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October 2, 2015
Shower Door or Curtain?

We have noticed the growing trend in bathroom remodels of replacing a shower/tub combo with a tile shower. However, that might not suit your needs, budget or space. With a combined shower and bath, you have the option of either a shower door or shower curtain enclosure. Which one should you choose for your bathroom remodel? It may boil down to personal preference or budget. Below are some pros and cons to both shower doors and shower curtains.


Shower Door

  • Full enclosure, no water escaping
  • More expensive to purchase & install
  • Likely to coordinate with any style
  • Some options with glass pattern, texture, color
  • Space can appear larger
  • Less privacy
  • Susceptible to hard water stains & soap scum

Shower Curtain

  • Many designs & styles to choose from
  • Easy to change/update
  • Economical
  • Can attract mold & mildew, but fairly east to clean or replace
  • Accessibility for kids
  • Can make bathroom feel smaller
  • Custom rods available to match fixtures


May 13, 2015
Pink Bathroom Before & After

Pink was a very popular color for bathrooms in the 50’s. It is believed the First Lady Mamie Eisenhower started the pink bathroom trend. She was very fond of the color and decorated areas of the White House and her retirement home in pink. As a result the color is often referred to as Mamie Pink or First Lady Pink. Despite having their own fan club, savethepinkbathrooms.com, we are seeing less and less of these retro bathrooms. Homeowners are opting to remodel their pink bathroom into something more modern. Which, is what we did for this client in Sartell. Home Check Plus essentially removed all existing elements of the bathroom and updated it with new:

  • Sheetrock walls
  • Paint color
  • Tile flooring
  • Tiled shower surround with accent tile
  • Oak vanity cabinet
  • Marble countertop
  • Tile backsplash
  • Light fixtures
  • Shower & sink fixtures
  • Toilet

Check out the before and after photos of the bathroom remodel project. Quite the transformation! If your bathroom needs updating, contact Home Check Plus!

Pink Bathroom Remodel - Before and After

January 13, 2015
Tiled Showers

Over time, a bathroom can look dated or no longer suit your current needs. This is why a bathroom remodel is one of our most popular remodeling projects. We're noticing a growing trend when it comes to bathrooms, that is, opting for a tiled shower instead of tub/shower combo. A tiled shower is great for adding your own personal touch. There are so many options such as...

Type: Ceramic, porcelain, travertine or glass

Size: 4x4, 3x6, 6x6, 12x12, 13x13 or 13x18

Shape: Square or rectangle

Color: Neutral or color

Floor: mosaic -- 1x1, 2x2 or pebble 

Decorative Accent: Nice way to add color or use a different type of tile 

Design Elements: Built-in storage, small bench

Tiling the walls up to the ceiling is wise as it prevents issues with water/moisture. Similarly if the bathroom has a lower ceiling, we recommend tiling the ceiling. Cleaning the shower is easy because we use Power Grout, which is stain resistant. You can also customize your tiled shower with multiple shower heads, grab bars or rainshower showerhead. Pair the tiled shower with a glass door and the shower really becomes a focal point of the bathroom. Below are a few of our tiled shower projects. 

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October 23, 2014
New Cambria Colors!

Cambria Quartz is one of many great countertop material options. Here's why: 

  • There are a wide variety of colors and appearances to match anyone's style.
  • All colors are the same price! No price tiers.
  • Cambria is very durable, not as porous.
  • Low maintenance - no sealing needed.
  • Lifetime, limited warranty. Includes both residential and commercial applications.
  • Quality in fabrication and installation. Cambria fabricates all their own product installed in Minnesota and has only a select few certified installers. 

Cambria is always adding new colors to their selection. Here are some of the latest - Ellesmere, Seagrove, Nevern, Hampshire, Galloway and Wentwood. Click here to see the complete Cambria design palette

May 16, 2014
4 Great Bathroom Ideas!

It may be one of the smallest rooms in the house, but the bathroom is still a room you can customize to meet your needs and lifestyle. Here are a few bathroom products that would be a great addition to any bathroom. Whether you are looking to completely remodel your bathroom or just make minor improvements, we can help! Need inspiration? Click here for bathroom photos.



Kohler Nighlight Toilet Seat

Pefect for kids, seniors or anyone who needs to use the bathroom during the night!

Vanity Storage & Organizers

An angled drawer organizer is great for viewing cosmetics and keeping the drawer tidy!





Pivot Toilet Paper Holder

Pivot toilet paper holder designs means no spring (yay!) and makes changing the roll super easy for everyone...including guys & kids!

Kohler Moxie Showerhead & Speaker

Like to sing in the shower? The Kohler Moxie is just the thing for you!

July 23, 2013
Top Kitchen & Bathroom Trends

What's the latest and greatest in kitchen and bathroom designs? Well, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), these are the top kitchen and bathroom trends for 2013...

1. Gray color schemes (grays in kitchens = 55% and grays in bathrooms = 56%)

2. LED lights and reflectivity

3. Quartz countertops

4. Ceramic and porcelain tiles

5. White cabinets and blending finishes

6. Glass, ceramic, metal backsplashes

7. Larger showers, better amenities

8. Satin nicke, bronze & oil rubbed finishes

9. Undermount sinks create extra space

10. Touch-activated faucets

We love seeing gray color schemes in bathrooms and kitchens. It is both fresh and calming. Here are some beautiful gray kitchens and baths






Click here for more gray kitchen and bathroom ideas!

April 26, 2013
Kitchen & Bathroom Remodel Project - Before & After

Once a remodeling project is complete, we love to look at the "before" and "after" photos and see how the space was transformed. This is one of those projects that was especially fun because we remodeled our client's kitchen and bathroom! We do many kitchen and bathroom remodel projects every year and every one is unique. Between the countertops, cabinets, tile work & flooring, there are a variety of ways to put your own personal touch on the space. For this particular project, the client chose:

  • White Poplar Custom Cabinets
  • Chrome Hardware & Fixture Finishes
  • Vinyl Flooring
  • Cambria Countertops - Windermere Color
  • Marble Shower Surround
  • Pale Beige Paint Color for Walls
  • Complimentary Light Fixtures  
Kitchen Remodel
Kitchen Remodel - Before
Kitchen Remodel - After
Kitchen Remodel - Dining Room with Floating Shelf
Dining Area
Kitchen Remodel - Tile Backsplash & Cambria Countertops
Countertops & Backsplash
Bathroom Remodel - Before
Bathroom Remodel - After
Bathroom Remodel - Before
Bathroom Remodel - After - Cambria Countertops

Click here to view more project photos!

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