Friday, November 29, 2013

Replacing ceiling lights is easy and affordable



Changing your ceiling lights is a great way to improve the look and feel of your space and you have more options than ever before in terms of selection and price. Most projects will only take a little bit of your time, even if you're a DIY novice, and they really do make a big impact on the level of comfort people will experience in your home.

Changing out an old ceiling light to a new one is easy and only takes seconds. Underneath the cover, at the base of the lamp will be a couple of screws that hold it to the ceiling. After turning off power to the room, unscrew the unit and detach the wires from it. Once you do this, you can simply reattach the new ceiling light, restore the power and enjoy a whole new effect in the room. It really is that simple for most installations, so the only thing to seriously consider is the look you want your light to give off.

One option is to also install a dimmer switch. This is also a simple procedure, and the switch is very inexpensive and can be found in almost any lighting accessory retail location as well as online at your favorite dealer. This will allow you to control the brightness of your ceiling lights, and is perfect for areas such as the dining room, study or even the bedroom.

Chandeliers are a great way to accentuate rooms that have high ceilings, but they can also be small enough to fit over any existing fixture. Whether you are looking to use a chandelier as the focal centerpiece in an entryway or a small accessory for the dining room, there are plenty of models to choose from, and the designs can range from contemporary to classical. The only thing to remember is that your ceiling will need to support the weight of the chandelier, so it is very important to know what those limits are before installing a new piece. You may need to reinforce the mounts or consider an alternative that is less heavy.

If you do install a chandelier in a room it's also worth considering placing a large mirror on one wall, this will give the impression of greater space in the room and will accentuate the impact of the chandelier.

Ceiling fans are also exceptionally beautiful and can add a lot to a room, especially kitchens and bedrooms. Most come with or without light fixtures, and you have the option of choosing a simple fan or one with a light attachment. A double benefit of having circulating air as well as light is that it can make a stuffy or crowded room much more pleasant to be in. Just as easy to install as replacement ceiling lights, it can be a simple weekend project that most people can do in about an hour. Finding the right one will depend on need, space and personal taste.

Whether looking for ceiling lights or fans, there is a wide selection to choose from for prices you won't find in traditional stores. A trusted online retailer should be a one stop resource for not only products, but for service and coaching as well. If you have a project, you can find a lighting accessory retailer that can help you to transform any space into an inviting place. Just give yourself some extra time for your order to be shipped.

Styles don't last forever, and changing ceiling lights is easier and less expensive than most people think. From simply replacing a cover to switching to a whole new light entirely, there are more options than ever to transform that dull room into a luminescent space that is warm, inviting and comfortable. Whether you want to install ceiling fans or chandelier lights, there are many design options to choose from, and knowing what the effect is that you want to create will help you to make satisfying choices.

by: Kathryn Dawson
http://www.articlecity.com/articles/home_improvement/article_7022.shtml




Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How to make your holiday event stand out



How to make your holiday event stand out When you open your home to family and friends this holiday season, you want to give your guests the best impression possible. But, it's likely that you might not have everything that you need to accommodate your visitors.

Hosting a large gathering is not something you do every day, so many of the necessary items are not things you'll have sitting in your kitchen cabinets, garage or basement ready for use. Fortunately, you won't need to break the bank buying everything you need. If you can't find what you're looking for in your home, your local rental store will be able to help.

Here are a few things you can do to make your holiday event one to remember:

* Not enough seating?
Consider renting some tables and chairs. It's better than having to haul the card table up from the basement and offering your guests a cold folding chair.

* Set your table with the latest styles of linens, china and silver.
If these aren't items that you, or another family member, has at their disposal, find them at your local rental store.

* Don't forget that elegant lighting and centerpieces will go a long way to creating the perfect look and feel for your special holiday event. Small things like this can make a huge difference in the ambiance of your gathering.

* Add some extra flair to your event and have a champagne fountain or margarita machine on hand. These types of fun rental party items make for a special surprise for your guests.

* The outside of your home is the first impression.
Make sure that your outdoor decorations are just as elegant and beautiful as the ones inside.

* If you're hosting a particularly large group, it may be difficult to keep food hot when it comes time to dine. Renting food preparation items, chafing dishes or other warmers will ensure every one of your guests enjoys a delicious dining experience.

