3. Remote venting. Picture this: You’re taking a long, steamy shower in the middle of winter after a long day. You spend extra time, and as such, you create extra water vapor. You turn on the bathroom vent, and suddenly the relaxing atmosphere (pardon the pun) evaporates as soon as you hear the obnoxious whirring of the vent.
Remote venting removes this problem entirely. The actual motor for the vent (whether it is in your bathroom or kitchen) is moved several feet away, usually into the attic. So while the venting power is still strong, the sound is practically gone. I’ve had several customers say they brag to their friends about how quiet their bathroom vents are. To some this may sound … odd. But once you’ve had a remote vent installed, you’ll understand.
Soft-close hinges catch the cabinet door midswing, about an inch or two away from fully being closed, and then slowly shut it the rest of the way. (The same goes for soft-close drawer glides.) They’re amazing. You’ll be spoiled by them and find yourself accidentally slamming ordinary cabinets everywhere you go.
5. Custom cabinetry organization. I’m not talking about going to the Container Store and buying everything in sight — although that is pretty fun. For me, in-drawer organization comes during the design phase of cabinetry. Take inventory of everything you have or want to store, and see if there are storage solutions (check out Rev-A-Shelf) that can be integrated into your cabinets.
Common examples are knife holders, as seen here, spice racks, trash drawers, laundry bin holders and hair dryer/straightener holsters. Custom cabinetry organization is the embodiment of “a place for everything and everything in its place,” and it makes life that much neater and easier.
7. Protective shower glass treatment. I can’t stress enough the value of adding protective sealant to glass shower doors. Yes, it protects the glass from water, heat and mineral deposits, but more importantly, it stays clean longer! On top of that, when it’s time to clean, it is so easy to do (no elbow grease required). Sealants, like ShowerGuard, also prevent glass from getting that slightly opaque, scummy look that comes from regular use.
Some of these items may seem irrelevant and relatively minuscule, but in the end they can make a big difference in your happiness and quality of life in your new space.