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Kitchen & Bathroom Reno Guide for Ideal Results

Kitchen & Bathroom Reno Guide for Ideal Results

Is your kitchen where the action is in your home? Do the layout and the storage simplify your life or does it make it more complicated? Is the flow of traffic logical?

Are you zigzagging through the room? Do you have what you need within reach to make your meals? Is your bathroom cramped and dingy?

Is there enough room between fixtures and walls? Do you use your bathtub? Over time, housing fashions, as well as lifestyles, change.

Doesn't it make sense to have a kitchen and a bathroom that support your lifestyle and your taste? Have you thought about renovating?

Don't start this project without a comprehensive plan in place. Here is a guide to help you.

The Planning Stages

One of the most important things that you will do for your renovations success is to set a smart budget. Start by ballparking

Determine how much you have to spend and how you are going to get the money (mortgage refinance, equity line of credit or savings).

Proceed with getting quotes from contractors, and then you can align your wish list with what you've got to spend.

Pick fixtures, cabinetry, colors, countertops, accessories and lighting that will create the impact you are looking for.

If you are stumped, it's not a bad idea to have a consultation with an interior decorator, if that fits in the budget.

When planning the placement of items, do measurements. Draw a diagram to scale and make sure that there is enough clearance around fixtures.

Pay attention to things like storage, ventilation and the presence (or lack) of natural light.

Plan for Plumbing Upgrades and Fixtures

Ideally, when upgrading your plumbing and fixtures, you can connect your new things to the existing plumbing. That doesn't always happen for a variety of reasons.

Account for this beforehand, or you may be faced with an unpleasant surprise, delay or extra cost.

For instance, you order a contemporary extra deep undermount sink, but install cabinetry first without measuring the height of the piping in relation to the sink.

You'll possibly have to cut away the new cabinetry or the new counter to align it, which would be a setback.

The Importance of Hiring Good People

proDon't underestimate the importance of having qualified people to do your work for you.

In addition to giving you a fair price, you need to be able to trust that they'll get the job done right.

Ask for references. Ask to see pictures of past work.

Ask about accreditations and insurance coverage as well.


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