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The Steps to Successfully Remodeling a Room

Whether you’re moving into a new home that needs work or you want to give your existing kitchen or bath a new design, there are many reasons why you may want to invest in interior remodeling. However, it takes far more than being a skilled interior designer to create an appealing new space; a lot of time and effort goes into the process. Let’s go over some of the steps of performing a successful renovation. Read more “The Steps to Successfully Remodeling a Room”

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The Hottest Kitchen Trends for 2022!

Every year, new kitchen remodeling trends change the way we think about interior home design; in 2022, it’s no exception. Kitchen designers are finding new and creative twists to bring kitchen design to new heights, and there are a variety of trends that have gained popularity. Discover the upcoming kitchen design trends 2022 you can include in your home. Read more “The Hottest Kitchen Trends for 2022!”

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The Benefits of a Tile Backsplash in Your Kitchen

If you decide to have a kitchen or bathroom remodeled in Bucks County or other areas, you might encounter a tile backsplash as an option to choose from. A tile backsplash is the decor that covers the wall between the countertop and the upper cabinets of a kitchen. While it’s certainly an eye-catching option that will help your kitchen stand out, it has many other benefits. Here are five advantages of a tile backsplash for your kitchen.

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Preventing Damage Under Your Shower Tiles — Why You Absolutely Need to Waterproof Your Shower

No bathroom renovation is complete without a waterproof shower. Homeowners spend thousands of dollars to remodel their bathrooms but don’t give much thought to preserving their new home improvement project by waterproofing their shower. The moisture and humidity produced by daily showers can cause significant water damage and mold growth to hide undetected behind your shower tiles for years. 

Water damage can cost you thousands of dollars to fix, and the number can go much higher if the water seeps through your shower tiles and into your walls and floors – eventually rotting your foundation and causing structural damage if left unchecked. In this guide, we’ll take a look at why waterproofing your shower is so important.

Issues Caused by Lack of Waterproofing

Your shower tiles are joined together by grout, which is not as impermeable as you think. Both the tiles and grout are inundated with water when the shower turns on. Over time, this grout will absorb water, which seeps into the walls and floors behind your shower to cause expensive problems. Some issues include:

Water Damage to Other Parts of Your Home

Wood and drywall in your floors and walls absorb moisture and allow it to spread to different parts of your house, causing dampness, bubbles, peeling, and discoloration. Wood floors can warp, while carpet will discolor, eventually costing thousands of dollars to fix depending on the damage.

Mold Growth

Mold can grow on the surface of your grout or underneath. It is easy to clean surface mold with chemical cleaners, but mold below your tiles can remain undetected for years. Eventually, this can seep into the wood and threaten the structural integrity of your home while also causing health issues for your family.

Cracks in Shower

Your shower tiles are often placed on a drywall substrate, which will absorb seeping water. The drywall will then start to expand with the moisture and put additional pressure on the tiles, which will eventually crack. You will need to replace these cracked tiles (or the whole shower) depending on the damage.

Why Waterproof Your Shower?

Waterproofing is a practical and inexpensive way to prevent all these issues in your bathroom, making your bathroom safer and healthier for everyone. While waterproofing may cost you a chunk of change, the payoff is well worth it in the damage you are able to prevent.

What Waterproofing Are You Using?

There are different options for waterproofing your shower. Waterproof membranes have been commonly used behind shower tiles to hold in any water leaks. Since water cannot pass through, your walls and floors stay protected. While effective, it is labor-intensive and requires a more lengthy installation process. 

Ultra Bond technology is an alternative, more flexible option because your contractor can waterproof the shower without the need to remove tiles. This is effective at preventing water from leaking through your grout or tiles in the first place.

If you are looking to waterproof your basement, shower, or any other part of your home and need the right solution, give the professionals at Gemini Home Remodeling a call today. We can help!

