Building A Dream Bathroom Within A Tract Home

Building A Dream Bathroom Within A Tract Home

Kitchen and bathroom remodels are the most popular home renovations because they both bring great value to a home. Sometimes, homeowners can’t envision how a
renovation to their master bathroom will work because the space seems very limited.
This is especially true in tract homes where the layout involves a tiny shower adjacent to
a small tub. Have you ever thought about joining the two to make one giant, luxury
shower? This is a trend we are seeing in 2017 that is leaving tract homeowners feeling
like they upgraded to a deluxe bathroom setting! If you find yourself in a similar situation
with your bathroom, check out these benefits of removing the shower/tub combo to build
one dream shower:
Relaxation Sitting
If the idea of removing the tub all together makes you feel weary, remember that your
shower can have a place for you to rest too! By building in custom seats like pictured
below, allows you to clean while relaxing.

Organized Space
Say goodbye to cluttered shampoo bottles and body wash. You can have built in
shelving that allows you to store your items neatly.


Dual Shower Heads
Like feeling surround by water? You have the option to have a rainfall shower head or
have dual shower heads so you are immersed in water.
Spacious Room
By having clear doors, the shower gives the illusion of a bigger space and making your
bathroom feel luxurious. Show off the beautiful tile and make your bathroom a
welcomed sanctuary.

Ready to upgrade your bathroom? Give Alan, with Arlington Custom Builders, a call.
Your dream bathroom awaits!


Bathroom & KitchensSelling Your Home

Looking to sell your home this summer or in the near future? If you are feeling overwhelmed with all of the advice, you are not alone. A simple understanding of the two-hotspots in your home will increase your odds of selling your home fast. Buyers most closely judge the kitchen and the master bathroom. Why? It is because these spaces have the most value. Focusing on these two rooms and making sure the rest of the house is staged and clear of clutter can make your home a dream!


  • Go for a walk-in shower instead of a tub if you don’t have enough space. Sure, a tub is luxurious, but a beautiful walk-in shower is more convenient and practical.
  • If you only have one bathroom, instead of spending money on remodeling it, spend the money on adding a second bathroom to the home. This situation often arises in older homes.
  • Make sure you keep the existing structure sound. Resolving leaking or other issues should take precedence over a bathroom or kitchen remodel.
  • Kitchen remodels can vary greatly in price. These simple upgrades can make a big improvement:
    Use a fresh coat of paint, resurface cabinet doors, replace kitchen
    hardware (knobs, faucet, etc), upgrade the appliances to stainless steel
    and upgrade the lighting with new fixtures.
  • Cleanliness is key! It is worth it to hire a professional cleaner to come in and give your home a once over focusing on grout, countertops and hidden nooks.

Kitchen and bath remodels are the best investment you can make in your home and often returns 100% of the cost. This is because people spend the most time in these two rooms so they want it to feel nice. It is also easy to notice if money has been spent on these two rooms.

Alan specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodels of all sizes and budgets. He takes your
vision and turns it into a reality with an honest approach. Whether you are looking for a
complete overhaul or just need a few items retouched, you can trust Alan will give you
quality results.


Make A Statement In Your Home

Half bathrooms, or “powder rooms”, are often overlooked when it’s time to remodel the home. This is a big mistake! Think about it, when your guests are over for dinner, they end up using the half bathroom. You spend so much time and money making the more visible open areas of your home “guest ready”, but not the one place that all your guests spend time in. Don’t forget about the personality and style you can add to this small space! And since it’s small, it’s not a big, expensive remodel like other areas of your home. This means you can affordably add the higher end touches to the space. Here are a few half bathroom remodel tips that will add your style to this small room and leave your guests impressed!

Floating Vanities

You are probably seeing more and more of these in modern bathrooms. We truly love this look! It’s clean and holds a style all it’s own. In fact, we included it in one of our most recent master bathroom remodels, and what a difference it made! With a small space, like a half bathroom, this will stand out more than you know. It will draw attention to the detail in your bathroom and leave your guests talking.


