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Saving More In Store

Store more with less eye sores. Here are ideas for small spaces and inspiration for clever organization. Here at Resco Group, we believe your bathroom should be a space you love with more places to put it.

 

Pull out stepper within vanity
Pullout Stepper

Pullout Stepper

 

Instead of the bulky step stool and no place to store, have a built in step stool. At your local home improvement store there is a selection of vanities with this option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Store a medicine cabinet in the wall
Inner Store

Inner Wall Cabinet with Mirror Front

 

No bulky pop out mirror. Have the medicine cabinet installed within the wall. Neat and double use mirror cabinet = visually more space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Niches in shower walls
Store in Shower

Shower Niche

 

Store all your shower products in those customizable pockets in the walls. These niches can store anything you need so its within reach with style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skinny pull out storage
Pullout Cabinet

Pullout Cabinet

 

Just think of it as a hidden caddy for what you need at hand! It can also function as a decorative cabinet when you don’t need it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hidden nook within shower wall and regular wall
Shower Nook -store

Shower Nook

 

Make use of those spaces within those walls to create an inner shelf space that takes no space at all. A secret, yet no so secret, nook can make a big storage difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TP nook within vanity and slit
TP Nook Storage

TP Nook

 

Go for a curbed vanity with a corner hole for the TP roll. Also, place a seamless slit on the side of the vanity for a unique TP visual.

 

 

 

 

Storage shelves within studs/pony wall
Wall Storage

Wall Niche

 

A niche placement within your wall studs can add more storage without bulky shelves. You can place these either within the wall studs or a pony wall.

 

 

 

 

 

If you feel like you can tackle a bathroom reno to save more space then feel free to Contact Us. Or submit a Project Request.

 

Rethinking Energy: Bathroom Edition

Saving energy in the bathroom can mean multiple things. It can vary from electricity to gas to water, etc. Here are some ways you can change up your bathroom and save energy. Keeping your carbon footprint small and those savings big, here are some ways to rethink energy!

 

Install motion sensors
Motion Sense Light

Available at your local Lowe’s Hardware Store..

When there’s a tendency to leave the bathroom light on when you wake during the night, the motion sensor will turn the lights on when it detects movement. Then it will automatically turn them off when movement ends. This means you can save the worry about leaving the lights on or off when you leave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change that shower head
WaterSense Certified Delta Showerhead

Water Sense Certified Delta Showerhead

Most shower heads have 2.5 gallons per minute flow rates, and modern high efficiency shower heads can reduce that amount by half or more. Newer fixtures maintain pressure and don’t sacrifice water flow for efficiency like earlier models did. In fact, it will be hard to tell any difference after you swap them out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use Energy Efficient exhaust vent fans

Start with energy efficient fans which come in different varieties. They may save you money but once they’ve cleared any condensation, turn them off. Leaving them on too long will suck away an incredible amount of household heat and money in your wallet.

 

Use motion sensor faucets or Add a faucet aerator

Motion sensor bathroom faucets are available to special order in your local hardware store. Or you can simply use an aerator on bathroom and kitchen sinks. For a typical family of four, this device can also cut water usage by as much as 1,700 gallons per year! Save more and turn off tap when not in use as an added effort to save water.

 

Install a low flow toilet
Lowes Energy Saving

Save water and energy with this Watersense Toilet from Lowes

If you have a newer home, chances are your toilet is a dual flush (meaning it has one setting with less water for number one, and more water for number two). If you don’t have a dual-flush toilet, you can install a flush converter. This allows you to change settings depending on how much water you need per flush. And don’t forget to check for leaks for drips in your toilet tank or supply line, which can waste gallons of water a day. Or simply go for a Water Sense certified toilet that’ll keep you from  flushing away your money.

 

 

 

 

 

Battery powered devices/Unplug devices

Save energy by unplugging those electric razors, toothbrushes, trimmers, etc.  Even products such as electric toothbrushes, nightlights, hair straighteners, electric razors, and others, can still draw power even when not in use or turned on. So save the electric bill and unplug them all when not in use. Or you can opt out of electrical devices go for battery-operated ones instead.

