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How to Choose a Bathroom Shower Design

The shower is one of the largest elements in your bathroom, so its design deserves some careful thought. You want a shower that both reflects your personal style and complements the overall bathroom design. Fortunately, there are many design options that can make your shower a beautiful feature instead of merely a convenient spot to get clean.

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Whether your shower will be large or small, consider using a frameless glass shower enclosure. This flexible choice not only accommodates various sizes and shapes of showers, but its understated elegance also goes well with both traditional and modern styles. The glass not only allows plenty of light into the shower, it also makes your bathroom feel larger by eliminating the cut-off feeling of a solid wall. If completely clear glass feels like too much exposure, you can also opt for half-height walls with glass above or obscured or textured glass to lend privacy while still allowing plenty of light into the shower. In a larger bathroom, you may prefer to achieve a similar feel by having an open shower enclosure.

Your choice of material for the shower surround can also profoundly influence the feel of your bathroom. Options include tile (the most common choice), natural stone, glass tile, or manufactured stone, among others. Think of the style and feel you are trying to achieve when you pick these materials. For a more traditional look, you may choose a tile surround with an ornamental border, both in neutral colors. More modern designs may use stone or both stone and tile. Natural stone can also lend a spa-like feel to your shower.

Your decisions don’t end with how your shower looks. Today’s showerheads offer many alternatives to customize your shower to your exact preferences. Whether you prefer multiple showerheads, a rain shower, body sprays, or a hand-held showerhead, you will have many options to choose from, including valves that maintain a constant water temperature and pressure. Even if you live in an area with strict water use regulations, you can select from showerheads that mix air with water to achieve a luxurious-feeling spray while adhering to flow rate guidelines to get the exact shower experience you desire.

There are also new drain options available, such linear drains, which have a narrow profile along one wall instead of a grate in the middle of the floor. Even traditional drains come in a variety of finishes and patterns that coordinate beautifully with the rest of your bathroom design.

If you want to create a beautiful, functional shower that enhances your bathroom, contact the expert team at Sea Pointe Construction. They can help you bring all of the elements together for a perfect fit.

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5 Signs You Need to Repair Your Rain Gutters

Rain gutters can be invaluable for protecting your house, because they direct potentially damaging moisture away from your foundation. A properly installed set can last decades. However, gutters need regular upkeep to function properly. If you’re not sure whether or not your gutters are still in good shape, some signs can make it clear if your gutter system is in need of repair. Knowing what to look for can help you address small problems before they become large ones.

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#1: Cracks, holes, and leaking joints are all problems that should be addressed quickly. Holes and cracks tend to enlarge over time, and of course any leak in the system will allow water to flow where you don’t want it. However, if you have a large number of cracks or holes, your gutters may need more extensive repairs or replacement of the affected sections.

#2: Gutters that sag or that pull away from the house are also a red flag that repair is necessary. Sagging is caused over time by water standing in the gutters rather than flowing as it’s intended to, most often because clogs have obstructed one or more downspouts. The weight of the backed-up water makes the gutters sag, creating low spots where water will pool. Similarly, gutters that are full of water can weaken the hangers that attach the gutter to your home, making them pull away from the fascia. This type of problem will get worse over time if it’s ignored.

#3: Overflowing gutters can be a symptom of a few possible problems. The most obvious cause is a clog in a downspout. However, overflow can also occur in sagging sections of gutter, where the gutter no longer slopes correctly to direct water to the downspout, or it can be an indicator that the existing gutter doesn’t have a large enough capacity to handle the volume of rain coming off of your roof.

#4: Peeling paint on your gutters (or depending on the material your gutters are made of, spots of rust) can be a sign that water is standing in your gutters for long periods of time, another problem that arises when gutters are not properly sloped toward the downspouts. Peeling paint on your exterior walls, by contrast, more likely indicates that water is seeping between the gutters and your house, which can cause damage to the walls, the roof, and the fascia boards.

#5: Water pooling around your house is another sign that your gutter system is not working as intended. This problem can be caused by downspouts that do not effectively route water away from your foundation, as well as by water overflowing the gutters or seeping between the gutters and the house. Over time, excess moisture around your home can lead to leaks or flooding in your crawl space or basement, or can cause mold growth.

Make sure you clean your gutters or have them cleaned at least once a year—more often if they tend to accumulate a lot of leaves and debris. The best time to evaluate your rain gutters is before it starts raining, so pick a nice sunny day to look your system over. By knowing what to look for, you can keep your gutters working well and your foundation nice and dry for years to come.