Luxury Above Your Head

Don’t overlook what’s above your head when you are doing a remodel! When you want luxurious touches in a small bathroom, your ceiling is where you can begin. Crown molding sets the tone for the whole room. It also makes the ceiling feel taller, making the space feel more open. This is an important thing to think about when you don’t have a lot of space to work with.

Walls & Floors Add More

When working on a remodel in a small half bath, you can spend money on the more expensive details since you won’t need much of them. A half bath means everything is closer together, so make the space count! Feel free to be more daring with the wall color, or maybe a printed, luxurious wallpaper. One of our favorite things to do in a half bath remodel is a stone accent wall. As you see in the image below it makes the whole room feel completely different. Don’t forget about those floors! Go with a high end tile like travertine or marble. Not your taste? Consider a warm tone of wood grain tile. The options are truly endless!


There are so many great ways to make a big splash in a small half bathroom! Not sure where to begin? Don’t worry, the experts at Arlington Custom builders have truly seen it all and will give you the guidance you need for this small remodel.

5 Top Remodeling Trends in Arizona

The year 2015 may be coming to an end, but housing trends for 2016 are already being noted! Remodeling a bathroom or kitchen can seem intimidating and like a lot of work. That is why it is so important to hire the right contractor that can make the whole process not only pain free but fun! Check out remodeling trends that can take your home from drab to fab in a hurry.

Smart Storage
You can never have too much storage space in a home, especially when it comes to kitchens! Kitchens that take advantage of the vertical space for storage are a huge selling advantage for a home. This means built in cabinets! Unique furniture also does the trick for extra storage and can easily be incorporated into the kitchen layout.


Mixed Metals
Soft colors create a relaxing environment that is perfect for a bathroom or kitchen setting. Metals continue to be a popular choice in home remodels. Incorporating different metals with complimentary paint colors can create a timeless design. For example, a mixture of gold and bronze can play off the lighting and create a nice ambiance.

Top Remodeling Trends in Arizona

Having a relaxing home with technology influences continues to be on high demand. Today, there are so many different ways to modernize your bathroom to make it a more convenient space. Heated floors, automated toilets and touch screen finishes can all make your bathroom feel like a weekend at the spa!

Top bathroom remodeling tips in arizona

Feeling stuck on which direction to take your home remodel? That is okay! Working with a professional and experienced contractor like Alan, from Arlington Custom Builders, will lead you in the right direction. He works directly with his clients to ensure their remodeling project is a success!



Finding Purpose For Your Spare Room


We all have that room in our homes that we try to hide. The one that only serves as a guest room a few times a year and then collects boxes and dust the rest of the time. It’s time to get smart about the space in your home and make them functional for your daily life! Here are a few ideas to spruce up the spare room in your home.

 Craft Room

Whether you are a seasoned crafter or your kids love to get creative, this is the space for you. Organize your spare room in a way that you are able to fit a larger craft table with options for storage. Consider talking to your contractor to install built-ins along the walls to decoratively organize your supplies. Your guests will talk about what a great room it is and you will be able to use it on a daily basis while keeping the rest of the house crayon and glitter free.

 Home Office/Guest Bedroom

This is probably the easiest and most functional use of the spare room. Decide on a clean design with a desk and office storage that will suit your needs best. Then look into a bed that can also serve as a sitting area, preferably a daybed. This will allow a comfortable space for overnight guests and give you a quiet area to retreat to when working from home.

 Entertainment Room

Looking for a man cave? Do you need a place where the kids can play and watch their favorite movies? Make that spare room into an entertainment retreat. This space may be smaller than the standard entertainment room so here are a few space saving tips. Mount a flat screen television on the wall to eliminate the need for a large piece of furniture. Make sure to consider a couch that isn’t so large that it will make the space feel tiny. Consider a smaller sectional that also has a sleeper option for guests, making this room multipurpose. When including storage, try to choose pieces that function as more than just storage. An ottoman or coffee table with a storage option is a great space saver.

Talk to your contractor and interior designer to get more in-depth options for your space. They will be able to take a look at that spare room and turn it into the year round, multi-purpose space of your dreams. Alan, at Arlington Custom Builders, works with you to make your vision become a reality!

