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Steps to Reduce Bathroom Injuries

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that about 235,000 people go to emergency rooms each year with injuries sustained in bathrooms.  Such mishaps increase with age, and accidents related to falls getting in and out of the bathtub are particularly hazardous and frequently fatal for seniors.  Most of these catastrophes are easily avoidable.

Advances in design and technology have brought all kinds of new products to the market, including curbless showers (removing the “stumble” factor), taller toilets and lighting that is layered in such a way as to prevent glare.

Tubs with water-sealant doors are readily available.  Grab bars no longer have to look institutional, but are more easily incorporated into a bathroom’s design and serve additional functions such as soap and shampoo holders.  Flip-up shower seats and hand-held shower heads have been around for decades, and are more functional and user-friendly now than ever.

Motion sensors on lighting and dimmer switches allow for handier access.  Adequate lighting becomes increasingly important as we age:  By 40, the average person begins to notice diminution in vision, and by age 60, we need three times as much light to see as effectively as we did when we were in our 20s.

Other new design features that increase safety and decrease the opportunity for mishaps include no-touch faucets, lever handles to replace doorknobs, drawers that can be opened with a nudge, and counters with knee space beneath, allowing for sitting and wheelchair access.

Lowering storage space to the point of use (shelves at waist-level, for example) is another improvement in bathroom safety design.  Features like these reduce hazards substantially and can allow people to remain living independently in their homes for a considerably longer period of time than they might be able to do otherwise.

For more tips on safety-proofing your bathroom or for assistance in remodeling, contact Handyman Matters at 1-800-FIX-MY-HOME or enter your zip code above to find a location near you.

Five Savvy Bathroom Updates for Added Safety and Style

savvy-bathroom-remodelWhile everyone loves to have a new look to refresh their homes, design experts report that traditional styling remains the most popular home decor choice in the U.S. — often featuring detailed, Old World accents and deep, rich colors and finishes.

However, in today’s challenging economy, most homeowners don’t have the necessary funds to completely renovate their homes. Instead, they are looking to “remodel lite” by adding simple and inexpensive updates to refresh the most frequently used rooms, like the bathroom.

Luckily, you can easily create a new look for your bath with Old World charm and on a budget. With just a few new items – and a bit of help from Handyman Matters professional craftsmen – your bathroom will be more stylish (and safer) in no time.

Subtle Safety

One of the most important (but least thought of) updates you can make in your bathroom is to add bathroom safety accessories. Luckily, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your sense of style. In fact, home decor and improvement stores offer a variety of products, such as Grab Bars and Hand Grips in attractive designs and popular finishes, such as Old World Bronze and Brushed Nickel, to coordinate with the rest of your bathroom. And, to help with installation, secure mount anchors allow you to install the decorative bars anywhere on the wall – no stud needed – so they can be placed in the most ideal and aesthetically pleasing locations. If you need help hanging any of these items around your bathroom, Handyman Matters can help!

Fast Fix With Fixtures.

To get the most enjoyment out of your bathroom, update the parts you touch every day – like your faucets. Retailers offer a wealth of reasonably priced, high-quality and attractive faucets in deep, Old World-inspired finishes, like Oil Rubbed Bronze, to coordinate with the rest of your newly updated bath. Look for WaterSense-labeled faucets, so your bath will not only be fashionable – but will save water, too.

Sensational Showers

Nothing starts or ends your day better than an enjoyable shower, and it’s easy to make your experience stellar. Start with a curved shower rod to add additional elbow room and swap your current showerhead for one with a more powerful and enjoyable stream. Be sure to coordinate the finish of both to ensure you keep with the rest of your bath styling. And, for added elements of safety, add tread strips for more secure footing; or a quality shower chair.