 

Heated towel rails with timer

With winter right outside our doors, we all know how high gas bills are going to be. And taking a shower with a towel from the closet isn’t going to do much to keep you warm.Some people throw their towels in the dryer right before the shower for a freshly hot towel. Others opt for a nice towel warmer/rack. In this case, invest in one with a timer. Set a timer on your heated towel rail, so that it is only active for a few hours of the day instead of 24. By scheduling your towel rail, you’ll save money while still having warm, fluffy towels when you want them.

 

Now that you’re saving like a pro, call a pro here at Resco Group to have that energy saving  bathroom of your dreams! Contact us or submit a project request

Outlook on Outlets

The outlet in an island has become one of the main places for self-expression and utilization in the kitchen. To become true focal points there’s been much creativity being poured into islands.  The key to all of this being successful is to take the time to really think about one’s power needs early on in the planning phases. Try to reanalyze your lifestyle. Do you mainly work in the home office or pull up a stool to the island with the laptop? Are there be a lot of gatherings hosted where outlets on the island for appetizers will be essential? Deciding between pop-up, power strips, in-drawer or standard power needs to be done in the early phases of the design. It will affect the electrical plan and the cabinetry choices. With all of the color, finish and material options for face plates, matching your power source to your cabinetry or tile should be a breeze. Your outlets will look as they should—unnoticeable. With that being said the color, placement, size and shape of an outlet is important. Thankfully there are numerous options available that allow outlets to be integrated into the island without compromising beauty.

Try to match your outlet to your cabinetry
Matching outlet plates

Matching outlet plates

For example: if your cabinet is cherry wood then as a result your outlet should be cherry wood. If that your island is dark brown, allow your outlet to be dark brown. Your island is green? Allow the outlet plate be mint green. There are ready-made outlets available at big box stores in standard colors or even have catalogs for specialty finished styles they can have you order. If you don’t want to wash out the same color everywhere, strive for complimentary colors/finishes.

 

 

 

You can pop out the outlet
pop-outlet

Pop-out outlet from Legrand Products

Push outlets are an ideal statement. The outlet remains subtly hidden until it is actually needed as it lays flat. By simply pushing on the outlet, the receptacle pops out for easy access.

 

 

 

 

 The Counter Power Strip
Hidden Island Power

Island Power strip from Mockett Co. Products

Showing only a low profile metal circle, the device is to be installed underneath the countertop. To use the device, pull up by the metal handles on top. This sleek design certainly keeps the device out of site until ready to be used.

 

 

Installed on the countertop
Hidden Side Strip

Hidden Side Strip

The power strip can be installed on the top rail of the side panel sitting right below the countertop.  A  power strip can be tucked right under the countertop. Doing this allows the outlets to be within reach without hindering the design.

 

 

 

The charging drawer/cabinet
Hidden Drawer Outlet

Hidden Drawer Outlet

This modification can be made to almost any drawer/cabinet. It has outlets and USB charging ports installed in the back wall of the drawer box or wall of cabinet. With this, everything is completely out of sight, leaving surfaces clutter free- a beautiful thing.

 

 

 

 

 

Outlet on a tile backsplash wall
Sideways Outlet

Sideways outlet

If this is the case, highly consider buying face plates that blend with the surrounding tile. To deter from the design interruption place your outlets sideways to keep a clean uninterrupted backsplash.

 

 

 

As you can see there are quite a few options for making outlets as inconspicuous as possible. At the end of the day you want your kitchen to be a true work zone. Allow functional components ti be considered and implemented. They should enable function without compromising aesthetics. Now lets make that kitchen dream a reality, contact us or submit a project request for more information!

Door or No Door

Door or No Door

Opening the door to renovating your bathroom but still unsure how to make the most out of the opportunity to make that shower truly your own? The door-less or walk-in shower could  be for you. If you are trying to make this option, this page will offer details intended to assist educate your decision. Here’s what door-less shower is, its unique quality traits it can have in your bathroom reno, some advice from the pro, and also the design concepts. Practically, every person understands what a walk-in shower is, right? Walk-in indicates not needing to step up, or step over. A shower is water boiling down after you, as opposed to you being submersed in water like in a bathroom. So a walk-in shower is a shower where you don’t need to step up or tip over. The regular shower/tub combo does not count of course.

