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Log Cabin Bathroom

Log Cabin Bathroom

Log Cabin Bathroom

Lucky are those that live their dreams. The owners of this rustic cabin in Michigan live full time in the middle of a ten acre woods in a lodge environment. Their goal was to eliminate the need to go away on weekends to relax and unwind and to live in reliable serenity. Lately with the economy being what it is and financial security often unattainable many people have taken a second look at their own home and seriously considered steps to make home the ultimate respite. Vacations and those weekend escapes are not as frequent as we might like. If you take the cost of those trips and spread them over a three year period quite a few home improvements might be possible if you apply the budget to physical household enhancements.

What caught my eye about this remodel was the fact that the space was small to begin with and the rustic character of the home required that special materials be used. Often in rustic architecture the utilitarian areas offer challenges. The stated goal of these particular owners was to create something stunning and unique. They also wished to eliminate the need for a shower curtain thereby opening up the bathroom space in the process. First they encountered a product that they found appealing because of its easy maintenance and easy installation. Called Sentrel the light weight material looks exactly like granite, marble or any other natural stone. Made by using a flawless visual reproduction of luxurious looking natural stone this particular material will never mold or mildew.

I spent many years vacationing in a family cabin in the Sierra Mountains of California and the bathroom was a nightmare! Of course it was made with wood and required constant preservation. It never seemed perfectly clean and had an odor that was unattractive and that I still remember after 30 years. With a rustic style one could use hand made tiles, but they can range between $15 and $50 per square foot and the larger issue is the care and maintenance of grout. All natural stone demands that it be sealed and that care be continually renewed over the lifetime of the product. From a very practical standpoint I am impressed with the homeowner’s choice and from an aesthetic position I think that they made a fine selection that assists with the idea of their special home. An American Indian theme is support by the cut steel Apache hanging and an Apache paint pony print with log dowels on another wall. Kokopeli pottery and baskets complete the look.

What sold these homeowners was that if they invested a little bit more than what a standard white shower would cost them, they could buy a quality that would last for years and years. Next was the fact that these new wall panels can be installed over any imaginable surface, including ceramic tile, without the need for time consuming and messy tear-outs. As a homeowner I believe in installing the best quality that you can afford for the surfaces that take the most abuse in your home. These include the floors; shower walls, kitchen and bathroom countertops. It never pays to install the least expensive if you handle the item or surface numerous times in every day. Another important material to consider as an investment is paint. The labor costs are the same whether you use cheap paint or more expensive product, yet the better paint will last much longer. Hidden quality defects, such as plastic parts in shower heads or valves that are shut behind the shower walls, will never be apparent just by looking at a picture on the internet. This is where a face to face with a knowledgeable professional will pay off. These days it is more important than ever to conduct your own research about product quality and options to the high end products.

Photo Credit:  Sentrel™ Bath Systems

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