Mistakes to Avoid When Remodeling Your Bathroom

PMG bath with marble
Local bathroom with Calacatta Gold marble from Prestige Marble & Granite

Whether you’re headed for a simple refresh or full-on makeover, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by a bathroom remodel. While remodeling your home is an exciting and creative process, the responsibility to make educated decisions can cause anxiety and leave many people terrified of making the wrong decisions. How can you make sure to get the right design for your lifestyle, stay within your budget, and maximize the return on your investment? Get off on the right foot with this list of what not to do.

Being Afraid to Commit
There’s something that feels so permanent about bathroom selections that leaves many people paralyzed when it comes to making decisions. While it’s true you can’t switch up tiles like you would throw pillows, nothing is really forever. Your bathroom could be one of the most important rooms in the house— potentially a spa, a retreat, a place for a moment’s peace and quiet. Let your creativity flow and go for the colors, patterns and fixtures that add character to the space and make you happy.

Overlooking the Floor
Often called the “fifth wall,” floors are your opportunity to pack an extra decorative punch. A feature floor can make all the difference in a hum drum bathroom design and one that truly stands out as exceptionally designed.

Making Lighting an Afterthought
Plan your lighting scheme from the beginning. Layered lighting (task, mood and accent) in your bathroom will create a richer environment.

Neglecting to Integrate the Design Style
Many homeowners treat the space as though it were a completely separate entity from the rest of the house, in terms of both the architecture and the style. Don’t forget to carry the look and feel of your other rooms into your new bathroom design.

Choosing the Wrong Vanity Top
The range of bathroom countertop material options can be somewhat overwhelming, but choosing the right material for your bath space is an important aspect of bathroom design. The style, durability and cost of your chosen vanity top material are all key considerations. In addition to durability and price, consider the look of a vanity top, since this highly visible surface contributes greatly to the room’s overall style. When selecting materials, also consider aspects like size, location, material, height, storage and the plumbing.

Cutting Costs on Installation
Cutting costs here will inevitably have an impact in the longer term. Spending more on installation should be a high priority as the single thing most likely to ruin a bathroom design is how it’s fitted.

Neglecting Finishing Touches and Accessories
Don’t forget to set aside a small portion of your remodeling budget for the accessories and finishing touches. It’s important to think about doors and door handles, lighting, window seals, blinds and shutters, and paint, as well as soap dishes, toothbrush holders, vessels and vases. These details can sometimes be overlooked, but they make a huge difference.

For bathroom countertops, marble and granite remain the premier choices among the varieties of natural stone, due to their dramatic beauty and seemingly endless variety of colors and patterns. Prestige Marble & Granite offers the largest selection of the highest quality, rare and exotic natural stones available in Middle Tennessee – we would love for you stop by the Prestige Marble & Granite showroom and browse any time.

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Wondrous Waterfalls

Waterfall countertops have been rising in popularity recently, and we have to admit we love them (when they are installed properly!). A waterfall countertop ‘falls’ off the edge of a set of cabinets, creating the appearance of a continuous surface that blends from the top surface down the side. While the look is mostly a style choice, there are actually some practical reasons for installing them.

Prevents Scratches and Dings
End panels on typical wood islands and cabinets are usually high located in traffic areas, making them susceptible to scuffs, scratches and dings. Natural stone sides will withstand the abuse, keeping your island and cabinets looking pretty and new.

Hidden Storage
The waterfall can be used to hide appliances or create hidden storage space for any number of items.

Protects Against Water Damage
Waterfall counters aren’t exclusive to the kitchen. They can be integrated on bathroom cabinetry to cover and protect against water damage and splashing.

What better way to create a gorgeous, yet practical focal point in your home than with a sleek waterfall countertop? And whatever your personal design preference –traditional, rustic, modern, European, or farmhouse – waterfalls offer a truly distinct accent to any space. Here’s a look at few of our favorites for inspiration.

Rye, NY Home
Kitchen + Bath Artisans
Los Angeles Hills Modern Kitchen
Santa Clara
Current Showhome - 39 Watermark Road
Hudson Loft, NYC
Bird Key Contemporary
Corona del Mar Ocean Front
Richard Lane
Parsons Green House
Kitchens...the heart of the home
New Potomac residence
Westchester, NY
Westchester Dream Home
Fisher & Paykel
Park Lane Residence

Get even more waterfall countertop inspiration our Pinterest board!

We hope you have enjoyed this look at waterfall countertops fashioned from a variety of naturals stones in a myriad of styles. If you’re thinking of taking the waterfall plunge, you can be assured that the natural stone pros at Prestige Marble & Granite have the knowledge and experience to fabricate and install perfectly mitered waterfalls with a seamless appearance. Come browse our Columbia showroom and see for yourself! 

 

A Look at Some Beautiful Stones in Our Inventory

Indoor Showroom

Here at Prestige Marble & Granite, we’re proud to offer our customers the best and most beautiful natural stones for interior and exterior design projects. We literally search the world for the best quality stone with the most attractive coloration and patterning. From classic colors to exotic and rare, we’re able to offer our customers vast selections to suit any decorating style, personal taste, and budget. Here’s a look at some of our latest acquisitions. (Keep in mind that pictures don’t exactly convey the true colors and beauty of the stones, and patterns within a color will vary from slab to slab. We invite you to visit our indoor showroom to view these unique stones in person!)

