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Discover Common Bathroom Remodeling Problems and How to Prevent Them

Discover Common Bathroom Remodeling Problems and How to Prevent Them

Once your bathroom remodel is complete you will be so glad you took the plunge but the during-process can be a challenge. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we have helped many clients with many bathroom remodeling projects. We have seen just about every potential problem that can arise. While some cannot be prevented, simply know what they are can help you prepare yourself.

Mold Can Be a Big Problem

Bathrooms are damp and so it is no surprise that they are welcoming to mold. Mold can cause health issues, can make your bathroom smell bad, and can reduce your enjoyment of your home. Before you start your bathroom remodeling project, check your floors, drywall, and walls for damp black spots. If you have any, talk to a specialist to have it taken care of before you start your project.

Plumbing Problems Can Put a Fast Stop to Your Project

Whether severe or minor, any plumbing issue should be handled before you start installing new toilets and new bathtubs. If you hear any type of rattling sound when your taps are running or if there are leaks then you should have them handled well before you start your project.

Issues with Drainage Should Not Be Ignored

One of the top reasons that homeowners say they want to remodel their bathroom is because of drainage issues. They may be tired of stagnant pools in their showers, sinks, etc. If you have noticed any of these issues in your bathroom, have them taken care of before you install new fixtures. New fixtures are not going to fix the majority of problems – it is likely that there is an issue within your plumbing. Do not count on the plumber who installs your new items to be ready to fix drainage issues as they may not be properly trained to do so.

Take Care of Ventilation Issues Before Upgrading Your Bathroom

Your bathroom’s ventilation system likely includes an exterior vent and an exhaust fan. They work together and when they work properly, they help to control humidity and moisture levels in your bathroom. If these levels are not balanced then you will see your bathroom mirror show excess fog and this can also mean your drywall is accumulating more moisture – which can lead to serious mold and other damage.

We Are Standing by to Offer the Best Bathroom Remodeling Products

No matter what your priorities are, where you are in the remodeling process, or how much work needs to be done before you can even start, you can count on Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 to be here to help. Contact us at 626-799-3503 or stop by for design help from an experienced associate.

Square-One Bathroom Design: How to Find Your Inspiration

Square-One Bathroom Design: How to Find Your Inspiration

Many parts of the bathroom design process can be challenging but for many people, it is simply getting started that is the most difficult. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we can help with everything from bathroom drains to unique lighting and we hope with this blog to help you learn how to get started inspired. Call us at 626-799-3503 or stop by for more help.

Think About Your Personal Interests

You may have personal interests that you have never considered could be helpful in choose design options for your bathroom. For example, a person who loved hiking and fishing may choose a unique shower with tiles that depict waterfalls, ponds, fish, and turtles. A person who loves baseball may have subtle baseball designs in the tile. Knowing your personal interests and thinking carefully about them can help you make the best choice.

Find a Special Item to Inspire You

Is there a special item you want to include in your bathroom that you could use to inspire you? For example, if you have found a perfect picture, a lovely rug, or unique mirrors that you know you’d love to use in your bathroom, use them as a starting point to figure out the rest of your décor. Do not try to make your items fit into a design – fit your design around the items you love.

Be Inspired by a Color

It is often the case that a single color or color palate will excite a homeowner. While it is a good idea to think about your favorite color, don’t let this stop you. Think about a color that makes you feel cozy, relaxed, and beautiful? If the color or palate you choose is light and dreamy, then you can use it throughout. If it is bold and bright, then you may choose it as an accent color on one large piece such as your bathroom vanity.

Consider Functionality

It would be nice if every bathroom could be designed around preferences but sometimes you just have to think about what makes the most sense. For example, if you have a very small bathroom then your top priority may be finding extra storage. Though this doesn’t seem as fun as designing a bathroom around personal interests or a unique item, it is just as important and a great way to start off your design.

Call Us Today and We Can Help with All Your Bathroom Design Needs

Now is the best time to contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 or to stop by our location. We work to provide a single place for our clients to find everything they’re looking for. We are happy to discuss the myriad of options available to you.

5 Essential Elements of a Major Kitchen Remodel

5 Essential Elements of a Major Kitchen RemodelUnless you are hiring a design contractor to handle every aspect of your kitchen remodel, you are likely starting at a point of uncertainty. What are the most important factors to consider? What elements are must-dos and which ones can be missed? While every kitchen is different, these are some of the elements we generally recommend thinking about when remodeling a kitchen.

