6 Reasons to Consider Installing a Bidet in Your Remodeled Bathroom

6 Reasons to Consider Installing a Bidet in Your Remodeled BathroomIt may be relatively rare to use bidets in the United States but they’ve been a must-have in European countries and other areas of the world for centuries. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we strive to provide bathroom remodels that perfectly meet our clients’ needs. That’s why we want to present six reasons that it may be worth your while to consider installing a bidet when you remodel your bathroom.

  1. You could save a significant amount of toilet paper

  2. Of course, installing a bidet doesn’t mean you’ll stop using toilet paper altogether, but it could result in a significant drop in the amount you use. Remember that in the United States, more than 36 million rolls are used each year. That’s about 15 million trees! Bidets help significantly reduce the amount of toilet paper needed, which is reason enough for some people to consider installing one.

  3. You might actually use less water with a bidet

  4. This is a big surprise to many people. After all, if you’re using an additional appliance that uses water, wouldn’t you be using more water? The truth is that the bidet does use water but it uses a fraction of the water that’s used every time the toilet is flushed. For older toilets that must be flushed a few times to get rid of all the toilet paper, it can be more efficient to use a bidet.

  5. Your plumbing system will thank you

  6. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we can install incredible plumbing fixtures and ensure that your remodel looks great. However, if you have an older home with an older plumbing system, even the newest looking toilet may not fare well. Flushing toilet paper can be a hazard to the environment and to a septic tank.

  7. Bidets are much more affordable than you think

  8. Most people think of bidets as a luxury item simply because it’s not common to see them in the United States. However, make no mistake – they’re actually not that expensive. Call us at 626-799-3503 to get more information and for a quote on how much your new bidet will cost.

  9. Today’s bidets are versatile

  10. We’re always excited to show our clients the huge range of toilets and bidets available on today’s market. Gone are the days of a single style of bathroom fixtures. Today you can get truly stylish bidets that are essentially a work of art. You can even have a bidet installed right on to your existing toilet.

  11. You can save money

  12. We’ve mentioned above that using a bidet can help you save water and use less toilet paper. When you combine those two aspects what do you get? Less money spent! Who wouldn’t want to be cleaner while creating less waste and saving money?

If you’re interested in adding a bidet to your bathroom remodel, or you want to stick with the classic toilet, Mission West Kitchen and Bath can help. We create luxury bathrooms and kitchens for clients of discerning taste. Contact us today at 626-799-3503 for more information.


Learn How to Choose a Material for Your Brand New Bathtub

Learn How to Choose a Material for Your Brand New BathtubIt wasn’t long ago that when you wanted a new bathtub, you had a few options to choose from and the process was pretty simple. Today they have technology that could make your head spin, but not only that – there are half a dozen materials you can choose from too! While it may seem overwhelming initially, it really is good news because every client of Mission West Kitchen and Bath can find a material that works for them.

Read on to learn more about the main options and how to choose between them. Then give us a call at 626-799-3503 or stop by one of our bathroom and kitchen fixtures showrooms to see a lot of these options in person.

Acrylic tubs

The main advantages to an acrylic tub is that they’re lightweight and they’re glossy. This is the type of plastic that you’re used to seeing bathtubs made from. The main downside is that acrylic can scratch fairly easily but keep in mind that it’s also pretty easy to repair when compared to a material like cast iron or metal. Acrylic can also be formed into a variety of shapes, which makes it a popular choice.

Fiberglass-reinforced plastic tubs

These are often very shiny – almost dazzling – in large part because they have a gelcoat on top. That makes them extremely easy to clean, and it also means they can be made in a variety of shapes. For that reason, fiberglass is a popular choice for air tubs and custom whirlpools. The downside is that they’re less durable than some other options. For example, if the impact was strong enough, a single accident could destroy this type of material.

Cast iron tubs

Yes, you likely think of cast iron as something you fry bacon in, but it actually makes a great material for making tubs. It’s extremely durable and typically comes with a porcelain enamel finish that makes it look great. The downside is that you must use non-abrasive cleaners and can’t clean this type of tub vigorously or the enamel can be damaged. In fact, over time the enamel is going to wear away no matter what you do, and this can lead the cast iron to rust.

Finally, keep in mind that the heaviness of cast iron means they hold heat much longer and better than other materials, but it also means that you must install them somewhere with plenty of support.

Composite tubs

Another popular option for new bathtubs are composite tubs, which are made out of several materials. In most cases, the composite is the material that makes the bathtub – known as the infrastructure – and then the enamel covers the composite. The purpose is to build a bathtub that’s very durable and able to keep heat like a cast iron tub can, but that doesn’t weigh as much. In fact, they can be as little as one-third of the weight of a cast iron tub.