How To Keep Your Home Cozy for the Holidays

It’s that time of the year to retrieve the decorations from storage and adorn your décor with holiday cheer! Whether you’re preparing for a full house of entertaining, or a simple intimate gathering, adding elements of comfort and coziness into your home can make all the difference in both the appearance and experience of your holiday celebration.

So deck the hallways and trim your houseplants, as you consider these helpful hints to keeping your home cozy this winter:

How To Keep Your Home Cozy for the Holidays- Sea Pointe Construction

Let in Light

Holiday lights don’t have to be exclusively for your roof. Bringing twinkling lights into your common areas can lighten up the space and the mood. String small lights for a sweet accent to your room’s décor, or add some flare with bold globes that are sure to make a statement. Always remember to turn off the indoor lighting before leaving the house, and never drape anything over the lights in your room to avoid creating a fire hazard.

Trim More than Your Trees

Garlands are an easy way to bring the warmth to your space. Dress up your home’s architecture by trimming windows, walls, staircase railings or fireplaces. Pair the greenery with boughs of holly for a look straight out of a storybook. Prefer a rustic holiday display? Consider adding pinecones or sugar-coated cranberries in a traditional arrangement. To achieve any of these looks with a low-maintenance trim, opt for artificial garland that can make a reoccurring appearance every holiday season.

A Dash of Cinnamon

“Sugar and spice and everything nice” is practically a requirement for any holiday celebration. Luckily, the scents of the season can be achieved through more than the aid of artificial air fresheners. Stock up on fragrant favorites like oranges, cinnamon sticks, cranberries and nutmeg to create a memorable potpourri. Gather the ingredients in a pot of water to simmer on the stovetop and let the mixture fill your home with a delightful aroma. For a longer-lasting addition, incorporate cinnamon spritzed pinecones or branches of fresh pine into the holiday displays.

Bundle Up

Nothing compares to the comfort of wrapping yourself up in a blanket during a cool winter night. Incorporating blankets into your room’s décor can make any space feel more personal and intimate. Whether it’s a simple throw to rest on an armchair, or a fluffy fleece folded on the couch cushion, the accessibility to warmth and cuddling brings unmatched coziness to you and your guests while also acting as decoration for your furniture.

As you look to enhance the festivity in your space, consider the rooms you want to entertain in the most. Adding to the holiday displays in the entryways is a great idea to immediately introduce holiday spirit among all arriving guests.

Make quality time with loved ones even more enjoyable as you celebrate in your cozy home this holiday season. Sea Pointe wishes you a warm holiday and happy new year!

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How To Find Your Room’s Focal Point

Often when we enter a room our eyes are instantly drawn to a particular spot of interest. This area beckoning the attention, from you and your guests, is called the focal point. These eye-catching features and statement pieces are responsible for tying together décor, adding intrigue to the space and breathing life into the room. Without a highlighted focal point, your room can end up feeling lackluster or unexciting.

Many of us have rooms that already exhibit natural areas of interest through the layout and architectural features in our home, but they might be concealed by large furniture pieces, dramatic drapery or distracting décor. Another common problem people face is when the focal points created through design and themes fall victim to overbearing and competing accents.

To solve these issues and hone in on a focal point in your space, here are a few guidelines that can help highlight its best features:

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The Architecture

The architecture and design of your home can be the most unique quality your room possesses. Take a moment to envision your room empty, and note any architectural features that stand out to find your focal point. Emphasize your focal point with décor, paint, or furniture organized around it. You can even illuminate the feature with custom lighting to accentuate it any time of the day.

The View

Sometimes your best asset indoors is a peek into the outdoors. Oversized windows and skylights leave a room feeling open and connected. Ridding the area of overcrowded pieces can keep the attention on a beautiful view. For an added bonus, French doors are a great way to marry architecture and design with a glimpse into the yard.

The Color

Color can be the easiest addition to your room, as it’s a focal point fully in your control. A striking piece of artwork or a large colorful armchair has the power to brighten up a neutral room. Balancing a bright color scheme with softer tones will help specific pieces stand out. Throwing in some patterned pillows and printed rugs can accent the featured piece without stealing the spotlight.

When selecting your focal point, it’s important to keep in mind that the other assets in your room should help highlight the chosen area. Typically, most designers rule that the largest piece of furniture should almost always face the focal point. However, rearranging furniture to section off the room can allow more space to add an extra featured area.

Don’t hesitate to change it up and show off your new favorite part of the room. Consider room necessities like how much foot traffic it draws, or what you want the main function of your space to be. The best part of your focal point is the ability to choose how and when you want to highlight décor.

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