  1. New Kitchen Cabinets
  2. There is nothing that will have the impact of updating your kitchen cabinets. If you already love the layout and design of them, then you can consider refacing your kitchen cabinets. This allows you to simply replace the front and hardware. You get the look of brand-new cabinets without the hassle and the cost.

    If you do not like the layout of your cabinets, or they are in generally poor shape, then brand-new cabinets may be the best option. Today’s material options are extensive and include everything from steel to recycled wood.

  3. New Countertops
  4. Countertops are another upgrade that can have a huge impact. You can choose from a huge range of countertop types, from butcher block to laminate to granite. You should choose a material that is easy to care for, durable, and can stand up to wet conditions. When you work with Mission West Kitchen and Bath we can help you find the right balance between beauty and function.

  5. New Flooring
  6. Flooring not only impacts the way your kitchen looks, but it can also have a huge impact on how the space feels. You want a kitchen floor that is durable, beautiful, and easy to clean. You want a kitchen floor that is comfortable to stand on for hours at a time. There is no single type of flooring that works for everyone – there are actually dozens of incredible kitchen flooring options that may look great in your room.

  7. New Paint
  8. It can be incredible to see the difference that slapping up a new coat of paint can make in your kitchen. If you want to make your kitchen look larger, choose a color that is light and bright. If you want the kitchen to look more rustic and romantic, choose a darker color. There are many options and we can help you choose the right color scheme for your unique room.

  9. New Windows
  10. If your kitchen has windows, updating them can make a huge difference. Letting in more natural light can really open up the room and help it look larger. It can also simply make it more enjoyable to be in the kitchen.

If you have questions about remolding your kitchen, or you need assistance finding the right materials and products to remodel it, contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 or stop by our showroom to find your best options.

4 Bathroom Design Options with an Impressive Return on Investment

4 Bathroom Design Options with an Impressive Return on Investment

You will consider a number of factors when choosing new elements of your bathroom remodeling project, including the potential return on investment. While there’s no way to guarantee that a particular project will have a definite return on investment, there are some trends that have been offering higher than average return on investment lately.

  1. New Sinks
  2. Choosing the right bathroom sink can be a great way to get a return on your investment. Double vanities are always a good investment because they allow more than one person to get ready, brush their teeth, or otherwise use the bathroom sinks at the same time. They also offer double the storage, which can be a huge selling point for future buyers. If you have a larger bathroom, double vanities are also a great way to double the storage space. Smaller bathrooms look great with smaller options, such as pedestal sinks, that leave more room underneath them.

  3. Large Showers
  4. We’ll get to tubs later, but consider that instead of installing tubs, many people are installing large, walk-in shower stalls. There are a ton of design options, from glass frameless doors to natural wood. These are particularly popular in homes with older generations as showers are generally easier to get in and out of. If this may be a concern for your home in the next ten years, then it may make the most sense to install a shower rather than a tub.

  5. Large Tubs
  6. While large showers may be gaining in popularity, that does not mean that large tubs are no longer popular – quite the opposite. In fact, some homeowners with large bathrooms are choosing to install both a large shower and a large soaking tub. Today’s tubs are especially popular as more and more people begin to care about self-care. They are also so beautifully designed that they can be a lovely accent even when not in use.

  7. Bright and Bold Colors
  8. We are seeing lost of bright, bold colors this year. When recent years saw plain white bathrooms take top prizes in design contests, this year we are seeing more pinks, blues, and greens. The key to choosing a color for your bathroom that will help get you a good return on investment is to choose a color that offers a balance between showing off personality and is neutral enough for everyone to love.

If you need help making decisions about your bathroom remodel, then you have just a single call to me: To Mission West Kitchen and Bath. We are standing by to help answer your questions about trends, investments, and how to choose the right elements for your new bathroom. You can also stop by our showroom to see our unique products in person.

Discover the Best Eco-Friendly Kitchen Design Trends

Discover the Best Eco-Friendly Kitchen Design Trends

Eco-friendly designs are on trend right now and for good reason. If you are considering how to add eco-friendly touches to your kitchen design, but you don’t know what is available, then you will appreciate this article. You can also call Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 or visit us at our showroom.

