Recently a study came out that surveyed 107,000 home owners and about their thoughts on the housing market. The results were fascinating! A large percentage of those surveyed (28%) are planning to remodel their kitchen or bathroom; and an even larger percentage (48%) are going to do larger tasks like build an addition or a custom home.
That is a large percentage of people thinking about doing something to their kitchen or bathroom. There are a couple reasons for the large interest in kitchen and bathroom remodeling right now.
Ride the wave
It’s a seller’s market, but people who have their house on the market still need to compete with other homes. 54% of those who said they were remodeling listed the fact that they were selling their house as the main reason for renovating their kitchen or bathroom. 83% of them said that they were looking for remodeling ideas to improve the look of their house for their own use.
In some areas, there is a lack of homes. This is leading to more people renovating what they have, regardless of whether they’re selling or not. In other areas, the rate of new single-family home construction is at a four year high, according to the Commerce Department.
10% of the respondents said that they were going to build a custom house within the next 2 years. These are the people choosing to build and design their own dream kitchens and bathrooms.
Another interesting fact that came out in this study is that confidence in the fact that now is a great time to renovate is the highest in the west. And only 11% of those who were planning to renovate needed to take out a line of credit to do so. 89% of them were going to pay cash and move quickly on their renovations.
Do those numbers surprise you? Or are you one of the people who is planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel? We’re here to help if you have any questions about the process.
Bathroom renovations are popular this year, and they can really pay off for the value of your home. The average mid-range bathroom remodel, according to one survey, would cost $15,000 and return 65% during resale. A high-end bathroom renovation would cost homeowners around $50,000 and return 58%. Of course, you can save some of those costs by doing the work yourself. Here are a few bathroom remodeling ideas that promise big returns.
Let there be light!
There doesn’t have to be a window in your bathroom to let more light in. A new light fixture can disperse more light, even with the same wattage bulbs. The thickness or color of the fixture impacts how much light is emitted. Alternately, as we’ve written about before you can add more mirrors in your bathroom to bring in more light.
According to a recent survey on Houzz, a majority of homeowners polled (55%) are planning to install double sinks in the master bathroom. While it may take more design time and creative use of space, a double sink is certainly something that you should consider if you’re doing a bathroom remodel. The convenience of having two sinks – and never having to wait while your spouse shaves or brushes their teeth - is priceless in the long run.
Where’s the bathtub?
One of the biggest trends in bathroom remodeling is full size, elaborate showers. Popular showers this year are the luxury version: They can easily accommodate two people, have seats built in, showcase floor-to-ceiling tiles, and feature shower heads with many different settings.
Low Flow toilets
Replacing your toilet with a low flow version makes perfect sense, depending on the age of your current toilet. If you’re remodeling your bathroom and your toilet uses 3.5 gallons a flush, it’s time to switch to a low flow toilet. Low flow toilets use just 1.6 gallons of water per flush. Their flush strength is the same and from now on, you will only be able to purchase low flow toilets. So, the only choices for you to make will be about style, color and whether you want a half flush toilet.
The two most popular colors for faucets are still brushed nickel and polished chrome. Some things never seem to change! Especially if you are thinking ahead to resale value, it’s best to stick to one of these two options.
What are your bathroom remodeling plans? If you have any questions about the process please give us a call at 1-888-632-5081. We can save you money during the process.
‘Simple’ is a relative term when it comes to home renovations. What we’re considering simple bathroom upgrades are those that do not include the bathtub, flooring or paint. Typically these remodeling ideas can be done in about half a day by the average homeowner.
Installing a bathroom faucet is a simple task, but can be frustrating if the space under your sink is tight. Assuming that you have plenty of space inside your bathroom vanity, the most difficult part of installing the sink will be lining up the plunger.
Sink and/or countertop
If you’re thinking about a new faucet, there is no better time to install a new sink or countertop. Generally sinks and countertops are heavy, so be careful lifting. A new vanity top is a simple change that can provide a total makeover for your bathroom. It has the added benefit of having the sink in the vanity so all you have to do is put it into place, instead of trying to line the sink up with a hole in the countertop.
If you haven’t been toilet shopping in a while, you are in for a surprise. Of course the low-flow toilets are everywhere, but there are additional water saving options like half flush/full flush, a bidet or other creature comforts. Installing a toilet will require a second person to help you remove the old toilet and switch them out.
Vanity or storage cabinet
If you’re switching out the sink for a new vanity top you might want to consider a vanity storage cabinet. The most challenging part of this upgrade for homeowners might be measuring the area or picking out which color you want! Having said that, if you have any questions about measuring for your new vanity, just call us and we’ll help you out.
Installing new door handles or hinges is a very simple improvement for your bathroom. Your hardware can get dated very quickly and make your whole bathroom look out of style. The most difficult part of installing new bathroom hardware on your vanity is dealing with any screws that might be stripped.
