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  • 5 Common Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes

    The bathroom is one of the most popular rooms when it comes to residential remodeling

    5 Common Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes

    The bathroom is one of the most popular rooms when it comes to residential remodeling. Unfortunately, not every homeowner is aware of how to bring out the best in their bathroom to make the renovation truly great. Here are five of the most common mistakes made during a bathroom remodeling.

    1. Not Installing a Bathroom Fan

    Bathroom fans aren’t the most exciting part of a bathroom remodel, but they’re essential if you want to avoid having mold and mildew collect on your bathroom walls. What’s more is the trapped steam and humidity can ruin your paint job and grout.

    2. Failing to Secure the Proper Permits

    Small bathroom renovations are good to go, but major ones that involve rearranging the design of your bathroom, making the room bigger or installing new fixtures will likely require that you get permits. While you might not like having to spend money on permits, doing so is designed for your safety and to ensure you don’t have to undo changes made to your bathroom, which might require more money.

    3. Not Having a Remodeling Plan in Place

    Bathroom Renovations in Annapolis

    Before digging into your bathroom remodel, be sure you have everything planned out. This plan should include sketches, your budget, images of what you want your new bathroom to look like and the materials you plan on using.

    4. The Unrealistic Budget

    One of the first places to start with any type of remodeling plan is the budget. Know how much everything will cost down to the last screw, and save more than you think you’ll need. It’s always better to have a little extra left over rather than have an unfinished bathroom because you ran out of money.

    5. Skimping

    Going back to money, it’s best that you not skimp on quality products that will last you for years to come. Less expensive fixtures might save you money, but they might not be of the best quality and need replacing sooner than a better-made fixture.

    To learn more common mistakes involved with bathroom remodeling and ways to avoid them, get in touch with the experts of Brightview Builders at 410-647-3100.

  • Five Top DIY Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

    DIY Kitchen Remodel in Severna Park, MD

    Five Top DIY Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

    Are you planning a do it yourself kitchen remodel? The hardest work is in the planning. Make sure to plan your remodel thoroughly so that you do not get stuck with a kitchen with one of these five top DIY kitchen remodel mistakes.

    Ignoring the Work Triangle Rule

    The time-honored kitchen work triangle is a necessity for a fully optimal kitchen layout. To design the triangle, make sure that the stove, the refrigerator, and the sink are placed close to one another for the most efficiency possible. These three areas are the busiest areas in the kitchen so you do not want to spread them out too far or crowd them together in a straight line.

    Not Enough Counter and Storage Space

    Insufficient Counter Space - Kitchen Remodeling Mistake

    Make sure to consider the amount of counter space and storage that you will need. It is important to not underestimate on this factor. A kitchen remodeling professional can give you advice on all of the ways you can add storage to your kitchen space.

    Not Thinking About the Long Run

    What are the top attributes that you would like to see in your kitchen? Remember that you and your family will live with this kitchen remodel for a long time. For example, if you plan on adding to your family, you will want to plan on increased pantry storage in the future.


    Your overall kitchen design must be thought of when making each individual decision regarding such things as cabinet color, hardware, and flooring. Remember that everything must coordinate or your kitchen remodel will look like a jumbled mess.

    Not Ensuring That Appliances Will Fit

    Make sure that you keep in mind what the dimensions of your appliances are before you commit to a certain design of cabinets. The layout for your cabinets may not accommodate your desired appliances and may need to be adjusted.

    There are many options as well as planning responsibilities with a kitchen remodel. If this seems overwhelming, contact Brightview Builders to guide you through the process.

  • Seven Best Bathroom Trends for 2017

    Seven Best Bathroom Trends in Annapolis

    It is common knowledge that the bathroom is one of the best places to remodel for increased equity, but it is also a place of personal relaxation and rejuvenation. Here are seven of the best bathroom remodeling trends that will be big in 2017.

    Plenty of Storage

    Who couldn’t use more storage? The increased focus on storage involves making the most of space in bathrooms with floor to ceiling storage in built-ins or distinctive furniture.

    Stick With the Classics

    For this trend, the classics are the color white and subway tile. White is fresh and neutral, which makes any future bathroom updates a snap. Subway tile is a classic tile that seems to never go out of style. When combined together, they make the most of this latest classic trend.

    Easy Extras

    When planning to stay in a home for the long term, incorporate easy extras into your remodel like no-threshold showers, comfort-height toilets, and side-mount faucets. Another great item for ease of accessibility is a floating vanity that can be custom mounted for the appropriate clearances.

    Deluxe Showers

    Showers with deluxe features like multiple multi-function jets, piped in audio, and seating areas continue as a luxury bathroom trend.

    Three Dimensional Tile

    Try three dimensional tile in high impact areas for texture and originality. Organic shapes to symmetrical patterns evoke everything from modern to Art Deco and Hollywood Regency.

    Radiant Flooring

    Whether you choose electric or hydronic radiant flooring, you will appreciate the daily comfort during the colder months. Choose tile and natural stone to cover your radiant flooring for their superior thermal properties.

    Unique Touches of Lighting

    A simple switch of lighting can make the world of difference in a bathroom. Try a combination of lighting sources paired with a dimmer for maximum lighting options.

    Trends for bathrooms in 2017 range from easily implemented to items that would be part of a total bathroom remodel. Contact Brightview Builders to help you get your bathroom up to date.