Beach House Remodel Tips

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I’ve shared a lot about our beach house remodel, and it’s about time I answered many of the questions you asked!

Today I am answering questions about our water system, kitchen, and baths. Whether you’re looking to install a Whole-Home Water Filtration system or remodel your kitchen and/or baths, read on to find the answers to the questions you asked!

The living area at our beach house with a large fireplace, a frame tv, a window overlooking the ocean, and a couch, rug, coffee table and chair from Pottery Barn. The vintage cabinet, marble bust, and round rattan mirror are at the top of the staircase. The kitchen is behind the family room area.
The Beach House

Flagship Whole-Home Water Filtration and Conditioning Systems

The finished beach house kitcehn with white cabinets, countertops, appliances, and an island.

Many questions I received about our beach house remodel were about the whole-home water filtration system we installed in the beach house.

Let me share a little bit about this system which should answer all of your questions.

For nine years we had dealt with the negative effects of Ventura’s hard water, impurities, and bad-tasting water.

We knew we had to do something.

So we partnered with Flagship Water which has cutting-edge technology and a commitment to providing clean, healthy water for your entire household.

Understanding the Flagship Advantage

Embroidered robes hanging on hooks in a bathroom.

Flagship has established itself as a leader in the field of water treatment solutions, and its Whole-Home Water Filtration and Conditioning Systems are no exception.

These advanced systems are designed to address a wide range of water quality issues, from hard water and mineral buildup to chlorine taste and odor.

Which was exactly what we needed in Ventura. And the perfect thing to add during our beach house remodel.

The finished beach house kitcehn with white cabinets, countertops, appliances, and an island.

Key Benefits That Set These Water Systems Apart

The family on the deck

To be honest, it’s all about having the best water for our family in our home.

Comprehensive Water Treatment

Flagship’s systems combine multiple filtration and conditioning technologies to ensure that every drop of water flowing through your taps is clean, fresh, and safe. This comprehensive approach guarantees the removal of sediment, chlorine, heavy metals, and even bacteria.

Softening and Conditioning

Say goodbye to the negative effects of hard water, such as scale buildup on faucets and appliances. The conditioning aspect of Flagship’s systems effectively reduces water hardness, extending the lifespan of your plumbing fixtures and appliances while making your skin and hair feel noticeably softer.

Enhanced Taste and Odor

We all need to be able to enjoy the purest, most refreshing taste from our tap water. Flagship’s advanced filtration components remove chlorine and other contaminants that can affect the taste and odor of your water, leaving you with water that’s not only cleaner but also more enjoyable to drink.

Environmentally Friendly

By investing in a whole-home water filtration and conditioning system, you’re reducing your reliance on bottled water and minimizing the plastic waste associated with it. You’re also contributing to a healthier planet by supporting a more sustainable water consumption model. And just so you know, we NEVER buy bottled water for our home.

Health and Well-Being

Access to clean, filtered water isn’t just about convenience; it’s about the health and well-being of your family. With Flagship’s systems, you can have peace of mind knowing that the water you use for drinking, cooking, bathing, and cleaning is free from harmful contaminants.

Installation and Maintenance

The Flagship Whole-Home Water Filtration and Conditioning Systems are designed with ease of use and maintenance in mind. Professional installation ensures that the system is seamlessly integrated into your home’s plumbing system. Routine maintenance, including filter replacements, is simple and typically required only a few times a year.

The Flagship Whole-Home Water Filtration and Conditioning Systems are a game-changer for anyone seeking cleaner, healthier water throughout their home.

From improving water quality to prolonging the life of your plumbing and appliances, these systems offer a myriad of benefits that can transform the way you experience water in your daily life.

Make the smart choice for your family’s well-being and the environment by investing in the advanced water treatment solutions offered by Flagship.

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Beach House Remodel Tile Selection and Installation Questions

white beach house kitchen with island, countertops, white cabinets, and new lighting.
  1. What are the best types of tiles for kitchens and bathrooms?

Choosing the right tiles for your kitchen and bathroom involves considering both functionality and aesthetics. For kitchen floors, durable options like porcelain or ceramic tiles work well due to their resistance to scratches, stains, and moisture.

In bathrooms, porcelain, ceramic, or natural stone tiles are popular choices for walls and floors. Additionally, glass tiles can add a touch of elegance as decorative accents or backsplashes.

All of our tile for the beach house is from Mission Tile West.

  1. How can I make my small kitchen or bathroom appear more spacious with tile?
Primary bathroom shower with tan marble tile
Marble tile from Mission Tile West

In smaller spaces, opt for larger-format tiles as they can visually expand the area. Light-colored tiles and those with minimal grout lines also create a sense of openness.

Using the same tiles on the floor and walls can provide continuity and make the space appear more cohesive.

  1. Your hand-painted tiles are so unique, how can I incorporate them into my design?
Beverage side of the kitceh with hand painted tiles, water dispenser, quartz countertops and white cabinets.

Hand-painted tiles are artisan-crafted tiles that are individually painted by skilled artists. These tiles are known for their unique and artistic designs, which add a touch of craftsmanship and personality to any space. Hand-painted tiles are often used as decorative accents or focal points in kitchen backsplashes, bathroom walls, fireplace surrounds, and even as standalone art pieces.

I had my hand-painted tiles made at Mission Tile West. The design and color are perfect for our beach house. They are subtle but easily draw interest. And they are so much fun!

