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A Home Redesign Demands Custom Bathroom Features

Planning A Home Redesign? It Demands Custom Bathroom Features!

Make Bathroom Remodeling an Integral Part of Your Home Renovation
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You may have heard many home improvement contractors say that a home redesign demands custom bathroom features. One of the main reasons for investing in a bathroom remodel is that it yields an average return of 62%. Which means, if you spend $10,000 on a bathroom renovation, the value of your home will likely increase by $6,200. This figure will be even higher for a bathroom with custom features.

At Flegel’s Construction, we believe that including a master bathroom upgrade is a smart way of maximizing your home remodeling budget. It is especially effective if you can achieve a good mix of timeless features and current trends. Our design experts share their top bathroom renovation ideas for creating stylish, relaxing, and distinctive bath spaces.

Custom Features for an Exceptional Bathroom Remodel

Upgrading or refreshing an old bathroom is as much about creating a rejuvenating, spa-like space as increasing the value of your home. Whether it is a powder room, guest bathroom, or ensuite bath, a few custom upgrades can make a big style statement. In fact, you can add a personal touch to one or more elements within your bathroom. It could be the sink, tub, shower, walls, floors, or even the light fixtures. For example:

  • Creative paneling: Using interesting and unusual materials for the flooring or wall paneling will give your bathroom a luxurious look. In one of our Palo Alto Eichler home renovations, we used the premium mirrored Duchateau wood on the flooring, back wall, and tub skirt for a plush, enhanced appearance.
  • Stylish sinks: Despite being one of the smallest elements in your bathroom, a bold, unique sink can make a big visual impact. Explore some of these options:
  • A self-rimming copper vessel sink with iron bracket mounts for a timeless, old-world charm
  • A clear glass pedestal sink to create visual interest in a compact bathroom or powder room
  • A handcrafted hardwood sink in a one-of-a-kind shape with natural resistance to mold or rot
  • An elegant floating washplane sink with no visible drains for a contemporary look 

In our Greenmeadow Palo Alto home redesign, which also featured on the Dwell Magazine Silicon Valley Home Tour, we incorporated a pair of gorgeous stainless-steel vessel sinks in the ensuite bath. These sinks tied in beautifully with the rest of the home’s custom stainless-steel cladding on the fireplace and in the kitchen.

  • Statement tubs: As one of the largest fixtures in your bathroom, a stylish tub can be the highlight of your space. Explore options that are new and unique. For example, a classic, claw-foot tub, a Japanese-style wooden soaking tub, a modern freestanding one, or a whirlpool tub with water or air jets. In one of our recent home remodeling projects in Sunnyvale, we installed a chic white, free standing tub with sleek lines and a slippered rim. Paired with other custom bathroom features, such as a floating sink, a curbless shower, elegant lighting, and soothing white floor tiles, this bathroom epitomizes the modern minimalist style.

From sensor-based ventilation and heating and hidden drains, to smart toilets, or bold accent walls, we have incorporated various other features for making bathrooms as understated or elaborate as the homeowners prefer.

Custom Bathroom Makeovers by Bay Area’s Trusted Home Building and Remodeling Contractors

At Flegel’s, we have decades of experience in building luxurious new custom homes and remodeling and reviving older homes, including Eichler homes. Our innovative designers and master craftsmen are passionate about delivering attractive, functional spaces, personalized to your needs, lifestyle, and preferences.

Our past projects across the Bay Area will give insight into the quality of our work and the diverse design aesthetics that we can deliver.

For custom bathroom features and superior finishes on new home builds or home remodels, count on the experts at Flegel’s Construction Co. Call us at 408-269-1101 or contact us online.

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Guidelines for Eichler Homes in Palo Alto

Expert Advice from a Trusted, Local Home Improvement Contractor

Guidelines to Preserve Your Palo Alto Eichler Home

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Undertaking maintenance or remodeling of your aging Palo Alto Eichler home? The Eichler Neighborhood Design Guidelines, issued by the Palo Alto City Council, are a good starting point. Whether you are replacing expired materials, or adding lifestyle-enhancing elements, these guidelines will help you retain the characteristic features of your Eichler home.

Key Suggestions for Maintaining and Repairing Palo Alto Eichler Homes

The extensive guidelines issued by the Palo Alto City Council cover a variety of aspects important for preserving the design and ethos of Eichler communities. These include:

  • Recommendations on placement and design of doors, windows, roof forms and chimneys.
  • Advice on cladding materials, form and massing, and other exterior materials.
  • Suggestions for constructing basements, first-story additions, carports or garages, in keeping with the privacy requirements of the community.
  • Visible impact of upgrades related to mechanical systems, ducting, plumbing, and more.

Here are a few key maintenance tips to help preserve and maintain the characteristic features of your Eichler home.

  1. Fenestration: Doors and windows are among the most noticeable features of any home. While the guidelines encourage homeowners to improve energy efficiency, they recommend treating or repairing the original windows and doors in place, if possible.
  • Consider options, such as adding high-quality clear films, or changing the weather stripping to reduce air infiltration and heat gain.
  • If you are replacing a deteriorating window trim or swapping out your single-pane windows for insulated ones, try to maintain the same size, profile and configuration as the original window.
  • While replacing entry doors or garage doors, opt for simple, flat appearances and minimal to no glazing, in order to blend into the signature Eichler community look.
  • Roof Repairs and Maintenance: The characteristic patterns of fascia, slopes and rafter ends give Eichler home roofs a degree of visual variety while retaining their modernist architectural style. If you are replacing your roof:
  • Try to retain the original design, height and profile of the roof, along with a relatively plain appearance.
  • Use roofing materials like single ply, foam, tar and gravel, or composite shingles.
  • Try to retain the overhanging eaves, exposed beams and soffits or the fascia boards, all of which are defining elements of Eichler homes.
  • If you are installing skylights or solar panels on the roof, try to minimize the visual impact of these features to preserve the Eichler look.
  • Replacing Exterior Cladding Materials or Paint: While repairing or replacing the existing cladding materials, maintain the vertical wood board or plywood siding. Avoid adding other materials, such as brick, stone, shingles, or vinyl to the exterior walls, as these are not in line with the typical look of Eichler homes. To repaint your home’s exterior, select colors that support the broad, mid-century modern characteristics of Eichler neighborhoods. As far as possible, use only one primary color, along with an additional trim / accent color.

While these are only guidelines, they can help you make informed decisions when you undertake repairs, maintenance or upgrades for your Palo Alto Eichler home.

Hire Palo Alto’s Trusted Construction Contractor for your Eichler Home Repairs or Remodeling

As Palo Alto’s premier home improvement contractors, the team at Flegel’s is well-acquainted with the guidelines for preserving and maintaining Eichler communities. We have extensive experience in repairing and reviving Eichler homes, without detracting from their overall character. With creative designs and skilled craftsmanship, we can transform your Eichler home into a more attractive, functional space that is better suited to your lifestyle and preferences.

Check out our many Eichler home remodeling projects across the Bay Area, including Palo Alto, Mountain View and Sunnyvale, CA. A growing base of happy customers vouches for our consistent service and superior finishes.

Need repairs, upgrades or remodeling for your Palo Alto Eichler home? Set up a consultation with one of the experts at Flegel’s Construction. Call 408-269-1101 or contact us online.

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