Lighting May Be the Most Important Design Element You’re Overlooking

Lighting May Be the Most Important Design Element You’re OverlookingWhen homeowners are designing a living room or bedroom, they often think about the lighting. They want task lighting to ensure they can see what they need to see, and they understand that lighting can set the mood. However, those same homeowners often don’t think twice about lighting when designing a kitchen or bathroom. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we keep an eye on every detail of the projects we complete – including the lighting.

Lighting can help your room transform to another shape or size

If you have a bathroom that’s small, then you may add plenty of light colored walls and extra light reflected on them to help the room appear larger. If you don’t want to go to the trouble of repainting your walls, then adding directional lighting (for example, track lighting) can actually make the color of the walls look softer. Recessed lighting can also add a soft glow to a room.

Lighting has a purpose

Before we choose your lighting options based on your preferences, we’ll first consider how you need to use the light. Does your bathroom need both soft light for showering but bright lights for when you’re doing your makeup? Does your kitchen need a bright light directly over the area you most typically use at night? Or do you want your kitchen to have bright lights throughout? No matter how great we make the lighting look, if it’s not functional then it won’t be worth it.

You have many options in lighting fixture options

Once you have an idea of what your lighting needs to be used for, and how you’ll accomplish that, you can begin to think about what the lighting fixtures themselves will look like. Don’t get stuck believing that one type of fixture goes in one type of room and can’t work somewhere else. For example, who says you can’t have a chandelier in a bathroom? Not only will you be adding some dramatic and truly interesting light, but you’ll also be adding a fixture that will make its own statement.

It all starts with finding the right company to work with

The great thing about working with a company like Mission West Kitchen and Bath is that we specialize in kitchens and bathrooms. Sure, any general contractor is likely willing to take on your project, but will they understand how lighting needs to be used in a bathroom as opposed to a bedroom? Or will they understand your unique kitchen lighting needs? Stick with the experts who specialize in what you need.

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we’re proud of our years of experience. Take a look at some of our past projects and then give us a call at 626-799-3503 for your consultation. We offer a wide range of brands, styles, and products to ensure you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

The Design is in the Details: How to Choose the Right Shower Drain

The Design is in the Details: How to Choose the Right Shower Drain As you design your perfect bathroom, there are many things to consider. For example, many people start with choosing a tub, a shower, or a vanity. They then decide what type of flooring they want, how they want their walls to look, and what hardware they’ll use on their cabinetry. Some homeowners stop there but those who want the perfect bathroom know that it’s all about the details – including finding the right shower drain.

Let the professional settle on the plumbing

What you see in your shower is actually the grate. The drain is what’s under the grate and there are many options. The type of home you’re in, the grade of your bathroom floor, and many other factors will determine what the right type of actual drain and plumbing will be for your home. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we recommended that you discuss the options with your home improvement company to choose the right solution.

Start by choosing the finish

The easiest place to start is by deciding what type of finish you want. If you have hardware that’s a metal of some color then you’re likely going to want to match them. however, some modern bathrooms utilize wood, porcelain, and other materials that aren’t appropriate for a drain. In that case, you’ll want to decide between the two main options: Silver or gold. Once you’ve chosen one of those, then you can further narrow it down to things like brushed silver, or antique gold.

Choose simple or ornate

You may find it best to simply visit our showroom and look through the options to see what strikes your eye. However, if you’d like to further narrow down your options, then decide if you want a simple drain or something that will stand out. We have everything from flower patterns to wavy patterns to cornice-inspired patterns. If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for in our selection, don’t be afraid to ask us. We are here to perfect your bathroom and will do everything we can to accomplish that goal.

Choose a functional drain

Remember that your drain grate isn’t just there for looks – it also needs to serve a purpose. The main purpose it has is to prevent excess hair from going down it. If you buy a drain that has a grate with too much space, you may end up having to add a hair catch-all, which would negate the attractive appearance of the drain you choose.

This isn’t the most major decision you’ll make but at Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we believe in looking at every detail to ensure the best possible end product. If you’re ready to learn more about your options and speak to design professionals who are passionate about this work, then call us at 626-799-3503. We look forward to helping you create your dream bathroom.

