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How to Save on Kitchen Remodeling

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Your kitchen will reflect on your lifestyle at the end of the day. Since there are no hard and fast rules on where you must splurge and what you must save on, it will eventually depend on what is most important to you.

If you are an entertainer, then you might see a warming drawer and wine coolers as necessary. If you are a gourmet cook, then you might splurge on a new professional induction cooking range. If you are a busy family, then you might want many a cabinet for storing stuff in and kitchen countertops to place things on.

Are you planning a kitchen remodeling session with an interior designer to enable you to cook inside the home that you plan on living in forever? Then, how about you consider remodeling only your kitchen? Besides, the kitchen is the space for family get-togethers every night. Consider placeholders, if you cannot afford certain things, though you want to remodel your kitchen fully. So, for instance, instead of having a granite countertop, get a cheap alternative for the same. Here is some general advice on where to splurge and where to save.

Where to splurge and where to save


Look for appliances that are energy-efficient and that come with warranties, since you would be using the appliances more than anything else in the kitchen. Make sure that you are maintaining a balance between what you are spending on cabinets and appliances. If you are considering spending more on appliances, then you will be left with little money to spend on kitchen countertops, cabinets, and the other items for your kitchen. However, be careful what appliances you spend money on. For instance, you may need to replace a refrigerator in 10 to 15 years’ time. However, a cooktop will last longer. Spend on that. If you have kids, who leave dirty dishes behind, then consider investing in a quality dishwasher.


Some costs that drive up the costs of cabinetry include tax, delivery, and installation. Roll-out trays, drawers, and the like also add to the extra costs of the cabinetry. Also invest in a waste-recycling center for your kitchen. Make sure you select cabinets that have soft-close drawers, which will work out to be extremely convenient for you when you re-sell the house. Use a veneer cabinet instead of a hardwood cabinet, if you want to save on your kitchen remodeling project. Today, you can get finishes with the good looks, but without the hefty price tags. However, those cabinets that come for a hefty price can last you longer than those that do not cost much.


Pulls, knobs, and handles can make the kitchen look fresh. You could select anything from simple hardware that does not cost you much to bespoke hardware that could come at a heavy price. If you want to save money, consider going for the same hardware brand that you have already gone for before. And do not worry if your faucet is of one metal and your drawer pulls are of another metal. What matters is that the kitchen will look better with some variety.

Three Kitchen Remodeling Trends That Will Make Your Home Fabulous

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The kitchen is the heart of every home. It is usually the place where everyone gathers to share their special moments of the day or cook up their favorite meal or special treat. These times are not just about food, but also the bonding that can occur over something that is so basic to our survival. If you want to give a fresh lease of life to your home, what better place to start than the kitchen? You don’t have to empty your bank account or tear down your kitchen in order to make it fresh and new! Here are three kitchen remodeling trends that will make your home fabulous!

  1. White is the new black!

Yes, having white as the predominant color palette for your kitchen is the latest trend that can be seen in all the decor magazines and websites across the world. Combine this with minimalistic and open kitchen cabinets and you will have a kitchen that is like a breath of fresh air into your home. Having open cabinets and white on the walls, cabinets and countertops opens up your kitchen space unlike any other color. It feels brighter and sunnier instantly. This does not mean it has to be pristine white. Shades of off white also offset the appliances and furniture in your kitchen very well. White floor-to-ceiling cabinetry in a white kitchen further opens up the space, reducing storage from other areas and giving more space to store the essentials.

  1. Warm metallic colors

Gone are the days when stainless steel ruled the kitchen! Now is the time of warm metallic shades for your hardware. Having these in individual colors or combining them is up to you. Brass, chrome, and copper as well as shades of graphite or iron impart a very beautiful tone to your kitchen. Bronze is also a trend that is picking up very fast, with the oil-rubbed tone being seen in the trendiest kitchens across the world. These could be for the faucets, the hoods, knobs, towel rings, handles, and even light fixtures. They highlight the whites of the cabinets or the marble countertops beautifully. They also give a warm burnished glow under any kind of lighting.

  1. Natural, raw materials

Wood, brick, concrete, exposed beans and wood planks-expect to see all these in kitchens this year. For renovations, there are stunning veneers that evoke the sense of the real deal. You can also recycle wood from other projects or buy reclaimed wood. Use it to make the open cabinets. Wood in different colors, stains, and grains give a warm and lived-in look to your kitchen. Mixing wood of different colors also gives a multidimensional appeal to your kitchen. These could be in shades of honey to darker tones. Maple and oak remain hot favorites. For a spectacular combination with the other hot trend of the season, warm metallic shades, cherry wood is the color to go for.