To get a better idea of what types of items you can rent for parties and to locate a store near you, visit www.rentalhq.com. Think it sounds out of your budget to create a perfect event? Not necessarily. Your local rental store has everything you need and can offer service and advice to help eliminate stress. You'll also save money on items you will be using only once.

Courtesy of BPT


Monday, November 25, 2013

Pensacola Opera presents Carmen & Cinderella

Pensacola Opera presents Carmen & Cinderella
The Pensacola Opera is gearing up for their 2014 productions.

Pensacola Opera Company 2014 Productions CarmenThe Pensacola Opera is promising an eventful season with two performances for the 2014 calendar year:  Carmen & Cinderella.  

Immerse yourself in a cultural experience unlike no other in the Pensacola area.  One visit to the Pensacola Opera Co. and you will see why their slogan is "Big City Opera with Small Town Charm." Join the opera for a moving musical performance in a theatrical setting. 

The 2014 season kicks off with Carmen, one of the most popular opera's in the United States. Make sure to purchase your tickets soon as choice seats for Carmen are already selling out!  Carmen will showcase in Pensacola on Friday, January 17th and Sunday, January 19th, 2014. 

Carmen showcases the love story between soldier Don Jose and the gypsy Carmen. Carmen is a French production and offers English supertitles. 

Pensacola Opera Company 2014 Productions CinderellaExperience the magic of your childhood brought to life by the Opera's production of Cinderella La Cenerentola.  Put a new spin on an old favorite with performances on Friday, March 21 and Sunday, March 23, 2014. 

Performances for Carmen and Cinderella will be held at the Saenger Theatre located at 118 S. Palafox Place, Pensacola, FL 32502. 

Tickets range from $20-$110 and can be purchased at the Pensacola Opera Co. or on their website. Even better, active duty military and student tickets can be purchased as low as $15. Husbands, Opera tickets make a great holiday gift for your wife! 

For more information, call the Pensacola Opera Company at (850) 433-6737 or visit them online at http://www.pensacolaopera.com/ 

See you at the Opera!
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Rentals!
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Friday, November 22, 2013

Pensacola Parks: Tippin Park

Pensacola Parks:  Tippin Park, Pensacola, FL, 32504
Great park to take the kids for lunch during a shopping day!

The Tippin Park is located in Northeast Pensacola at 6600 Tippin Ave., Pensacola, FL 32504 at the intersection of John Carroll Dr.near 9th Ave.  



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The 2.3 acre park is located about 5 minutes from Pensacola International Airport and conveniently located between Cordova Mall and University Town Plaza shopping center. It's a  perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch during an errand or shopping day. 


Childrens Playground Tippin Park in Pensacola, FL 32504
Tippin Park- Nice playground area in Northeast Pensacola, FL 32504

Amenities at the Tippin Park include:
Places to have a picnic in Pensacola, FL
Mostly shaded picnic area at Tippin Park, Pensacola, FL
  • Playground Equipment
  • Monkey Bars
  • Swings
  • Baseball / Softball Fields
  • Kickball Field
  • Basketball Goals
  • Picnic areas (not covered)
  • Handicap accessible 
  • Open space to run and play!
One of my favorite things about this park is that there are plenty of trees to provide shade on those hot summer Florida days. 

If your kids love to play Hide and Seek, this is a great place to host a neighborhood game as there are plenty of places to hide. Grab a few friends and host a kickball or baseball game here- this park is perfect for it. 

Kickball or baseball area at Tippin Park, Pensacola, FL
Kickball or baseball area at Tippin Park!
Also, make sure to check out our articles on other Pensacola area parks including:
Monkey bars & playground equipment at Tippin Park, Pensacola, FL
Monkey bars & playground equipment at Tippin Park, Pensacola, FL
Large open park at Tippin Park in Pensacola, FL 32504
Large open park at Tippin Park in Pensacola, FL 32504
For more information on this park and other City of Pensacola parks, please contact the City of Pensacola Parks & Recreation division or call them at (850) 436-5670.

We love our hometown Pensacola and are happy to provide this information for you. If you are in need of a Pensacola rental home or home for sale, give us a call at (850) 473-3983.