Storage and Space Savers

In addition to creating a style statement for your Old World bath, bathroom accessories are ideal for creating storage and organization and adding useful space to your bathroom. To pull all your finishes together, add towel bars, towel rings, decorative shelves and robe hooks in an oil rubbed bronze finish to create an easy place to keep towels and robes. Installation of these items is quick and easy with the pros at Handyman Matters. No job is too small when it comes to updating your bathroom. And, for a unique new accessory, add new towel bar hooks or shower rod hooks. These ingenious, S-shaped hooks snap right on to virtually any towel bar or any shower rod to help keep everyday items close at hand – yet off the vanity or floor.

Amazing accents.

Finally, once you’ve updated the many “hard” surfaces of your bath, it’s time to add the soft elements. Soft, fluffy towels and rugs, along with a beautiful fabric shower curtain create a warm and inviting atmosphere. And, for an added tranquil feel, try placing live – or artificial – plants and flowers throughout the room. Remember, when choosing colors for these accents; feature a mix of both deep shades and neutrals for the perfect balance.

Soon, with minimal budget and effort, your bathroom will be safer and more enjoyable, featuring a new look with beautiful Old World-style your guests will envy.

Whatever your personal style, and whether you’re aiming to improve your home’s resale value or enhance your enjoyment of your house, upgrading your bathrooms is an investment that makes sense. VisitHandymanMatters.com for more guidance on making your bathroom sensational. To find a location near you, call 866-FIX-MY-HOME (866-349-6946).

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Eco-friendly Bath Updates on a Budget

Bathroom on a BudgetGreen remodeling is more popular today than ever before. But creating an environmentally friendly home isn’t the only reason homeowners are undertaking green remodels. Green renovations and upgrades can be a daunting task for most homeowners and with the growing popularity in these upgrades Handyman Matters is available to support all of your needs, whether it is a small home improvement to a full remodel in some rooms in your house. According to the Wall Street Journal, certified green homes garner a higher resale value and are on the market a quarter-less time.

Think you need to be extreme to go green and make a lasting impact? Think again! There are small steps you can take to go green on a budget — and the bathroom is a great place to start. In a short timeframe and with a small investment, you can increase your home’s value and easily turn your bathroom into a healthier, eco-friendly environment.

Freshen Up

If you’re planning to add some color to your bathroom or freshen up the walls with a new coat of paint, be sure to use one with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to reduce gaseous pollutants in your home. These non-toxic paints are not only healthier for you, your family and the environment, but they are vibrant and durable as well.

Eco-Fabulous Faucets

Bathroom faucets are the culprits of much water waste. Luckily, you can easily save water by investing a new lavatory faucet with a water-saving aerator. The professional craftsmen at Handyman Matters can install any faucet your choose specific for your bathroom.

Shower Savings

After toilets and washing machines, showers are next in line as residential water hogs. Today, flow-optimized showerheads are being produced and to help ensure they are installed properly, Handyman Matters can complete any projects you may have.

Not-So-Bright Ideas

Lighting is one of the largest uses of power in your home. Installing a dimmer in your bathroom will not only help you to set a serene mood after a long day, but also reduce energy and show green savings on your monthly electric bills. Finding the right lights can be tough and installation can be even more difficult, make sure all lights are installed correctly with Handyman Matters. Replacing incandescent light bulbs in your bathroom with compact fluorescent lighting is another small change that will make a big impact. Fluorescent lights use one-third the electricity of standard bulbs and also last up to 10 times longer.

Lean, Green and Clean

Now that you’ve finished some green updates in your bathroom, make sure to keep it clean with non-toxic organic soaps and cleaners. There are websites that list the latest lines of environmentally-friendly cleaning products. It’s a win-win situation for both your family and the environment.

Being green doesn’t mean going to extremes. With these lean bathroom updates, you’ll see the green benefits for the environment and your wallet. Handyman Matters can help you plan for upgrades and repairs that are eco-friendly. The professional craftsmen at Handyman Matters can execute all projects from repairs to remodels that suite your needs. Click Here to find a location near you.