Preventing Mildew, Mold in the Home Post Natural Disaster

Hurricane Irma dealt a devastating blow to homeowners along Florida’s western coast last fall.  Property damage and losses are estimated to be as high as $65 billion across several states.

Flooding from storm surge and flash floods caused by heavy rains destroyed homes from the Keys to the Panhandle, creating optimal growing conditions for mildew and mold behind walls, under floors, and on water-soaked furnishings.

Left unchecked, airborne mold can threaten the health of your family  and end up costing tens of thousands of dollars to clean up. Below are a few tips for preventing mildew and mold in storm-damaged properties:

– Know what mildew and mold look like.

Before the cleanup begins, it’s important to recognize the difference between mildew and  mold.

Mildew is an easily recognizable fungus that appears in grey or white patches on moist surfaces – or on organic material that’s been damaged by floodwaters. It can be removed using common household cleaners and a scrub brush.

Mold, on the other hand, is often distinguished by its green or black color, and can appear fuzzy or even slimy. Mold spores can thrive in extreme conditions, and they’re harder to get rid of. Surfaces covered by mold usually show signs of rot.

– After floodwaters recede, everything below the waterline should be thrown away.

Once the flood damage has been assessed thoroughly and it’s safe to begin the cleanup, it’s critical to remove any building materials, furniture, and fixings that were underwater.

Inspect areas and objects above the waterline for discoloration, and check to see if they have a musty odor,  a sign of contamination.

Once all standing water has been mopped up or pumped away, remove all wet wallboard materials, insulation, finished flooring, and carpeting. Keep those materials piled as far away from the home as possible.

– Dry and clean all surfaces within 24 to 48 hours.

Vacuum up any loose debris, and create sufficient ventilation so that all moist areas inside the home can dry thoroughly. Use a dehumidifier to maintain dryness.

Wall studs and framing should be cleaned with a mild detergent, such as dish soap, and rinsed with a pressure washer. Other surfaces should be wiped with a bleach solution (up to ¼-cup of bleach mixed with one gallon of water) and re-wiped with clean water about a half-hour later.

– When in doubt, hire an expert.

Sometimes, mold will continue to grow despite your best efforts; hiring an expert will help ensure your home is safe for years to come. Be sure that the individual or company you hire is a state-licensed mold assessor.


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Ideas to Revamp Your Guest Bathroom

The master bathroom, aka your own personal oasis, isn’t the only bathroom that should get all the attention. Your guest bathroom should be equally as inviting, calming, and beautiful. Your guest bathroom will be used often by friends and family, so why not show off your aesthetic tastes and brilliant design ideas in this room as well? A guest bathroom is more than just a sink and a toilet – there are so many elements for you to play with. Don’t let your guest bathroom be the forgotten about room!  With high foot traffic, this room should shine. A guest bathroom is a great place to experiment with different styles, colors, patterns, and ideas you may not have used in your own personal bathroom.

At Luxury Home Solutions, we’ve designed, remodeled, and built our share of bathrooms, so we wanted to share with you some designs ideas to create a one-a-kind guest bathroom in your home.

  • Experiment with bold colors and patterns on the sink cabinetry and the wall paper. However, don’t make the room too loud! It’ll be too chaotic and look more like a funhouse than a washroom. Balance the boldness with simple accessories.
  • If your guest bathroom is tiny, opt for a pedestal sink instead of a sink with a cabinet. This will create more floor space and give the appearance that the room is bigger than it is.
  • Use the walls for storage by installing open shelves. Not only does this create more space (on the floor) and storage, but you can add little decorations on the shelves to pull together the whole design/theme of the room.
  • If your guest bathroom is tiny, opt to put a window in (if you can) or go for a white theme. Natural light and bright colors, like white, will make the room look bigger and cleaner.
  • Display knickknacks on a vanity tray on the counter so they don’t take up too much room.
  • Install a pocket door or a barn door to save space in such a small room.
  • Install a large mirror or even a mirrored wall to make the room appear bigger than it is.
  • Paint the ceiling a bright color for a surprising, bold look. Aim to have this color compliment the wall paper or other accessories in the bathroom.
  • Install sconces on either side of the mirror/sink for ideal lighting in the bathroom.
  • Use a monochromatic color scheme to keep your bathroom from becoming overwhelming.
  • For a classic look, install subway tile.
  • Install a double sink into the guess bathroom, so couples who are staying can use the bathroom simultaneously.

Does your guest bathroom need a makeover? Or thinking about adding a new guest bathroom in your home? We can help! Luxury Home Solutions is a custom home builder who builds and renovates homes in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and other Southwest Florida cities. To get started with our design team, click here or call 239-728-2143.

How to Enhance a White Kitchen

When it comes to home design, fads come and go. When designing a home, a client takes a risk building in a “fad” element, because it may not stand the test of time, and it will look dated or the client may get bored of it. One home design element that has stood the test of time are white kitchens. White kitchens seem to be more popular some years than others, but they never go out of style. They have a clean, classic look, which homeowners can style and transform to reflect any aesthetic taste or feeling.

White kitchens come with a sense of cleanliness, purity and brightness. A white color reflects light and can make smaller kitchens appear bigger. White is basically a neutral color when used in the kitchen, because every accent color you choose will work great with white.

For this article, we wanted to share some design ideas with you on things you can add to your white kitchen to enhance the room. Remember, white kitchens don’t have to be white everything. You can have stainless steel appliances or wood surfaces. You want to make a good balance in the room so that even though there are other accents, the white still shines.

