Service of Bathroom Blogfests Revisited
October 29th, 2012
Categories: Blogfests, Remodeling, Uncategorized
I’ve joined the Bathroom Blogfest again–this is my fourth year for the event that’s in its seventh. Christine Whittemore, Simple Marketing Now LLC, is directing it as always and asks that we list the blogs of all the other participants so you can see additional interpretations of this year’s theme, “Still Climbing Out.” There are 19 of us this year, listed below the post.
Regardless of economy, nobody wants to climb out and dust themselves off from a disastrous bathroom remodeling experience and according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, [NKBA] there are more bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects than any other and since 2009, more bathrooms go under the knife than kitchens.
Before launching such a project, the first place I’d look is Google under “mistakes in bathroom remodeling.” Even if the information is self-serving, written by or for a remodeler or manufacturer, there is often valuable information there.
Based on common mistakes, the servicealley website suggested such things as to treat a bathroom remodel like your body [my words]-select a specialist contractor, not a generalist; make sure finishes and fixtures match; take care where you cut corners or you’ll end up paying plenty for cut-rate decisions; don’t install tile in a shower to the ceiling; put your money in the right underlayment, backer boards, sealant and hardware; replace shutoff valves; use a licensed plumber and invest in a bathroom designer.
Looking at results of the NKBA 2012 survey, my advice is not to fall blindly for trends. I was taken aback to learn that medicine cabinets are making a comeback.
Comeback? Where and why did they go? How could such an essential part of a bathroom, regardless of size, have been replaced by decorative wall mirrors?
According to the NKBA press release highlighting results, “However, as homeowners look for more efficient use of space, most designers are now turning toward medicine cabinets as an effective way to gain additional storage without having to increase the footprint of a room, attenuating the need for separate shelving, cabinetry, or other storage options.”
The “NKBA Reveals Top Kitchen & Bath Trends for 2012″ Remodeling Market Index continues: “After being specified by 43% of NKBA member bathroom designers leading into 2010, medicine cabinets dropped to 36% last year. However, as we enter 2012, some 66% have recently incorporated a medicine cabinet into a bathroom remodel.” Spend all that money on everything else and skimp on the medicine cabinet?
I’m a fan of interior designers and always have been and hire them myself. But I don’t admire despot designers of any kind, whether of hair style or fashion or home fashion. The one way my way types exist in all industries including healthcare, diet advice, politics, PR and marketing-you name it.
I feel sorry for home and apartment owners who are bamboozled into bad decisions that will affect their lives and comfort, the look and function of their home because they think that they must bend to the advisor and to fashion. Have you seen or read about similar examples in bathroom design or in other aspects of life?
|Name||Twitter Username||Blog Name||Blog URL|
|Laurence Borel||blogtillyoudrop||blog till you drop||www.laurenceborel.com|
|Bill Buyok||AventeTile||Avente Tile Talk||http://www.aventetiletalk.com/|
|Jeanne Byington||jmbyington||The Importance of Earnest Service||blog.jmbyington.com|
|Nora DePalma||steamtherapy||The Mr. Steam SteamTherapy Blog||http://blog.mrsteam.com/|
|Mr. Steam||noradepalma||OR-DP POV||www.oreilly-depalma.com/blog|
|Diane Kazan||dkazan||Public Bathroom Blog||http://thekazan.blogspot.com|
|Arpi Nalbandian||Arpi_Nalb||Avente Tile Talk||http://www.aventetiletalk.com/|
|Victoria & Shelley Redshaw & Pond||scarletopus||Scarlet Opus Trends Blog||www.scarletopus.com|
|Sandy Renshaw||sandyrenshaw||Purple Wren||purplewren.com|
|Bruce D. Sanders||rimtailing||RIMtailing||http://rimtailing.blogspot.com/|
|Paige Smith||none||Tile tips from installation professionals||http://neusetile.wordpress.com/|
|Shannon Vogel||cyswebsites||From the Floors Up||http://fromthefloorsup.com|
|CB Whittemore||cbwhittemore||Content Talks Business Blog||http://simplemarketingnow.com/content-talks-business-blog/|
|Irene Williams||crossvilleinc||Elevate Your Space||http://elevateyourspace.wordpress.com/|
|Linda Wright||skiptotheloo||Skip to the Loo!||http://lindaloo.com/|