Bathroom Remodeling Fixtures in Overland Park, KS


When investing in a bathroom remodeling project, one thing to set aside some of the budget for are quality bathroom fixtures. But fixtures go far beyond just faucets and tubs, pretty much anything added inside the bathroom is considered a bathroom fixture.

Trendy Bathroom Remodeling Fixtures: Dual Flush Toilet

For those who want to go green with their bathroom remodeling project, a water saving dual flush American Standard toilet is just the ticket. It may seem a bit costly, at around $540, but considering that the water conserving flush that uses 1.1 gallon vs. the standard at 1.6 gallon, it saves a minimum of 20% water with each use. The money is quickly reclaimed on the water bill.

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Trendy Bathroom Remodeling Fixtures: Handheld Shower Head

Probably the one bathroom remodeling fixture that most project homeowners want to readily invest in is the handheld shower head. Moen has released one with a new twist, the actual shower head itself pivots all the way around its handle. With two speeds on four different and indulgent settings, its low $65 price makes it a good investment for your bathroom remodeling project.

Trendy Bathroom Remodeling Fixtures: Medicine Cabinet TV

Nothing can top this last bathroom remodeling super fixture. While technology progresses it’s harder and harder to find things that are truly new and unique, but Robern has. This fixture manufacturer has just released a medicine cabinet with a mirrored standard surface and a 8” TV in the bottom right corner. For picture in your own reflection if you are willing to invest the $3,450+ in your own man-cave bathroom remodeling this medicine cabinet mirror is just the ticket.


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If you’ve been dreaming of turning your kitchen into a fantastic new room, then there’s no better time than the present! Take a look at what other people in Kansas City are doing with their kitchen remodel plans.

Kitchen Remodel Idea #1: Open Up

A great solution for making your kitchen really “pop” is to create a brighter room. Whether that means bringing in natural light with an additional window or opening up a wall to an adjoining room, more open space will bring in a fresh atmosphere for your kitchen remodel.

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Kitchen Remodel Idea #2: Kitchen Cabinetry Magic

Cabinets today are designed to organize the kitchen and create an efficient work space. For example, pullout kitchen cabinets are ideal for sorting recyclables from trash. Even the recyclables can be further organized into plastics, glass or newspapers. Some Kansas City residents are choosing to put in a storage wall that anchors the kitchen and provides essential storage for dishes, cookbooks and appliances. Decide ahead of time what is important to you so you can have all the cabinets you need in the right place.

Kitchen Remodel Idea #3: Modern Appliances

Efficiency in the kitchen often includes saving time with cooking. With convection microwaves or induction cook tops, traditional cooking takes less time for the same or better results.

Kitchen Remodel Idea #4: Add a Back Splash

Back splash styles are becoming very artistic with kitchen remodels. Try adding a special back splash or extend your current one to the ceiling for a very dramatic look. Materials such as marble, mosaic glass tile and natural stone are very popular right now.

Kitchen Remodel Idea #5: Stylish Counter tops

The new look in kitchen remodels is not granite, but quartz! Because granite needs to be sealed and can be harder to maintain, quartz counter tops provide a great alternative. In addition, quartz is fairly easy to clean with just mild soap and water.

Kitchen Remodel Idea #6: Great Lighting

For the finishing touch on a kitchen remodel, well-placed lighting is the secret. From cabinet lighting to task lighting, decide how you’d like to showcase your beautiful new kitchen in style. With the proper lighting, you can make a fabulous ambiance for your new kitchen space.

Even though remodeling a kitchen all at one time is a big undertaking, you can choose to break it up into smaller steps. Either way, definitely develop a plan first to really create the kitchen remodel of your dreams!

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Have you ever wanted to be on the cutting edge of style and fashion? If you love to follow glitzy fashion shows or search out the latest styles online, then you’ll be excited about the home renovation trends of 2014! Since your home is an extension of your personality, go ahead and try some of these new and exciting home renovation ideas for this upcoming year.

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Home Renovation Trend #1

Modern Kitchens: Creating a kitchen that you love is very important. Since many of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen, designing a space that is updated can rejuvenate you! So, what’s new in modern kitchens? Rather than the rustic atmosphere that has been popular over the last few years, the new trend is a very sleek look. White or grey is now the new color of choice with a minimalistic overall appearance. Even the appliances are blending in to the surroundings to create a very streamlined environment.