Your Bathroom, the Perfect Getaway!

Bathrooms are quickly becoming one of the popular rooms to remodel in 2015. Your bathroom remodel can be a way to display the personality and style of your family, all while being the perfect getaway. Have you ever considered upgrading your bathroom to become an oasis? The place in your home to relax and get away from it all? There are many ways you can make your bathroom the spa you always wished it was!

Walk-in shower with a rainfall shower head

Rain Shower

More and more people are saying goodbye to the bathtub and turning to the walk-in shower. There are many ways to make the walk-in shower feel more luxurious than your standard sliding door shower. One of the most relaxing, modern upgrades you can add to your walk-in shower is a rainfall shower head. It creates a soothing, comfort to your otherwise mundane shower routine. You can also add other accents and features to compliment this new, comforting upgrade.

Upgraded tile

Patterned cement tile

Don’t overlook the power of what new tile can do for your bathroom! Consider a patterned cement tile to add a dramatic, new look to your bathroom. This look can help add a southwestern look or vintage vibe. Also, consider floor to wall tile patterns as a great way to add a new look your bathroom. You can use two different tile styles throughout the bathroom to give it a look all it’s own. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Character lighting


There are many lighting options you can add to your remodel that will be sure to change the look of your bathroom. Why not choose lighting that will make your bathroom feel luxurious? Chandelier’s are now a trendy addition to bathroom remodels. It will truly make your bathroom feel like a place to make a getaway with a good book and a glass of wine!

Think outside of the box the next time you are ready to have your bathroom remodeled. Dream of how you want your bathroom to represent the style of the home and how you want it to make you feel. Then, start working with your contractor to make the creative additions come to life in your bathroom!

Scottsdale Bathroom Remodeling Trends

Scottsdale bathroom remodeling

In today’s modern society, the bathroom is no longer looked upon as just a place to do one’s business. Bathrooms have taken on a feeling of relaxation and comfort — a room all its own. This is why one of the most common ways to spruce up your Scottsdale home is with a bathroom remodel.

Whether you’re looking for something luxurious or just some basic improvements or upgrades, we have some of the most popular Scottsdale bathroom remodeling trends listed below. Take a look and get inspired for your next bathroom remodel!

Scottsdale Bathroom Remodeling Trends

Tuscan/Meditarrean Master Bathrooms

Easily one of the more popular remodel designs in Scottsdale, a Tuscan-style master bathroom is the way to go if you’re looking for a warm and inviting bathroom. With tan, gold, deep orange, and burnt yellow tones, a good Tuscan-style bathroom usually includes earthy features like natural stone or granite sinks and counter tops blended with the use of natural wood stools, benches, or cabinets.

Deep Colors

If remodeling your master bathroom seems a bit too much for your budget, try to give some attention to your guest bathroom by using deep, bold colors. You can accomplish this with either a simple repainting, or take it to the next level by applying glass tiles that use colors like magenta, deep purple, or a dark blue. Compliment these bold colors with a new stainless steel sink!

Green Machines

The “going green,” trend has not only taken over Scottsdale, but the rest of the United States. Conserving water is a big deal here in the Valley of the Sun, which is why home owners all across Scottsdale are switching to “green” toilets and sinks that help to keep water wasting to a minimum. Not only are these appliances good for the environment, they also come in cool, sleek designs that are perfect for any home.

For more information on popular Scottsdale bathroom remodeling tips and to see how we can help with your next bathroom remodel, give us a call today at 480-998-9696!

Easy Ways to Redecorate Your Bathroom on a Budget

bathroom remodeling scottsdale

Sometimes, our customers just aren’t ready for a complete bathroom remodel but are still looking for ways to spruce up the bathrooms in their home. That’s why we’ve put together a list of easy ways to redecorate your bathroom without having to break the bank. Take a look below, and don’t forget to share your comments!

Use woven baskets as toilet paper holders

Tired of putting your extra rolls of toilet paper under the sink or on top of the toilet shelf? Try putting them in a cheap wicker basket (found at places like World Market or Target) to add a little class and organization to the bathroom!

