Talk about easy and way too delicious! These are the new Rice Krispy Treats. It’s not that traditional Rice Krispies aren’t good, they’re just a little boring and safe. These are the opposite. They’re over-the-top and surprising in a way that everyone, including Krispies, treats purists, will love.
And it just does not get any easier….
It’s pretty polarizing but surprisingly versatile. Would you install this bathroom update in your home?
Any buzzy home interior trend has its pros and cons—and its supporters and detractors. Yes, some trends are generally harmless, but others are incredibly polarizing, with people being passionate about its appeal (or lack thereof). And we have to say that floor-to-ceiling tiling, a bathroom tile trend we’ve spotted all across Instagram and various home décor outlets, falls into the latter category.
Floor-to-ceiling tiling means you don’t have to paint walls or match paint colors to grout colors, but it does mean you’ll have extra tiling to scrub or extra grout to clean unless you go with a seamless marble look. Regardless of whether you love it or hate it, this look gives spaces a heavy impact: A bathroom wrapped in while tiling (in a chevron pattern, perhaps, as in the below ’gram) is not a bathroom easily forgotten.
What to consider when making your selections and how to create a layered lighting design
Make sure there are no shadows in your prep zones. The best way to do is this is to install task lighting in front of or above you, rather than behind you.
When it comes to decorative lighting trends, the Scandi look is still popular, and simple styles in natural wood and black, white and industrial metallics.
It’s important to hang the pendant at an appropriate height to reduce the risk of people bumping their heads. Generally speaking, it should be about 32 inches above a table or counter.
Don’t be tempted to do the job yourself unless you’re a trained electrician, always hire a professional to do electrical work in your home.
Develop a layered lighting plan to help you create a functional, adaptable and illuminated kitchen according to Houzz.
Keep in mind that our eyes require more light as we age. So if you expect to stay in your home for awhile, you might want to add more lights than necessary now so you’ll have them later.
Flip through our collection of beautiful powder rooms on Houzz and fill your eyes with color and style
Which would you choose?
Now you pick, which is your favorite? Pick one and post it on Facebook!
Clearances, codes, and coordination are critical in small spaces such as a powder room. Here’s what you should know by Houzz.
You can choose from a variety of types and sizes for the powder room door. It can be styled like the rest of your home’s decor or unique.
Common widths are 28, 30, or 32 inches (71, 76 or 81 centimeters). Wheelchair-accessible doorways ideally should be at least 36 in. (91 cm) wide. You can go as narrow as 24 in. (61 cm) if absolutely necessary, but anything less than that will likely be uncomfortable, and the door would probably have to be custom fabricated. Standard door heights are 80 or 96 in. (203 or 244 cm), and you will probably coordinate the height with that of the other doors in your house.
Double doors can work nicely if detailed well, especially since they fold into less wall space. Pockets and sliding types provide more choices, as seen in the third photo.
Toilets come in a variety of configurations, such as two pieces or one piece. There are types that can be wall mounted, as in the third photo.
If you are selecting a toilet, get the manufacturer’s specifications from the website or from a plumbing supplier before making a decision about what type will fit and operate properly in your home.
Other options can be different seat heights, electronic controls and different levels of water consumption.
As seen in the previous example and this one, a powder room may need to fit in a narrow space, under stairs or both. The trick is to place the toilet with its back to the descending ceiling. You will normally bend down to use this area so you can cheat some space out of it if you are particularly squeezed.
However, don’t place it in any space less than about 5 feet (152cm) in height. You might be able to go a few more inches below that, depending on your circumstances, but once the ceiling goes below 4 ft., its best use is for storage accessed from an appropriate opening.
It is important to understand that toilets have minimum clearances, which must be considered for their placement. These can vary depending on location and local codes and customs. They can be affected by the type of toilet you install.
The most common configuration requires a toilet to have 15 in. (38 cm) of unobstructed space on either side of its centerline, for a total clear width of 30 in. (76 cm). You then must have at least 24in. (61 cm) clear in front of the toilet to a wall or another object, according to this same building code.
Take note that toilets come in standard round bowl configurations or with an elongated bowl. The elongated bowl adds about 3 in. (8 cm) to the front-to-back depth of a fixture, so a round-bowl toilet will be about 27 in. (69 cm) deep and an elongated type will be around 30 in. (76 cm) deep.
This powder room was created within existing floor space and built along with an addition (shown in the plan below). The original area contained an awkward-size closet that saw little use and an old broom closet that contained a flue that was no longer needed.
The pedestal sink is in a room that measures 3 ft. wide and 7 ft. long (91 by 213 cm). The toilet is on the opposite end of the sink, and a door is on the long side of the small space.
If you have room for standard-size sinks and vanities, you’ll be able to choose from an enormous variety of products not to mention you can have something custom designed and built.
Expect that the depth to the wall of pedestal sinks, of any type, will be at least 16 in. (41 cm), with more common depths being about 20 to 22 in. (51 to 56 cm). Those built into a vanity or cabinet could be 21 to 24 in. (53 to 61 cm) deep. Heights are now commonly 34 to 36 in. (86 to 91 cm). Previous customs placed them at about 32 in. (81 cm) high.
It is important to note that the wall behind toilets, and sometimes sinks, needs to be thicker than a standard wall framed with 2-by-4s. A 2-by-6 construction allows for plumbing with a 3-in. (8-cm) diameter to pass through the wall space, which is necessary for sewage.
Types of construction vary among different regions and building types, so carefully consider buildings that are not wood framed or designed using metric measurements. Remodeling in a high-rise condominium may require considerations beyond those described here.