With these kitchen remodeling trends, you can also be sure of a timeless appeal that can withstand the onslaught of any new trends to come!

Choosing the Right Kitchen Countertops

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If you want to have a great time working in the kitchen, then everything around must be just as you want –lots of light, air, working space and yes, a good countertop ! There are so many to choose from and with so many options one is left a little bewildered as to what the right one is. It will make it easier when you know what’s actually available.

There’s no doubt that stone in its most popular forms such as granite and marble are hot favorites. Not only are they durable and long lasting but they are classic materials that will always remain in vogue. They are a little expensive but well worth it. Granite, especially, comes in various shades and with a little bit of maintenance looks good as new every day. Its luster, sheen and elegance makes it incomparable.  If you can afford it, go in for granite.

Marble, limestone and soapstone can also be used and white marble looks really good. It will adorn any countertop but these three are a little softer than granite. While marble is beautiful to look at, waterproof and heatproof, it’s not immune to stains. It’s expensive and generally not used over the entire countertop. Soapstone is smooth, darkish gray in color but can crack over time.

If you’re looking for something that’s really affordable and easy to maintain, ceramic tiles is your best bet. It’s a great choice for those who like texture, color and design when they work. The only problem however is that they may chip or crack rather easily.

For those who like light countertops, wood is a good, warm choice and comes in a lot of finishes, but although it’s easy to clean and maintain, water can damage it and over time stains get accumulated. It also warps easily and is extremely susceptible to moisture, heat and other elements.

Laminate is affordable and is available in an array of designs and colors. Although it is very attractive to look at, it scratches easily and doesn’t tolerate heat. If you’re one of those that keep redecorating your kitchen often, laminates may be a welcome change as they can mimic stone, metal or even wood.

You want to add a modern touch? Go in for Stainless steel countertops as they can complement so many appliances and items found in the kitchen. It’s nice and shiny to look at, easy to clean but if it does get dented, then it’s hard to repair.

Eco-friendly? Choose a bamboo or a recycled glass countertop. While glass is durable and easy to clean, it can chip and break on impact. Bamboo is rather versatile and unique, offers good functionality, but remember it’s very much like wood and needs to be protected from water.

So what’s your choice? Hope this has made it a little easier for you. Get a great countertop and enjoy working in the kitchen.


10 Inside Tips from a Small Baths Designer

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It may seem that having a small bathroom would limit the choices when it comes to remodeling. However, there is a great deal that can be done in bathroom renovation even if you have a limited amount of room. As the old saying goes, “It is what you have that really matters”, so what follows are 10 simple tips from a designer that specializes in making the most out of small bathroom remodeling.

Keep it Smooth: You’ll want to avoid having anything in the bathroom with texture, especially when it is heavily used. Texture in the tiles or wall offers a place for mildew and mold to take hold, so avoid using tile with indentations or carved vessel sinks that offer places for these elements to grow.

Single Handle Fixtures: In a modern bathroom renovation, single handle fixtures can save you space and money. This is because you only have to drill one hole for hot and cold water and not two which requires more effort and space.

Use Opaque Windows: Having a large, long opaque window means not having to use the light as often while still providing the proper amount of privacy. Be sure that any condensation has a place to drain away without creating any maintenance, mold or mildew issues.

Wall Mounted Faucets: Here, you can reduce the depth of your vanity by having a wall mounted faucet instead. While it may save only a few inches, that can make all the difference in a small bathroom.

Say No to a Pedestal Sink: A pedestal sink is a very popular type that looks great, but offers no room to set anything on or next to them. So, stick to a traditional bathroom sink instead.

Avoid Wall Mounted Vanities: While they appear to save space, all they really do is create unused space between the floor and the vanity. You are better off avoiding them and sticking to a standard vanity.

Avoid No-Enclosure Showers: While it may seem to add to the space inside the bathroom, they are difficult to properly waterproof and may cause more harm than good if not properly installed.

Space Saving Wall Mounted Bidets & Toilets: These are popular bathroom remodeling items because they can save a considerable amount of space. However, you will need the interior wall space in order for this to be accomplished. If you live in a condo for example, this type of bathroom renovation might not be possible.

