Is It Time To Remodel That Bathroom And Kitchen?

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Ready to assemble furniture, Sliding door pulls, Specialty clamp sets

So you’ve finally bought that house you’ve been fawning over. It took months to close the deal but now that it’s over and you can finally do some much needed modeling. Because some things just aren’t looking too good.

It’s time to throw out that old bathroom and bring it up to your standards, all the while adding to the growing number of 14.2 million bathroom remodels done every year. However, you also don’t want to break the bank. And you certainly don’t want to create more problems.

How was the original bathroom placed? If the toilet, tub or sink aren’t in positions that cause issues then it’s best to simply update those aforementioned appliances and avoid touching the plumbing. Installing all new plumbing that isn’t necessary only adds a hefty total you weren’t asking for.

It’s an enticing decision to want your bathroom some kind of sprawling vista finished with fountains and birds chirping in the wind. Stop it. It’s hard to resist the urge to want a beautifully done bathroom. Who wouldn’t want that? However, need over want comes first in the metaphorical book of remodeling bathrooms. Temper your decisions with what the bathroom needs first and then add accents that compliment those decisions.

It should go without saying you should always plan for the unexpected. Reserve funds are crucial for remodeling and more often than not have led people to hold off on projects for months, even years, before finally finishing the job. Master bathrooms can run your budget as high as $11,700, according to Houzz.

Kitchen cabinet demand in the United States is surprisingly high. In fact, it’s been calculated to keep growing to nearly $17.1 billion by 2021. Then again, it’s not so surprising considering cabinets are one of the first things you see in a kitchen. That’s certainly a piece of the puzzle as to why 10.2 million kitchens are remodeled every year.

With cabinets comes an opportunity to add idiosyncrasies you may not have had in the past. Millennials tend to choose white cabinets, around 47 percent, actually, over boomers who sit at 41 percent. However, like the bathroom, temper your decisions with need over want. More often than not, homeowners tend to spend 40% to 50% of their budget on just remodeling the kitchen. Features like cabinet locks and drawer locks can come later. Spice storage units are a must-have if you happen to cook a lot and even task lighting will reveal details to meals as you prepare them. Spice storage units allow for a proper space for spices that would otherwise be jammed into other forgetful places. Spice storage units also allow for clutter management.

Eric Brophy

Eric Brophy

I’m Eric Brophy, a carpenter and homebuilder with 16 years experience doing the job right, the old-fashioned way. What they used to say is true — measure twice, cut once. If you plan out a project from the start, with blueprints, a bill of materials, the whole nine yards, you may seem to be wasting time at the start, but it’s time saved on having to do the job again when it just doesn’t fit. Whether you’re building in the city or off the grid, ground-up or touch-up, I can guarantee you’ll find home improvement tips for your next DIY project at home.

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Eric Brophy

Eric Brophy

I’m Eric Brophy, a carpenter and homebuilder with 16 years experience doing the job right, the old-fashioned way. What they used to say is true — measure twice, cut once. If you plan out a project from the start, with blueprints, a bill of materials, the whole nine yards, you may seem to be wasting time at the start, but it’s time saved on having to do the job again when it just doesn’t fit. Whether you’re building in the city or off the grid, ground-up or touch-up, I can guarantee you’ll find home improvement tips for your next DIY project at home.

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