Do you go to Tippin Park? Tell us about it.  Comment below to share with our readers.

Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Property Management
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983
Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Remodeling for aging in place today will help sell your home tomorrow



Only one in 10 adults believes this is a good time to sell a home. If you're on hold in the real estate market, now is the time to get your house in order - literally. Make the right changes today, and you'll get a better price tomorrow.



But before you invest in a home-improvement project, consider your potential buyers with this fact in mind: More than 3.5 million baby boomers turn 55 each year, according to the U.S. Census. Since people aged 45 to 64 make up more than a quarter of today's U.S. population, there's a good chance you'll be selling to someone in this age group. Will your home appeal to them?



Your chances will be better if your home has "aging in place" design features that make it easier for older adults to live on their own longer. These modifications are the fastest-growing segment of the home remodeling industry, says the National Association of Home Builders. Because they range from simple fixes to full-scale renovations, making aging-in-place changes can suit any budget.



Best of all, this type of project not only improves a home's resale value for the future, it also increases its safety and comfort for all residents right now.



Add a bath where none exists



Adding a bathroom on the main living level is a smart strategy to appeal to older adults, says national home safety expert Meri-K Appy. "Falls are the leading cause of home injury deaths, and older adults are at greatest risk for them," she says. "Eliminating the need to use stairs and reducing the distance to a bathroom can be a great safety advantage."



A new bath is also a sound investment. This one improvement was shown to return more than 53 percent of its cost at resale in the Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value Report.



A macerating toilet system is a good way to lower the cost of adding a bath, says Otis Dardy, owner of Dardy Construction in Conyers, Ga. Dardy recently used macerating, or up flush, technology to install a full bathroom in a home that lacked below-floor plumbing drainage. With conventional plumbing fixtures, Dardy would have had to dig through the concrete, creating a costly and time-consuming mess. Instead, he used Saniflo up flush technology, which allows you to add plumbing to any room in your home, even the basement, without having to break up the floor.



Macerating plumbing systems pump waste and water from a toilet - as well as a sink, shower, wet bar, even a washing machine - upward through small diameter piping.



Before Dardy knew about macerating plumbing systems, many of his customers who wanted a bathroom couldn't afford the cost of creating new drainage. "I can save them a ton of money now," he says. "It will also work if you want to convert a walk-in closet into a powder room."



Looking for more ways to update a bathroom with aging adults in mind? Put a telephone line in the bathroom. You may also want to install grab bars in and near tubs and showers while adding a hand-held showerhead. It not only makes bathing easier, but it also helps when it's time to wash a pet or clean the tub. Use low, open shelving, and place nightlights in hallways and bathrooms to improve illumination and reduce falls.



Universal improvements



If you're doing a kitchen remodel, consider using nonslip flooring. Some designers recommend cork tiles, which have the added advantage of being environmentally friendly.



To make your kitchen workspace more user-friendly, vary the height of your countertop areas to accommodate both standing and seated cooks, and don't forget to install bright task lighting. Always choose appliances with controls that are easy to read and easy to use.



Push/pull levers are a must for kitchen faucets, and installing thermostatic and anti-scald devices can reduce hot-water burn injuries.



If you're replacing windows, make sure the hardware is easy to operate. Installing a new entry door? Choose a low-maintenance alternative to wood. All stairways inside and out should have two handrails and bright overhead lighting.



Less-expensive improvements include replacing doorknobs with handles that are easier to open and putting D-shaped pulls on drawers and cabinets. Replace any dim bulbs with bright overhead lighting.



Courtesy of BPT



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Is it Time to Hire a Property Manager?

Is it Time to Hire a Property Manager?
Answer these questions to determine if you are better of with a licensed agent managing your home.

Found this awesome infographic that shows how complicated managing properties really is!
Check it out and let us know- is it time to hire a property manager?

Is It Time To Hire A Property Manager - Infographic
Source: AppFolio.com

If you are looking for a Pensacola Property Manager, you have found the best!  Realty Masters is the leader in Pensacola Property Management- with over 750 rental properties managed, our team of twelve rents more homes than any other Pensacola area real estate company.  Give us a call with your questions at (850) 473-3983 or email us Nicoles@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com with your questions.

Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Property Management
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Neighborhood Profile: Holley by the Sea

Holley by the Sea in Navarre, FL 32566
Holley by the Sea Real Estate Navarre, FL
Enjoying the perks of Holley by the Sea Community Center
Navarre's premier community to live and play just minutes from beaches & Hurlburt AFB ~

Holley by the Sea (HBTS) is Navarre, Florida’s most sought after residential community.  It is one of the most desired neighborhoods in the Navarre Real Estate Market.  


This Navarre neighborhood is located off U.S. Hwy 98 less than 5 miles west of Navarre Beach in Santa Rosa County between Gulf Breeze and Fort Walton Beach, FL.

Santa Rosa Sound access from Navarre, FL Holley by the Sea
Beautiful Santa Rosa Sound access from Community center


Holley by the Sea is mere minutes away from the beautiful sugar white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and includes waterfront beach access from the community center on Santa Rosa Sound . 

With a large military population, this community is tucked in between several major military bases including Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Army Air Field, and the Pensacola Naval Air Station. 

Holley by the Sea Community Park, Navarre, FL
Community Park at HBTS Recreation Center Navarre, FL 32566

Neighborhood Amenities
HBTS Community Center Navarre, FL
HBTS Community center with sauna, gym, games & more! 
Holley by the Sea Real Estate Navarre, FL
Holley by the Sea Inground Community Pool

You will fall in love with Holley by the Sea after you tour their 48-acre waterfront park which is home to the the HBTS Recreation Center. There is something for everyone in your family to enjoy.

This custom facility includes three swimming pools, eight lighted clay tennis courts, basketball courts, a baseball field, aerobics room, exercise gym, and a sauna.  Your teenagers will love the game room with pool tables, Foosball,and even air hockey tables.
Holley by the Sea Real Estate Navarre, FL
Tennis Courts in Navarre, FL at Holley by the Sea

The community also hosts a wide variety of activities such as water aerobics, swimming lessons, competitive tennis and swimming teams, plus many social events.

The park features four picnic pavilions, nine campsites, playground, fishing pier and private beach overlooking Santa Rosa Sound. 

Do you love to Golf? The challenging 18-hole Hidden Creek Estates and Golf Club borders the Hidden Creek Estates phase of Holley by the Sea. 

Is fishing your passion?  Join the new fishing club with fishing equipment available at the community center.

Holley by the Sea Real Estate Navarre, FL
Fishing Pier at Navarre, FL Holley by the Sea Community
With a large section of dedicated Greenbelt land, Holley by the Sea is also home to a wide array of Gulf Coast wildlife and is a bird lovers paradise.

Holley by the Sea Homeowners Association

Navarre, FL Waterfront Real Estate
Waterfront Park in Navarre, FL
There is an active homeowners association with restrictive covenants in place. Make sure to review these covenants and restrictions prior to leasing or buying a home in this area. Because the community is so large, these community perks come with affordable yearly association dues of under $400 per home.

Neighborhood Overview


As Navarre’s largest neighborhood, Holley by the Sea is comprised of over 4,700 lots with the majority of homes situated on a spacious half acre lot in several phases. 

Neighborhood development began in 1972 but the majority of homes were built from 1990-2010 although new construction opportunities still exist today!  Most homes are single story, brick, vinyl or stucco, and features 1-2 car garages with half acre lots.



Holley by the Sea, Navarre, FL 32566 Homes for Sale 
Let Realtor Bob Supinger, retired navy chief, help you find your dream home in Holley by the Sea!  The majority of recent home sale prices in Holley by the Sea range from around $175,000 to $300,000.
 For a current listing of Navarre homes for sale in Holley by the Sea, email neighborhood expert Bob Supinger at BobPensacolaRealtyMasters@gmail.com or call him at (850) 207-0912.  Start your Navarre real estate home search now on our website. http://www.pensacola-gulfbreezehomes.com/ 


Holley by the Sea, Navarre, FL Homes for Rent
Rental homes in HBTS are in high demand and range in rental rate from about $950 to $2,000 monthly rent with an average rental rate of about $1,300.  Availability changes daily, so make sure to email me 
Nicoles@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com if you are interested in renting a home in the Holley by the Sea Neighborhood or other similar Navarre, FL or Gulf Breeze, FL neighborhoods. 

