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Four Things To Think About Before Remodeling Your Rochester-Area Bathroom

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 @ 15:03 PM

Ask any professional home remodeler and he’ll tell you that kitchens and bathrooms are the two most popular rooms to remodel. Some people are surprised that bathrooms are so high on the “let’s-renovate-it” list, but it’s really not all that surprising. Part of the reason may have to do with the fact that the return on investment for a bathroom-remodeling project is so high (on average, homeowners recover about 75% of their remodeling cost when they sell). Another—perhaps more important—reason is that our bathrooms get a lot of use on a daily basis. A bathroom is a pretty personal space, so people are kind of particular about how their bathroom turns out.

Like any other significant remodeling project, a successful bathroom renovation begins with good planning. So here are four things to should think about before remodeling your Rochester-area bathroom.

1. Vanities and sinks: Your choices of vanity and sink will shape the whole look and feel of your bathroom. How many sinks do you want? If you decide on two, do you want a vanity that will accommodate both sinks—or do you want separate vanities? Do you have enough space to allow for two vanities? Will you be sharing your bathroom with kids—or is this an “adults-only” area? And what about style? Are you looking for a warm and inviting look, or clean, elegant lines? Will your vanity have storage space, or are you hoping for a more “minimalist” look?

2. Speaking of space: It’s easy to overlook the need for storage. After all, it’s not very sexy or exciting. Of course, there’s nothing sexy about a bathroom that has stuff strewn all over because there’s no place to put it. If you opt for a vanity that doesn’t have much storage space, can you (or your builder) “find” extra space in the bathroom so that it doesn’t look cluttered? Remember, most bathrooms need storage for more than just toiletries. Don’t forget to plan for things such as cleaning supplies and other things that you don’t want in your hall closet.

3. Look at the lights. Lighting in the bathroom needs to take a number of things into consideration. If your bathroom is an area of relaxation and retreat, you’ll want to have nice ambient lighting to set the right mood. But that light won’t work so well when it’s time to shave or put on makeup. And if you have any artwork in the room you may want to consider some accent lighting as well to highlight special areas.

4. Don’t Forget to vent. A good builder or remodeler will obviously take this into consideration, but ensuring adequate ventilation is an absolute necessity when remodeling you bathroom. You’ll want good air circulation to mitigate humidity and to reduce the potential for mold. While newer homes are required to have ventilation built into the bathrooms, many older homes don’t.Make sure you talk about this with your builder before construction begins.

All four of those things are important. But it’s also important to have good design ideas for this very personal room. If you’re looking for ways to create a comfortable, relaxing, and intimate space in your master bathroom, we invite you to download our free special report: The Ultimate Retreat—Designing a Beautiful Bathroom. It’s full of ideas you can use to create the ideal bathroom that matches your lifestyle—and your budget.

Editor's Note: Originally posted in 2013 

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Topics: Bathroom remodeling, Rochester NY, home remodeling, Interior Remodeling, Bathroom Design, Home Design

Remodeling Your Rochester Bath: What Comes First?

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 @ 08:09 AM

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When it’s time to remodel, the project most homeowners tackle after thekitchen is the bathroom. Maybe that’s because they get more out of that investment when it’s time to resell. Part of it, however, may have to do with the fact that the bathroom (whether it’s a guest bath or a master bath) lend themselves to personal touches and can exude their own personality. 

So what’s the first thing you want to do when remodeling your bathroom? Before you get too wrapped up in picking out fixtures, tile, and color schemes, you’ll want to do some thinking. Thought is the first thing you want to put into your bathroom! Here are a few questions to consider before you delve into the “fun” details. 

