When remodeling your
home, remember this: the kitchen and bathrooms are renovations that
often pay for themselves when it is time to sell your house.
As the population
ages, studies show buyers are willing to pay more for safety and
But the kitchen and
bath are rooms that require careful planning to get the look you
want at a price you can afford.
When choosing a kitchen
and bathroom remodeling contractor, choose one with the expertise
to help you plan comfortable rooms that appeal to you, your family
and future homebuyers.
Find a style
The National Kitchen
and Bath Association recommends clipping photos and articles from
shelter magazines and design books. This is a family project. You
will need to meet the style preferences of every family member who
will use the rooms.
Create two lists.
A "must-have" list of features that you require and a
"want" list of features you would like.
Think about maintenance
when you create your lists. Most people have too little time, or
little desire, to deal with high-maintenance features.
Finally, create a
budget for the project. Remodeling Magazine recommends not raising
the value of your house more than 10 or 15 percent above neighborhood
Take your budget,
lists and clippings to a qualified kitchen and bath contractor.
Choose a contractor
The contractor can
take your ideas and help you plan your remodel to meet your style,
within your budget. Planning is the most important part of the remodeling
Some contractors specialize
in remodeling kitchens and baths.
Water, plumbing, safety,
The kitchen is the
work center of the home. The contractor you choose should be expert
at designing floor plans. Whether for one cook or several, designing
a good workflow gives you the opportunity to enjoy your new kitchen.
They can also design
your new kitchen or bath for safety and comfort.
They are also well-versed
in "universal design" guidelines. Originally developed
for the elderly and handicapped, universal design improvements have
caught the eye of everyone for their comfort, safety and functionality.
If you ever do decide to sell your home, buyers will be looking
for these improvements, especially in the bathroom.
Kitchen and bath specialists
are also expert at handling the two areas in your house where plumbing
and humidity are a concern.
They know the building
codes for these areas, understand how much weight, like the weight
of a filled bathtub, your structure can tolerate, and can track
down any problems, like leaks, that may need to be fixed during
They can also help
you choose the right materials and features. Non-slip floors, task
lighting and accessible storage are features you will be glad you
Pick a kitchen and
bath specialist that will help you carefully plan and execute your
kitchen and bath remodel. They can help you get the right style
at the right budget with the convenience and features you need.
If you sell your home,
buyers will be willing to pay for these conveniences.
If you stay in your
home, you will be grateful you picked a kitchen and bath specialist