GHBA and ASID 2014 Awards

The last two weeks have been an absolute dream for us at Eklektik Interiors. Many of you already know about our exciting time at the ASID and GHBA awards. We feel so overwhelmed (in a good way!) by all the support and congratulations that each of you have extended to us. Thank you to the greatest people that make our jobs so wonderful! For those who haven’t heard, here’s our chance to share our big news! The Greater Houston Builders Association held their 2014 Houston’s Best PRISM Awards on October 4 where the industry’s best are recognized. Kathy Anderson and the Eklektik design team were presented with three prism awards for a remodel of a private residence. The following three home remodels were selected as the 2014 GHBA winners.

Private Residence Interior Design | BATH

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Private Residence Interior Design | SPECIALTY ROOM

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Private Residence Interior Design | FAMILY

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It was an unbelievable night! To top it all off, the very next week we attended the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 2014 Awards. Three of our residential designs won gold! The following homes are our ASID gold winners.

Residential, Large Firm | Renovation Under 3500 SF

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Residential, Large Firm | Renovation Over 3500 SF

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Residential, Large Firm | Bathroom

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We would never have been able to accomplish all of this without your support and without the hard work of our amazing designers. The people of Houston and our clients have been so good to us — we know we are blessed!

Transitional Remodel: Before and After

Our designers waged a full fledged war on this recent transitional remodel. The master bath was completed gutted and reconstructed. As you will see below, the results are quite astonishing. It is amazing how much you can do with the space you already own – sometimes it just means having a broader vision, a little patience and some remodeling muscle! We hope you enjoy this transitional transformation as much as we and our homeowners have. If you are considering an interior update, it is always best to speak with one of our designers. Seeking professional advice can make all the difference in making or breaking your time and budget.

Take a look at the before and after photos of this remodel. The improved and modernized master bath flaunts an Aquatica Purescape freestanding tub. The tile from LaNova reflects crisp whites and cool grays to contrast the dark wood cabinets and framed mirrored closets. Most importantly, our homeowners were happy!

                        BEFORE

                                 AFTER

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Using Technology in Bathroom Remodels

Technology Improvements are Luxurious

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Home improvement, renovation and remodeling can all be fairly expensive and time consuming projects. There are many ways, some more notable than others, in which we can develop our home that will improve our lifestyle and home value.

In the past, the bathroom  was a small, bog-like standard room, excuse the pun. It was renowned for being one of the last places homeowners would renovate, but that is no longer the case. The bathroom is becoming a highly valued part of the home. Because of this, more homeowners are making improvements to their bathroom décor, accessories and appliances.

Nowadays, many improve or renovate their bathrooms for relaxation and hygiene purposes. We can do this in several ways, but today I wish to discuss a few appliances in the modern era that I love and some gorgeous accessories too.

High-tech bathroom appliances

The bathroom was once a place with a simple function: to aid our physical needs and our personal hygiene. The changes are massive in the modern era! Baths have changed from a necessity to a luxury with master baths having spa-like feels to them. Our demand for relaxation and entertainment has been increased too. Today, it’s not unusual to find a TV mounted in a bathroom. If you’re looking to amp up the luxury, considering adding customized technology to your bathroom such as televisions and high-tech showers.

High-tech customized showers

Technology in the home is something that is being developed all the time, especially for the bathroom. One of the main appliances that has experienced remarkable upgrades has got to be the shower. Gone are the days when we have to struggle to find the right temperature. Now high-tech showers are being introduced into the industry that not only allow us to digitally control our temperature gauge but to also adjust the water volume and massage settings within the shower.

The American company, Kohler, was one of the first to bring out a ‘DTV Custom Showering Experience’. The concept was created to “wrap water, sound, light and steam together in a seamless and totally customized style”.

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Incorporating a television into your bathroom

Televisions can be placed almost anywhere nowadays and that includes in the bathroom. Can you think of anything more relaxing than turning down the lights, lighting a few candles and relaxing in a warm bubbly bath while watching your favourite TV shows?

There are a few different ways in which you can incorporate a TV into your bathroom:

    • Buying a stand alone TV which can be mounted onto a wall at the perfect eye line for your relaxation.
    • Adding a television to your medicine cabinet. This option adds more storage space while supplying you a clever place for your TV.
    • Television mirrors, add you TV into your vanity mirror… It’s a design lover’s haven.

Design company, Seura, have created a product which enhances lamination to create a television and mirror. Simply mind blowing!

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If you are wondering how the bathroom can become even more futuristic, then take a look at this brilliant article from doornob.com.

Bathroom accessories

Accessories are a much more affordable way to renovate your bathroom or, for that matter, any room in your home. I see so many homes with bathrooms that look outdated because of the small things, such as towels, bath mats and hardware.

Buying some new, bold or colorful towels is a perfect way to refresh the look of your bathroom. You can change the style of your room through more of these cost effective changes such as:

  • Replacing an old bathroom mat
  • Adding a fresh flowers with a contemporary vase
  • Re-grouting your bathroom tiles
  • Repainting or refinishing bathroom cabinets
  • Replacing cabinet hardware and doors with new hinges and dampers

All of the above changes to accessories in your bathroom will have a simple, yet positive effect. Not only will you notice a difference, but so will family members and any guests you may have in your home.

About the author: Ryan Hirst is the online marketing and media assistant at Eurofit Direct, they are an online office furniture fittings and kitchen fittings supplier to the UK with a hand in DIY and home improvement. 

 

Move vs. Remodel: Where's the Greater Investment?

It’s no secret that the real estate market nationwide is not what it used to be. Home values continue to remain at a level not seen since the early 1980’s. As a result, many homeowners find themselves investing in renovating and remodeling their current homes rather than putting them on the market.

Despite the economy being down, the design world is up due to the existing real estate condition. Opting to increase equity in their homes, Eklektik Interior’s design clients understand the value of personal and ‘signature’ interior improvements. Our designers work with homeowners all over the globe from Kona, Tahoe and Costa Rica—within the Houston area from Memorial , Tanglewood, River Oaks, The Heights, The Woodlands, Rock Creek, Spring, Magnolia, Sugarland, Conroe and even Huntsville.

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Master Bathroom Before Remodels

Regardless of where you live, remodeling is a smart and economically safe choice. Not only will you find yourself avoiding the possibility of two mortgages – with your old home and new home – but remodeling will raise the value of your home benefiting you in a later competitive market. The greatest benefit will be a beautifully upgraded and personalized home for you and your family to enjoy!

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Master Bathroom After Remodels

We recommend a kitchen and bathroom remodel to maximize your return on investment. Older homes can be updated by opening up floor plans and lightened up with updated colors and design. Our Free Design Fridays, held the 4th Friday of each month, is a perfect opportunity for you to discuss your dream home with our experienced designers. Call today to book your 30-minute complimentary design consultation.