 

WHY?

It can be more useful:

A door-less shower could in fact do double-duty: walkway by day, shower by evening. Obviously, anything in the house that can naturally and also stylishly carry out two jobs, making the feature of a house broaden while the real dimension remains continuous, is a design that pleads respect.

Make the bathroom look more spacious:

As the shower itself becomes visible (since it is not shut off from view by a shower door), that area is visually contributed to the whole bathroom, often doubling the view of the bathroom size.

Global design:

When a door-less shower is entailed, the visual circulation of the shower room is not disrupted. In fact, the seamless entry as well as motion provided by a door-less shower is the embodiment of accessibility and also universal design.

No more water spots:

Difficult water places, streaks and also odd accumulation are all part of a shower door’s life cycle. A door-less shower, by its very nature, right away gets rid of those battles. Much less time spent cleaning a glass door with a squeegee in hand means even more time for enjoying the shower experience.

Luxury Spa feel at home:

The contemporary look and feel of a open shower provides the whole bathroom a feeling of premium luxury. Who would not like feeling as though they’ve entered a med-spa every time they step into their shower?

 

Where To Start:

Go from the corner

Corner Shower

Corner Shower

If it is possible, the edge door-less shower is a lot less intrusive as well as much more space-efficient compared to a non-corner, merely because you can use both existing wall surfaces to your advantage as well as objective the walkway far from other restroom components.

Pick a Perfect Showerhead

Showerhead in Doorless Shower

Ceiling Showerhead

Rain-mount shower heads or various other shower heads that aim straight descending (instead of the tilted shower heads of traditional showers) are much less most likely to saturate the entire space.

Choose Non-Slippery Flooring

Non Slip

Non Slip Floor to a Walk-in Shower

You don’t need to incorporate the same flooring when colliding your shower area and the bathroom. As a matter of fact, for safety and security objectives, it must have its own non-skid flooring if the remainder of the bathroom does not.

 

Build a Half Wall to Keep Water from Escaping

Half wall walk-in

Marble Walk-In Shower

Especially in tighter quarters, a half-wall could go far in minimizing the spraying throughout the remainder of the restroom. Unlike a full wall surface a half-wall is not so aesthetically intrusive. Its eye-level line-of-vision undamaged keeps the space open to minimize foot-to-wall bumping.

Put The Drain in Strategic Position

drain position

drain position

Whether your shower has doors or not, you’ll wish to make sure the shower flooring inclines towards any place the drainpipe is located, be it in the middle of the shower or off-center towards the back wall.

 

Tips:
  • Allow the rest of the washroom design flow right into the shower. It improves the visual aspect of the shower. It’s necessary to choose products that efficiently change from the rest of the shower room to the door-less shower
  • Use similar but little bit different materials for the shower: A door-less shower can be the standout feature in a contemporary bathroom, so play it up much more with some subtle yet critical layout choices. Pick a border that works with the remainder of your washroom yet is distinct. Select shower components in matte metallic to collaborate with the earthy wood tones somewhere else. Enjoy with making this a prime focus!
  • When a walk-in shower is included the aesthetic circulation of the restroom is not interrupted. Those who lean towards integrating a walk-in shower right into their bathroom will certainly need to be comfortable with that. Borders of a walk-in can be somewhat arbitrary therefore the design of the shower is very exposed aesthetically.  Select products that efficiently transition from the remainder of the washroom to the shower. A door-less shower can be the standout feature in a modern washroom, so play it up even more with some refined yet strategic style selections.

Thinking of turning that bathroom around into a dream spa of your own? Contact us here or submit a project request!

Paint Color Aspects

Paint Color Truth

The fact is color never stands alone. Any kind of light – daylight, artificial light, even candlelight – can dramatically change the way a certain paint color appears. It’s a simple fact that any light can change the appearance of any given color.  That’s why when specifying colors for a space, it’s important to take light – both its presence and its absence – into consideration.