Live in the community and want to share your thoughts with those moving to our area? Post below.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Please donate to Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots for needy Pensacola Children!
Consider helping us reach our goal of 200 toys for children in our community. 
As Realtors who live and love the community we work in, one of our goals is to give back monthly via a community service project.  There are so many less fortunate families and children in our community that it's important to donate our time, goodwill and even money to better the Pensacola community as a whole.

November's service project is helping the US Marine Corp spread joy throughout Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties by providing new and unwrapped toys for the children living below poverty level in Pensacola.  It's heartbreaking to hear about the some 2,000 homeless children enrolled in our area schools and 500 foster children and teenagers waiting to be placed in foster homes. 

Change someone's holiday season this year by donating to Toys for Tots.  Have your office or family take up donations or even challenge your children to donate one of their toys!  




Drop off your toy or monetary donation at our office at: 4400 Bayou Blvd. Suite 58B, Pensacola, FL 32503. We are accepting donations through December 5, 2013.  Have questions? Email Keven@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com or call us at (850) 473-3983. 


Thanks and have a great day,  Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Property Management
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Florida in Fall

Color comes to the Gulf Coast
Finally it feels a little like Fall in Florida~

With the sub-tropical climate we have in Northwest Florida, we don't experience the four seasons the way the majority of the United States does!

It's nearly halfway through November, and most of our foliage is unchanged by Fall, but we are finally seeing the effects in the Northern part of Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties.

Look at this beautiful tree we have in front of our rental home in Cantonment, FL.



If you are in need of a home in Pensacola, give our agents a call at (850) 473-3983 or search for your dream home on our website at http://www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com

Thanks and have a great day,
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Rental Homes!
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Think outside the fuse box: Unique energy-saving home improvements



(BPT) - You've replaced your home's old windows with new, Energy Star-rated models, upgraded to electricity-sipping appliances and there's not a single incandescent light bulb to be found anywhere in your house. You may be wondering what more you can do to further reduce your home energy bills.



When you've covered the basic and obvious ways to trim energy use at home, it's time to start thinking outside the fuse box. Here are three unique home improvements that can help make your house even more energy-efficient.



1. Put a stake through the heart of vampire power - Even when they're turned off, electrical devices draw power as long as they're plugged in. "Vampire power" or "standby power" refers to the electricity wasted in this manner. In developed countries, standby power probably accounts for 5 to 10 percent of residential energy use, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.



Fortunately, vampire power is a relatively easy problem to solve. In many cases, simply unplug the power cord - a great solution for your cellphone charger or the coffee pot. When an appliance gets frequent use, however, constantly unplugging and replugging it may not be convenient. In those situations, a simple home improvement may be in order.



Connect outlets to wall switches that make it easy to turn the device off or on at the outlet. Or, you can plug appliances into a device that, in turn, plugs into the outlet and stops electricity leakage.



2. Add motorized shutters to windows - People add motorized rolling shutters to their homes for a variety of reasons, from enhancing privacy and security by making it harder for burglars to break in through windows, to protection against intense sunshine and hurricane winds. But did you know shutters can also boost your home's energy efficiency?



In winter, motorized shades or rolling shutters maximize insulation of windows - a significant point of heat loss in many homes. In summer, they can reduce heat gain, help maintain a more comfortable indoor temperature and protect furnishings from damaging UV rays. Automating motorized shutters with a sun sensor, like those available from Somfy Systems, allows you to further improve energy efficiency by raising or lowering shutters throughout the day to fine-tune heat retention.



And, for the truly eco-minded homeowner, Somfy's new solar powered AutoSun uses solar energy to power the shutter motor - so saving energy doesn't require you to use electricity. Learn more at www.somfysystems.com.



3. Open the door to energy savings - Your home's front door is the first impression visitors get when they arrive on your doorstep, but it's also a potential source of heat and energy loss. Replacing an old, inefficient or poorly insulated door with an Energy Star-qualified door can pay off with significant heat retention and energy savings. -



When looking for a replacement door, insulated doors made of fiberglass or steel, filled with an insulating core such as polyurethane foam, are more energy-efficient than traditional wooden doors. Doors should also fit well into the doorframe, and use weather stripping to block drafts.