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Brass Accents: We’re not talking about bright brass features, but rather a dull and hammered out brass finish. This creates a nice rustic look that you’ll find in kitchen fixtures, bathroom fixtures, door hardware and lighting.

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Updated Bathrooms: Creating a modern look is also the trend for remodeling bathrooms. This year, the new design is a resort-style bathroom. Can’t you see yourself in a luxurious walk-in shower with multiple shower heads? How about heated floors or exquisite heated towel racks? The color trends are also very neutral with light blue, off-white or ash grey.

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Bright Colors: Even though kitchens and bathrooms are sticking with neutral colors, the home renovation trend everywhere else is bright colors. Some of the new popular colors for accent walls or living areas include bright green, yellow, red or cobalt blue.

Home Renovation Trend #5

New Technology: Since so many households have Apple devices these days, the new U-Socket wall plug is showing up all over. Now you can power devices such as iPhones, iPads, Kindles, and digital cameras all together. In addition, the U-Socket has a special sensor that turns off any device when it is fully charged.

When it comes to home renovation ideas and trends, find what works for you. Then take what you love and share your own home renovation ideas with your friends and family!

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Uses For Vinegar in Home Cleaning

Spring is a great time to do some deep home cleaning. If you’re like me though, the idea of using expensive products that have a questionable chemical smell makes you wonder, “Are these cleaners worth the money and the possible health risks?” Instead of buying hundreds of dollars of name brand cleaning products, try using generic vinegar as an effective and inexpensive alternative for all your home cleaning projects.

home cleaningHome Cleaning Tip #1: Clean Your Carpets

If you have a steam cleaner, pour the vinegar directly in the container designated for cleaning solution before adding the hot water. Even though you’ll smell the vinegar during the cleaning, it fades away quickly. Your carpets will look awesome in the end!

Home Cleaning Tip #2: Clean Your Floors

Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar into a gallon of warm water and sponge mop your tile or laminate floors. The vinegar will make your floor super shiny.

Home Cleaning Tip #3: Clean Your Dishwasher

Vinegar does wonders for removing odors and soap buildup within your dishwasher! Simply pour a cup of vinegar inside an empty dishwasher and run the cycle. Try this once a month to keep your dishwasher in tip-top shape.

Home Cleaning Tip #4: Clean Your Sinks and Drains

For your drains, pour a cup of baking soda down the drain first before pouring about a cup of vinegar. Let this mixture sit for five minutes and then run hot water down the drain. For your sink area, pour vinegar directly on to a sponge and wipe the sink thoroughly. Once you’re done, your sink will sparkle and the drain will be fresh.

Home Cleaning Tip #5: Clean Your Microwave

Put 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of water in a microwave-safe dish and bring it to a boil in the microwave. Let it set for a few minutes before wiping down your microwave with ease!

Home Cleaning Tip #6: Clean Your Refrigerator

To get rid of those interesting smells in your refrigerator, try using a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water to wipe down the shelves and drawers. Of course, remember to throw away anything that may be growing in the back first!

So try using vinegar in your home cleaning routine. You’ll be amazed at how effective vinegar can be in getting rid of the dirt and grime while you finish your home cleaning!

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Top Trends in DIY Home Organization

Do you find yourself procrastinating when it comes to home organization? If you’d rather wash the cat than think about organizing a closet, then perhaps you just need a little home organization inspiration! With some help from ordinary objects that you can find around the house or at your local hardware store, you’ll be amazed at how easily you can get your home organization plans off to a great start. Try some of these interesting do-it-yourself projects for your Kansas City residence.


  1. Install a magnetic strip to organize loose knives. You can find a thick magnet at your local Kansas City home improvement store and apply it to your kitchen backsplash with some strong adhesive.
  2. Hang up your spray bottles with a tension rod. This is a great idea for getting spray bottles off the cabinet floor under your sink.
  3. Organize the lids from your pots with a magazine rack. In this way, you can always reach for the right lid without trouble.

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  1. Use hangers for pants to organize your boots. Simply put the top of your boots on each clip to keep them from being slumped on the floor.
  2. Try labeling similar outfits on hangers. If you have too many jeans, try writing a cute label for each hangar like “boot cut” or “skinny”.
  3. Choose a unique way to store your shoes. From hanging shoe sorters to home organization cubbies, find something that makes you want to put your shoes away neatly.