  1. What is the best grout color for my tiles?
white 6" x 2" subway tile from Mission Tile West

The grout color can significantly impact the overall look of your tiled surfaces. For a seamless appearance, choose a grout color that closely matches the tile. Contrasting grout colors can create visual interest and emphasize the tile layout.

Keep in mind that lighter grout colors may require more frequent cleaning to maintain their brightness.

  1. Can I install tiles myself, or should I hire a professional?
Our downstairs bathroom with a walk in shower and California faucets and hardware.

While some homeowners may choose to tackle tile installation as a DIY project, I hired a professional tile installer. I would recommend you do the same if you have complex patterns or intricate designs.

Professional installers ensure that tiles are properly laid, aligned, and grouted, resulting in a flawless finish that will stand the test of time.

Beach House Remodel Faucet Selection and Installation

A newly constructed primary bathroom with a double sink vanity, marble tile shower, and decor.
  1. What different types of kitchen and bathroom faucets did you consider?

There are several types of faucets to choose from, including single-handle, double-handle, pull-down, pull-out, and wall-mounted options. Single-handle faucets are easy to use and perfect for smaller spaces, while pull-down and pull-out faucets offer convenience and flexibility. Wall-mounted faucets create a sleek and modern look, especially in bathrooms with vessel sinks.

All of our faucets and fixtures are from Mission West Kitcehn and Bath.

  1. Which finish should I choose for my faucets?

Faucet finishes can significantly impact the overall style of your kitchen or bathroom. Popular finishes include chrome, brushed nickel, stainless steel, brass, and oil-rubbed bronze.

Select a finish that complements your design theme and other fixtures in the space. Keep in mind that finishes like brushed nickel and stainless steel tend to be more resistant to fingerprints and water spots. Which is an important factor for many of us!

  1. How do I ensure proper faucet installation?

Proper faucet installation is crucial to prevent leaks and ensure optimal functionality. If you’re replacing an existing faucet, follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and make sure to shut off the water supply before beginning. I

If you’re unsure about installation, it’s best to seek the help of a professional plumber to ensure a secure and leak-free installation.

  1. Are there water-saving faucets available for environmentally conscious homeowners?
Our primary bathroom with a walk in shower and California faucets and hardware.

Yes, many faucet manufacturers offer water-saving options, such as low-flow aerators or sensor-activated faucets. These eco-friendly choices can help conserve water and reduce your utility bills without compromising on performance or style. In California, they are mandatory.

  1. How often should I replace my kitchen and bathroom faucets?
Our kitchen at the beach house and California faucets and hardware.

The lifespan of faucets can vary depending on the quality of materials and frequency of use. High-quality faucets can last for many years, while cheaper options may require more frequent replacements.

Regular maintenance, such as cleaning and addressing minor issues promptly, can help extend the life of your faucets.

Beach House Remodel Fixture Selection and Installation

Embroidered robes hanging on hooks in a bathroom.
  1. What types of fixtures should I consider for my kitchen and bathroom?

Kitchen and bathroom fixtures include items like towel bars, towel rings, robe hooks, toilet paper holders, and showerheads. When selecting fixtures, choose designs that complement the overall style of your space and ensure that the finish matches or coordinates with the faucets and other hardware.

All of our fixtures in the Beach house were recommended by Mission West Kitchen and Bath and are from California Faucets.

  1. Can I mix and match fixture styles and finishes?
A newly constructed en suite bathroom with a step in steam shower 9with tub), single marble vanity and decor.

Mixing and matching fixture styles and finishes can create a unique and eclectic look in your kitchen or bathroom. However, it’s essential to strike a balance to maintain visual harmony. For instance, if you have contemporary faucets, consider modern or transitional fixtures that complement the overall design theme.

I used chrome faucets with brass cabinet handles and appliances that have both brass and chrome. I love the mix of the finishes!

  1. How can I add extra storage in my kitchen and bathroom through fixtures?
A newly constructed primary bathroom with a double sink vanity, marble tile shower, and decor.

Utilize fixtures with built-in storage solutions to maximize space in your kitchen and bathroom. Look for towel bars with shelves, wall-mounted racks with hooks, and shower caddies with multiple compartments. These storage-focused fixtures not only provide convenience but also add functionality to your space.

  1. Should I install fixtures myself, or is professional installation necessary?
A newly constructed primary bathroom with a double sink vanity, marble tile shower, and decor.

Simple fixture installations, such as towel bars and robe hooks, can be accomplished by homeowners with basic tools and DIY experience. However, more complex installations, such as showerheads or wall-mounted fixtures, may require the expertise of a professional to ensure proper placement and secure installation.

  1. How can I care for and maintain my fixtures to keep them looking pristine?
white beach house kitchen with island, countertops, white cabinets, and new lighting.

Regular cleaning and maintenance are key to keeping your fixtures looking and functioning at their best. Wipe down fixtures regularly with a soft cloth and mild soap to remove water spots and debris.

And if you live near the beach, you have to do this all of the time!

Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners that can damage the finish. Additionally, address any loose or wobbly fixtures promptly to prevent further damage and ensure they remain securely attached.

I promise to share more answers to the questions you asked about our floors, paint colors, and furnishings very soon. In the meantime, if you have any more questions, be sure to ask! I am always happy to answer.

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