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What We Do

We are an engineering company with a focus on developing new tools and products specifically for homeowners and home builders. Technology is completely transforming the way we live, and we want to make the latest technology accessible to the average consumer by bringing it into their home.

Our biggest goal is to innovate in a way that affects people’s lives positively.

Our engineering firm works with home design professionals from around the world to find out what is actually helpful for their clients. By using the results from our focus groups to create products and solutions that meet the needs of real homeowners, we hope to become one of the most prominent niche engineering firms in the industry.

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Common Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes

Our engineering firm works with a variety of different bathroom remodeling professionals here in St. Louis. Our partners help their clients create spaces they really love, and they often witness tons of missteps in the process. Many inexperienced homeowners aren’t sure how to approach remodeling a bathroom, and waste their time and money in the process. In this article, we’ll discuss many of the common mistakes people make while remodeling their bathrooms so that you can avoid them.

Making the bathroom too prominent.

Bathroom should be a place of privacy, so it’s important that it’s located in a cozy corner of the home. Many remodelers focus so much on opening up a cramped home that they inadvertently create a direct line of sight into the bathroom from the kitchen or dining room, which can ruin the ambiance of both rooms. You’ll also want to make sure that the materials you use in the bathroom give you privacy from the outside world. The last thing you want is for your neighbors to be able to watch you shower.

Not including enough ventilation.

The bathroom is an area that really needs to be able to breathe to avoid mold growing. If your home doesn’t already have it, you should focus on installing a good ventilation system, and include a window you can open as well, if it’s possible. Aside from the potential health issus, it’s just uncomfortable to spend time in a muggy bathroom, so it’s definitely something to avoid.

Trying to install too many features.

If you’re limited by the size of your bathroom, you’ll have to make some decisions about what you really want to include. Don’t try and squeeze too much into a small space, as it will just end up feeling extremely uncomfortable. Obviously, you’ll need a toilet, shower, and sink, but there are many tricks to streamline these features. If you don’t have room for cabinetry, a bathtub, or a complex lighting system, don’t try to include them. The result will detract from the space instead of adding to it.

Changing your mind mid-project.

If you aren’t totally sure of what you want, don’t start remodeling until you are. If you start changing your mind about certain design features in the middle of the remodeling process, it can have negative results for your bathroom in the end. It will likely end up looking less cohesive and less appealing than you had initially planned. On top of that, this can have negative repercussions for your budget, and it can also make it difficult for your contractors to keep on schedule. It’s common to start to feel some doubt about your ideas in the middle of the project, but don’t get discouraged. Once the bathroom is finished, you’ll be sure to love it.

When in doubt about any bathroom remodeling project, consult a professional interior designer. They will be able to steer you in the right direction in terms of both style and practicality, and they can also help you stick to your budget. Although there are many things you can do to remodel your bathroom on your own, this is often too challenging for beginners and should be avoided. With some help and good planning, you can put together a bathroom that you truly love and is comfortable for your guests.

Environmentally Friendly Bathroom Remodeling Solutions

There are many important considerations to make when remodeling your bathroom. One of the most important is the environmental impact of your space. Our firm works on bathroom remodeling in St. Louis, and we’ve noticed that many consumers are interested in how they can make their bathrooms more environmentally friendly. Here are some popular solutions that you can incorporate into a bathroom remodel.

Low-flow or Dual-flow Toilets

Most people don’t realize that their bathroom uses tons of water. In fact, bathrooms typically use more water than your laundry or your sink. Luckily, many companies have developed solutions to this problem. You may want to consider installing a low-flow toilet, which is designed to use less water than a traditional toilet. You can also opt for a dual flow toilet, which tends to be more functional than a low-flow toilet, but still conserves water. A dual-flow toilet has two modes, so you can choose to only use high water flow when you really need it.

Tankless Water Heater

Heating the water you use in your shower can use a lot of energy, particularly if you have several people who use it each day. Changing your water heater can actually make a huge difference in the amount of energy you use. A tankless water heater provides heat only as you consume the water instead of keeping it heated and wasting energy. Although you may find that you get an initial blast of cold water before your shower becomes comfortable, it can save you so much energy in the long run that it may be worth it.

Recycled Tiles

To reduce the amount of waste produced during home renovation, consider using recycled materials when installing new surfaces. In particular, recycled tiles can make a big impact when used in the bathroom, since they tend to be used fairly prominently in the shower as well as on the floor and walls. Recycled tiles can also provide a stylish industrial feel that is very trendy right now, so you don’t have to sacrifice your sense of design just to be environmentally friendly.