3 Bathroom Design Tips from the Experts

3 Bathroom Design Tips from the Experts A bathroom remodel is an exciting thing. Not only will it help you live in your dream bathroom, but it can significantly increase the value of your home. However, it’s a big project and it’s wise to go into it with your eyes wide open. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we are here to help you make the most of your bathroom remodeling project. Call us at 626-799-3503 or visit our South Pasadena showroom for personalized advice, or read on to learn three bathroom design tips you may not have thought of.

  1. Keep your toilet hidden

  2. If there’s one thing that’s true of every bathroom remodel it’s that every bathroom needs a toilet. Yet many toilets are not particularly inspired and are quite an eyesore. One option is to get an upscale toilet that is an active part of your décor. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we have a wide range of options. If you don’t want to go that route, then you may want to hide the toilet. This can be done with a tiled wall, a door, or some other type of decorative item.

  3. Lighting is extremely important

  4. One of the first things we’ll go over with you is how you plan to light your bathroom. The reality is that many homeowners don’t give it much thought but it can make or break the overall design of your bathroom. We’re happy to provide personalized advice on the best lighting options for your bathroom but we often end up recommending that our clients layer light and use ambient lighting throughout the bathroom. The end result of this is bathroom that feels luxurious and warm, but has enough light for makeup application and other tasks.

  5. Consider a corner sink

  6. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we work with a lot of clients who have small bathrooms they’re working with. We have many creative ways of making the most use of the space you do have and creating a more open, larger, more luxurious feel. For example, corner sinks are often a great way to save space while ensuring that the bathroom functions as it should. Some new builders are focusing on making bathrooms smaller to increase the size of other rooms in the home, but when you work with Mission West Kitchen and Bath you can count on us to make the most of what you have.

Are you ready to turn your dreams into a reality?

If you’re tired of wondering how amazing your bathroom could look and are ready to find out for yourself, then you’re ready to call Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 or stop by our showroom. We are here to help you with all your design issues. Use our experience and dedication to your advantage as we turn your dreams into a reality.

3 Ways to Renovate Your Kitchen on a Budget

3 Ways to Renovate Your Kitchen on a BudgetMany homeowners spend more time in their kitchens than in most other rooms in their home, yet their kitchens don’t always work for their needs. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we believe that every homeowner should love their kitchen, from the way it’s organized to the way it looks. We also know that some people don’t have the budget to make every change they’d like to. That’s why we’re here today to provide three of the best ways to spend your money on a kitchen remodeling project.

  1. Choose affordable cabinets

  2. In a perfect world, you’d likely want custom-made cabinets that were handcrafted and came with a finish that was unique to your kitchen. On a budget, that kind of detailing simply isn’t possible. There is good news though: There are dozens and dozens of options in kitchen cabinetry that have the look of custom cabinets but are much more affordable.

    You have a lot of options and can choose finishes that work perfectly with your home. In fact, when guests come to your home they’ll likely think they’re looking at custom cabinets. Only you will know that you got a much better deal.

  3. Cut back on the cost of your countertops

  4. Countertops can be one of the most expensive parts of your kitchen remodel project but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’d love granite countertops but don’t want the high price tag that comes along with them then you can consider other types of countertops. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we have a wide range of options in varying costs. We can help you make the difficult decisions that will help you get the incredible remodel you want while sticking within your budget.

  5. Consider faux flooring options

  6. Most homeowners these days covet hardwood floors and would prefer that their new kitchen includes them. However, there are faux materials out there that can actually be better. Laminate and tile can both be created to look exactly like wood but they require much less upkeep, are much more affordable, and can last much longer.

Work with a company who will help make your kitchen dreams a reality

If you’ve been imagining your dream kitchen for years but don’t think there’s any company out there who can help you realize it, we’re here to tell you that you’re wrong. Contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath today at 626-799-3503 to learn more.

We can work with your budget and will take the time to understand what you need. You can trust our experienced and professional employees. When you stop by our South Pasadena showroom or call us, be sure to ask about our current specials to learn how you can save big on your remodeling project.

What Type of Remodeling Project Are You Considering?

What Type of Remodeling Project Are You Considering? There are a lot of reasons that homeowners are hesitant to reach out to companies who could provide exceptional skills for their remodeling projects. In some cases, homeowners simply don’t know who to call. They may know that they need plumbing fixtures but beyond heading to their local hardware store, they’re not sure where to start, who to call, or what to do.