Turn funky furniture into functional furniture

If you have an extra nightstand or even an old desk taking up space in your garage or storage unit, you can easily turn them into functional bathroom pieces. Small nightstands can hold beauty products and vintage desks can be used as vanity tables.

Add some potted plants

One of the easiest ways to decorate your bathroom is by adding potted plants. Pots from places like Home Depot or Lowes range in price from as low as $13 to $30 and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. And if upkeep isn’t your thing, go for a plastic plant for the same effect!

Make organization fun

Instead of opting for expensive bathroom organizers, take some time to find household items to create custom organizers. Things like mason jars and soup cans make for a fun way to keep things like cotton balls and q-tips in order. Take it one step further and print out your own labels for the jars and cans!

What are some of your easiest ways to redecorate a bathroom on a budget? Tell us in the comments below or let us know on our Facebook page! 

What is the Best Time to Remodel Your Bathroom?

In addition to being a great investment, you can design a modern bathroom with your exact needs in mind, creating an alcove of peace and relaxation within your home.   There are many reasons to remodel your bathroom now, including:

  1.  Cost Savings:  Remodeling your bathroom now allows you to leverage the power of your dollar today.  Interest rates are lower than they ever have been.
  2. Higher “daily dividend”:  Even if you plan on staying in your house for the long-term, you will get more enjoyment spread out over the course of time than you would if you wait until later.
  3. Save money by installing energy-efficient lighting, toilets and showers.

Many homeowners make the mistake of waiting until they absolutely have to remodel their bathroom, but they may not realize that bathroom remodels are the least intrusive and offer the best return-on-investment for their home.  Remodeling a half-bath can add as much as 10% value to the price of your home, and a full bath can add as much as 20%, but why wait until you are planning to sell your house to modernize your bathroom, when you can enjoy it now?

Now that you understand the benefits of remodeling your bathroom now, instead of later, you should start planning immediately in order to take advantage of the spring and summer weather.  It is the best time of year to have any remodeling done on your house, including your bathroom.

Before long, you’ll be relaxing in your newly remodeled custom bathroom.


Scottsdale Bathroom Remodeling Creates Your Oasis

A bathroom should be so much more than a sink and a shower stall.  In fact, a proper bathroom can serve as a retreat for the homeowner.  After a long day of work or an invigorating day of play, nothing is more relaxing than sequestering yourself away into the peace and tranquility of a spa-like bathroom.  If your bathroom brings more stress into your life than relief, it is time for a Scottsdale bathroom remodel.

In order to make your oasis all you want it to be, you should be thoughtful about your design choices.  You can share your project ideas with your architect and contractor who will be able to ascertain whether your vision is a good match for your budget and space configuration.

There are many ways to turn your dingy, drab bathroom into the blissful retreat you deserve and desire.  Like a fireplace in a great room, the bathtub can serve as a focal point.  Perhaps surround it with towering windows, a romantic chandelier, or classic cabinetry. Jetted or garden, claw foot or enclosed, the functionality of today’s bath tubs are as varied as you can imagine.  You will spend a lot of time soaking away the stress, so think about what you want your tub to be able to do for you.

Like bath tubs, a well-designed shower stall will make a bold, defining statement for the entire room.  Deep, open showers or clear glass enclosures give the entire room a spacious, airy feel.  Creative mosaic tiles can present a uniquely cultural feel, whereas stone lends a natural ambiance and ceramic tile can create a modern, clean look.  The tiles of the shower indeed help define the personality of the room.  Again, carefully reflect on what you expect to gain from the showering experience.  Do you want the ability for steam?  Multiple heads?  Massage or rain?

While considering the functionality of your bath, don’t forget the aesthetic choices that play as much a role in creating a favorite experience.  Choose cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, and flooring options that will complement the style of those unmovable objects (tub, shower, etc.).  Make certain that each aspect plays off of the others while making a positive statement of its own.

There is obviously so much to consider in a bathroom remodel, and these are only the aesthetic features.  The feat, however, will be much easier if you have the proper expertise to assist you in every step of your journey.  Please contact us today to customize your dream bathroom.