Useful Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling Guide
Your kitchen and bathrooms are probably the most used rooms in your home. They are likely to show their age before other rooms. And because they are so often seen by guests and visitors, compared to other rooms, you want these rooms looking their best.
Also, from an investment standpoint, you tend to recoup a lot of your investment on kitchen and bathroom remodels, simply because these are rooms that are of most importance to future buyers too.
That said, kitchen and bathroom remodels can be very expensive projects, which is why you need to do some extensive planning before you start.
Planning for First Steps
Your ultimate guide to your kitchen or bathroom remodel shouldn’t be the latest design show on T.V. (although those are always good for inspiration). Rather, you need to set a budget and that needs to rule the roost.
When you do set a budget, make sure that you have money set aside in a contingency fund. That gives you the most options as the project progresses.
It’s also helpful to meet with a professional to mock up drawings of your plans so that you and your contractor are all on the same page about the project. Visual reference is always helpful.
Consider what sort of materials and color schemes that you’d like within your budget. Also think about tile, cabinetry and accessories, depending on the extent of your project.
Tips on Hiring Your Contractor
You’ve heard the horror stories about half-finished jobs and shoddy workmanship with home renovation projects.
Don’t let that happen to you by hiring a reputable contractor that is qualified and that you feel comfortable with.
To start, plan to interview a few (even if you think that you already have a preference).
This can help you confirm your choice as well as determine if the quotes that you are given for your work are accurate.
Ask for references and check them. Personal feedback from honest customers is always the best barometer for work.
It’s also helpful to be able to see a contractor’s past work, so visit website galleries or ask to see their portfolio.
Enquire about things like working hours, breaks and policies on cleaning up as well.
These details are important, especially if you are living in your home during your remodel.
Choosing the Right Plumbing and Fixtures
It’s important to choose the right plumbing and fixtures that meld with your décor. Are you replacing everything, or retaining some pieces?
You need them to match, both in style and material. Also consider the functionality of your fixtures and your plumbing.
If you cook a lot, you’ll want a deep sink that can support your work in the kitchen.
If you love baths, you want to focus on a tub that is sleek, but also comfortable for your needs.