will reflect light and make the room feel larger than it actually is. To reflect the greatest amount of light, place mirrors across from windows. “For an extra twist, choose architectural-style mirrors to create the illusion of an additional window or door,” she said.

Furniture: “There are many ways to manipulate furniture to make the room seem bigger,” Doreen said. “Raised furnishings with exposed legs are ideal for small rooms as they create the illusion of more space.” Another option is to choose statement furniture that fills a room. “In small living rooms, one large couch instead of multiple small pieces decreases the look of clutter,” she said. Doreen also recommends pulling furniture away from the wall to make the space look more open and prevent a cramped feeling.

Rugs: You can separate one room into smaller spaces by using multiple rugs instead of one large rug. Another option is to use a striped rug to make the room appear longer. “Striped rugs have the same effect as vertical stripes on clothing,” Doreen said. “Orient the stripes to go the length of the room that is longest for optimal effect.”

She added, “It’s easy to make a room feel spacious with the right accessories and design. The designers at Callen Construction are here to help transform your home and give you that extra leg room.”

For more information or to arrange an initial showroom consultation, call Callen at 414-529-5509.



Easy Ways to Brighten Up Your Basement

A basement can be a blessing, especially in tornado-prone areas, but the absence of natural light often results in a space that is dim and depressing. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to brighten up your basement in addition to basement finishing in Greenfield, WI. Not only will this impact the ambiance of basement rooms, it can make a huge difference in how big the rooms feel, and can lower your energy bill by letting you turn your lights on less often.

  • Mirrors. When situated across from a window, mirrors do a remarkable job of reflecting light back into the room. A long mirror placed on the wall behind a sofa will not only aid in illuminating the room, but it also makes a great statement piece. Try including other décor that will catch the sunlight coming in, such as pieces made of crystal, metal, or glass.
  • Color. To bring a fresh look to a dreary basement, start with a new coat of paint. Light-colored paints are more reflective and will help increase the light in your basement. Use bright white flat paints on the ceiling, and focus on soft, pale-colored flooring, fabrics, and furnishings to further brighten things up. Choose light- or natural-colored blinds and sheer curtains instead of heavy window treatments to let in more light.
  • Ceilings. If you have the dreaded popcorn ceilings, or just find a plain white ceiling to be a tad boring, a ceiling update is a great way to achieve a more modern look and move light throughout your rooms. To avoid the hassle and expense of tearing out the whole ceiling, think about installing white wood planks or sheets of white beadboard over your existing ceilings.
  • Windows and doors. Homeowners who have more time and money to work with might consider replacing solid exterior basement doors. Sliding patio doors or French doors will make your basement entrance more attractive and maximize natural light in the basement. If your basement walls sit below ground, take advantage of what exterior wall space is available by adding high windows to bring in more light.

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Do you have a dingy, dark basement that needs new life? A basement remodel is a great way to enhance your living space and increase the value of your property. Call Callen today at 414-765-2585 to schedule a no-obligation consultation for basement finishing in Greenfield, WI, and surrounding areas. We’ll be happy to provide you with a FREE quote for your basement finishing project.