Choosing Master Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures When Remodeling

How to select master bath plumbing fixtures that look great and will last a lifetime

Are your master bath plumbing fixtures looking old and showing a dull, pitted finish? Or, do they just look dated and out of style in your new bathroom remodel? Then it might be time to replace them!

Today, you have a wide range of choices in a myriad of styles and finishes to choose from. From $200 dollar faucets with five-year warranties to multi-head shower walls that can clean parts of your body you didn’t even know you had, the choices are nearly endless!

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Tips For Choosing The Perfect Plumbing Fixtures

The best fixtures carry a lifetime warranty when it comes to finishes, so if you’re happy with yours but it’s looking a little dull, you should contact the manufacturer and check their warranty policy. If you’re new to selecting finishes and fixtures, it’s a great idea to get all of your master bathroom plumbing fixtures and accessories in the same finish. Some like chrome and brushed nickel are somewhat universal but be careful, different manufacturers can produce fixtures using the same finishes that are not a perfect match and can cause design issues.

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The best way to ensure that you’re getting the exact same finish is to purchase all of your fixtures from the same manufacturer. Most will offer complete en suite sets that include tub spouts, shower heads, faucets and temperature handles that match in both style and finish. If you are keeping some fixtures and replacing others make sure to bring the current one with you to make sure you can match the style, color and finish.

Don’t Skimp on Price: Quality Matters!

If you’re spending tens of thousands of dollars on a master bathroom remodeling, the place to save is not on your fixtures! When it comes to bathroom plumbing fixtures you definitely get what you pay for. In terms of style and finish, every manufacturer offers lower end models that are stylish and look great, at least for a little while!

What separates a quality fixture built to last a lifetime is much more than style and finish. It starts with the material it is made from. Start by looking at the body which includes the spout and controls. Solid brass bodies are best. They will last the longest and require the least amount of care. This is especially important if your home has hard water, which can corrode lesser metals. While solid brass construction costs the most, you get what you pay for in terms of quality and durability. If you’re not sure if a fixture is a solid brass, pick it up, it will feel heavier than other units.

Faucets with zinc alloy die cast bodies cost less and are durable. Zinc is the most common metal beneath most brass and chrome plated fixtures. Zinc will corrode when it contacts water so these faucets may only last a few years before needing to be replaced. Finally, stay away from low-end faucets with plastic bodies or components. While their inexpensive price may look good, plastic doesn’t hold up at all and you’ll be replacing your fixtures every two years.

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Popular Finishes for Master Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures

Fixtures come in a variety of finishes to meet every taste and style. Here are few of the most popular choices of many homeowners and designers.

Polished Brass – Perfect if you’re looking for a vintage feel, but it also works in eclectic traditional and modern bathrooms as well.

Satin Brass – Satin brass offers homeowners an elegant brushed-gold look that is understated yet elegant. Its perfect for contemporary, modern of traditional designs and is incredibly durable.

Oil Rubbed Bronze – If you’re looking for a traditional look and are not interested in brushed nickel or chrome, oil-rubbed bronze is the perfect compromise. It’s perfect in Mediterranean or Tuscan themed baths and is easy to clean.

Satin Bronze – If you love the look of oil-rubbed bronze or copper then you’ll love satin bronze! At home in Mediterranean, traditional and eclectic designs it’s a lighter alternative to oil-rubbed bronze and easier to maintain than copper.

Polished Nickel – Darker than chrome, but with the same luster, polished nickel can change color depending on how it’s lit. Perfect in eclectic, traditional, contemporary and modern bathrooms. It can be expensive but is extremely durable.

Brushed Nickel – Another popular choice, brushed nickel is at home in any style bathroom and is extremely durable. It never shows wear, water spots stains or fingerprints.

Copper – Copper fixtures are bold, luxurious and look simply amazing when paired with a marble vanity top. Copper works in steampunk, Tuscan or farmhouse settings and it ages beautifully creating a unique and beautiful patina over time.

Chrome – Chrome is a universal finish that goes in any style bathroom. It’s also the most budget friendly. If you’re looking for durability and a finish that works in any decor, chrome is the perfect choice.

Colored Fixtures – White, Black Red, etc. If you’re looking for a pop of color, today, fixtures are available in any number of colors and styles. Often available with a plastic finish or porcelain. Whenever possible, choose porcelain, it’s more durable, easier to clean and is a definite design statement!