Leave Space between the Faucet and Handles: You’ll need that space to clean that particular area. Remember, your bathroom faucets and fixtures must still function properly and be practical. This means that if you are using a vessel sink, be sure it is large enough for your needs, but not too high otherwise it might be too impractical.

Glass Walls: One of the most interesting bathroom remodeling ideas is to put glass walls between the bathroom and bedroom to create the illusion of more space. If that is a bit too uncomfortable, you can always try putting the bathroom fixture just inside the bedroom instead if you have more room.

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Five Common Bathroom Mistakes to Avoid

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When it comes to your bathroom remodeling effort, it can be pretty easy to plan to the point where you may overlook the obvious. In fact, it has happened quite a few times that a bathroom renovation is completed when suddenly it is realized that a major mistake has been made in terms of what was included or more importantly what was left out.

When planning your renovation efforts for the bathroom, keep these five things in mind so that you do not wind up making a big mistake that will cost you more money to correct.

Bigger is Not Always Better: While you always want to maximize space in your bathroom that does not means you should always get the biggest thing that will fit inside. You will want to instead think about the overall design of your bathroom and how everything looks together will help you create a more pleasing overall appearance.

Tuck the Bathroom Away: A mistake that happens more often that it should is having the line of site from a very public room such as the dining or living room going straight into the bathroom. There is something rather off-putting about sitting down to dinner and having a clear view of the toilet in the bathroom with the door open. So, you will want to at least tuck the bathroom away where it is still convenient, but not out in the public view so that everyone can see it at the most inopportune time.

Hide the Toilet: As you tuck the bathroom out of sight, although it still should be close and accessible, the first thing you should not see when entering the bathroom is the toilet. Instead, try to put the shower and toilet together and out of view so that the sink and mirror is the first thing that catches your eye.

Lack of View: While privacy is always a concern, not having a view can create a really down and even depressing bathroom. Furthermore, you will want to have some sunshine coming in to liven up the bathroom and at the very least offer some good circulation of air on the warm, comfortable days. A window is a must, but if you cannot have one for whatever reason, try at least for a skylight to let in the sunshine and fresh are.

The Curbed Shower: Having a shower with no curbs will help make the bathroom feel bigger and even look cleaner as well. In addition, such a design works very well for those who have a little trouble walking or balancing. Plus, it is easy to accomplish in a proper bathroom renovation. So, when in doubt go with a non-curbed shower to add a little more space and feel to your bathroom design.

Overall, your bathroom renovation should try very hard to avoid the mistakes that are mentioned in this article. By focusing on creating the best design in a place that is not easily viewed from the living areas of the home, you will manage to avoid making some serious mistakes.



How to Design Small Baths to Feel Roomier

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The only real difference between a small bathroom and a large one is the space. Yet the small bathroom must contain at least the basic elements that provide it with its function. When doing bathroom remodeling of such a small space, you will need to keep in mind the size, but also how you are going to fit what you need in that space.

However, there are some basics to keep in mind before you start your bathroom renovation beginning with the minimum requirements for the space.

  • Powder Room: 16 sq. ft. Minimum
  • Bathroom: 36 sq. ft. Minimum

Building codes for most cities require a minimum of 32” x 32” for a shower and the finished room must be at least 5’ wide, long or deep in at least one direction. Now that you know what you have to work with, the next step is how to make the most of the space that you have.

Make the Most of Your Space

There are a number of ways to make the space you have look bigger without having to spend a fortune on your bathroom renovation.

  • Pocket Doors
  • Large Mirror
  • Clear Glass Shower Doors
  • Light Colored Finish Materials

Above the vanity, be sure to install an 8” deep bath cabinet about 36” to 43” off the floor. Be sure to choose a vanity with plenty bins or drawers to keep your stuff. Do not use pedestal sinks as they will not allow for any storage.

Stick to a Budget

Your bathroom remodeling project can really get out of hand unless you set a tight budget first. That way, you will not get distracted by items that you do not need for your bathroom. For a typical bathroom renovation, the average cost is roughly $9,000. However, you can really cut that down if you do the work yourself and get the materials at your local home center.

Consider that while a deluxe whirlpool tub may cost around $5,000, a white cast-iron tub of roughly the same size will cost about $500 and will be much easier to install. If you stick to the basics, you can find a number of excellent items for your bathroom that are well priced and will keep more money in your pocket. If you go with a professional company, it is usually the labor costs that will get you even in a small remodeling effort.