When space is plentiful and the budget is ample, powder rooms can be indulgently luxurious, like this beautiful space. The plan below illustrates some dimensions that are suitable for more generous designs. You may have a cabinet and countertop custom designed and fabricated, and place the toilet so that it is more shielded from view than in a smaller room.
Tiled walls, eclectic wallpapers, bold color choices and even stylish P-traps have been showing up on Houzz.
Put tile behind the toilet. Tile surfaces are easier than drywall to keep clean, which is one reason to consider them for walls in the toilet area. Here, large-scale porcelain tiles in graphite create perspective in the narrow room.
Skip the vanity. This powder room is compact but luxe thanks to the marble countertop, textured Phillip Jeffries wallcovering and a mix of silver and brass finishes. Because the homeowners used a built-in counter and skipped the vanity underneath, the sink area has an open feel that makes the room feel more expansive. Just make sure you have a good spot for stashing the extra toilet paper before you sacrifice storage.
Note: When you skip the vanity, the P-trap will be exposed, so you need to carefully consider what it looks like — imagine how badly an exposed PVC pipe would have mucked up this vignette. Instead, the elegant brass P-trap plays off the faucet and is a design asset.
Choose a stunner of a sink. The right vessel can be a feature your guests will remember long after they finish washing their hands. In this Bozeman, Montana, farmhouse, a sink made from a wooden dough bowl is the star, accented by a beautiful arabesque-patterned concrete tile. The simple base is a custom piece, built out of steel pipe with threaded fittings and a black granite top. The wooden vessel was waterproofed with a resin finish.
Show off your personality. This young family covered its powder room in Anatomy Boutiques’ black-and-gold Sugar Skull wallpaper, a bold move that’s contrasted by pretty traditional herringbone marble mosaic floor tile and a classic toilet and vanity.
Get the layout dimensions that will help you wash and fold and maybe do much more comfortably and efficiently
As with kitchens, there are a number of considerations and dimensions to be aware of during the planning stages for a multipurpose laundry room. Below are several functions you might want to consider and some basics for how to lay everything out.
Of course, some people with large spaces want to use their laundry room as a craft or sewing area, mudroom or dog washing station, or to hide the litter boxes. These are very specific to each of us; planning spaces with a little extra room for these functions lets individual habits dictate their use.
Depth. Like kitchen cabinets, standard laundry room cabinets have a depth of 24 inches (61 centimeters) for the base and 12 inches (30 centimeters) for the upper.
Widths. Widths are standard, beginning at 9 inches (23 centimeters) and going all the way up to 48 inches (122 centimeters) in increments of 3 inches (8 centimeters) for most prebuilt cabinets. You can get any width with custom-made cabinets, but if you stay with the standards, you will save money even with custom-built units.
Height. Base cabinets are designed to have a countertop that’s 36 inches (91 centimeters) high. The height of the upper cabinets will depend on your ceiling height and how far you can reach. Positioning them at least 18 inches (46 centimeters) above countertops is standard, while 24 to 42 inches (61 to 107 centimeters) in 6-inch (15-centimeter) increments commonly defines the height of the wall cabinet itself.
It will help to have between 18 and 42 inches (46 and 61 centimeters) of free counter space on either side for your laundry prep and folding.
Keep in mind that stools come in two heights: counter height, with seats about 24 inches (61 centimeters) high; and bar height, with seats about 28 inches (71 centimeters) high.
The countertop on the rear wall is about 6 inches higher to accommodate taller machines.
You may even want to have a desk in front of a window. The desk height is 30 inches (76 centimeters) above the floor, and a slide-out keyboard tray is 4 to 5 inches (10 to 12 centimeters) below that.
Notice the double faucets of the large sink on the back wall. If you frequently hand wash delicates, a place like this would be perfect for doing so.
The other day, before I left Kitsap Kitchen and Bath, my last official appointment was with a lovely young couple that purchased the home my late husband and I built almost thirty years ago. Here is a drawing of the lovely 5,000 square foot home.
I wonder how other people feel when they go into a home that you designed, or built or bought and then sold and moved on. It was lovely that they were such a nice young couple and loved the house. It was hard, as over the years, the former owners had made significant changes to the interior and exterior that were very different from my initial vision. The new owners were trying to repair all the things that were left unattended for several years. My heart went out to them, as so many things need work.
Thirty years later my taste has certainly changed with color choices and was glad even back then, other than a pick tub & toilet in the master (now yucky) I had stayed with classic and beautiful choices.
This is the original exterior, but it is now light yellow with black trim, and the arches over the entry and the garage doors are now just a rectangle. The architect was from California and good friend, but the arches and trim had to be repainted every year, as the V in the middle of the arch, opened the grain of the wood, so water got in the wood. The lovely arch over the fireplace in the living room is gone and the antique Sheraton fireplace surround has disappeared that was above the master bedroom fireplace. The trees are grown and beautiful! There is a lot more landscaping that hides the front of the house a bit.
This a photo from the living room looking into the dining room. I had those two Captain’s chairs on the right for several years, but tired of them (still tired of them) and sold them ages ago. The columns are telling of the time it was designed and built, but classic lines are still lovely. The new owners have had the floor refinished with exception of the entry where the last owner put black marble over the wood. (yuck) and the lighter color on the floor is much more up to date. I don’t have any photos of the kitchen, but it was a dream to work in, alone or with a party of people.
I would love to be the one redesigning their bathroom, but they did not contact me personally, so in the proper ethical and business since it is totally up to them. But it does need to be updated, so I am glad they are taking it on. I think it would be a very challenging, but overall fun project and would really add to the house.
How many of you have ventured back into a home you loved and what did you think about the changes? Maybe as a design professional, it is harder for me to accept and love change? How about you?