The two most valuable remodel for any home are the kitchen and bathrooms. This is in part because these rooms are the least often remodeled rooms in your home. If your kitchen and bathrooms have styles that are from decades ago, it is probably time to consider an update. Planning kitchen and bath updates will allow you to customize your home the way you envision it.
While you have the walls open in a kitchen or a bathroom, it is time for your electrical wiring and plumbing inspected for signs of wear or problems. It is so much cheaper and more effective when this gets dealt with while the walls are already open. If you have an issue with these later, it will take opening the walls in places for repairs. That makes a lot more mess than having it done now. Also, now is a good time for inspecting everything hidden in your walls for issues. That means allowing a little room in your budget for upgrading anything that is not up to par.
Plan According to Your Budget
If you have room in your budget for everything that you desire, go big. If not consider these finance-friendly tips. Keeping your features in the same place saves money. That means you are not moving plumbing or electrical features around much. Keeping your stove in the same place means you don’t have to relocate the route to your vent fan outlet on the outside of your home. Keeping your tub and/or shower in the same place means the drain pipe is already there. Even if you need to replace some of these support systems, it doesn’t take re-framing.
Plan Your Features According to Your Lifestyle
If you never use the tub, consider replacing it with a shower. If you cook a lot, consider claiming the breakfast room area into your kitchen and adding in kitchen seating. Or if you don’t cook much, consider scaling back on your kitchen features and going with more open shelves that are popular today.
Remember how long it was since the last update for these rooms, and plan accordingly. Your style is important here. Choose colors for your more durable features that are either neutral or the color you want for a long time. If you love a color, having a kitchen sink in that color is great. If you don’t, it will get old quickly. This is why many sinks, tubs, and appliances are mostly offered in basic colors like white, black, and stainless. Choose a tile that gives your bath or kitchen pizzazz without limiting you to colors that you will tire of. Once again, if you don’t love a particular color that much, go neutral.
Big colors now are blues and greens. Pinks are gaining in favor, as is yellow. Black is the new grey, or so many design magazines are saying. However, remember that darker colors make rooms feel small. Keep these for big rooms or accent colors. When planning where you want color, wall colors are easily changed. So are curtains and towels. These are good places for colors that you want now and might not want later. Small appliances like toasters wear out often and make great places for a splash of color. Otherwise, have fun.
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