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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.

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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Flood Your Master Bathroom With Light

by Scott Gordon

Who wouldn't appreciate a bright morning? A light and airy bathroom makes mornings feel cheerful. As you plan your bathroom remodel, include tips for maximizing the natural light in your master bath.

Focus on the Windows

First, let the natural light flood in. If possible, have transom windows hung above your regular windows. Otherwise, have existing windows updated to allow maximum light exposure. Keep window treatments light, either gauzy or white-hued, to further promote the sunlight in your bathroom.

Add French Doors

If your master bedroom is sunny thanks to windows, Better Homes and Gardens suggests replacing your existing door with a French door. French doors are typically made of panes of glass, which allows the light from your bedroom to flood into the bathroom. If privacy is a concern, have the glass panes set with frosted glass, which still lets the sun shine through.

Go Glass in the Shower

Since you're letting all this light into your bathroom, you don't want to impede it with a shower curtain. Instead, opt for a glass shower enclosure. There are many options for glass in the shower. The easiest is having sliding glass doors installed. Another option is selecting frameless glass doors, which don't have a lip on which to stub your toes. A wall of glass is a luxurious choice for a large shower.

Install Glass Tile

Glass works so well for your shower stall, you should consider adding it to your walls as well. Replace ceramic or porcelain tile with glass tiling instead. As with the shower enclosure, the glass in the tile refracts the light back into your bathroom.

Include Mirrors

Speaking of refracting light, another way to bounce the sun's rays back into your master bath is to include mirrors. Hang a large mirror or a mirrored medicine chest over the vanity. Include another mirror somewhere else as well, positioning it so that it catches the light from the window.

Lighten Up the Walls

Light begets light. As you plan your color palette for your remodel, opt for lighter colors. White is the classic and will promote the feeling of airiness in your space. However, light or even bright yellows also convey the feeling of sun in your bathroom. Stay away from dark colors, as they feel heavier, changing the ambience of your master bath.

Use glass, color and mirrors to promote the natural light in your master bath. Utilize your remodel as a chance to make over your bathroom into a sun-soaked space. Contact a company like A-1 Emergency Glass Service for more information about your options for mirrors, windows, and shower enclosures.

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