Crema Bordeaux Granite

Crema Bordeaux is famous for its amazing colors and is often said to resemble the planet Jupiter with its swirling pink and cream patterns. Grey to dark blue mineral deposits ground the red tones, making this stunning stone easy to integrate in most any design scheme.

Crema Bordeaux slab Crema Bordeaux

Blizzard Granite

One look at Blizzard and you can see how it got it’s name! This exotic stone is black granite with white veins and resembles marble, but is ideal for kitchen countertops.

Blizzard Blizzard (B3) (close up1) copy

Bari White Granite

Black, beige & gray speckles with distinct veining give Bari White a very dramatic, modern look.

Bari White A11 Bari White CU

Millennium Dream Granite

Millennium Dream has rich gold hues accentuated by grey and rose veining, perfect for creating a warm, yet sophisticated atmosphere.

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Blue River Granite

A beautiful blueish-grey stone with purple to black and beige veining throughout, Blue River Granite is a stunning stone for countertops, bathroom vanities, and fireplaces.

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Audax Granite

This extraordinary polished granite from Brazil mixes rich chocolate and glittery gold tones with warm charcoal gray hues, broken up with chunks of light-reflecting quartz. Rich and glamorous Audax will bring light and life to your designs.

Audax audax-detail1

These beautiful selections are just a few in our extensive collection of designer stones! We offer the largest selection of the highest quality, rare and exotic natural stones available in Middle Tennessee – we would love for you stop by the Prestige Marble & Granite showroom and browse any time.

A Brief History of the Bathtub and a Look at Today’s Tub Styles

PMG bath with marble

From the portable tin tub, to the enameled cast-iron claw foot, to the solid porcelain bathtub that became the hallmark of a high-end bathroom in the 1920s, the bathtub of today has certainly evolved, and in some respects has come full circle, too. Here’s a look at the bathtub from its humble beginnings to its advent as a major focal point and design statement in modern bathrooms of the 21st century.

A Brief History of the Bathtub

The earliest plumbing systems ever discovered date back nearly 6000 years to the Indus River Valley in ancient India. Forward another 3000 years to the Isle of Crete where the first personal bathtub was unearthed – made of hardened pottery, its shape resembling the 19th century clawfoot tub.

The early Romans championed the daily ritual of bathing and raised the bar for acceptable sanitation, but after the collapse of the Roman Empire and descent into the Dark Ages, sanitation virtually disappeared until the Bubonic plague forced  attempts at improving sanitation.

Before indoor plumbing, bathtubs were portable accessories: large but relatively light containers that could be pulled out of storage for temporary use. The typical mid-19th-century bathtub was a shell of sheet copper or zinc. More upscale homes had lead tubs with wooden enclosures that were sometimes equipped with early water heating mechanisms.

As running water became more common in the latter 19th century, bathtubs became more prevalent and less portable. Almost simultaneously in 1883, both the Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company (now American Standard) and Kohler began the process of enameling cast iron bathtubs to form a smooth interior surface.

Over time, the once popular clawfoot tub morphed into the built-in porcelain tub that is still a bathroom standard today. This enclosed style afforded much easier maintenance of the bathroom and with the emergence of colored ceramic, more design options for the homeowner. It was Crane Company that introduced colored bathroom fixtures to the US market in 1928.

Bathtub Styles Today

While the built-in bathtub is still very common, the style preference for freestanding tubs (including clawfoot) in a myriad of shapes and sizes, and fashioned from any number of materials, is strong. Bathtubs have become design statements and are often of the focal point for luxurious master suites with luxurious spa-like bathrooms. Here is a look at a few beautiful bathtubs that just might have you yearning for bathroom remodel!

Model Home
My Houzz: Niagara Vineyard Renovation
Contemporary Bathroom
Bathrooms
Modern Bathroom
Rustic Bathroom

Master En-Suite - Bath, England
Photo by Deana Ashby – Bathrooms & Interiors

Past Designs
Bathrooms
The Green House
Redmond Education Hill Master
Contemporary
Major Renovation- Cleveland
Point Loma Residence
Davis Residence
Kohler
RESIDENTIAL CHURCH CONVERSION
sternmccafferty custom glass bathtub
Carmel Valley Retreat
CH+D mag
Desert Sanctuary (Private Residence)
Waterfront Home
Amass-Miller Residence
Cape Ann Arts and Crafts
Custom Bath wth Japanese Soaking Tub
We hope you have enjoyed this look at some of the most beautiful and unusual bathtubs available to homeowners today – and we just barely scratched the surface! To see even more, head over to our “Beautiful Bathtubs” Pinterest board!
When it comes to your countertops, Prestige Marble & Granite is here to help you with a vast selection of unique, exotic and rare natural stones from around the world. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selection, layout, design and installation. We welcome homeowners, designers, and contractors to browse our showroom any time!