Remodeling your kitchen or your bathroom are both big jobs. They yield big rewards too, with the biggest return on investment typically coming from home renovations done in the kitchen and the bathroom.
In addition to your budget, there are a number of factors that you need to consider before you embark on these projects.
It can be daunting to get started, but here is what you need to know:
Planning: What to Consider
Specifically for a kitchen remodel think about how your lifestyle and habits and how you can make the room work best for you.
Do you cook a lot? Do you entertain? Do you covet storage space? Are you able to work within the existing footprint for the traffic flow through the kitchen? Are you looking to do a complete remodel, or are you updating specific things?
Bathroom remodels can be challenging, simply because you are generally working within a tight space, so planning is extremely important.
What do you like about your current bathroom? What do you need to change (layout, fixtures, lighting, flooring, colors, etc.)?
What are your long term plans with your home? Do you plan to live in your home for many years to come? That can factor into what upgrades you take on and your overall budgeting.
How to Hire the Right Person for the Job
Choosing the right person to reinvent your kitchen or bathroom is one of the most important parts of the process.
To start, make sure that you are compatible. Are you looking for someone to provide you with advice, or are you certain of what you desire?
Communication is the cornerstone of every good relationship, and the same holds true when you hire your contractor.
It’s a good idea to interview more than one (preferably three) candidates, so that you can weigh pros and cons.
You can also compare prices, because sometimes there is a variation.
Don’t be shy to ask your candidates for referrals and ask for credentials.
Plumbing and Fixture Updates
If you are looking for a way to update your kitchen or bathroom, but don’t have a huge budget for your project, installing new plumbing and fixture updates can really modernize a space for a fraction of the cost.
If you add in some new lighting and a coat of paint, you’d be surprised at the difference.
You can also upgrade your plumbing and your fixtures to not only be sleek and modern, but to offer energy efficiency benefits as well, like low flow shower heads or dual flush toilets.