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Luxury Bathroom

THE BATHROOM:

Take a Vacation in Your Own Home.

Your bathroom is your place to escape from it all – or, at least, it should be.  When it comes to designing bathrooms, a lot of people opt for the beach theme. Beach themes are very common no matter how far inland you live. But this article isn’t about that kind of bathroom. This article is about a true spa-like place that you can really relax in. The kind of bathroom you won’t want to leave. The kind of bathroom that you’ll want to hang the “do not disturb” sign on the locked door.

First, visualize the things you’d like to have in your bathroom and make a list of them. You’ll want to share this list with the professionals at S&W Cabinets who will bring the dream to life for you. By doing this, you can be sure you’ll achieve your ultimate relaxation space and know your bathroom will be exactly like you want it to be. Ahava Dead Sea Salts

DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL IDEA OF RELAXATION

For some, cool tones evoke feelings of calm and cleanliness. While others prefer warm tones that make them feel cozy and at-home. Some people are all about minimalism, which can definitely help reduce stimuli and stress, while others love a richness in details that can bring other emotions to life for them. There is no wrong way to build your personal bathroom get-away, but it is important to define your vision before proceeding. Pinterest is a great place to get some ideas. The more materials and reference photos you have, the more it helps your professionals understand your vision. With a better level of understanding comes an easier time transforming your space into your private getaway.

If any aspect of the vision is going to be a struggle, realize that there is more than likely a number of workarounds – some of which you may love more than the original idea! No matter what the case is, the details can be tweaked and changed, but you should always feel confident and in love with the big picture and final product.

When it comes to great bathroom designs, the inspiration is endless. Data even shows that the quality of your bathroom has an effect on your home’s overall value too. Despite being one of the smaller rooms, bathrooms require equal, if not more design power when compared to larger spaces in your home. From paint color to fittings, vanities and lighting, the list of factors to consider will multiply before you can say “bubble bath.”

Free Standing Bathtub

Heated TubMost people feel that the tub plays the most important roll in the ultimate bathroom. With so many options to choose from these days, you shouldn’t have a problem finding what you want. A tub with lots of room to relax and a few heated jets would be the perfect end to a tiresome day. Or maybe you’d like a free-standing extra deep soaking tub? Your choices are only limited to your budget and imagination.

Shower Tower

If you have room for a separate shower, great! If not, you can still add that touch of “spa” with a jets in the wall. A more affordable option is a jetted Shower Tower, like this one from Anzzi

There a a lot of different designs and options out there!

Etsy Spa Basket

 

And let’s not forget about all of the extra little things you’ll have to have for pampering yourself, like soaps, scrubs, candles, lotions, etc. You’ll also need a pretty basket to put it all in and set close to your tub as well.

Now let’s talk about bathroom vanities. Will you want a single bowl or a double bowl? If you have the space go for as much countertop as you can. You can even opt for a floating vanity. These mount directly on the wall leaving you room underneath for anything you’d like, or nothing at all for a clean, modern look. Talk to S&W Cabinets about a custom vanity to fit your style and space.

Double your space with a floating vanity

Michael and Christina's Master Bathroom

 

And let’s not forget about storage. You’ll want some nice cabinets and/or a pantry to keep everything neat and out of site. Shelving adds a nice touch for setting out spa-like items.

Taj Mahal

The Many Uses of Beautiful Marble.

Marble is used in monuments, crushed stone, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and much more.

Marble occurs in a very wide range of colors. Marble formed from the purest limestone is white in color. Iron oxide impurities in the limestone will produce a yellow, orange, pink or red color. Clay minerals can produce gray colors that often occur in bands after the compositional stratification of the original limestone. Abundant bituminous materials can produce dark gray to black marble. Marble that contains serpentine often has a green color.

Marble is a material used in prestige architecture as well as interior design.

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Ok, so you don’t live in the Taj Mahal. Neither do I, but I really love the beauty of the Marble facade.

The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful and famous buildings in the world. It was built between 1632 and 1653 as a mausoleum for Mumtaz Mahal, the third wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Marble was used extensively throughout the building, including the marble domes and towers.