  • Use gray cabinets to balance out white walls, ceiling, and trims. If you use a warmer gray, it balances out with the white without being the star of the show.
  • Light-toned wood floors add just a little bit of warmth to all the white in the room.
  • Just like a floor, a wooden ceiling or wooden countertop will balance out a white kitchen.
  • If you like darker colors, use them as accents in the room like for stools, door handles, or an oven hood.
  • Darker colored wall sconces add a nice pop to white walls.
  • Quartz, onyx, marble, and granite countertops and backsplashes add a little pop of color and interest to the white room without being too dramatic.
  • Pick a colored hanging light over an island to bring contrast to the white walls and cabinets surrounding it.
  • Use different shades of white in the room. This will create some depth, so the room doesn’t look so flat.
  • Use materials with texture to add depth to a white kitchen.
  • Fabric on the windows or floor can bring softness to a white kitchen.

Thinking about renovating your kitchen? Luxury Home Solutions is a custom home builder who builds and renovates homes in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and other Southwest Florida cities. To get started with our design team, click here or call 239-728-2143.

Things to Think About Before Renovating a Bathroom

Thinking about a new bathroom? Ready to make your dream bathroom a reality? Our team at Luxury Home Solutions work with our clients from concept to installation to design and layout a bathroom that reflects their wants, needs, budget, and space. Our goal is to create a bathroom that is specifically tailored to the client. Our in-house designers and projects managers are experienced and trained to maintain aesthetics while incorporating aging-in-place design elements to prepare for the future.

For this article, we wanted to share with you some things you should know and keep in mind before beginning a bathroom remodeling job.

  • Renovations aren’t quick jobs. Sure, you’re not building a whole house, but there is a lot of work and time put into this job, so your bathroom will look flawless. At a minimum, a bathroom renovation will take four weeks, so be prepared for this room to be out-of-commission for a while. The more complicated a project, the longer it will take. Also, mistakes happen. The wrong sink could be ordered, or something wasn’t measured correctly, so the project will be a bit delayed.
  • If you don’t have another bathroom, purchase a portable toilet and/or shower from a reputable company or even a contractor. Or, you can temporary rent another home/apartment until the bathroom is finished.
  • Simplicity isn’t always simple. Many minimalist, clean, sleek ideas (no seams, no grout lines, no handles) end up being the more complicated projects to complete because the details during the building process need to be meticulously planned. Often, these “simple” ideas end up being the most expensive design options.
  • Don’t try to do complicated renovations in the bathroom that you’ve never done before on your own. For example, tiling may look easy, but it is not. Being able to get the tile and grout lines straight, along with even grouting is a skill. Contractors plan the tile work in advance to know how many pieces will be needed, what sizes, and how they should be cut. Contractors also know how to tile floors, walls, and counters that are oddly shaped or uneven, and still have them look perfect.
  • To save money, add decorative elements throughout the room that balance out more simple design ideas. Fancy tile work, cabinetry, and showers can be pricey. If you opt for more basic (more affordable) options, then you can buy a big fancy chandelier or gorgeous handles to make the bathroom still look dramatic and aesthetically different and pleasing.
  • Stick to fewer patterns, designs or color choices. When you start choosing many different styles, there’s a good chance they may not look as good together as you would hope. You can always add more later (if needed).

Thinking about renovating a bathroom in your home? Luxury Home Solutions is a custom home builder who builds and renovates homes in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and other Southwest Florida cities. To get started with our design team, click here or call 239-728-2143.

Home Décor Ideas for the Holiday Season

It’s the holidays! No matter what holiday you celebrate this season, the holidays are a festive time. Besides the wonderful food and precious family time, this is the season where people go all out to decorate their homes to fill each room (inside and out) with the spirit of the season.

Just like picking out doorknobs or lighting fixtures, a person’s holiday decorations are a form of self-expression – your interpretation of the holidays. Not only do you choose decorations that reflect your tastes, but you also have to choose décor that works with your home. For example, you can’t buy a 20-foot holiday tree if you have low ceilings.

With the seemingly endless stores and magazines selling holiday décor, your options to decorate are vast. For this article, we wanted to share some beautiful ideas on how to make your home festive this year.

  • Use a combo of baby cypress trees and glass/porcelain trees on the dining room table for a different kind of centerpiece.
  • Fill bowls around the home with ornament balls.
  • Wrap garland around all bannisters, railings, and mirrors. Wrap a giant and ornate garland around the fireplace.
  • Hang glass snowflakes in the windows.
  • Used wrapped gifts (just use boxes, not real gifts) as decorations around the holiday tree or other places in the home.
  • Put a holiday tree in an outdoor space, porch, or lanai.
  • Place wreaths on doors and over fireplaces.
  • Spread ornaments, greens, berries, pinecones and other small holiday trinkets across shelves.
  • Use red roses and red fabric as design elements throughout all your decorations to add a pop and dramatic feel to the holiday decorations.
  • Hang bells from red ribbon from the fireplace.
  • Adorn the house with red, pink, and white poinsettias.
  • Place standing window baskets with evergreens, red berries, pinecones, ornaments and more on the porch, lanai, or outdoor living space.
  • Burn wintery-scented candles around the home. Also, you can use candles of different colors, widths, and heights, to use merely for décor and not lighting.
  • Display a candelabra prominently on a sill. You don’t want it hidden away or cluttered with too many other things.

These are just a few holiday decoration ideas. Let your imagination go wild. Remember, decorate to accentuate. And sometimes, simple is better.

Looking for a custom home builder? Or, a contractor to do a remodel of a room or rooms inside your home? Luxury Home Solutions is a custom home builder who builds and renovates homes in Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and other Southwest Florida cities. To get started with our design team, click here or call 239-728-2143.