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Modern Master Bathroom Ideas to Fuel Your Design Imagination

Of all the rooms in the home, the master bathroom may be the most sacred — a place to decompress and unwind that is distinctively yours. Modern master bathroom design keeps that firmly in mind, helping you get away without getting in the way. How so?

Simple geometries

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The modern master bath incorporates graceful curves and/or straight, clean edges. This example in Mantua, NJ utilizes a few basic shapes to great effect — the rectangular form is present in the herringbone floor tile, the walk-in shower, the vanity drawers, and the backsplash (which is also echoed in the shower as an accent). By varying sizes and orientation, visual interest is generated from a minimalist design element. The large circular mirror is a nice counterpoint and captures natural light from the other side of the room.

Neutral or basic colors

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Modern master bathroom design uses louder or brighter colors sparingly, allowing softer neutral colors to provide a tranquil backdrop. In the opposite corner of our Mantua bathroom, this white freestanding bathtub stands out against the various grayscale applied tones throughout the space, from the steelier gray of the vanity to the medium grays of the floor and shower tiles to the lighter gray of the paint. The white of the wainscoting, doors, and window trim tie the tub in with the rest of the room, while the tub’s placement in the middle of that gray flooring spotlights it as the featured attraction. The greens of the plants on the vanity top and red towels add modest but not overbearing pops of color. 

Natural elements

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Many modern master bathroom ideas focus on uniting natural tones, lighting, and material with higher-tech features and functionalities. This master bathroom suite in Clarksboro, NJ sees several modern design ideas in play. A softly lit, spacious walk-in shower employs simple square and rectangular shapes; the subdued warmth of the paint plays nicely with the handsome stone and wood accents. Darker fixtures and lines add contrast. The double vanity with two sinks allows this couple to share their space while providing plenty of storage. Ayars customers often prefer DuraCeramic flooring, which can mimic the look of natural surfaces while also offering great durability. 

Open design

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Modern design encourages a sense of depth and openness through the use of outdoor views (where privacy and opportunity allows), mirrors, glass panels and/or doors, and walk-in showers. It may also highlight different features in a single space based on context, such as this project in Sewell, NJ. Notice how the dressing table is slightly set in from the walk-in shower, sharing the same room but defining itself as its own area. Subtle design choices like this can make all the difference. No matter how you go about it, feeling free and uninhibited in your modern master bath suite is the key.

Bring your modern master bathroom ideas to life with Ayars

Bottom line: life’s busy; a modern master bathroom should not be. These modern master bathroom ideas represent only the tip of the creative iceberg. Your inspiration and our expertise can make your dream oasis a reality. We build with alluring, durable materials and with an eye for detail, optimizing your space and integrating cutting-edge fixtures and features. To further feed your muse, visit our bathroom project galleries and bathroom remodeling services page

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4 Good Reasons to Save Interior Home Remodeling Projects for the Winter

Preparing for hibernation this winter? A little R&R is fine — and probably well-deserved — but if you sleep through the whole thing, you might miss the best time for interior home remodeling projects. Whether you’re in the market for minor touch-ups or a more major undertaking, winter can actually be quite kind to the opportunistic homeowner. Here’s why.

You have more downtime

During the spring, the outdoors demand our attention as we prepare for a busy summer. When the warm weather finally arrives, it can be a struggle to go everywhere, see everyone, and do everything we want to. Autumn is a scramble with back-to-school shopping quickly giving way to a string of holidays. When things finally settle down for the winter, the quiet can seem downright eerie. Interior home improvement can be the perfect way to fill the void. Consider what’s working for your space and what isn’t, and use that as a springboard to plan your remodeling projects.

Remodeling contractors have less volume

Quality remodeling contractors are busy year-round — repeated successes build trust, and a good reputation breeds more opportunities. However, warm weather means longer work days and more projects. That means if you wait until the spring or summer to schedule your kitchen or bathroom remodel, it make take longer for your contractor to get around to your project. Therefore, winter is the ideal time for interior renovations — your contractor will appreciate being kept out of the elements, and you’ll appreciate additional insight during the process, including the scoop on available and forthcoming specialty products that can elevate your project to the next level. 

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Home improvement material prices increase in spring

The leaves may have fallen, but the laws of supply and demand are evergreen. Manufacturers leverage the fact that more home renovation projects occur in the spring and summer and adjust prices accordingly. On average, material costs increase 2.5 to 5 percent at the start of the spring season. Beat the rush by slating your home improvement project for the winter and reap the savings. 

