Kitchens and bathrooms. It should come as no surprise to any homeowner if these are the two rooms everyone wants to remodel if updating their home. When you really give it a bit of thought, unless you have a lot of built-in bookshelves in your living room or something really outstanding in one of the bedrooms, the kitchen and the bathroom are the two rooms with the most hardware and plumbing, and that is always the element that needs to be updated.
But it can be hard to know just where to start. If you are looking at either one of these rooms for a bit of an update on the look and also in how you use them, you can soon find yourself in over your head with new fixtures, new cabinets and maybe even a change from electric to gas in your kitchen stove. All of these changes can mean major headaches when it comes to living in a house while you are making these changes. Our rule is to never change more than one room at a time, but not everyone keeps to this. If you are looking for some tips on how to approach modernizing these two rooms, we have some that just might fit the bill.
Remodeling the Kitchen
This is one room where it is easy to go over budget once you get started. I have a friend who recently wanted to simply update the look of her cupboards while she was out of town on business. It sounded like an easy project to have her local handyman complete, until she got home and found her entire kitchen in an uproar. It turns out that the previous owners had neglected to tell her that the vanity in the bathroom behind her kitchen connected directly with the wall behind her stove. As a result, she had to rethink her entire kitchen and ended up replacing the stove as well as redoing the cupboards and floors. It was simply a safer decision.
If you run into a similar situation, you just might want to give your local gas supplier, for some it might be Lingas, to make sure that all your gas lines are set in properly when you make the switch from electric stove to gas. It never hurts to bring in the pros when fooling around with something as volatile as gas.
Rethinking that Bathroom
It can actually be fun to redo a bathroom, if you plan it out well first. For some folks, it might mean replacing that old bathtub that had a shower in it with a big walk-in shower that can seat two. For others, it might mean taking that shower out, or simply adding a shower stall elsewhere in the house, and making that tub a huge old fashion clawfoot tub that is perfect for those long hot soaks.
As you can see, bathroom decisions are very personal and really do need that individual touch. But when you do make the choice it can be very satisfying to finally have the kind of bathroom you have always dreamed of having in your home. So kitchen or bath, the bottom line is to plan and make that room your own private dream room.