Choosing your perfect bathroom fixtures can be fun and exciting! Today, you have choices to fit any style, taste, and budget. If you’re working with a designer or design build firm, they can help you to understand your plumbing fixture options and guide you towards the best choice for the look you want. It’s best to always go for the highest-quality materials your budget allows. Do your research, speak with our designers and come up with your perfect style and you’ll find the perfect fixtures that will last a lifetime!

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If live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and you’re planning a master suite bath remodel, give the professionals at Joseph & Berry a call! We’re here to help you create a master bath you will love for years to come.

Should Smart Home Technology Be Part Of Your Remodel?

Smart Home Technology For High-End Remodeling

If you’re planning a home remodel, you owe it to yourself to consider integrating smart home technology and speaking with your designer about how to plan for the new devices coming on the market. With the popularity of Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s HomeKit and Google Home, more and more smart home devices are being released by manufacturers. Lighting, thermostats, window treatments, door locks and home security, are now common but kitchen appliances, televisions, fire alarms, and even vacuums have recently been released. The key to smart home integration devices is knowing what hub to use–the brain of the system– and what kind of home conveniences should be added. With the full range of smart home technologies currently available, it can be difficult to decide where to begin.

The Smart Home Is Becoming More Common

In recent years, smart homes have grown in popularity. In fact, homes that have recently undergone a renovation are twice as likely to have smart home features installed. The largest percentage of these products are related to home security upgrades (25%), but entertainment devices are a close second at 18%.

More interestingly, homeowners are finally starting to feel comfortable with centralized control hubs for their homes, and about 26% of smart home remodels have added the voice-control feature. Of course, homes that add a central control hub are more likely to have five or more smart devices. Currently, only one in ten smart homes has at least five smart components, but with central hubs becoming more popular, homeowners are expanding their smart home capabilities over time.

The Most Common Smart Home Improvements

While home security add-ons hold the largest stake in smart-remodeling, we found that thermostats like Nest tend to be homeowners’ first experience with smart technology. More than half of all thermostats sold and installed in the last two years were smart devices. A new thermostat can be replaced quickly, but it shows that the trend towards smart homes is growing. Talk to your remodeler about implementing of smart home technology before construction to ensure you get a system that fits your lifestyle and integrates into your home design.

With the added level of connectivity, homeowners are more than willing to pick up smart sensors as well as smart-capable fire detection systems. Perhaps the most interesting finding is how many homeowners are suddenly interested in putting cameras in their homes. In the past, using security cameras required some form of record keeping and storage. With smart cameras, consumers are adding cameras to their homes more than ever.

On the entertainment side of things, most homeowners are choosing internet connected smart TVs as well as streaming devices for both movies and music. Many of these devices have added smart capabilities whether owners are aware of them or not. The trend of televisions in master suite bathrooms is one where being able to control channels and volume with your voice from a shower or tub is not just practical but a luxury.

The Least Common Smart Improvements

Equally impressive is the type of upgrades that we do not see often. For instance, nearly all home remodeling involves a change in the lighting of the room. Asking your remodeling professional to use smart lighting devices and bulbs will enable you to control the brightness and color of the light without leaving the couch. The cost of smart bulbs are considerably more than a standard bulb, but they provide a customized ambiance that you control. Smart blinds and window treatments are also becoming more popular and continue to play a significant role in home design.

For those who choose to add smart home technology for safety and security, smart locks, smart doorbells, and window breakage sensors are a growing trend.

Where Smart Homes are Headed

Most homeowners are happy to report that their new smart devices earn reduce energy used for heating and cooling and maximize efficiency. Thermostats have been at the forefront of this movement, but across the board, the point of these products is to make the home more comfortable for the owner, even when the property is unoccupied. These devices are becoming valuable additions to vacation properties and second homes. You can expect to see more and more homeowners adding smart devices as manufacturers stop producing non-smart alternatives. Even without a central control hub, smart options are being widely included as companies like GE, LG, August, Ecobee, Phillips, and Lutron are leading the way in new devices. High-end remodeling clients can be somewhat indifferent about how these smart technologies impact the future resale value of their homes, but early indications are that home buyers are requesting integrated smart home technology more frequently.

Installation of Smart Features

While some smart home upgrades can be done independently, the most successful installations require professional help. From the lighting to the thermostat, you need to know that all of the pieces work together. Coordinating the control of differing systems requires expert knowledge and understanding of how these components work. If a home remodel is in your future, speak with the team at Joseph & Berry about smart home technology. They can help you design your home with an eye towards the brave new world of smart home technology and ensure that your home is smart and beautifully designed.

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Image by Andrew Mager, Samsung Smart Home Developers Conference