Keep in mind however that you will need certain items, including the following;

  • Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters
  • Low-Flow Toilet
  • Good Ventilation
  • Proper Lighting
  • Grab Bar in the Shower

By keeping these items in mind, you can do the best bathroom renovation possible even if you have a small space. The old saying, “measure twice, cut once” applies here with your small bathroom It is important to do the research first and then get the best price. In order to save even more money, you’ll probably have to do the work yourself in order to improve your small bathroom.


Remodeling Tips for Your Master Bath

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When it comes to bathroom remodeling, particularly the master bath, you will need to focus your efforts on creating the right appearance that suits your style while staying within a reasonable budget. Fortunately, you can incorporate the luxury style without having to spend a great deal of money.

The right bathroom renovation for the master bath should exude your personal style. However, if you are having trouble finding what it should be, there are a number of books, eBooks and other publications that can demonstrate to you the designers who fashion bathrooms that are elegant all for a reasonable budget.

How to Start Your Master Bathroom Remodeling

Once you understand what you want, the next step is getting the materials needed so that you can get to work. With a master bath, you’ll want to get the best materials that fit your budget and splurge on areas such as granite countertops which are not only stylish, but long lasting as well.

The floor plan for your bathroom is the vital component in making sure that you get what you want. There are a number of areas that your bathroom will include, so be sure that you plan appropriately.

Universal Approach: A master bath suitable for all ages seems to be one of the trends which include large shower doors, wider doorways and more room in general. Even grab bars seem to be coming back into fashion as well.

Sink: Interestingly enough, many people today are going for two sinks when it comes to their bathroom renovation, but the real issue is having more mirror and counter space. Two sinks actually creates more issues than it solves while having a larger mirror and more counter space meets the needs of most people.

Shower: The shower seems to be pulling ahead of the bathtub which has faded in recent years. Custom showers are all the rage as you can choose from overhead, wall-mounted or even hand-held if you so desire. Showers also take up less space which makes them good choices as well.

The Personal Touch

In addition to the main elements of the master bathroom, there are touches of elegance and luxury that are expected as well. Here are some elements that will add that touch of class to your bathroom;

  • Chandelier over the Tub
  • Built-In Warming Dryers for Towels
  • Massage Table
  • Nearby Washer and Dryer
  • Television & Sound Systems

Today, there are special mirror model flat screen televisions that will only appear when turned on. Thanks to new technology, you can add many different things to your bathroom and incorporate them all so that they can add to your sense of style as well as provide something practical to your bathroom.

However, there is also the approach of making the master bath a quiet, restful place that provides an escape for the day. A little bit of added luxury to your master bathroom remodeling effort can add plenty to the elegance and style of this special room. Bottom of Form

Accessorize your kitchen with a stylish backsplash

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There are many ways in which a person can create the perfect kitchen. There are people who opt for only two colors in order to create a stylish effect, there are people who want to achieve a vintage style, and there are others who only care about their personal tastes. If you are going through a process of kitchen remodeling you probably have many ideas regarding the way you want to make your kitchen. However, you should keep in mind that regardless of the kitchen countertops you are going to choose and regardless of where you will place the cabinet, the most important detail is represented by the backsplash. There are many people who ignore this detail, saying that there are more important things related to a kitchen. However, if you are willing to read the following lines you will find out more information about the importance of the backsplash.

  • Choose white for the illusion of space

Small kitchens may be really cute, but if there isn’t enough space, people will feel trapped. This is the reason why you have to pay special attention to the way you are going to redecorate if your kitchen is actually small. Luckily, even if your kitchen is small, you can easily create the illusion of space if you add as much white as possible. One reminder would be not to make all your kitchen white. You can easily focus on the backsplashes.

  • Chalkboard backsplash

If you want to be innovative and to have a unique kitchen, you can definitely opt for chalkboard backsplash. In this way you can add your 100% personal style. It’s time to reveal your creativity and let other people admire your work.

  • Illusion of stones

Go back to the origins with the help of a backsplash that replicates stones. In this way you can create anything you wish, from a rustic style to a ultra-modern style.

  • Go for shapes

Regardless of the color you are going to choose, you should keep in mind that a simple backsplash might be a little boring. However, if you decide to choose something that contains different shapes (geometrical figures, hearts, stars, or anything else) you will be able to reveal a small piece of your personality.

