Tips To Getting A New Kitchen Or Bathroom For The Home
Home renovations have become a big deal in the past couple of years due to the fact that houses haven’t been selling. A lot of people have chosen to use a property refurbishment in deciding what would be the best type of home improvement to go for.
It’s a fact that kitchens and bathrooms have always been a popular choice and continue to be because they can really make a difference to the homeowner’s lifestyle. They have also proven to be great selling points when it comes to selling a house on the property market. Couple that with the fact that houses often fetch premium prices due to such home improvements and it’s no wonder why they are one of the first choices for renovation.
They might not be the cheapest option but most of the time you end up recouping the money anyway as housing prices always generally go up, and having a great looking kitchen and bathroom suite certainly doesn’t do the property any harm.
When it comes to choosing a kitchen that suits your taste there are plenty of showrooms to choose from where you can get a good idea of exactly how they’re going to look once they’re fully fitted. You can either buy the kitchen as it is or you can choose to pick out your own cabinets, countertops and other fixtures. You can even get your own custom design but expect to pay quite a bit more for the privilege.
In regards to bathrooms most people will either take what’s being displayed or do a little mix and matching as custom designs aren’t generally needed. This is because you don’t tend to get the same fitting restrictions that you do with the kitchen. When a kitchen is custom designed it’s specifically made to fit the exact dimensions of the room so there aren’t any gaps whereas with a pre-made showroom kitchen you’re likely to find a few gaps here and there.
So once you make a decision as to which kitchen type you want it’s then a question of sitting down and making a list of the type of fixtures that you want including the flooring and d?�cor. Make sure you choose the right color of cabinets to compliment the rest of the house. Also think carefully about how much you want to spend on the countertop and even whether you have space for an island as both add to the look of the kitchen.
The d?�cor is important too in deciding whether you want tiles or wallpaper for the walls and tiles, wood, carpet or even stone for the floor. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages. Picking the appliances should really be the last type of fixture on the list as these can always be added and removed later on.
However if you do plan to have a big American fridge freezer it would be prudent to take this into account while designing the initial layout of the kitchen. Sinks for the kitchen are pretty standard but you can get different colors and taps so this is something else to think about. You can also opt for a breakfast bar if it is in keeping with the overall design. Choosing whether you should have a dishwasher, a washing machine and a waste disposal unit is really a matter of space as you need to have a big enough kitchen to fit them all in.
If you want all these features but don’t want to change designs lots of people set these appliances up in separate utility rooms which could be an option for you.
Now unless you are a qualified joiner it’s a much better idea to have your local property refurbishment company do the work for you as it can get a little difficult to do properly.
How much of a kitchen renovation you do could be down to your budget and if it is tight you could always choose to keep certain fixtures and even appliances as they are. All you would have to do is nip down to your local hardware store and buy some paint then paint the cupboards etc. It’s amazing how much a kitchen look can change just by doing this. If you change the flooring and wall tiles or wallpaper as well you won’t recognize the kitchen once done and you will have saved yourself a good sum of money.
When it comes to bathrooms, as I said, there is certainly less to worry about from a design aspect as the fixtures such as the bathtub, shower and toilet don’t sit next to each other so there is no need for a seamless flow. They are also easier to fit to some extent although you do need to make sure you get the right measurements as toilets for example do come in different sizes. It’s also helpful to have some plumbing tools and experience as well to pull it off properly. Failing that you should get in a qualified plumber to do it for you.
The fixtures are pretty limited in that bathrooms usually have a shower or a bathtub or both along with a sink and a toilet. Bathroom cabinets and mirrors are optional extras but have proven to be a popular choice for many bathrooms.
You can get some pretty snazzy designs when it comes to bathrooms such as a black and silver tile finish but bare in mind that some will show up grime quicker than others. Black although looks very striking can be a harder color to keep clean.
As for lighting there are lots of light fittings to choose from so you can make the bathroom look really bright so this is another consideration. Lots of bathroom suites can be seen in showrooms but you’ll also find many setup at plumbing outlets and even D.I.Y stores so there’s not end of places to go when it comes to buying a new bathroom suite.