Recycled Products

Yes, use recycled paper products in the kitchen, such as recycled paper towels, but you can also use recycled kitchen elements. Look for pieces made from raw materials that the manufacturer has verified. You can choose glass tiles or wood composite for additional recycled pieces. Remember that this can include repurposed items or furniture used in unique ways.

Reface Your Cabinets Instead of Replacing Them

If you replace your cabinets, they will end up in a landfill. Instead, consider refacing them. This is a great option if you like the setup of your cabinets but no longer like the way they look. This involves leaving the “bones” as is, but changes the front and sides of the cabinet. You can make cheap cabinets look much more expensive or update an outdated kitchen with modern, beautiful cabinet faces – which just happen to be eco-friendlier.

Use Quartz or Corian Countertops

Both of these countertop materials are made in the United States and are eco-friendlier than granite, which is heavily mined. You’ll also appreciate that quartz and Corian are much more low maintenance than other options, they are more durable, and they do not require sealants (which are often toxic). Choose a factory that recycles its water, scraps it material, and otherwise works to lower its carbon footprint.

Commit to Energy Efficient Appliances

If you are searching for new appliances, make sure they are energy efficient. Look for the EnergyStar symbol. Fridges in particular use a lot of energy so make sure that you have the doors closed snuggly whenever you are not using it. To keep it as top capacity, keep it full of food and at a consistent temperature. Never run your dishwasher unless it is entirely full.

Insist on Quality Materials

Of course everyone would say they want quality materials, but if you are given the option of something that’s going to last five years and something that’s going to last twenty years, think about more than the money. You will also want to consider the fact that when you buy appliances and materials that last longer, you are adding less to landfills.

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we strive to offer a wide range of products for our customers. If eco-friendly materials and appliances are a priority, just let us know and we can show you the best options. You can also call us at 626-799-3503 with any specific questions you have. We look forward to helping you find just what you are looking for.

5 Simple Ways to Add a Pop of Color to Your Kitchen

5 Simple Ways to Add a Pop of Color to Your Kitchen

If you know your kitchen isn’t quite perfect but you’re not sure what the problem is, it may be that you need a pop of color. Neutral kitchens are popular, stunning, and a great long-term investment but they can become bland. If you think this may be the problem, consider one of these five simple ways to add a pop of color to your kitchen décor.

  1. Create a Colorful Display
  2. If you have colorful dishes or cookware that you love, put it on display. You can install open shelving that shows off these lovely colors but also works as a great way to store your belongings. You can use wooden shelves and greenery if you would like add a natural element too. You have total creative freedom with this project and can easily change it up to use different display pieces at any time.

  3. Install a Colorful Backsplash
  4. There are an endless number of lovely colors you can choose when you pick out a backsplash. You can pick a single color that adds a great pop, or you can add a backsplash with a rainbow of colors. We recommend that you choose an easy-to-clean backsplash because if it’s the only colorful spot in the kitchen it is sure to draw the eye.

  5. Choose Colorful Cabinets
  6. You can choose bright, bold colors for cabinet doors that will truly stand out. You can choose to have all your cabinet doors this bright color or you can use neutral colors for most cabinets and have one or two doors pop.

  7. Remember Your Rugs
  8. If you want something that is less permanent, then a colorful rug may be a good choice for you. Remember that it will only be seen by those who walk into the kitchen so it will not add the overreaching bold color you may want. Look for a rug that can be machine washed as it is sure to get dirty on the kitchen floor.

  9. Consider Unique Fixtures
  10. Finally, think about the various fixtures throughout your kitchen. You may have a kitchen that’s all black and white and adding a gold-colored kitchen sink could really stand out. Maybe a copper kitchen faucet will make a big difference. Choosing options that are both functional and fabulous is a great way to get double for your money.

We Are Here to Help You Find the Right Kitchen Remodeling Materials

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we believe you should be able to get all the kitchen remodeling materials you need in a single place. That is why we offer a wide range of hardware, counters, appliances, lighting options, and much more. Feel free to give us a call at 626-799-3503 if you have questions about how we can help you, or visit our location to see our work for yourself.

Learn about 6 of the Top Countertop Trends in 2019

Learn about 6 of the Top Countertop Trends in 2019

Finding the right countertop for your bathroom or kitchen can be difficult yet exciting. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we carry numerous options, all of which are of the highest quality. Keep reading to learn about six of the latest trends in countertops but remember that there’s nothing wrong with keeping it simple either.

