From Engineering on November 06, 2013 in Tools and Tips
Do you fantasize about transforming your home’s dated rooms into dream spaces? Instead of inspiring you to create culinary masterpieces, does your tired
kitchen cause you to psych yourself up to do battle with your temperamental stove? And when you should experience only relaxation and rejuvenation, does your bathroom leave you pining for that spa-like retreat you enjoyed on your vacation?
Purchasing new energy saving appliances can be budget friendly, and this transformation offers a tremendous visual pop for your buck. Plus, these appliances save you energy and money. Countertops and flooring are available in a wide range of prices. Price correlates with the material, which means a natural substance costs more than a fabricated one.
Perhaps it is time to remodel your kitchen and bathroom. Home improvement projects may be expensive, but they are worth the money. Your home is usually your largest investment. And while you take pleasure living there, it is also important to keep it well maintained, which keeps the value of your asset high.
When it comes to home improvement, you can do a simpler, less expensive remodel or you can do an extensive, expensive job. Both options yield excellent returns. Issues to consider: How much do you want to spend on the renovation job? How invasive of a project do you want to do while you are living in your home?
Since kitchens are considered the ‘heart of the home’, they are a good bet for your renovation dollars. Another good choice is the bathroom. Both of these typically offer an excellent return on your renovation dollars.
If you’re looking at kitchen remodeling, it’s best to focus on four points: cabinets, appliances, countertops, and flooring.
Replacing cabinets is expensive, but this is the best alternative if the existing ones are in terrible shape. However, if your cabinets are structurally sound and only cosmetically suffering, consider the less expensive option of cabinet refacing.
When you install a backsplash, change the sink faucet to a water saving model, swap an outdated light fixture for a trendier one and liven up the walls with paint. You can give your kitchen a fresh look on a less expensive budget by doing these simple updates.
Many of the same principles of the kitchen remodel apply to a bathroom remodel. The fixtures and the flooring are the main focal points. Buying water saving fixtures saves money and water. Depending on the flooring you select, laying a new floor could be cost effective.
While adding a vaulted ceiling will make a bathroom appear bigger, raising a ceiling is expensive. So, too, is rerouting plumbing lines and electrical wires to rearrange a bath’s configuration. On the less expensive end, changing out towel and cabinet hardware, updating light fixtures and painting will give your bath new style.
In the end, renovation is about how many improvements your kitchen and bath needs versus what you can budget. Do not despair if you cannot afford everything on your wish list now. Do what you can now, and maybe next year, you can afford to take on more advanced home improvement projects.
Home Improvement contractors are there to take the headache out of renovation and remodeling. Calfinder has free estimates to locally certified contractors ready to remodeling dreams come true.