How to Make Room for the Perfect Powder Room

by By Steven Randel Houzz Contributor At one time a luxury found only in grand homes, the powder room has become a staple in new American residences. When planned for new construction, they are often given ample space. But when you want to fit one in during a remodel or into an addition, you may have constraints. No matter what type of home you have, it helps to understand how much space is needed for these little — or not-so-little — very special rooms. Doors You can choose from a variety of types and sizes for the powder room door. It…

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Simple Pleasures: The Art of the Bath

by By Laura Gaskill Houzz Contributor The ritual of bathing has been used for health and relaxation since ancient times. Today, a relaxing bath is a simple pleasure still worth making time for. Here are ways to elevate this routine to an art with scents, salts, refreshing tubside sips and more. Add a bathtub shelf. A beautiful wooden board that fits across your tub is as helpful as it is stylish — use it to hold your book, magazine or journal and pen, as well as a small towel to dry your hands before you pick up your book. This simple…

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The Dream Home Checklist for Homeowners Who Plan to Age in Place

by By Laura Gaskill Houzz Contributor Hunting for a house that will work for you now and allow you to stay safely and comfortably in your home as you grow older is no easy feat. If you’re looking to age in place, consider putting these 10 things on your home buying wish list to ensure you can happily stay in your home for many years to come. 1. Covered, zero-step entry. A well-lighted, step-free approach to the house is essential to allow access for wheelchairs and walkers. Also, look for an entry that is sheltered from the elements and has room…

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Custom Prefabrication

Oldcastle SurePods builds bathroom pods for virtually any project need. by By Janet Field Marketing Manager for OldCastle SurePods At one time, prefabrication meant mass production of similar products. Think back to when Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing with the Model T automobile, which came in a single color – black – and with no options. The same once was true for prefab building systems. Today, manufacturers offer personalization of all kinds of goods made in bulk. For example, Coca Cola enabled customers to add any name to their soft drink cans, and Trek empowered its customers to specify their own…

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10 Ways to Expose a Bathroom to Light Without Sacrificing Your Privacy

by By Dominic Bagnato Houzz Contributor Bathrooms have evolved to such an extent that they are no longer considered utilitarian rooms just for maintaining hygiene. Many of us now aspire to have a bathroom that feels like a haven worthy of a five-star resort, and why shouldn’t we? The glamorous minimalist bathrooms we see in design photos often have large picture windows where modesty seems to have been thrown out with the bathwater, but there’s no need to compromise on privacy if you’d love to open your bathroom to the outdoors. These inspiring bathrooms provide all the amenities we seek, but…

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