Winter remodeling is a good excuse to travel

Interior remodels can be disruptive. Although most professional contractors will try to minimize their footprint as much as they can, there’s just no getting around it. Fortunately, however, the colder months often coincide with vacations and holiday getaways. South Jersey winters can be harsh at times, which is the perfect excuse for an escape. Meanwhile, your contractor will enjoy unimpeded access to an otherwise crowded workspace. This can alleviate much of the stress that a bathroom or kitchen remodel can impose on some families. When you return, much of — if not all— the work may very well be done. And you’ll be much happier and may even have a sun tan. 

Best interior home remodeling projects for the winter

  • Walls: Cooler, drier air conditions are ideal for painting. Interior crown molding and wainscoting add a refined touch to any room, especially dining rooms, living rooms, and master bedrooms. Tiled backsplashes can add a pop of color to a bathroom or kitchen while protecting walls from moisture and water damage. 
  • Floors: New carpeting, tiling, or hardwood flooring can help refresh the look and character of any room. Exposed hardwood floors have especially gained popularity with modern homeowners for their timeless appearance and ease of cleanup. 
  • Basements: A finished basement or home entertainment center is not only a great place to huddle together during the winter, but it’s also a great place to escape the heat in the summer. It’s also a terrific boost for home resale value. 
  • Kitchens and bathrooms: Build the kitchen or bathroom you’ve always dreamt about with stylish lighting, fixtures, and decor.
  • Custom Millwork: Installing new cabinets or shelving systems can both reduce clutter and uplift a room’s aesthetic.

Whatever your winter upgrade plans are, Ayars Complete Home Improvements has the staffing and experience to help you make the most of the season. Contact us for a free estimate today.

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Bathroom Remodeling Tips That’ll Make You Want to Indulge a Little Longer

Many people would agree that bath time is the best time. As the days grow shorter and the nights grow cooler, a warm bath or hot shower is a superb way to fade stress and escape reality. However, an ugly, outdated, or under-equipped bathroom can seriously detract or minimize the experience. Fortunately, the bathroom remodeling experts at Ayars Complete Home Improvements know a thing or two about creating a spa-like ambiance that you’ll be reluctant to leave. The following bathroom remodeling tips are based on hundreds of bathroom remodels across southern New Jersey.

Optimize your bathroom’s color scheme

Do you prefer colors that pop or colors that blend into the background? Bright reds, oranges, or yellows are going to evoke a very different response than more subdued whites, beiges, or blues. If you’re a morning person at heart, then perhaps a zesty color scheme might suit you as you get yourself fired up for your day.

If you’re one of the many who are not, however, you probably treat your bathroom as a place to wind down. Softer, cooler, or earthier tones figure to pose less of a distraction from your luxuriant bubble bath, steam shower, or novel. In this case, you’ll want to choose paints, tiling, wallpaper, fixtures, and decor that reflect this purpose.

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Set a spa-like mood

A spa setting is all about disconnecting with the outside world’s responsibilities and reconnecting with the self. With prudent planning, you can replicate this phenomenon with these bathroom remodeling tips. Well-placed greenery, natural stone, and skylights can simulate the feel of an oasis. Adding mirrors or reflective surfaces can create the illusion of more space. Consider dimmer switches (for dialing back the light), oil diffusers (for an aromatherapy element), or portable speakers (music, audiobooks, or podcasts) for a more immersive experience.

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Don’t forget plumbing and fixtures

A shower or bath is a tactile experience as well — variations in temperature, moisture, and pressure can either relax or invigorate, soothe or energize. A rain showerhead can transport you beneath a rainforest waterfall; a hot tub with bubble jets can melt tension away in aching muscles or joints. Stepping out of the tub or shower can be jarring if the bathroom floor is freezing cold. Either opt for a heated floor to maintain a better equilibrium or go with a surface that stays warmer, such as DuraCeramic flooring.

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Remaster your master bath or make your hallway bath a getaway

Whether your ambitions are grand or more humble, Ayars Complete Improvements is ready to guide you to your own little slice of paradise by putting these bathroom remodeling tips into practice. Check our hallway bath pricing guide for an idea of typical project scopes or contact us for a free consultation.

