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Bathroom lighting is critical. This is usually the first room we enter in the morning, setting the mood for the remainder of the day. It’s also the room we enter when we are half asleep in the middle of the night.
Washing, putting on make-up, shaving, grooming, and taking medications are but a few of the daily routines in the bathroom. There is no other room in the home where optimizing both daylighting (natural outdoor light) and lighting (light bulbs) is more critical.
Daylighting is important for our overall health and emotions as it sets our circadian rhythms (how natural light affects and resets our biological clock and consciousness). Lighting is critical for our safety (80% of all falls for older adults occur in the bathroom) and personal grooming.
Nothing comes close to beating the warmth, beauty, and emotional value of windows and skylights. These brighten your mood helping you feel more refreshed and energized. They make a smaller bathroom look much bigger. They also have the added value of fresh air and help reduce moisture levels (high levels of moisture can create harmful levels of mold and bacteria and destroy your walls and ceilings).
Windows provide free, energy-efficient, cost-effective lighting and ventilation. They are actually good for you. It has been shown in several prominent studies that daily exposure to natural light can enhance mental and physical well-being, boost concentration and energy levels, and offer a variety of other unexpected perks.
Multiple windows allow for balancing the natural light, cross ventilation, and “opening” the bathroom to the outside. Larger windows can have bottom-up / top-down shades for privacy. Windows can also open in various combinations. Skylights, especially the tube type, offer tremendous opportunities for natural light in small spaces where a traditional window is not practical. A 10″ tube type skylight lets in at least 5-10 times more light than a typical 2×3 sliding bathroom window.
Recess lights, especially LED, are terrific for adding task lighting in the general space, including the water closet. For most bathrooms, LED recess lighting on a dimmer is best. It’s always better to “over light” and use dimmers to adjust. Never use fluorescent lights – the bathroom is not a warehouse.
A light over the tub and shower is ideal for providing both mood and grooming lighting. Shaving legs is so much easier when you have overhead lighting.
For vanity areas, wall sconces mounted either overhead or on the sides of the mirror are best. This removes shadowing on the face which makes applying makeup much easier and gives definition when applying lines. Combining both wall sconces and recess lights within the vanity area solves both the shadow and task concerns. Putting on makeup and doing your hair is much easier when combining the two.
Always use multiple switches and dimmers for lighting. This permits a vast array of possibilities for everyone who uses the bathroom. Everyone has different needs and the value of doing this cannot be over stressed.
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Remodeling your kitchen to transform it to an elegant and modern kitchen does not have to cost you an arm and a leg. Most people feel that unless they spend thousands upon thousands, they are not going to end up with a beautiful modern kitchen. This document is meant to give you few kitchen remodel ideas to transform your kitchen to that modern looking kitchen you always dreamed of without making you go bankrupt.
The most important thing that people notice when they enter the kitchen is the kitchen counter top. Contrary to the popular belief, you can buy a very nice laminate counter top for about $60-$70 at your local stores or bigger shops such as home depot or Lowes. Some stores free of charge will cut the counter-top so that your sink can fit through; some others may charge you very little for this task. However, cutting the counter top is not a difficult task as the sink edge will hide small imperfections that may result from the cutting process. However, if you feel that you are not able to accomplish this task on your own, just look for a store that would do this task for you.
Another inexpensive kitchen remodel idea is to re-face or replace your cabinet doors. Even though cabinet doors are some what pricy, it is far less expensive than replacing your entire cabinets. You can find cabinet doors about $30-$40. Here is what you need to do. Replace or re-face your cabinet doors with modern cabinet doors of your choice. Pay attention so that the color you choose matches well with your counter top. Most cabinet doors are of standard size; however, if your cabinets are not standard size, you may have to order the correct size cabinet doors. You will then need to stain the top and bottom of your cabinets to match the color of your new cabinet doors. Fear not, this task is not as difficult as it sounds. You approach this in the same way as you would paint your drywalls. The first think is to sand the edges to create a smooth surface before applying the stain. If you are doing this for the first time, it is recommended that you try staining a scrap piece of plywood just to get a feel for it.
Another inexpensive kitchen remodel idea is replacing old cabinet door knobs with trendy new knobs. The cabinet door handles or knobs are fairly inexpensive you can buy a bag of 10 door handles for around $10-$15. Even though this seems like a very small investment, it greatly contributes to the overall image and appeal of your kitchen. Again, we can see that kitchen remodeling does not have to be an expensive project.
Lighting in your kitchen is another important feature that impacts the look and image of your kitchen. Pot lights are in fashion and apart from the fact that they make your kitchen look modern, they are also very inexpensive. I … Read More