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we have the experience needed to handle your project from start to finish. Whether you already have a design in mind and simply need someone to make it a reality, or you’re starting from nothing and need us to steer you in the right direction, we can help. When you call us at 626-799-3503, one of the things we’ll be trying to figure out is what type of remodeling project you’re considering. Here are the most common types of remodeling projects with a simple definition. Hopefully this will help you feel more comfortable calling and getting started.

Partial remodels focus on specific parts of your home

In a partial remodel, you’re looking to replace specific items or appliances. For example, you may want to update the countertop, faucet, or toilet in your bathroom. In a partial remodel, you’re not making major changes to the layout of a room but you are changing out parts of it that you don’t like.

A basic renovation uses lower end materials

A basic renovation also won’t make major changes to the layout of the room you’re trying to improve, and it generally doesn’t do much to change the structure of the room either. For the most part, it will use products you can find as-is, lower end materials, and just one sink.

A mid-range project uses better quality products

In a mid-range project, a homeowner generally focuses on using higher quality products. This may include upgraded flooring materials, several sinks, fixtures, faucets, and other features. In some cases, it may involve adding large features like a bigger shower or a medicine cabinet.

An upscale remodel is just what it sounds like

As you might imagine, an upscale remodel uses higher quality materials. However, there are other differences too. For example, it may include totally redesigning the layout and structure of the room you’re remodeling it. This could allow you to decide that you want fixtures in different locations and it may even result in a larger room when all is said and done. It might involve more tile, two sinks and vanities, custom appliances, and upgrades to the plumbing system.

No matter what type of project you’re considering, or whether you’re ready to start tomorrow or you still have a lot to figure out, Mission West Kitchen and Bath is here to help. Contact us today at 626-799-3503 and let us get started on your remodeling project.

5 Reasons to Consider Adding a Closet to Your Bathroom Remodel

5 Reasons to Consider Adding a Closet to Your Bathroom Remodel If you’re going to go through with a bathroom remodel and one of your top concerns is getting the most value for your money, then it may make sense to add a closet to your designs. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath our only goal is ensuring the happiness and satisfaction of every client and we’ve found that many clients are happy to have an added closet. Here are five reasons that this may make sense for your remodel.

  1. You’re already redesigning your bathroom

  2. You’ve already decided to redesign your bathroom, you’re already shopping for products and thinking seriously about the layout of your bathroom. It’s a lot easier to do the additional work required of adding a closet when you’re already in the middle of your project.

  3. You’ll get a closet that works exactly to your needs

  4. It’s true that you don’t need another closet. Instead, you could hang some shelves or find some more storage baskets. However, if you decided to add a closet to your bathroom remodel, you could have a closet built to your exact specifications. You could decide what the best use of space would be, and what layout would work best for you. You can also decide on the type of material used.

  5. Get the most out of the mess

  6. It’s true that any renovation project completed in a home that’s being lived in will result in some amount of mess and inconvenience. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we are experienced in how to reduce the impact on you, but the truth is that it can’t be avoided entirely. As a result, don’t you want to get as much in return as possible? When you have your closet upgraded at the same time as your bathroom is remodeled, then you’ll limit the amount of time your home is under renovation.

  7. You’ll get a nicer return on your investment

  8. Think about shopping for a home. Now imagine walking into a home that had insufficient closets versus a home that had well-organized, custom closets. Which one would you choose? The exact cost of adding a closet to your home will vary depending on where you want it located, the work that will need to be done to make it a reality, and the materials you use. However, the return on investment can be significant.

  9. You can’t put a price on added convenience

  10. Finally, at Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we want you to understand that you simply can’t put a price on how convenient it is to be able to organize your clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes, and whatever else you’d like to fit into your closet. To learn more about your options, or to check out some of our incredible past projects, reach out to us at 626-799-3503.

6 Ways to Add Your Own Personality to Your Kitchen Design

6 Ways to Add Your Own Personality to Your Kitchen Design There are a lot of factors to consider as you work on your new kitchen design. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we’re here to provide as much or as little guidance as you want. If you know exactly what you want, all you need to do is bring those ideas to us and we’ll make them a reality. On the other hand, if you’re not sure where to start, we can walk you through it. Here are six ideas that will get you started as you look for ways to ensure that your personality comes through on your final design.

