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5 Bathroom Upgrades You Never Knew You Wanted

The bathroom might just be the most underrated room of the home. Many of them are designed to be functional– we do not particularly think of it as a place where we enjoy spending time. What if we told you that a few structural updates could drastically impact the way you think about and use your bathroom? A handful of design elements can make your time spent in the loo more convenient, relaxing, and worthwhile.


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1. Shower Niche
A cluttered shower means a cluttered mind. Bottles are prone to toppling into the tub when perched on the slippery, often curved edges. Trying to balance your products on precarious pole caddies can be annoying and unreliable. Building a niche, or a recessed shelving area, in your shower can save space while keeping all of your favorite products stored compactly. Tucked away from the water stream, they are less likely to get wet and slippery when placed inside a niche, as well. Break it up with shelves to store double the products.

2. Shower Seat
Some people are “bath people,” some people are “shower people,” but just because you prefer showers, does not mean you can’t take the time to have a seat and relax! Building a shower seat or bench inside the tub can turn your routine showers into spa like experience. Enjoy the water or turn the showerhead away to use the steam like a sauna.

3. Wide Bathtub Lips
Okay, so you are a bath person—there’s nothing wrong with that! What makes a bath more enjoyable than the lights turned down low, scented candles around the tub, and maybe even a good book? Wide tub lips will make perching items on the edge much easier and without risk of falling in and getting soaked.

4. Submerged Tub
Now this is just plain cool. Instead of your tub having walls that come up from the floor, submerge the tub into your floor for easy entry and less splashes. Stairs within the tub will help you get in and out smoothly, and without having to step over a tall bath wall.

5. Secluded Toilet
This is one of the most practical design elements you can implement into your bathroom. If you’re living with someone else, or perhaps you have a family, getting ready in the mornings can be difficult with everyone fighting for the bathroom. Secluding a toilet behind a door separately from the sink and shower area can let family members take care of their morning business simultaneously. You will be less rushed, and more likely to enjoy yourself while you leisurely prepare to take on the day.

To talk about adding these elements, or any other design ideas you have, to your own home, call Sea Pointe Construction for a free consultation or stop by our showroom to talk to one of our design experts.

Closet Designs for an Organized 2015

For many, a new year means a fresh start… but it can be difficult to practice what you preach with last year’s clutter laying around. If you are ready for a small change to your home that will make a big impact, consider remodeling your closets. Whether you have a lot of space to work with, or what most would consider a cubby, optimizing your storage space will lead to a cleaner and happy home. Check out these closet design ideas that will transform your closet and clear clutter.

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Tiered racks
If the width of your closet is limiting, consider adding a second tier to hanging racks. By moving the top rack high enough to add a second one below it, you will have room for double the garments without having to knock down any walls. You can also reserve a bottom rack for hanging pants. Instead of one long rod, install multiple shorter rods that pants can be folded over and hung from. These will cut down on hangers needed, and reduce creases caused by keeping pants folded.

Shelving
Instead of purchasing large and bulky dressers, opt for installing custom shelves into your closet. Open shelving helps you keep your folded clothes organized since you can see everything at once—no need for rummaging and refolding. If you’re a big shoe fanatic, shoe shelves that display each pair will be like shopping your own private store every morning!

Take it one step further by allowing the shelves to be interchangeable, so that you can place them higher or lower depending on your organization needs. Place shelves with out-of-season clothes higher, leaving more room for what you’ll be wearing more regularly.

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Cabinets
Small cabinets can come in handy for items you want tucked out of sight, like undergarments or valuables. These can be tricky to implement, since pull out doors will have to be measured and installed precisely. Sea Pointe Construction can help install built-in custom cabinets that look seamless with the rest of your closet and fit well.

New Doors
Many standard homes come with closets that have sliding doors. While these help preserve floor space, they can also lead to the annoying dilemma of the closet “blind spot”… the section in the middle that seems to stay tucked away, no matter which door you slide. You’re left keeping your closet under-stocked so that you can push all of the clothes to one side or the other. Do yourself a favor and install folding or swing out closet doors. The small sacrifice in floor space (to ensure a clear doorway opening) will be worth being able to take advantage of your entire closet. Contemporary designs have even removed closet doors altogether, letting clothes display as part of the room’s design. If you trust yourself to keep everything in its place, this would be a great way to show off your custom closets.

Remodeling your closets will help you get a head start on spring cleaning, not to mention add a small bump in value to a home. Let Sea Pointe Construction take care of your wardrobe’s home; talk to one of our design specialists today!

Home Remodeling Projects to Start During Winter

Here in sunny Southern California, we are lucky enough to not have to worry about elements such as snow to make our winters harsh. This makes our job as Orange County home renovators a little bit easier, since we are not slaves to the weather in terms of what construction projects we take on. Plus, there are a number of home maintenance and remodeling projects that are best done during the chilly months. Whether it’s the weather that makes them ideal, or the comfort they add to your home, these projects are perfect for starting during winter.