  • Who is this bathroom for? Will this be your master bathroom—set aside for your exclusive use? Or will your kids be using this space as well. Do you have enough space to comfortably accommodate everyone?
  • How many sinks do you want? Some people like the look of a single sink. Maybe you do, too, but are you going to be willing to share your sink or would you rather have one for your own use. This can be really important if two of you are trying to get ready for work at the same time in the morning!
  • Do you have adequate counter space? Can your builder “engineer” more space without adding on to the house?
  • Bath or Shower? Do you prefer taking baths or showers? What about both options? Have you thought about including a whirlpool or spa? Do you want your bath/shower in the same space as your sinks—or separate?
  • Have you planned enough storage space? Storage may not be sexy, but later you’ll be really happy you thought about it. Consider things like toiletries, first aid, medication, and cleaning supplies.
  • What about lights? You can vary the lighting for different parts of the bathroom according to what happens there: Brighter lighting for makeup and shaving, and softer lighting for the shower/bathing area.
  • Can you add “green” features? Conserving water and electricity doesn’t have to be a Spartan experience. You can still enjoy comfort and luxury in your bath while being environmentally conscious 

Looking for more ideas you can use for remodeling your bathroom? Download our free 5-page guide, Design the Ultimate Bathroom here!

Topics: Bathroom remodeling, Rochester NY, home remodeling, Bathroom Design

New Home Options: Home Offices and Cappuccino

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, May 2, 2012 @ 13:05 PM

Home builder Webster NYHome offices are all the rage now, and with great reasons.

It seems the way business is going.  It just makes financial sense to have employees work from home.  And many employees prefer the flexibility.

Part 2 is our busy lives. We need a room designated to take care of our stuff.  A place for important papers, etc.  And a place to set up our computer(s).  This internet thing just doesn’t seem to be going away.

So Home Offices become our Command Center.  The hub of the house.  It’s where we find things.  Do things.  Watch the latest YouTube videos, and pass along Forwards about cute pets in Halloween costumes.

How did families survive without a Home Office?  It’s where soccer schedules are tacked to the wall, where peanut butter sandwiches go to die.  Let’s face it, we need a space just to keep our lives organized.  Or if this doesn’t work, a room with a door.

Gerber Homes, a premier new home builder in Rochester NY, has this Home Office thing all figured out. They are a family business, so they know a thing or two about what families need.

The Webster NY Briarwood Model Home Office is not only elegant, it’s also accessible.  The floor plan is designed for both business and family.home builders Rochester NY 2

This is what I mean: When you work out of your home, you need to be able to greet customers at the door, and take them directly into your office.  With the Hemingway II’s floor plan, the Office is right near the front door. Don’t underestimate the importance of this! I’ve gone through models from other home builders, and the Office is located on the second floor.  Just go past the unmade beds, it’s right after the kid’s bathroom.  Try not to stare at the Barney undies on the floor.

Since Gerber Homes is a family business, they figure most business deals will go better if customers don’t see the entire house…  Less stress for everyone.

The Office in Gerber Homes Webster NY model is also designed to be a part of the family.  One door opens to the foyer, the other door, a pocket door, becomes an extension of the Great Room.  So, while you’re cuddled up on the couch watching Leave It To Beaver reruns, (taking notes on how Ward organizes his Home Office), you can monitor how much screen time your kids are getting.  Plus, you’re close enough to yell “Hey, make me a cappuccino while you’re up!” (It could happen…)

new homes Webster NY1I guess the best way to see how this all fits together is to visit the  Webster NY model home. It’s about 5 minutes from Wegmans, and close to everything Webster has to offer.  Stop by and go through the model!  It’s open Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5.  Or just call Lisa West, the Webster rep for Gerber Homes. She can arrange a tour anytime.  Call her today! (585) 329-1922.  You might be interested to know this Webster NY model home is for sale.  AND it’s loaded to the gills with upgrades. You’ll never get a better deal on a new home!!

Topics: kitchen design, Bathroom Design, Exterior Design, Building a New Home, Home Design

New Home Options: Quartz Countertops

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 @ 13:04 PM

Model homes for sale Webster NYQuartz kitchen countertops, it’s all the rage, and with good reason.

Since I began house-hunting in the Spring, there have been a few things on my “Wish List.” And a few on my “Are Ya Kiddin’ Me?” List.

