Redoing Your Bathroom or Kitchen on a Budget
May 5, 2015
Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom design can be a very fun experience, but it can also be quite stressful. With all the detail that goes into revamping a kitchen or bathroom design, it can be very easy to get overwhelmed. To reduce your stress, take the time to plan things out instead of trying to jump in right away. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association actually recommends spending up to at least 6 months in the planning stage.
With so many options out there for bathroom and kitchen remodeling, from paint colors to floor tiles to light fixtures, you have a lot of room to get creative. For many, however, staying on budget is also a goal. Read on to learn tips and tricks for coming up with a great kitchen or bathroom design without emptying out your wallet.
Redoing Your Kitchen or Bathroom:
- Investing in bathroom remodeling is a very smart idea, especially if you aren’t looking to stay in your current home forever. According to research from Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report, spending approximately $16,128 on renovations will allow you to get back about 72.5% of those costs if you choose to sell your house. Even if you don’t sell your house, a new bathroom can make you feel like you’re living in a whole new space.
- When it comes to kitchen design, it can be very easy to immediately want to fixate on new colors for the walls or decorative accents. Your primary focus, however, should be directed at the appliances and counters — the most practical elements. You can find a lot of affordable appliances online or in store. When it comes to new counters, check out local home project stores and see what sort of options are there and what sort of services you can find.
- Another area of kitchen design that many choose to renovate is the kitchen cabinetry. You want to focus on cabinetry after you’ve picked out a color for your walls so that you know what will coordinate well. In addition, you want to be sure that the cabinets you pick out are durable and will be able to be fairly resistant to any spills from kitchen staples like vinegar, juice or coffee.
- If you find yourself getting really overwhelmed, there is the option to hire a professional designer. While this option definitely adds dollars to your total bill, you will get the advice and expertise of someone who is trained in the craft of home design. In addition, many professional designers will handle scheduling appointments with contractors and make sure all installations or remodels go smoothly.
Have you ever renovated your kitchen or bathroom? Tell us about it in the comments below!