Home Remodeling is more than Just a TV Fad

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If the rise in prominence of HGTV has taught us anything, it’s that everyone is remodeling their homes at all times. The amount of remodeling seems to have jumped in recent years: Large and small kitchen remodeling, bathroom redesigns, flooring installations, and much more are now commonplace, but the first two take the cake. Kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects were, by far, the two most common remodeling tasks in 2015 in the United States.

Bathroom Remodeling

Remodeling a bathroom is high on the list for countless homeowners, and for good reason. The expected return on investment (ROI) on a bathroom-remodel is high, and people want their self-care room to reflect their personal style. As such, spa bathrooms are on the rise. Spa bathroom design generally includes a deep, soaker tub, sometimes with massage jets, alongside a standalone shower. Glass shower enclosures are the preference of about 80% of consumers, as they’re easy to install and easy to clean. As an added bonus, most glass showers are made of a shatter-resistant glass for safety purposes.

An underrated aspect of remodeling a bathroom is the toilet. People spend a lot of time thinking about the shower, the tub, the vanity, and the cabinets, but don’t spend as much time thinking about the toilet. When presented with the option, about 90% of respondents in a Houzz survey said that they would at least consider a more water-efficient toilet during their remodel. The issue is more that people go with what they think looks nice rather than what might be the most responsible choice.

Small Kitchen Remodeling

Start by considering a small kitchen remodeling project rather than a big one, because big kitchen remodels can be monumental tasks. Studies suggest that whatever your original budget is for a kitchen remodel, you should add 15-25%. With that in mind, small kitchen remodeling jobs often just become big kitchen remodeling jobs.

At any rate, kitchen remodeling ideas are everywhere on the internet. Popular styles include: Contemporary, old-world, Mediterranean, traditional, rustic, and dozens of others. Each of these different styles involves a different style of sink, cabinet, counter-surface, and/or appliances. It can be a lot to sift through, but the ideas are out there for you to compare and contrast.

Remodeling anything takes time. Kitchens need to be planned as all of the above components can be changed — colors, heights of countertops, handles — at a moment’s notice. There are companies who you can specifically work with who can help you with kitchen renovation designs. For bathrooms, much of the same applies. Modern bathrooms, retro bathrooms, minimalist bathrooms — all of these are possible. It can be overwhelming, but only if you let it. Do a little homework and remind yourself that this is your project in your home. What’s more rewarding than that?

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