Kitchen & Bathroom Renovations
Renovating your home is always a big step, but two of the places that involve a lot more work—and investment—are your kitchen and bathroom.
These rooms aren’t as simple a job as laying in new flooring or applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls, they have a specific, important purpose in your home, and involve a lot of fixtures and appliances.
That’s why when you’re renovating these areas, you want to make sure the job is done right, and that you’re satisfied with the final results. To increase your chances of a satisfactory job, we’ve got some tips for you to keep in mind as you go forward with your home improvements.
Think about Upgrading the Home’s Infrastructure, Not Just the Fixtures
New bathtubs, kitchen sinks or dishwashers obviously make a big difference to a home, but are you sure that the home can handle it?
These aren’t self-contained pieces of hardware; they need to work with what’s been built into your home, including electrical wiring and plumbing.
An older home, especially 40 or more years old, may benefit from an upgrade to its sewage pipes, and even the electrical wiring that provides power to the kitchen.
Old knob and tub wiring, for instance, is not likely to do well with the increased power demands of microwaves, fridges, stoves, dishwashers and other modern, power intensive appliances.
Figure Out Your Needs
Of course, you want a new kitchen and/or bathroom to improve your home, but what do you want these rooms to do for you? Everyone has a different idea of what makes a good bathroom or kitchen, so what is your idea?
If you’re serious about cooking, for example, and you want to make sure counters are properly placed, there’s plenty of storage, and you don’t have to waste time running around getting everything you need, then an open concept kitchen might not be for you.
That design, as popular as it is, is more about socializing and turning the kitchen into a more accessible, interactive space for friends and family. Understanding your specific needs will help a lot.
Pick the Right People to Do the Job
Renovations should be done by experts with the right experience, tools, and know-how to do the job quickly and with no unpleasant surprises that increase your budget.
These days, it’s a lot easier to find the people that can do all this for you.
Of course, people you trust can always make recommendations, and you should feel free to follow these, but diligent Internet research is a great resource.
You can find customer testimonials and user reviews that let you quickly see who provides quality service, and who has been ripping off customers and hoping no one noticed.