  • Match it with the kitchen countertops

One way in which you can have the assurance that you have the perfect kitchen is to decide to match the backsplash with your kitchen countertops. In this way they will look great, allowing you to have a great kitchen.

  • Use contrasts

If you want to create a unique effect that will stand out from the first time someone enters the kitchen, you should use the backsplashes in order to create powerful contrasts. In this way you will be able to create something unique and stylish.

If you want to have a stylish kitchen, you can also think about illuminating the backsplash. It will confer your kitchen an elegant look.



Mix and match the perfect kitchen

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Kitchen remodeling can be a challenging job, especially if you want to have the perfect kitchen that is able to stand out from anything you have seen before. Unlike bathroom remodeling, which is an easy task, kitchen remodeling requires time and dedication. It might appear to be a simple job, but it needs a lot of creativity. Perfection lies in details, and you should pay attention to all the details that can be mixed throughout your kitchen.

If you are interested about this subject you can read the following lines. In this way you will be able to learn more about kitchen remodeling, about how to bring together different details, and about how to impose your personal style, which will make it unique from all points of view.

  • Stainless steel and wood

Mix and match is all about combining different materials that can stand out, and which look great together. This means that you can also combine different styles in order to create something unique. There is no need to settle for a modern or for a traditional kitchen, at least not if you know how to combine them in order to reflect your own personality. For instance, you can have a wood floor that is combined with a stainless steel cabinet.

  • Play with colors

Nowadays most of the people like to have their kitchen in two colors. However, if you want to stand out and to create your own style, you can definitely choose many more colors that can go well together. Think about yellow kitchen countertops, blue floor, white refrigerator, and green plants that are sitting on the cabinet. It’s time to think about all the colors you like.

  • Divide in areas

One interesting thing about this process of mix and match is the fact that you can dive the area from your kitchen in different parts. In this way you can have a corner especially created for cooking, a corner for eating, and a corner for relaxing. You can even find a place for a TV. It’s all up to you.

  • Familiar corner

Regardless of the way you want to redecorate your kitchen, you should make sure that you create a familiar corner that says something about your personality. There are many people who create impersonalized kitchens because they want to replicate a kitchen from a fashion magazine, and thus, they forget to bring their own personal tastes. You should not make this mistake. Let people know that you’ve let your mark there.

  • DIY

This might sound strange, but if you want to have a unique kitchen, you do not have to buy the most expensive items from the market. All you need to do is to create things that you love. After all, you should keep in mind that DIY has an increasing popularity, being the latest trick of fashion in many homes. If you don’t know how to handle DIY projects, you have the possibility to watch tutorials.



Planning ahead for a kitchen or a bathroom remodeling project

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Remodeling your house is a very complex process that does not require just a lot of time and money, but also a lot of patience. Once you start this process, you will be overwhelmed by everything. Regardless if you are starting with the kitchen remodeling or with the bathroom remodeling, you will need to start planning ahead in time. In this way you will know all the necessary steps that have to be taken, and thus, you won’t panic when something is not going right. If you are interested about this subject you should read the following lines. In this way you will know for sure how to plan everything. You should keep in mind that the following information is valid for both kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling.

  • Find professional contractors

One of the most important steps is to find some professional contractors who can help you with anything you need. This means that you will have to start looking for them right from the beginning. You should keep in mind that it is not easy to find professional contractors who are the best at their job, and thus, you should take time and dedication for this step. You can ask your friends, you can search for online reviews, or you can visit their webpages. Regardless of how you find them, you should have a face to face meeting with them before taking any decision. In this way you will be able to see how dedicated they truly are.

  • Make a list with everything you need

The following step is to make a list with everything you need. You should also ask the advice of the professional contractors. After all, they have a lot of experience with all this. However, there are some decisions that are taken by you, such as the model of the kitchen counterparts or the color of the cabinet. Once you have the list, you can start the following step.

  • Calculate the costs

Once you have a list with everything you need, you can start the painful process of calculating the costs. In this way you will be able to know the exact budget you are going to need in order to remodel everything. This cost varies from case to case, and thus, it’s not useful for you to ask your friends about their costs.

  • Think about a style

Another thing you should think about is to choose a style that fits with the rest of your house. In this way you’ll know what to buy.

  • Ask friends for help

It’s also very important to know that you have the help of your friends. This is the reason why you should ask them in time about their help.

  • Choose what to keep and what to give away

Once you have everything figured out, the next step is to make a list with everything you want to keep and with everything you want to give away.