Marble Lincoln Monument

The Abraham Lincoln Monument

Daniel Chester French, the leading American sculptor of the day, created the famous statue of Lincoln which dominates the interior. He remarked, “We all have an inner consciousness of how Lincoln looked or must have looked, and this was mine.” The memorial plans originally specified a 12-foot bronze statue, but it proved out of scale for the huge building. The finished statue is 19 feet tall, carved of 28 blocks of white Georgia marble. French later had special lighting installed to enhance the figure. Visitors sometimes ask if the hands have special significance, such as forming the letter “A” in sign language, but there is no indication French intended it.

The Lincoln Memorial suits its surroundings so well that it seems to have always been there. The city’s master designer, Pierre L’ Enfant, could hardly have imagined a better architectural anchor to the west end of the Mall, the grassy area he visualized between the Capitol Building and the Potomac River. Lincoln Memorial

New York architect Henry Bacon modeled the memorial in the style of a Greek temple. The classic design features 36 Doric columns outside, symbolizing the states in the Union at Lincoln’s death. The building measures 204 feet long, 134 feet wide, and 99 feet tall, with 44-foot columns. It blends stone from various states: white Colorado marble for the exterior, Indiana limestone for the interior walls, pink Tennessee marble for the floor, and Alabama marble for the ceiling.

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Jefferson Memorial

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington, D.C., dedicated to Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) and is one of the most important of the American Founding Fathers.  His accomplishments are many: main drafter and writer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress, Governor of the newly independent Commonwealth of Virginia, American minister to King Louis XVI and the Kingdom of France, first U.S. Secretary of State under the first President George Washington, the second Vice President of the United States under second President John Adams, and also the third President (1801–1809), as well as being the founder of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, Virginia.

cultured marble top

Marble Bathroom

Fortunately for us, Marble can also be easily be incorporated into our homes in many applications.

You can have marble walls, marble staircases, marble mantles or marble countertops. Marble bathrooms are quite beautiful and Cultured Marble is much more affordable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

countertop selections

Choosing the Right Countertop can consume your mind for weeks if you let it. Here are some tips to help you decide.

Let’s cover some of the most popular choices. Quartz, Granite, Marble, Solid Surface, and Laminate.

QUARTZ: is a man made material (also called engineered stone) and is non-porous so it resists staining much better than granite, marble and concrete. It stands up to juice, oil, wine, tomato, coffee and other sources of stains in the kitchen. Quartz countertops are manufactured from 93% quartz (also a component of granite countertops) and a binding resin. They are scratch, heat and stain resistant.

GRANITE: is the traditional favorite for kitchen countertops with thousands of unique colors and patterns, proven durability, and lasting value. Granite is a natural stone that can withstand direct heat from hot pans, nearly impossible to scratch, and is stain-resistant. Most granite colors will need sealing to help prevent stains, although some varieties do not require it. Once sealed, a granite countertop is a low-maintenance material that is difficult to damage. Just follow some simple cleaning procedures.

MARBLE: is beautiful and for some, the epitome of luxury. White marble, like Calacatta and Carrara marble are the most sought after varieties, but a full range of colors are available. Marble is softer than granite, which makes it more susceptible to scratches. Marble countertops do etch easily though and most people mistake etching for staining.  So, you’ll probably want to learn more about how to clean marble and the needed maintenance before installing it, particularly for kitchen countertops. Marble is far less troublesome for bathroom countertops.

SOLID SURFACE: Corian® and Wilsonart®  are popular brands of Solid Surface Countertops.  The blending of acrylic polymers with stone-derived materials (like marble) makes for a durable, versatile, and repairable solid surface kitchen or bathroom countertop. They resist stains pretty well, but are easily scratched by knives or dented by pots and pans and they can be damaged by heat. So what’s the good news? The stains and scratches in Corian® and Wilsonart® can be sanded or buffed away, it can be installed without visible seams, and sinks can be molded right into the surface as one piece. Many patterns and textures are even made to look like stone.

LAMINATE: has come a long way over the last several years and there are some very beautiful colors to choose from as well as edges. While it can’t compete with granite or quartz, the similarities as far as looks are amazing. It’s hard to tell the difference in some cases, not to mention that it is a fraction of the cost. Laminate countertops don’t handle high heats very well and can scratch and chip, but overall they are pretty durable and good choice for anyone on a budget. At the price of laminate, you can afford to replace it every few years for a different look.

Stop by our Showroom any time to take a look at the many samples of these materials that we have in stock. Our highly trained professionals are here to help.