Increase Your Home Value with 8 Home Remodeling Ideas

Increase Your Home Value with 8 Home Remodeling Ideas

Did any of your home upgrades pay off when it came time to sell?  There are many things you can change and remodel in your home, but these 7 key home improvements are guaranteed to increase the value of your home.

  1. Remodeling the Kitchen

The kitchen is usually the first room in the house that needs updating.  After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home.  I’m not sure about you guys, but the hang out spot at my house is usually the kitchen.  Remodeling continues to have the highest budget allocation.

 

For many families (mine included), this room is where everyone gathers around or entertains their guests.  Holidays, birthdays, a little family get together; this room is definitely utilized the most in a home.  For this reason, you can expect to recoup 60%-120% of investments from remodeling a kitchen, as long as you stay within your budget.

 

  1. Adding a Bathroom

You can never go wrong with having more than one restroom in your home. This is why you can recoup 80%-130% of investments from adding another bathroom. Most homebuyers will use any room with underutilized space or take an extra room to upgrade it into a master bathroom.

 

  1. Reinventing a Room

This home improvement can be the most expensive upgrade to a house. Adding more square footage to your home can easily accumulate costs but it can bring you a 50%-83% return on investment.

 

  1. Adding Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient home improvements not only recoups 60%-90% of investments cost, but it can also reduce energy taxes as well!  When you replace your windows or doors with energy efficient models, you can receive a tax credit and 10% of costs, up to $200.00 per window.

 

  1. Adding a Deck

Outdoor living spaces, otherwise known as staycations, can significantly increase the value of your home.  As more homeowners are adding decks and patios to their backyards, it instantly becomes more appealing to prospective buyers when the house is for sale.

 

  1. Energy-Efficient Insulation

It’s about that time everyone has basic insulation installed, otherwise the cost to live in and maintain an unmodified home can be a burden.  Most potential buyers make sure to include this home improvement into their reports.

 

*One way to ensure your house is well insulated is with the right masonry.

 

  1. Basic Updates

Making basic updates to your home is a no-brainer.  Making small improvements such as fixing a leaking roof, replacing rotting wood and keeping paint fresh will always add the most value to your home.  A solid and safe home is always appealing to homebuyers.

 

So if you plan to remodel or make improvements to your home, remember that even the smallest of projects can make a big difference to the value of your home.  Also, focus on making your home safe and energy-efficient because it guarantees lower energy costs in the future.

 

  1. Flooring

Take a look at your home’s soft flooring. Are your carpets and area rugs stained or worn? Ideally, you may want to replace them all, but if a limited budget puts a snag in that plan, start by replacing the carpet in the room that shows the most wear and tear and replace the others as your finances allow.  Hardwood flooring is also an upsell.  Visually it’s beautiful, and gives such a natural feel to your home.

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Bathroom remodeling.

There comes a time when you are just in need of remodeling your bathroom.  This can be for many reasons, but the point here is not to put up with the problems around your home if you are not happy.  Fix anything in your home before it gets worse, otherwise you will be paying more than you would have in the first place.  Here are five reasons why remodeling your bathroom may be necessary.

It is not safe to use:

 

If for any reason your bathroom it is not safe to use, then this a clear sign that something needs to be done.  A simple way to solve your safety issue is just to remodel your bathroom, instead of just making do with the issues you have.  Safety issues can be anything from broken floor tiles to a broken shower door.

It will increase the value of your home:

 

If you get an estate agent to value your house before you remodel your bathroom and then afterwards, then there will be a difference in the value.  If you remodel your home, the value is bound to increase because it is making your home more modern and desirable.

It has too much mold and mildew:

 

If there is too much for you to clean and it is becoming impossible to maintain, then this is a sign that you should be thinking about remodeling.  Mold and mildew are a nightmare and it would be simple for you to remodel and start over with your bathroom.  There are cleaning supplies that you could purchase, but if you are unhappy with your bathroom anyway, then remodel.

Too many plumbing problems:

 

Bathrooms are an obvious place for plumbing issues to occur; they happen all the time.  If you are beginning to have too many problems with plumbing, for example a leaky tap or dirty water, then you would most likely call a plumber.  Instead of calling a plumber to fix everything that goes wrong win your bathroom, why not remodel and hire the plumber just once to install your knew appliances.

