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Let Your Kitchen Remodelling Ideas Come To Life

Kitchen and bath is on the rise—one expert explains why

The report cites a 10 percent uptick in sales of products devoted to residential kitchen and bath remodeling and new construction. What’s responsible for that jump?

The healthy economy has certainly contributed to the robust growth in our industry. Sales of residential kitchen and bath products grew 10 percent from 2015 to 2016 in response to new home construction and a vibrant remodel/replacement market. NKBA research indicates that the kitchen and bath industry will grow at similar rates for the next two years, bringing the industry to $178 billion in 2018.

Home sales, both new and existing, are a key indicator of the health of our business as well. In 2017, sales of new homes rose 8 percent, to 608,000 units, which was the best performance in a decade. Sales of existing homes, while more or less flat for the year at 5.45 million, still registered their highest level since 2006, when 6.48 million homes were sold, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Selling and buying homes are key drivers of the remodeling industry. Homeowners frequently seek to remodel kitchens and baths, whether they are sprucing up to sell their house or buying a home and renovating. NKBA research shows that 64 percent of kitchen remodels are prompted because the room needs updating.

 

Five Benefits of Remodeling Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, but for many homeowners, it’s the one room they wish they could improve. While a remodel may seem like a stressful process, there are a few ways a redesigned kitchen can benefit your family.

  • Reduce Energy Consumption. When you remodel your kitchen, you’ll have the opportunity to replace old and outdated appliances with new, energy-efficient models. Many new refrigerators, dishwashers, and even light fixtures are designed to keep your bills low while giving you the best performance possible.
  • Add Value to Your Home. Older kitchens with poor layouts or outdated appliances will not do much to attract potential buyers. Upgrading your kitchen to a more modern design will help increase your home’s value.
  • Improve the Flow. If you’re unhappy with the layout, a home remodeling contractor will help you find the design of your dreams. Remodeling your kitchen allows you to have complete control over the layout of the appliances and counter space, so you won’t have to put up with a layout that makes food preparation more difficult.
  • Increase Storage Options. Some kitchens are woefully short of cabinets and storage, but remodeling your kitchen will let you add more options to the space. Add more cabinets to make the most of vertical storage and maximize counter space with a kitchen island.
  • Improve Safety. Older appliances can be safety hazards. The wiring and electrical systems of old units are not equipped to handle the increased output of the modern energy grid. Newer appliances are manufactured with the proper equipment to handle more electricity without posing a safety risk.

 

Is a Kitchen Remodel Worth It?

Your kitchen is the hub of your home. From bustling breakfasts to relaxing dinners, your loved ones gather to discuss the details of their day in the kitchen. So whether you’re angling to sell your home for a profit or simply want to enhance your own enjoyment of the space, you need to invest some cash in functional and aesthetic upgrades.

TRENDS IN HOME IMPROVEMENT ROI

An upgraded, beautiful kitchen is a renovation that has stood the test of time. Over the years, different upgrades have risen or decreased in value, but a renovated kitchen always lands near the top of the list when it comes to ranking the ROI of home improvement projects.

However, investing $50,000 in a new kitchen doesn’t directly translate to a $50,000 increase in property value. But a kitchen remodel can significantly add to your home’s value, especially compared to other projects. According to Remodeling magazine, a minor kitchen remodel comes in fourth on the 2017 Cost vs. Value report for home-improvement projects. Homeowners can expect to recoup 80.2 percent of the costs. A major kitchen remodel delivers a 65.3 percent return on investment.

TRUST A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER

Before you embark on your renovation project, consider consulting with a professional contractor or designer with experience remodeling kitchens. One of the best ways to improve a kitchen is to modify the workflow. An expert renovator can help you find the best spot to move your sink or refrigerator to make moving and working in the room that much easier.

SPEND WHERE IT COUNTS

A designer can also help you spend money cost-effectively. Once you start planning a kitchen remodel, you’ll realize that while adding lighting, upgrading the countertops and replacing the sink are all great enhancements, it’s vital to reserve a large portion of your budget for the cabinets. There’s a reason 29 percent of a kitchen remodel budget is typically spent on cabinets and hardware. Adding new cabinets offers additional storage space — always a desirable characteristic — and enhances the aesthetics as well. From soft-close drawers to decorative hardware, new cabinets deliver the improved function and modern look you’re going for.

 

Mistakes Sellers Make When Renovating Their Kitchens

  1. The “step-up” trick

This is when homeowners put new floors right on old floors, instead of removing the original floors. Have you ever encountered a three or four-inch difference in height when walking from a living room to a kitchen? Was that intended? No way! It means that there are multiple levels of flooring underneath the floor you see. It’s the easier, and cheaper way to update a floor. The right way is to remove the floor and replace it.

  1. The “expensive countertops on old cheap cabinets” trick

We know what older broken cabinets look like. If you have them, you don’t need to replace them, but please don’t spend a few thousand dollars on expensive countertops and not update the cabinets. It can look like you are trying to fool buyers.

If you are going to spend money redoing your kitchen, make sure you’re choosing projects that will give you the most bang for your buck — without taking shortcuts. A renovated kitchen can totally change the look and feel of your home, and may result in a faster and more lucrative sale. Talk to an agent about your goals, and they can help you make the right decision.

 

You Need Your Kitchen to Function Differently

Your needs for your kitchen are going to change throughout your life. Your kitchen should be ready to handle your lifestyle changes. For example, when you first moved into your home, your kitchen was perfect for just you or you and your spouse. As time went on, you had kids and those kids got older. Now, you find yourself needing dedicated homework or project space, spaces to charge digital devices and areas where you can socialize with your growing family and friends or neighbors.