If you have questions about other materials or the ones listed above, feel free to stop by Mission West Kitchen and Bath or give us a call at 626-799-3503. Our experienced staff looks forward to helping you with your project!

6 Ways to Save Your Budget When Completing a Bathroom Remodel

6 Ways to Save Your Budget When Completing a Bathroom Remodel You want the best deals on your new bathroom, but you don’t want to skimp on quality. This is the dilemma of virtually everyone who works on a bathroom remodel. The good news is that Mission West Kitchen and Bath is here to help you save money on your budget without compromising quality or style.

  1. Have a professional come up with plans

  2. Even if you’re particularly handy and want to handle most of the project on your own, it’s still wise to hire a contractor to come up with the plans. For example, a qualified contractor can tell you not just which tubs will look incredible but which will work best for your needs. The last thing you want are surprises – because surprises almost always cost money – so let us take care of the plans for you.

  3. Know your focal points

  4. Every room needs a focal point. In a bathroom, the incredible bathroom sink is often the focal point. You can make it beautiful by choosing the right one in the first place, but you can further accentuate it by choosing other materials that match it and by adding accessories that complement the sink.

  5. Look for ways to update your cabinets

  6. Everyone wants new cabinets but the truth is that you can often make your old cabinets look brand new by simply painting them a light color, switching out the hardware to some new, shinier pieces, and rearranging them to get rid of things you don’t need – thus increase the space you have for what you do need.

  7. Glass can make a space look larger

  8. If you’re dealing with a small space, knocking out a wall isn’t your only option to feel as though you’ve gained space you can also add glass shelves, a glass shower, or even glass cabinets. Glass helps the room fell more open and the more open it feels, the larger it will feel.

  9. Add splashes of color

  10. If you want to both bring a room together and make it unique, adding a few splashes of color is a great way to do that. For example, you could do something as simple as getting a new, bright vase, filling it with silk flowers, and adding matching candles.

  11. Take advantage of all your space

  12. Are you using all your space as well as you could? If you think you are, then we have one question for you: What’s in your corners? These are often just wasted space but corners are great places for accessories, corner shelves, and even sinks.

If you’re ready to learn more about saving money on your incredible bathroom remodel then you’re ready to call Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503. We look forward to helping you discover all the possibilities. Whether you’re starting from scratch or we’re incorporating many elements of your current bathroom into your new bathroom, we have you covered.

6 Criteria to Consider When Choosing a Company to Help with Your Kitchen Design

6 Criteria to Consider When Choosing a Company to Help with Your Kitchen Design Choosing the right kitchen design company can feel like a huge undertaking. You want to get a great price, you want to get great quality appliances and designs, but you don’t know where to start. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we’re happy to walk you through the process. Stop by our showroom, call us at 626-799-3503, or read on to learn about the six things that make a company worthy of your business.

  1. A showroom you like

  2. Some clients never go to their design company’s showroom but we think it’s wise to do so. You can get an idea of how professionally a company runs, you can learn about their selection, and you can ensure that the standards of quality and design are up to your needs. It’s also wise to assure that they either have the style you like or that they have a variety of styles that leads you to believe that they can create the kitchen remodel you’re looking for.

  3. A willingness to educate you

  4. The truth is that you’re likely to spend quite a bit of money by the time you pick out your cabinets, new kitchen appliances, flooring, etc. You want to make sure that you’re making the right decision along the way. Some companies want to walk in and completely take over. This isn’t going to work for you. Instead, you want a company that’s willing to discuss all the options with you, and a company that will break down all the pros and cons of each option. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we believe you have a right to make informed decisions.

  5. Quality products

  6. It’s almost never true that the lowest priced item is going to be the best value. You want to make an investment in quality products that are going to stand the test of time.

  7. Experienced personnel from start to finish

  8. It’s not enough to have one person on staff that can expertly install cabinets. You’re looking for people with experience, passion, and a commitment to quality work. Don’t be afraid to ask for credentials or for references.

  9. Estimates in writing

  10. It’s likely that you’ll first go over prices and options without putting anything down on paper. However, before you hire anyone and before you let work get underway, you absolutely need everything in writing.

  11. A company with integrity

  12. One of the easiest ways to tell if a company really has integrity or if they’re just trying to make a sale is to see how much pressure they put on you. If you visit their showroom, they should be willing to talk to you but should never put the hard sell on, or appear to be telling you what you want to hear.

If you want to know what it’s like to work with a company who takes your needs seriously, feel free to contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503. We are ready to help you create your dream kitchen.

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.