We’ve looked at some truly scary existing homes.  The one that comes to mind is the Ranch with the three huge dobermans. Their kennels took up the Living Room.  They had to. The pool table and cigar humidor were blocking the dining room and master bedroom.  I guess the homeowners were running late for the Open House, otherwise I’m sure the dead socks sitting on the bathroom sick would have been moved, right?  (It’s good to give people the benefit of the doubt, even if it’s way, way, out there…)

Most disturbing was the questionable and unidentifiable smell in the basement.  That one still haunts my dreams.

That was the last straw.  We decided to see what new home builders in the Rochester NY area had to offer.  That’s when we ran into Gerber Homes. It’s become one of those times you can look back and say “I made the right decision for a change.” I guess we’re not alone, look at what others are saying about Gerber Homes of Rochester NY.

So, with our “Are Ya Kiddin’ Me?” list a think of the past, I turned to my “Wish List.” Granite was one of the top 2 on the list.new homes Rochester NY

I fell in love with Granite.  I loved the colors, natural stone texture, and durability.  However, what I didn’t understand, was the upkeep.  We’ll keep that discussion for another time.

So here I was, gently caressing the Webster NY model home’s countertop, repeating “Ah, Granite…Ah, Granite…” over and over.  Lisa, the Gerber Homes’ sales rep caught me.  “Ah, actually, it’s Quartz.”

Quartz? It looks just like granite to me!  Here’s what HGTV has to say: “The new engineered material (Quartz)…mixes approximately 95 percent ground natural quartz with 5 percent polymer resins. The result is a super-hard, low-maintenance, natural stone-look countertop available in a dazzling array of colors.”

Quartz is practically indestructible.  It resists stains, and isn’t porous like other stone surfaces.  It can be cleaned with soap and water and still be about 99.9 percent bacteria free.

However, you really need to know how to install quartz, something Gerber Homes of Rochester NY does all the time.

New home builders Rochester NY 1These beautiful quartz countertops are just one of many upgrades in the Webster NY model home. And they look stunning with the Cherry Cabinets. Drop by and take a look through the model. Lisa West is an expert on all these things.  Give her a call at: (585) 329-1922 today!

Topics: kitchen design, Bathroom Design, Home Design

Bedrooms Bathrooms New Homes

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 @ 13:04 PM

new home builders Webster NY 3OK, so at the end of the day (literally), after the in-laws have gone home, and the dog has been let out for the last time, you’ll have one thing on your mind.  Sleep.

I’m not much for studies and surveys.  I’m probably like you.  I do my own research.  But I did read that people get more restful sleep in a calm environment.  (I could have told them that…)

I don’t think the new owners of the Gerber Homes’ Homearama model will have trouble catching Z’s.

The bedrooms in the Gerber Homes model are beautiful. I loved them before the furniture arrived, but I have to say, the furnishings do bring it all together.

I love the dormer in the 3rd bedroom.  The natural light and huge closet in the 2nd bedroom. A kid can never have too much closet space.  The Master Bedroom has a room set aside for it’s closet.

I love the natural light Gerber Homes has built into their floor plans. All their models have big windows.  And interesting designs. Click to see floor plans:  Colonial, Ranch, and Patio.

But Homearama 2010 in Rochester NY will be ending soon.  That’s hard news for a Homearama Groupie like myself.  So, what now?  Wait until next year?home builders Webster NY

Hardly!  We can have our own personal Homearamas anytime we want, just by touring Gerber Homes’ many models! And the best part?  No crowds. No one pushing you ahead when you want to examine the tiling or laundry room.  Click to see the many model homes you can visit!

Don’t forget that Monday, between 4-7 the Gerber model will be open one more time.  Barbara Jean’s Furniture will make all the furniture and items available at 10% off! Plus, you’ll get to look at those bathroom and bedrooms, once more.

After this, Gerber Homes’ Homearama model will be closed to the public.  Now, it’s time for a new family to move in and start making memories.

new homes Ontario NY 4I guess that’s the reason Gerber Homes builds homes. Families, memories, and dreams.

Topics: Webster NY, Bathroom Design, Bedrooms & Master Suites