Doors wear out, lose efficiency and need to be replaced, according to the Residential Energy Services Network. Replace your old front door with an Energy Star-qualified one, and you may qualify for a federal tax credit of up to 30 percent of the cost of the door, according to EnergyStar.gov.



Improving your home's energy efficiency is the right thing to do - for both the environment and your wallet. With a bit of creativity and the right home improvements, it's possible to maximize your home's energy efficiency.



Courtesy of BPT



Thursday, November 7, 2013

FL Sex offender Search

When's the last time you ran a search for sex offenders in your neighborhood? Sometimes we tend to overlook the negative aspects in life including the dangers present to our families.  This is especially important during summer and the holiday season as children are out of school more often.

Being aware of the dangers present to your children and family is the first step in protecting your family. Luckily the Florida Department of Law Enforcement maintains an informative database of sex offenders. Use this link to search for sex offenders in your FL neighborhood! 

Search by name, city, a radius around an address and more here:
http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/homepage.do


Do you have any questions for us? Let us know! We have over 45 Pensacola rental homes available for move in. View them on our website at http://www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com

Stay safe out there!
Nicole St. Aubin, Realtor
Realty Masters of FL
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bathroom remodeling ideas that add style and space



Remodeling%20ideas%20that%20add%20style%20and%20space%20to%20any%20bathroom Now, more than ever, homeowners are adding to the value and comfort of their homes by renovating bathrooms into private retreats with luxurious touches that rival those of an upscale spa or resort.

Ron and Susan Bishop of Adams Township, Pa., recently completed an extensive remodel of the master bathroom in their 20-year-old home. The remake covered nearly every square inch of the space, including the installation of new cabinets, tile, floor coverings and lighting. The couple says one of the biggest highlights is the custom shower enclosure, made from Clarvista glass by PPG, which uses a fused-on coating to keep its showroom appearance over time.

"Few things detract from the appearance of a luxurious bathroom more than a shower door covered with water deposits and soap scum," Ron Bishop says. "Susan and I made it a point to find a product that would keep its good looks and be easy to maintain. We completed the renovation on our master bath more than a year ago, and the glass on our shower enclosure still looks brand new."

When considering an update for your bathroom, whether you choose to do an extensive remodel or a smaller project, most kitchen and bath designers agree on these tips:

* Consider the size of the bathroom.
 If you have a small room, look for ways to make it feel more expansive. A sleek, stylish glass shower enclosure helps your bathroom appear more spacious, and in most instances, a frameless shower enclosure will provide the cleanest, most open look. If you decide to go with a framed shower enclosure, you'll have two choices: frameless sliding doors or framed doors. For framed doors, be sure the finish of the metal framing and handles matches your bathroom fixtures.

* Think outside the box.
Taking a creative approach to bathroom necessities can help you make the most of your space. For instance, the majority of shower enclosures are square or rectangular, but today's designers encourage you to think about other shapes. Don't be afraid to consider a circular or oval-shaped enclosure, a triangle or even a standard shape with an artfully bowed glass door, which can redefine the space and make your bathroom more versatile.

* Don't skimp on the glass. 
All glass used for shower enclosures is safety glass, which means it is tempered to make it stronger and more shatterproof. That doesn't mean all shower glass is alike, though. Most shower doors and enclosures are fabricated from conventional clear glass - which typically has a light, almost imperceptible green cast - or some variation of frosted glass. If you want a look that's chic and ultra-clear, ask your bath designer or showroom retailer about Clarvista on Starphire glass.

* Brighten things up. 
Repainting your bathroom with light colors can make it feel more spacious. If your bathroom has windows or skylights, use window treatments and accents that maximize the amount of light that comes through to give the room a more airy feel.

* Find the best use for your space. 
Move bathroom cleaning items to a hall closet if you are stretched for storage space in your bathroom, especially if you have freestanding storage units that are taking up valuable floor space. If you need more storage space, consider adding built-in compartments if possible between your wall studs to maximize usable space.

It's been shown time and time again that remodeling a bathroom can add to a home's value. Whether you want to sell or just enjoy your home more, it's one of the most practical and dramatic ways to make your home more appealing. To discover more great ideas and inspiration for bathroom remodeling, visit www.ppgclarvista.com.

Courtesy of BPT