 

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How to Choose the Best Basement Lighting

The basement is often considered a dark and dull space, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right lighting solutions and décor, you could transform this space into your own personal oasis or an area for the whole family to enjoy together – whether you set up a man cave, a home theater room, or even an entertaining area. Here are some lighting ideas to bring your finished basement to life:

Choose Different Types of Light

Your basement should be well-lit without any dark spaces. This will make the area feel more inviting, just like other rooms in your home. To do this, you will need to consider different types of lighting fixtures. 

  • General or Ambient Lighting: The overall lighting used in a room, typically integrated into the basement ceiling to eliminate any protruding bulges.
  • Accent Lights: Used to highlight specific features and details. These can either be fairy lights or spotlights. 
  • Task Lights: Provide illumination in certain areas, like over a pool table or bar, as opposed to the whole living space.

Use LED Lights Instead of Incandescent Lights

LED lights offer plenty of benefits over traditional lights. They last longer and provide a good deal of energy savings over time. Average LED bulbs last significantly longer and do not heat up the room as traditional lights do. Moreover, they use at least 75% less energy, which means your electricity bills are not significantly affected by the additional lighting in your home.

Get Separate Switches For Better Lighting Control

Once upon a time, we controlled room lighting with one flip of the switch. Nowadays, homeowners prefer the convenience and flexibility offered by lighting control systems. Having different switches to control the ambient, accent, and task lights in the basement allows you to operate only the lighting that you need. This can help you be more energy-efficient in the home. 

Make Sure Adequate Lights are Installed

There is no point in commissioning a lighting project that doesn’t deliver the desired lighting you’re looking for in the basement. That’s why it’s important to work with a trusted and reliable home remodeling company in your area. Professional technicians can accurately determine the number of lights needed to illuminate your area and bring your vision to life. As a rule of thumb, one recessed light typically covers an area equal to 70 square feet.

If you’re looking at basement lighting, give Gemini Home Remodeling a call today, and let’s discuss your project.

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Kitchen Island vs. Peninsula: Which Layout Is Right For You?

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New kitchen layout with peninsula

Getting a new kitchen can be exciting, allowing you to customize your space to your needs. However, choosing a layout can be difficult, with both island and peninsula layouts having their own advantages, as described below.

Consider Installation and Costs

Both layouts can vary wildly in costs, depending on materials, features, and size. However, kitchen islands are typically slightly more expensive due to the fact that more materials are used and the extra installation time they require. You should think carefully about whether paying extra for a peninsula is worth it for you — if you think it will enhance your enjoyment of your kitchen, it might be!

You might also want to think about how easy it would be to install each layout in your home. The easier installation is, the less you’ll pay for labor, and the less time your kitchen will be out of use. Peninsulas are usually easier to install as your builders won’t need to move wiring and plumbing, whereas it’s often necessary to cut into the flooring when installing an island. However, if you’re building a home from scratch, both options are equally easy.

Think About Your Kitchen Layout

Your existing kitchen layout is another important factor. If your kitchen is particularly small or has a strange shape, a peninsula might be ideal, as you need around 36-40 inches of clearance around an island. If your kitchen is large, then an island might make it feel fuller with less dead space.

You should also think about how you use your kitchen. If you like to have the whole family cooking together, an island might get in your way. However, if you cook alone and want a lot of prep space, it might be a great idea. Think carefully about what you want, whether that’s casual seating space or a place for the kids to do their homework.

Decide on Appliances and Storage

One of the most significant advantages of an island is the add-ins you can choose. Being able to add a sink, a hidden drinks cooler, or simply some extra storage space allows you to customize your kitchen to perfectly suit your needs. Many islands also have space and power outlets for a blender, toaster, or other appliances.

An island is a clever, space-saving way of housing appliances and creating storage, but a good peninsula can also have most of these features.

Whichever layout you choose, it’s crucial that you make the right decision for your space, family, and budget. If you want to talk through your options or learn more about kitchen layouts, contact Gemini Home Remodeling today.