How Sunlight Affects Colors
different sunlight example

Paint under different lighting: Direct Sunlight, Indirect Sunlight and Artificial Light

As the amount and angle of the sun changes, so will your rooms’ paint color. Natural light should always be considered when choosing color for a space. Here’s a tip: Paint squares of primed drywall with samples of the colors you’re considering, and then move them around the room during the day. Apply at least two coats. Every angle counts on what you would like to see coming from your colors:


North-facing rooms:
 Light in these rooms is cool and bluish. Bolder colors show up better than muted colors; lighter colors will look subdued. Use strong colors and embrace what nature has given.

South-facing rooms: Lots of high-in-the-sky light brings out the best in cool and warm colors. Dark colors will look brighter; lighter colors will virtually glow.

East-facing rooms: East light is warm and yellowy before noon, then turns bluer later in the day. These are great rooms for reds, oranges and yellows.

West-facing rooms: Evening light in these rooms is beautiful and warm, while scant morning light can produce shadows and make colors look dull.

 

 

The effects of different types of artificial lighting:
Artificial Light

Same wall color under different lighting

In residential and commercial spaces, artificial lighting is frequently used to either supplement daylight or replace it entirely. The type of artificial lighting used plays a large role in how a paint color looks.

  • Incandescent bulbs: These generate yellow light that intensifies warm colors but tends to dull cooler colors.
  • Halogen bulbs: These newer incandescent bulbs produce brighter, white light that is more like sunlight.
  • Fluorescent bulbs: These generate cool, blue light that amplifies blues and greens, but mutes warmer colors.
  • “Soft white” fluorescent bulbs: These mimic the warmth of incandescent bulbs, but all colors can appear faded in their light.
  • Full-spectrum fluorescent: Although expensive, these bulbs produce light that most closely resembles natural sunlight.

 

 

The type of light fixture:

“It can affect the coloration in a room, because the fixture typically determines how the light from any type of bulb is dispersed.”

  • Sconces:These fixtures give off indirect lighting by aiming the light toward ceilings or walls.
  • Shades:Lampshades will change the coloration and strength of the bulb inside them. If the lampshade is of a warm hue, it will cast this glow onto the other colors in the room. Strongly colored shades will mute any surrounding colors, while white or ivory shades will give off the brightest light.
  • Parabolic lights or downlights:They direct light straight down from the ceiling. This provides a lot of light on work surfaces and floors, but can cause ceilings and the top edges of walls to appear dark in comparison.

 

Light Fixtures

Picking a light fixture also makes a big impact

 

 

“Light trained onto the ceiling will be diffused throughout the room, giving a lofty aspect to any space. The higher the ceiling, the higher the wattage should be. Wattage plays a part in this because it is what gives the light its tone – the higher the wattage, the brighter the light, and vice versa. The wattage is dependent on the size of the room and how much light output is needed to carry out the room’s functions.”

 

Paint qualities

Characteristics of paint color also affect visual perception. Paint’s light-reflectance value – the amount of light it reflects – can play a key role in choosing the right color for certain spaces, especially those that don’t receive a lot of natural sunlight. Lighter tinted paints have higher light reflectance values than darker ones. So, for a recessed nook off a main room, painting the walls in a lighter tint of the color used in the main room would lighten up the area while still maintaining a sense of flow and coordination. Another paint characteristic that affects color and light is gloss level. The higher the gloss level, the higher the light reflectance – more light will bounce off a surface painted with a high gloss paint than one with a matte sheen. As a rule, higher gloss paints tend to enrich and brighten paint color.

When selecting a paint color and decorating a space it’s all about balancing the type of lighting, gloss level and the impact of other colors in the space. Some things are controllable and others are not, but it’s a matter of creating harmony with these three factors. Now with a new perspective let us bring your bathroom or kitchen remodel to life and submit a project request here or contact us at Resco Group!

Kitchen Layout Efficiency

A kitchen layout will make the difference in how quickly and efficiently you use the kitchen. Our kitchen is the heart of the home. Even if you’re not an avid cook, the kitchen is the space that most people like to entertain in and enjoy spending time with family.  The aesthetics are important, but the function of how your kitchen works is even more important. A poor layout can result in retracing your steps and spending more time in the kitchen can be a turn off to enjoying cooking. Look at these tips on how to layout an efficient kitchen floor plan.

