When you have been living in a house for a while, you begin craving change. Some people sell their homes and buy new ones for a new look, but those who don’t want to leave the neighborhood or can’t afford to change houses stick to renovating the house to give a new look. Renovation, although is an exciting thought, turns out to be a very tricky task when you actually implement it. The most important question that one may ask is, “What is it that I should renovate? Where should I begin?”
There is so much that you might want to change in your house but for the sake of sticking with your budget, focus on remodeling your kitchen and bathroom to give you a fresh look. The basic aim of renovation and remodeling is to add value to your home and give you greater enjoyment of your home.
Remodeling the Kitchen
Many view the kitchen as the heart of the home where we congregate, cook and entertain. According to one study, around 60% to 120% of your total remodeling budget is spent in the kitchen. This is because kitchen is the one place in the house that has the most appliances and needs to be updated the most frequently. A lot of thought needs to be put in while remodeling a kitchen.
Stick to the Theme: While renovating your kitchen, make sure that it fits the theme of the house. A lot of times people tend to give the kitchen a very modern look even if the whole house has a very different feel to it. Suppose your house is based on a vintage theme with matching furniture and décor. Your kitchen should also feature retro-look appliances and fixtures.
Energy-Efficient Appliances: While remodeling your kitchen, make sure to buy energy-efficient appliances and replace the old clunkers you have put up with. Energy-efficient appliances are not just good for the environment but also for your pockets, as they can reduce your energy bill by almost 20%.
Consider Cabinet Re-facing: Instead of installing new cabinets–a costly remodeling job–consider removing and re-facing the cabinet doors. If the structures are sturdy, you may need only a “face lift” to drastically improve your cabinets. New hardware can also easily update the cabinets’ looks for little money.
Remodeling the Bathroom
An up-to-date bathroom adds to the beauty of your home. A bathroom with broken tiles, or mismatched or outdated fixtures detracts from your home’s value and attraction. If you replace the tub, toilet or vanity, that’s the time to replace flooring, too, since it’s ideal for flooring to go just under or meet flush these fixtures, depending upon the type of flooring. Discuss with a contractor what will work best for your home.
Natural Lights are the Best Lights: A well-lit bathroom looks fresh and aids in grooming. Make-up artists, for example, prefer natural lighting. A window that can provide natural light as well as ventilation in the bathroom is a double win for you.
Upgrading Fixtures: Bathroom fixture styles keep changing, and remodeling can improve your bathroom to match the latest trends. A very simple fix that a lot of people tend to overlook is deglazing a tub, rather than getting a new one. This will save you money and upgrade the look of your bathroom.
Renovating can take a lot of time to complete. But when you see the result, you will feel that all your hard work pays off. Make sure to go through these pointers before renovating your kitchen and bathroom.