When remodeling your kitchen, make sure that it reflects your lifestyle.
Do you love to cook? Do you have kids that do homework while you are cooking? Do you entertain and everyone gathers in your kitchen? You need to select fixtures, counters and a layout that supports these activities.
The same goes for your bathroom. It is common for homeowners to have their bathroom as a “special” space where they can unwind after a long day, either enjoying a soak in the tub or taking in a warm shower. You need to apply the same approach.
It is possible with a kitchen or bath remodel to create a space that not only looks great, but also enhances the quality of your life because of its functionality.
Here is just the guide that you need:
Start by Hiring the Best
Put top priority on hiring the right person to get the job done correctly. Here are some questions to put to your potential candidates, beyond their quotes:
- Do they do all the work themselves or do they sub-contract?
- How long have they done remodels?
- Do they have references?
- Is it possible to see their work?
- Are they insured?
- What is their policy on site cleanup, hours of work, breaks and bathroom use onsite?
- What is their expectation for a payment schedule?
- Do they offer a warranty?
- What is a reasonable timeline for the job at hand?
- What sort of advice can they provide you based on their own experience?
Make sure that you talk to at least a few candidates, so that you are sure that you get the best fit.
Make Your Plans
Establish your budget and make sure to set hard and soft limits. You’ll want these established before work even begins.
In your kitchen, when devising your plan, consider a few things:
- What is the size of the space?
- What types of functionality do you require?
- Do you have small children?
- What kind of storage do you need?
- What is the position of the sun throughout the day?
- What’s your design style?
- How much time will you be spending on your feet?
Picture a day in the life of your kitchen and sketch it out.
In your bathroom, make sure that you are placing fixtures and furniture far enough apart for you to pass through.
Is the room adequately ventilated? What sort of accessories do you need? What kind of sink do you want (sinks offer valuable storage space in small bathrooms)?
Upgrading Your Fixtures
While you are remodeling, consider upgrading to eco friendly fixtures that can help you save money.
Think about low-flow showerheads, dual flush toilets and motion sensors on the faucets.