  1. Quartz Will Continue to Be Popular
  2. Granite was dominating the countertop scene for many years due to the fact that it is durable, strong, and looks great. However, there is one big downside: It is very porous. That means that any type of water, oil, etc., has the potential to stain it. This porousness can also lead to bacteria growing. As a result of these downsides – plus the high cost – quartz became known as a popular alternative. While some weren’t sure if this would last, indeed its popularity has done nothing but grow.

  3. The Debate Conditions: Honed vs. Polished
  4. Anyone who was hoping for an answer to the age-old debate of hone vs. polished will not be happy with the fact that this is far from being settled. Polished is more popular, but honed options – and even textured choices like leather – are growing in popularity year after year. Honed options can be applied to granite, quartz, marble, and other materials.

  5. Patterns Are Very Popular in 2019
  6. We have noticed not just in countertops but in everything from fixtures to accessories, homeowners are focusing more on character than they have in the past. This is due in part to the role that technology plays – it is easier and more cost effective than ever before to offer creative ways to add patterns to countertops.

  7. Kitchen Sinks Are Becoming More Integrated
  8. As countertops become more modern, kitchen sinks are close behind. You will find that integrated sinks are no long as popular as they were in recent years. Instead, homeowners are looking for unique finishes, sizes, and styles that work with their countertops but are not a part of them. We’re also seeing quite a few oversized sinks take over the industry.

  9. Neutral May Be Making a Comeback
  10. One of the most surprising aspects of countertop trends is the fact that more people are showing a preference for soft neutral tones than we are used to. We have been watching Art Deco and mid-century modern take their place in the kitchen, and they are now being pushed out by neutrals.

  11. Backsplashes Are Coming Out
  12. Backsplashes are no longer just for the backsplash – these tiles are now being used on the counters more and more often. In some cases the enter counter could be tile, while in other instances there is some bright, backsplash tile within the counter.

One thing that will not be changing with the seasons is the high quality products you have come to expect from Mission West Kitchen and Bath. We will continue offering the best in the business and look forward to helping you find your perfect countertop.

Don’t Choose Bathroom Lighting Options Until You Read This

Don’t Choose Bathroom Lighting Options Until You Read This

The right bathroom lighting is important for a wide range of reasons. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we are proud to carry some of the most innovative, high-quality, and beautiful lighting choices – but before you buy, read this article. If you have questions, contact us at 626-799-3503.

Side-Mounted Scones Can Solve Many Bathroom Lighting Issues

All bathrooms are different, but for many of them, the best lighting option is a side-mounted scone. It may be on one side, or one on each side of a mirror, and the shades should be placed at eye level. You will want to mount the backplate ate eye level, but the shade opening of glass down-lights should be just below eye-level. If you are using glass up-lights, then it should be just above eye-level.

Focus on Layers of Light

We recommend three layers of light for the most beautiful overall lighting. This helps evenly distribute light. You can accomplish it by combining ambient light with chandeliers, pedants, or flush mounts, and then adding a second layer, such as task lighting for applying makeup and other daily activities. The third layer highlights the architectural features of your bathroom along with the décor.

Pendants Offer Unique Alternatives

If you do not like sconces, pendants may be a better choice. They are elegant and work great on vanities, but they can also be used as ambient lighting or even accent lighting if you need them to. We like a mix of patterns for these lights.

It is Best to Stick to the Same or Similar Finishes

As you are looking at lighting options, you do not need to worry about the bathroom hardware matching exactly, but you do want to make sure that they complement each other. For example, you may not want silver hardware with gold fixtures but nickel would be fine with silver.

Don’t Forget to Consider the Tub Area

You may not think of the tub area as a place that needs lighting but it certainly does. If you regularly use the bathtub, consider adding special ambiance. This could be soothing lights that are part of the overall lighting scheme, or unique lights for the particular area. We recommend adding at least one overhead fixture as it can help provide the best ambiance.

Choose the Right Size Fixtures

The size and style of your bathroom will dictate the size of fixtures that are best for it. You may want to add a pendant light or chandelier, but you want to make sure that they reasonably fit into the room. Remember that your fixtures, if the wrong size, can make your bathroom look smaller or more cavernous than it is.

If you want to find the best bathroom lighting fixtures and much more, contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 or stop by our location to check out your options in person.