  1. Display your kitchen equipment

  2. Do you have kitchen equipment that tells a story about you? Have you inherited bowls from your grandmother, or found a set of bowls at an antique store that really showcases your personality? If so, consider open cabinets. They can be used throughout the kitchen or just in one area. They help break up the look of solid cabinets and also let you display items that are personal to you.

  3. Use custom tile

  4. If you haven’t looked at some of the custom tile options out there then you’re missing out. You don’t have to use it on your entire floor or counter, you can just have a feature area that has special colors or patterns you love.

  5. Install different countertops

  6. You can bring in several countertop colors and styles that work together. For example, you might have a wood countertop with a section of shiny metallic countertop, or a pastry enthusiast may have a section of marble countertop that they only use for baking.

  7. Utilize lighting to highlight your favorite things

  8. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we take lighting seriously and can follow your lead if you’d like a certain cabinet highlighted, or if you want personal items in front of glass with unique lights on them. Of course, your lighting can make a statement on its own: Chandeliers and pendant lights both work as focal points in kitchens.

  9. Choose unexpected hardware

  10. The options in hardware for your kitchen are almost unending. When you work with experienced kitchen design specialists like Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we can help you navigate the numerous options to find exactly what you want. It’s so easily changed that it’s a great way to add unique flair that showcases your personality.

  11. Art isn’t just for your living room

  12. Art, whether a painting, pottery, or sculpture, is the perfect way to bring in another texture, color, pattern, or glimpse of your preferences into the kitchen. You can buy art from a professional artist you love, create a piece of your own, or even find special pieces at second hand stores.

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we look forward to helping you create a kitchen that’s uniquely you, totally functional, and indescribably beautiful.

Mold in the Bathroom Isn’t Inevitable: How to Prevent It

Mold in the Bathroom Isn’t Inevitable: How to Prevent It It’s true that bathrooms are essentially the perfect place for mold to grow. Mold is of course unsightly, but it can also be disastrous for your health. The problem is that many people believe that it’s simply a part of life while the truth is that you can prevent mold from growing in your bathroom. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we are in the business of creating beautiful bathrooms – and here are some ways you can help yours stay that way.

Get rid of clutter in your tub

Every single thing in your shower is another place that mold can start to grow unnoticed. You may be used to storing your shampoo, soap, and other shower goods in the shower, but a mold-friendly option is to wipe them down after every shower and store them somewhere drier.

Ventilation is your friend

Every single time you take a shower or use the bathtub, your bathroom needs to be ventilated. The easiest way is to keep the door open. If you have a fan, turn it on and let it run for at least half an hour after your shower. If you have a window and the humidity isn’t high, then open it up as well. The purpose is to lower the moisture that’s accumulating in your bathroom.

Wipe the walls every time you use the bathroom

It may sound like a pain, but all you need is a simple squeegee. After every shower or bath, just pull it out and wipe down the walls to remove extra water. Not only does this help the walls dry more quickly, but it also makes it harder for mold to grow.

Focus on mold-resistant products

From your countertops to your drywall, look for materials and products that are resistant to mold. There are mold-resistant shower curtains, and there is even paint we can use to paint your walls. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we can help give you some ideas for mold unfriendly products.

Take a look at your grout lines

One of the best places for mold to live is in the grout in your bathroom. You can seal your grout yourself with a smile sealer, or you can reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath for help. We’re here to install new shower fixtures and do anything else we can to help you reduce your mold.

Be proactive

If you do end up with mold, washing your walls with a mixture of water and bleach can get rid of minor mold outbreaks. However, your best bet is to keep it from growing in the first place. If you’re about to do a bathroom remodel and your current bathroom has a lot of mold – or consistently has a little mold – then make sure you mention that to Mission West Kitchen and Bath when you work with us. We can find unique solutions that keep your bathroom beautiful and healthy.