  1. Create a new way to organize crafts. You can try plastic bins or mason jars for getting all your knick-knacks sorted and organized in an efficient manner.
  2. Organize your books in a new way. Search for shelves or interesting furniture pieces where you can showcase your book collection.


  1. Store your matching sheets in pillowcases. This simple idea makes a great way for you to keep your linen closet organized.
  2. Hang your nail polish in a cute way. A travel case with clear pouches can feature every nail polish color that you have in a pleasing manner.

With these great ideas, start your home organization efforts with a bang! Who knows, maybe you’ll really get on a roll and develop some new home organization ideas of your own!

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grey tan ceramic tile bathroomCabin fever! Do you feel it yet? Most of us are about ready to sell our house just for a different view, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We’ve found that some simple remodeling projects can offer distraction (and a change of scenery) to keep the winter blues at bay. And you don’t have to be a pro to dive in!


There are plenty of inexpensive and approachable indoor projects available, but if you took a gander at the title, you’ll know we’re tackling grout in this post. You know, the crumbly, usually-stained grey crud between the tiles in your bathroom, kitchen etc. It looks so gorgeous when it is first laid, but it certainly has a shorter life-span than its colorful counterparts. Ugly grout doesn’t mean it is time to retile (good news because tile is drastically more expensive than grout), and we are going to show you how easy it is to bring your tiled spaces back to life. Continue reading “Beat the Winter Blues: Regrouting Tile” »

marvin window constructionHere at Total Home, we are hesitant to use the word “Quality” when talking about our company. That may surprise you, but to be honest, the word has been overused by every hack in the industry until it has no meaning at all (or even a negative association)!  So we focus more on actually providing the quality and trust our clients to pass on the word for us. We also focus on having an ungodly good time and respectfully saying “screw the norm!”


When you make the decision to rely on referrals to maintain a business, instead of lots of marketing and advertising, the quality of your work must be top notch to keep clients coming in the door (we also use great beer as a bribe for potential clients- it works pretty well). One of the areas we nailed down early on was product quality. We can’t afford to put our stamp of approval on any project that doesn’t meet our standards and risk losing future clients over it. So we did our research and narrowed down the top of the line products that would keep our goal of quality and AWESOMENESS. Continue reading “Marvin Windows Kick Butt” »

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lower your heating billImagine leaving a window in your home open all winter long — the heat loss, cold drafts and wasted energy! If your home has a folding attic stair, fireplace or clothes dryer, that may be just what is occurring in your home every day.


These often overlooked sources of heat loss and air leakage can cause heat to pour out and the cold outside air to rush in — costing you higher heating bills. These are the low hanging fruit when trying to reduce your home heating bill.


Air leaks are the largest source of heating and cooling loss in the home. Continue reading “Reduce Your Home Heating Bill This Winter” »

curtains for window insulationAs you probably know, we love windows. We dream about them. It’s weird.


But we also know a whole lot about windows. How to install them, how to care for them, how to make sure they are working their very best for you. And as the cold weather starts moving in, that includes how to help them keep that chill out.


Of course, the better the window, the less you have to do to keep them insulated. For example, our favorites, Marvin Windows, are double or even triple paned with Argon gas to add an extra layer of insulation. But we understand that Marvins aren’t for everyone, so what can you do to minimize your heat loss and keep your energy bill down this winter?


First, check around the casing of your windows to see if any air is leaking in. If so, you can be sure we didn’t install them! Just kidding… But in all seriousness, caulking those cracks will make a massive difference as the temperature drops. Consider adding some weather stripping in the sash as well to ensure a tight seal. Continue reading “Windows Need Insulation Too” »

midwest kansas city home fall remodelingIn the heart of fall, as winter and a truckload of holidays approach, where does remodeling fit in? Probably not a great time for diving into your landscaping or building a kick ass barbeque pit. So where should you be spending your time and money?


One thought is windows. Yes, we like windows a lot and pretty much feel like any time is good for a makeover. But think about it, once winter hits and you feel the cold breeze floating right past your curtains, it’s going to be a bit late. Fall is the perfect time to prevent the chill (and a high energy bill) and get some quality windows on your home! Continue reading “Fall Remodeling Ideas” »