Learn Which Kitchen Sink Materials Can Best Resist Stains

Learn Which Kitchen Sink Materials Can Best Resist Stains

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the right kitchen sink, including which one is going to be the most durable and look beautiful for as long as possible. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we offer many kitchen plumbing fixtures that can serve you for years to come, but today we are going to look at the types of materials that are least likely to become stained. Keep reading and then contact us at 626-799-3503 if you have questions.

Stainless Steel Resists Stains and Scratches

As the name implies, stainless steel resists stains. It also resists scratches and can withstand very high heat, which makes it a great choice for most kitchens. After extensive testing, Consumer Reports found that the gauge of the stainless steel did not affect how well it worked. For those who like the benefits of stainless steel but do not like the sound of the dishes on it, consider adding a specially made pad that can absorb that sound.

Cast-Iron Sinks Are Another Great Choice That Resist Scratches

Another durable option is a cast-iron sink. These are generally covered with porcelain or enamel, either of which is very durable. That said, remember that they are very heavy. You will need a solidly constructed cabinet in which to install this type of heavy sink. While temperatures will not affect cast iron, it is possible to chip the coating if silverware and other hard, sharp objects are simply thrown into them. Likewise, cleaning it with an abrasive cleaner can damage it.

Composite Granite Sinks Can Resist Many Things

A composite granite sink, which is a product that is engineered with real granite, is specifically made to resist scratches, chips, and stains – as well as fruit acids. As is true of stainless and cast-iron, composite granite sinks can handle extremely high temperatures and do not fade as a result of being exposed to heat. This option generally involves a matte finish that can handle a lot of abuse. That said, you still want to avoid abrasive cleaners.

Copper Sinks Are a Growing Trend

There are some real advantages to copper sinks. First, they are simply charming and help make any room more interesting. Second, they kill bacteria. Finally, it is as heat resistant as it comes – that’s why you often see copper on the bottom of pots and pans. The downside is that copper can change colors over time, and food acids and beverages can speed up that process. Cooper sinks are higher maintenance options than most.

If you are considering investing in a new sink, or other kitchen upgrade, we urge you to contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 to find out what your options are. We carry the latest in design and provide a wealth of options for you. Call or stop by our showroom today.

Consider These 5 Steps to Pick Out the Best Bathroom Vanity

Consider These 5 Steps to Pick Out the Best Bathroom Vanity

Shopping for a bathroom vanity can be a lot of fun – until you become overwhelmed by all the options available to you. If you are in the process of narrowing down the options, we suggest that you consider these five factors in order to choose the right bathroom vanity for your choice. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we are standing by to help you – just call us at 626-799-3503 to learn more.

  1. Think About Who Will Be Using the Sink and How They Will Be Using It
  2. One of the most important aspects of the vanity will be who is using it and what they will be using it for. If you are part of a couple then you may want a double sink, while a single person may want just a single. If you plan to do your makeup and hair at your vanity, then you will need more room and storage than someone who plans to simply wash their hands and brush their teeth.

  3. Determine Where Your Plumbing is Located
  4. One of the deciding factors in where you can install your vanity is where the plumbing is located. You can make changes to this, but it will cost time and money. Ideally, you would find a vanity that fits with your current plumbing. The location of the plumbing can also affect the style you can chose, as you would not choose a floor-mounted vanity if the plumbing hookups are higher than average.

  5. Consider What Issues May Affect the Right Placement
  6. You can change the bathroom fixtures, your first choice tub, and other designs. What is much harder to change is the position of doors and walls. Think about which way the door swings as you do not want to deal with a door that swings in and hits your vanity. If you have a shower door instead of a curtain, think about how that door could potentially get in the way. Finally, think about the flow of traffic – you do not want your vanity to make it hard to take advantage of the rest of your bathroom.

  7. Think About Storage
  8. Storage is one of the most important things in a bathroom yet it is something that many homeowners say they don’t have nearly enough of. Vanities can bring more storage but only if you choose the right one and put it in the right space. Think about how many columns of drawers you can reasonably accommodate, think about how cabinets will extend, and consider the entire room as a whole.

  9. Take Wear and Tear into Consideration
  10. You want a vanity that will look great the day it is installed but, more importantly, you want a vanity that’s going to look great years from now. You will find plenty of cheap materials that may fit the bill today but will need to be replaced much sooner than they should. Turn to Mission West Kitchen and Bath for high-quality materials and products at competitive prices.