4 Things You Need to Understand About a Bathroom Remodel Designed to Sell Your Home Faster

4 Things You Need to Understand About a Bathroom Remodel Designed to Sell Your Home Faster Anytime you make a major purchase you’ll need to consider the same things: What your motivation is, what your budget is, and what the expected return on investment is. For example, when shopping for a car, the right choice depends on whether you want a new car or you’re buying out of necessity, whether you’re looking for a family vehicle or a short-term car that you’ll upgrade in the next few years.

Likewise, there are numerous things to consider before starting your bathroom remodel. The first thing to really think about is why you’re remodeling. Do you want it to work better for you because you intend to be in your home for many years to come? Or are you looking to increase the value of your home as much as possible?

  1. Get your numbers right

  2. Most homes have enough bathrooms but older homes may have just a single bathroom. When a buyer is looking for a home, they’re likely looking for several bathrooms and the cost and hassle of adding a bathroom could be what tips the scales in favor of another home. Going from one bathroom to several can result in 80% or more of your remodeling expenses being recouped in added home value.

  3. Consider the homes around you

  4. The return in your investment will depend greatly on the value of other homes in the area, the current value of your home, and the quality of your remodel. Look in your area to see what’s typical there. Look for popular features that many homes for sale seem to have. You do want to invest enough to boost the value of your home – and make it stand out amongst other sin the area – but you don’t want to raise it so much that you end up pricing yourself out of your own neighborhood.

  5. Concentrate on a move-in ready bathroom

  6. There’s so much time spent in our kitchen and bathrooms that they can be not only the most expensive rooms to renovate but the rooms that cause the most upheaval in our daily lives to renovate. When you work with Mission West Kitchen and Bath for an incredible bathroom design, people considering buying your home will have the feeling that they could move in tomorrow without having to replace all the fixtures, or make other major improvements.

  7. Focus on the wow factor

  8. If you don’t want to do a gut rehab on your bathroom, focus on the items that people are going to notice the moment they walk into the room. For example, an incredible bath tub can be enough to make someone fall in love with your bathroom the moment they walk into it.

Do you help from the experts as you look to make your bathroom move-in ready? Reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath by calling us today at 626-799-3503. We are here to take your project to the next level.

How to Stay on Budget with Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

How to Stay on Budget with Your Kitchen Remodeling Project Remodeling your kitchen is an exciting time. You get to create the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of and you call the shots! That said, what starts out exciting can quickly turn into a disaster if you end up over budget and over the time frame you’d expected to have it finished in. The best way to stick within your budget is to work with the professionals at Mission West Kitchen and Bath. Read on to learn some other tricks of the trade that will prevent you from spending more than you plan to.

Know what your priorities are – and stick to them!

Unless you have unlimited funds, there are some areas of your kitchen you’re likely willing to spend more money on than others. For example, perhaps you’re willing to pay top dollar to get the amazing vintage-inspired refrigerators you’ve been dreaming of. If you know exactly what your priorities are, then you’ll know what can and can’t be cut if the need arises.

Avoid last-minute decisions

The best way to stay on budget is to have a plan and once you have that plan written down you should stick to it if possible. One of the easiest ways people go over budget is by making decisions at the last minute to go with a higher end alternative that they’d already decided wasn’t worth the extra costs.

Be aware of all costs associated with the project

For those trying to follow a do-it-yourself approach, you’ll likely be shocked by costs you never even considered. For example, do you know how much permit fees are at your local building authority? Have you considered the costs associated with removing debris? Do you have space in your budget for costs you can’t anticipate, such as damage to wiring or pipes that may be uncovered? The best option is to work with the professionals who know what things cost and can anticipate costs that the average homeowner wouldn’t even think of.

Remember that you’ll have costs associated with having your kitchen out of commission

If you’re doing a major kitchen renovation then you’re not going to be using your kitchen for a period of weeks or months. Where will you eat? Where will you prepare meals? If you’re going to have to start eating every meal at a restaurant then you’ll need to factor these costs into your overall budget.

Be clear with your bank about when you’ll get your loans

Are you taking a loan out to pay for your kitchen remodeling? If so, then you should be sure you know exactly when those loans will disperse. The last thing you want is to find out you have to pay for your countertops or another significant cost before your loans have even come through.

Are you worried about staying on budget? Contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath today by calling 626-799-3503 and let our team help you find the right renovation options for your particular needs.