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Insulation and Weatherization

Winter is a great time to increase the insulation in your attic. This will help regulate your home’s temperatures, leading to lower heating bills (and air conditioning bills once the weather starts warming up again). Taking care of cracks and misalignment between doors, windows, and their frame will also help to prevent heat escaping your home and keep the cold elements out.

Switch Up Your Floors

Winter is an especially good season to install hard wood floors, because the cool temperature and lack of humidity prevents materials from gapping or water damage. The winter air also helps the adhesive to dry more quickly so you can enjoy the installation sooner. New and well-maintained flooring also helps with better insulation. Alternatively, putting in new carpet can create a cozy atmosphere to an otherwise standard room.

Lighting

Since the days are typically darker, and nighttime comes sooner in winter, this is an ideal time to add more lighting to your home. Perhaps you have always wanted to install recessed lighting, or you are ready to add a large statement chandelier. Whether you are swapping out old fixtures for new ones, or adding some where there were none before, this will literally brighten up your living space and lend for a more enjoyable indoor area.

Basement Remodeling

Since many basements do not have temperature control, trying to work on them during the hotter months can be excruciating. Reserve basement remodeling for the wintertime when it’s a bit more bearable. Since all the work is underground, your home (and workers) will not be exposed to any elements that might slow down a job.

Painting

Giving your home a new paint job can brighten up your indoor space when it seems so dull and dreary outside. Painting can be a fun activity on your own or with your family to beat cabin fever (or get your kids off of their tablets!). Consider light, warm colors that will put you in the mood for spring’s arrival.

Doing small remodeling jobs around the house can make winter exciting, and prepare you for a fresh new year. Sea Pointe Construction can help with your design and build remodeling in Orange County and surrounding Southern California cities. Let us help you end your year with a new beginning for your home and family.

What You Need to Know About Repainting Your Home

A fresh coat of paint can make your house the shining star on the block. Whether you’re repainting the stucco on the outside of your home, or touching up scuff marks in your kid’s bedroom, it’s important to know how to do it correctly. Painting is a great way to breathe life back into your home, but both indoor and outdoor jobs can be quite a task. Keep reading to discover what you need to know about painting your home to ensure a successful paint job.

Retouching Wear and Tear

When it comes to repainting your home, simply painting over current wear and tear is not a good idea, and will only lend for a short-term cover up.

For an exterior job, here are some maintenance tasks to complete before painting a fresh coat:

  • Pressure-wash the dirt away from the wall’s surfaces
  • Fix cracks and chips
  • Replace rotting wood

A coat of primer might be necessary if the exterior is presenting stains or rust. If you see gaps between the house and the trim, a caulking gun is recommended for closing these gaps so the paint can lie on a smooth surface. Think of a fresh coat of paint as a new beginning rather than a cover-up.

For an interior job, first patch any cracks or holes using wall putty. Once that dries, make sure you sand it so the surface is flat and smooth. If your walls are textured, you will want to spray texture for the area to blend in. Move on to prime the walls. You can purchase paint that has primer mixed in, or buy them separately for a two-step process.

One Coat at a Time

Painting can be a long process because it requires drying time before moving on to the next task. Not only must you paint in sections, but several coats are usually necessary to completely cover the walls. All trim needs to be protected before painting the standing walls. Use painter’s tape to shield them from getting splashed or brushed. Wait for the paint on the wall to dry before moving on to the trim. Painting the trim can be difficult because you have to be more meticulous than you would typically be using a large roller brush on wide wall spaces. For small corners or nooks, smaller brushes and attention to detail are essential. You should consider repainting your home interior every five to ten years.

Adding Color

Are all of the walls in your home white? If so, it might be time to consider some color. Color can change our perceptions of the space we stand in. For example, certain colors on all four walls of a room might make the room appear smaller than it actually is (such is the case with darker colors). Selecting colors can take time in and of itself because you want to make sure you will love the end result. Do you want this room to feel restful with soft tones or bold and bright with accented walls? Consider bringing home small amounts of paint options to swatch on your walls to help visualize the change in color.

Painting Techniques

Finally, there are numerous techniques for painting both for the interior and exterior of your home. In early times before smooth rollers were invented, brushes would leave bristle marks on the wall. While some found this to be unattractive, decorative paint displays such as these have become more common. For example, you can make louder paint marks in shapes and patterns by using different brushes. Additionally, by using painter tape to divide blank spaces on the wall, you can create a framed color-block look or divide the wall with a darker lower half and lighter upper half. Let your walls be the statement of your home. Don’t be afraid to animate your living space with color and design.

Repainting your home is a feat, but it will make all the difference in the long run. If you’re not up for the task or need a little help, Sea Pointe Construction can assist in small painting jobs. Stop by our design showroom to consult one of our experts on making your Orange County home a stand-out.