Layout the work triangle:

In every kitchen there are 3 main components that make up the ‘work triangle’. The refrigerator – where food is stored, the sink – where food is washed, and the stove/oven – where the food is cooked, makes up an efficient work triangle. Draw your kitchen as a floor plan and see how your three areas layout. Ideally you would like to go to the refrigerator, to the sink and to the stove in one easy path. If you have to retrace your steps, or walk around obstacles to get to any of the three, your layout is inefficient. But it is understandable that as kitchens grow in size, and feature more than three work spaces, the regular work triangle isn’t always practical. And in many households today, two or more people share cooking duties.

Because of these issues, designers do not always play by the triangle’s rules when it comes to drafting kitchen plans. With many of the kitchens we have helped design, we’ll have more than one work triangle in it if necessary. If you can’t configure the standard triangle, you have to make do by creating the most functional kitchen possible. Remember, your lifestyle should determine the functionality of your kitchen, not the other way around. The work triangle is not a law, merely a suggestion. Although it can be a helpful tool, don’t let it inhibit you from thinking outside the triangle when it comes to designing your kitchen.

kitchen triangle

Standard Layout of a Work Triangle

Layout Work Surfaces: A work surface, or countertop area should ideally be located between each of the work triangle areas. Therefore, between the refrigerator and sink, and between the sink and stove/oven, a countertop area is ideal. In smaller kitchens, a work area in each space may not be possible due to space. The more working areas you can provide yourself, the better. Consider using multi-functional work areas if space is an issue. For example a raised countertop adjacent to a dining area, can serve as a seated bar for eating as well as a preparation work surface for cooking.

Kitchen islands: In large kitchens a kitchen island can cut down on excessive travel to each part of the work triangle.  Consider placing one or more of the work triangle functions at the island. Having a sink in the island will prevent you from walking from the refrigerator to another remote area constantly. Kitchen islands for a small kitchen can be on casters or wheels for temporary use.  An island can be used for storage below, and also serve as an additional work surface.  Consider using a movable kitchen island for convenience and roll out of the way when more people need to fit in the kitchen.

Layout Shape of your kitchen: 
Here are the pros and cons of each type of kitchen:
Layout Example

Layout Example

U Shape:

PROS: This layout offers three sides or walls for the work triangle to be efficient. The cook can maximize their time in the kitchen and won’t get distracted by traffic walking through the kitchen. CONS: Multiple people working in the kitchen at one time may be difficult.

 

 

 

Layout Example

Layout Example

L Shape: 

PROS: This plan allows for more space saving because two of the work triangle functions are on the same wall. This plan is also easier to entertain from, since it is open up to the adjacent room on one side. CONS: Ample counter space room should be given in the crook of the L for maximum usage.  If not, the layout of the kitchen will work less efficiently due to less room to prepare and cook the food.

 

 

 

Layout Example

Layout Example

Galley Shape:

PROS: In this plan the walls are parallel with all of the work triangle functions. It is very efficient due to less area to travel and is ideal for space saving. CONS: This plan isn’t ideal for a lot of people in the kitchen because the traffic area is also the cook preparation area.  This plan can also be difficult to entertain from, unless one wall is open to an adjacent room with a seating bar for example.

 

 

 

Layout Example

Layout Example

G Shape:

PROS: It’s best suited to those who want to pack every square inch of kitchen possible into their space but don’t have room for the clearance required around an island. CONS: Essentially this area is a work aisle, not a walkway. So making the peninsula so short can’t offer enough room to seat a few guests or contain an appliance.

 

 

 

The way your kitchen is laid out will make a difference in how you enjoy and use the space.  If you find your current kitchen isn’t efficient, try to layout another option. It may not be difficult to alter your existing plan.  If you are in the process of remodeling, think of these tips when looking at kitchen designs. Your kitchen is the heart of your home and your family, make it work the best for you!

 

Deciding what layout kitchen works best for you? Is your kitchen large or small? Tell us what you love, or hate about your existing space and submit a project request here or  contact our office.

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