A kitchen remodel can help you get the versatile spaces you need from storing more kitchen appliances and having dedicated areas for eating to homework and personal projects. If you have a smaller kitchen in an older home, a kitchen remodel can allow you to remove walls and create better flow while giving you clean sight lines into other parts of your home, like the family or dining rooms.

Must Know What Need To Prepare Before Home Renovation

Exterior Home Renovation Ideas to Increase the Curb Appeal of Your Home

Ways To Bring Charm To Your Home’s Exterior

Hang a lantern. Bring depth and definition to a flat facade with the right light fixture. A traditional gas lantern like the one shown here (also available in an electric version) looks right at home on a farmhouse (modern or not), colonial or other traditional-style home. Try nautical-style lanterns on a cottage or Cape Cod–style home.

Change the door. A door of a different style can make a big impact. Consider choosing a new door that incorporates panes of glass, like the one shown here or in the previous photo — the glass lightens up a heavy facade. Search for a door that matches the architectural style of your home but has more detail, a more solid construction or lets in more light than your current door.

Add a gate. A low masonry or wood fence paired with a wood or metal gate can add presence to your home’s exterior. When accompanied by landscaping in front of and beyond the gate, it draws the eye in, making even a small front yard feel deeper.

 

Add a Portico

At first, this may seem like a much more involved improvement than most. But even a small portico placed above your front door supported by L-brackets will instantly add dimension and become the focal point of the front of your home.

If you take it one step further and build a portico supported by columns, now you have one more element to add interest to the curb appeal, and a setting for other elements, like potted plants, porch railings and even adding a light fixture to the portico.

Build a Covered Porch

If you want to take the portico idea even further along, a full-fledged front porch is the way to go. Again, this one can be the setting for other curb appeal enhancing elements, like a porch swing.

 

WHICH EXTERIOR FINISH IS RIGHT FOR YOUR HOME?

Start by looking at samples of your cladding choices in situ at different times of the day. Ask your supplier if they can give you new and aged samples to see how your home will look freshly clad and a few months down the line. Make sure the weight of your chosen cladding or render is suitable for your property, as some materials are heavier than others.

  • PVCu cladding is one of the most inexpensive options. Coloured or wood-effect PVCu is comparable in price to timber boarding. Low-maintenance and easy to clean, it should last for up to 20 years. Some PVCu cladding has a cellular core that offers good thermal resistance.
  • Laminate cladding such as that made by Trespa, is made by compressing impregnated paper or wood fibres and epoxy, phenolic or polypropylene resin. Durable and scratch-resistant, it can have coloured pigments added to the surface during curing, making a variety of colours and finishes possible. Virtually impervious to weather, it can also be cleaned very easily.
  • Composite cladding such as Corian or HI-MACS made by LG Hausys, is made up of stone powder and high-quality acrylic resins with pigments to add colour. Highly weather-resistant, it can be easily cleaned, moulded and fitted. Brick slips look like solid bricks but are actually 2-2.5cm deep ‘tiles’ made from clay – either kiln-fired as preformed slips, or sawn from the face of standard clay bricks. Cladding panels with a brick finish and interlocking prefabricated boards are also available.
  • Stone tiles are of a similar construction to brick slips, and are split from genuine stone. They are ideal for a more traditional look, offering a cost-effective and lightweight alternative to building with natural stone.

 

 

What are the most used exterior house colors?

In general, most people tend to play it safe with their choice of house color. They tend to pick colors that are light. Today, and in recent history, white is the most popular trend in home coloring.

White is almost always a sure thing as it’s a clean color that shows up well and has the potential to be personalized with vivid borders. When taking shutters and trim into account, white and blue has proven to be a household favorite for years [source: Behr]. The combination makes sense as white is already popular on its own and blue is such a versatile companion.

There are hundreds of shades of blue, all of which match white well. Deciding among them depends on two main factors. One of these factors is your preference, along with the mood you’re trying to create. The second depends on your climate. In the south, bright vivid blues work well in the more open and bright landscapes. Up north, deeper grey-blues fit into landscapes populated by evergreens and match the skies of the seasonal weather.

Other popular colors of house exteriors are cream, beige, yellow and light-hued versions of grey, blue and green. Among darker colors, brown is quite popular.

 

How to Modernize an Old House or Traditional Space

Kitchen

As one of the most used rooms in the house, the kitchen is a good place to start—and you have a lot of options for modernizing the kitchen. Many DC area homes have small, cramped, outdated kitchens. Often just a couple small updates, like upgrading your appliances, refacing or repainting your cabinets, or adding decorative contemporary pieces can give your kitchen a new modern look.

Often, though, it may be necessary to (or you may want to):

  • Install minimalist, modern style cabinetry
  • Update the countertops (stainless steel has a sleek, contemporary look)
  • Add a new kitchen island (space permitting)
  • Add a window or door to bring in more natural light

Our team will ask you questions about your lifestyle, needs, and design tastes and work with you to ensure the update will work well with your home and enhance both the appearance and functionality of the kitchen.

Bathroom

The bathroom is another important room. Again, you have a lot of different options, whether you just want to make a few surface-level updates or transform the entire room.

  • Update any old, faded, dull, or dirty tile
  • Update lighting or light fixtures
  • Change outdated faucets to sleek chrome or nickel
  • Bring in a new, modern color scheme—a modern black and white, for instance, or one that uses strategically placed splashes of color
  • Install a new frameless glass shower door

There are many more things you can do than this, but these are some popular techniques for modernizing bathrooms.