Completely outdated: 

 

Sometimes bathrooms can just become completely outdated and you may not be happy with that.  If you are unhappy with your bathroom, then this is a good reason for remodeling your bathroom.  Everyone would like to walk into any room in their house and be happy with it and let’s face it, a bathroom is probably the most frequently used room in the house.

If you have any of these problems in your home, then remodeling your bathroom is a great idea.  Obviously if you cannot afford a whole new bathroom, then there are little things you can do to make your bathroom better, for example, try replacing the taps; this may not seem like it would make a very big difference, but you would be surprised.  Wouldn’t you rather have nice new taps in your bathroom than old and rusty taps?

5 Steps to Maintain your New Bathroom Design

5 Steps to maintaining your new bathroom

You spent so much time dreaming about your new bathroom, saving photos of design ideas, discussing the plan with your bathroom design expert, and then watching the transformation take place. Finally, your dream bathroom is finished and you can enjoy your new space! Now you need to properly maintain this room to keep it looking good as new.

Here are a few tips for cleaning and maintaining your new bathroom.

  • Use new storage space to stay clutter free.
    • Your bathroom renovation probably included a new vanity cabinet or recessed medicine cabinet with plenty of specialized storage. Use it!  Keeping the countertops and floor clutter free is the first step toward properly maintaining and cleaning your bathroom. A clear space will be more enjoyable and also make it easier to clean.
  • Maintain new surfaces rather than waiting to do a deep clean.
    • Daily cleaning habits only take a few minutes and are the best way to make sure your bathroom maintains that new appearance. Bathrooms attract a lot of dirt, hair, soap scum, and moisture. Allowing this to build up not only leaves your bathroom looking grimy, but it can also cause damage to the new fixtures you carefully chose for your bathroom.

A prime example would be a glass shower enclosure, which looks sparkling and clear when it is installed. Every shower you take after that leaves soap residue on the glass that can build up and become difficult to clean.  It also leaves water spots, but water is harmless, right? No! Water spots can etch the glass causing irreparable damage over time. The simple solution is daily maintenance using a squeegee or m microfiber cloth to wipe down the shower. It may seem tedious, but this step only takes a minute and can extend the life of your glass shower.

Daily cleaning also benefits the sink and faucets, where soap residue builds up and evaporating water can leave mineral deposits. A daily routine of rinsing away soap residue and wiping down the sink and faucets with a microfiber cloth saves time and effort later.

  • Regular or occasional cleaning will be a breeze once you follow a brief daily care routine.
    • Here are a few tips for keeping that new bathroom sparkling:
      • Scrub showerheads regularly with an all-purpose cleaner, or depending on the finish you may want to opt for a softer cloth. Several times a year clean your showerhead by securing a plastic bag filled with undiluted white vinegar over the showerhead. Leave it overnight, and in the morning scrub the showerhead and run hot water through it.
      • Spray the glass shower enclosure with a cleaner and wipe it down using a microfiber cloth or old t-shirt. For built-up dirt, you could occasionally use a “magic eraser” or even wipe the glass with a dryer sheet.
      • For a tub, tile walls, and floor, run hot water with the bathroom door closed before cleaning. Steam and heat help to loosen dirt and make cleaning easier. You can use a standard or disinfectant cleaner unless otherwise instructed.
    • There are many effective natural alternatives to harsh cleaning products.
      • If you are concerned about the effect of harsh cleaning products on the environment, as well as your product finishes and skin, consider using more natural cleaners. Everyday household products like vinegar and baking soda can be very effective in keeping your new bathroom clean.
        • Let vinegar sit in metal tracks around a shower door to loosen dirt and then wipe clean.
        • Baking soda can be an effective alternative when cleaning grout lines.
        • Combat moisture by allowing light and air to circulate, by making use of fans and natural light sources.
      • Some products or finishes may require particular cleaning products or special care.
        • Your bathroom design expert should advise you if there are any special cleaning requirements or restrictions for your products. Most products used in a bathroom wear well and are designed to withstand moisture and dirt.  Some products or finishes are more susceptible to wear and tear.  Get informed before finalizing product selections if your chosen faucets, countertop, or floor need a special care routine.

BONUS TIP!  If you are still thinking about a bathroom remodeling project, then consider picking a design that is easier to maintain.  A frameless shower, for example, is much easier to clean than one with a metal frame or tracks.  Better yet, go for an open shower design that gives your bathroom a spa-like feel, is accessible, and is much easier to keep clean!