Are you thinking about doing any simple bathroom upgrades or changes? If so, we’d love to hear any comments or suggestions about what you’re doing.
Remodeling your kitchen is a serious decision. It will require planning, foresight, time to interview different contractors, downtime for your house and more. But knowing all that, if you’re still asking the question “is it time to remodel the kitchen,” then the answer is probably yes. Here are 4 key areas that you need to consider.
By this we don’t mean the style and trendiness of your kitchen appliances. Are they efficient, do they waste power or not function as well as they should? If the gasket on your refrigerator is loose and causing the door to not remain shut then it may be time to replace it regardless of when it was purchased. Your dishwasher is probably going to be the first to need to be replaced, especially if the wash cycle is sticking or taking longer than it should.
Location of kitchen
Where your kitchen is in your house will most likely stay the same. However, drastic things can be done by simply moving around the smaller appliances. As you are remodeling your kitchen, think about changing the placement of the stove, sink and refrigerator.
Number of people
Has the number of people in your house changed? Children are the most obvious answer, but aging parents moving back into the house, or even more visitors could all impact whether the size of your kitchen works for you. Retirees may need a smaller kitchen, but should still think about the size of that room in regards to resale value.
Similar to number of people is traffic flow. How do you use the kitchen and how do people flow in and out of the room? At parties people always congregate in the kitchen and daily life is no different. If it’s a pass through for children and you need to move furniture or add an island, now is the time. Also keep in mind where the door is. Some kitchens have access to a back door and tweaking the people flow could make the room more functional.
If you’re only doing a partial kitchen remodel bring in elements that have the same style and color as the existing design. Try to match your existing cabinets with any woodwork, and don’t forget about some of the kitchen cabinet accessories that can really make your new kitchen pop! A lazy susan, trashcan pullout or pull out spice drawer can make you new kitchen work for you for years to come.
There are few things more exciting (or nerve wrecking!) than remodeling a bathroom. If you’re thinking about remodeling a bathroom in the near future, here are some things to consider before you drill the first hole or pull out the tape measure.
The vanity in your bathroom is more than just a place to hide the extra toilet paper, hair dryer or toothpaste. The vanity is part of the bathroom and you need to decide how wide it should be and where you’d like it placed in the bathroom.
Our IN STOCK VANITIES come in 18 different sizes and over 40 different styles. There are lots of questions that you will need to answer. Do you want a more modern style or something traditional? Likewise the hardware will vary with each style vanity that you choose and that hardware will have a distinct color.
In our earlier post, we mentioned the best ways to brighten up a small bathroom. If your bathroom doesn’t have too much space you won’t be able to explore bigger options; but you can get more expressive legs on it or get the one with molding all the way around.
If your bathroom is big enough, you could consider putting another sink in. Another option is to only get one sink, but get a bigger vanity so that two people can share the mirror space.
The benefit to getting a larger vanity is that it has the storage space for your use and for resale value. The downside to a larger bathroom vanity is that it might take up too much space in your bathroom.
Regardless of what size and style vanity you get you’ll need to keep in mind that a mirror will be purchased separately. Try to get the vanity in a wood color that will match your desired mirror. If your vanity is modern, keep the mirror in the same design family.
We’re here to help you with your bathroom remodeling ideas. If you have any questions about what bathroom vanity is right for you just come in and see us.
To guests, your bathroom is quant and charming. However to you it feels too small. There are some simple things that you can do in the bathroom to make it feel bigger without breaking down a wall or thinking too hard about remodeling ideas.
Layers of light
How many lights are in your bathroom? Having just an overhead light will make it feel like you have a small bathroom. Add a side light on the wall near the bathroom mirror or over by the toilet. A couple of different lights will add light and variety to the bathroom.
Certainly you have one mirror in your bathroom. What if you added a couple of smaller mirrors, increased the size of the biggest mirror or did a combination of both? Hollywood uses mirrors all the time to make things appear larger than they really are. Even if you added some small, different shaped mirrors you’ll notice that the room appears larger.
A new light fixture
If you can only have one light in the bathroom why not look at getting a new light fixture? If you’re looking at a new fixture and you have a small bathroom think about getting one that has jewelry or reflective surfaces surrounding the light bulb. Depending on the color of your bathroom, this could really add more light and thus the appearance of more space.
What color are your walls?
In some small bathrooms a dark color may work. If you have enough light or are near a window then you might be able to pull off a dark red or blue, which can look very pretty. However, if your walls are dark and you don’t have the light to compensate for that then simply paint the walls a lighter color.
The floors fall into the same category. The dark marble may have seemed like a great idea at the time, but now you realize that it just makes the bathroom seem small.
When decorating your small bathroom, be sure to keep it simple and place a couple of color contrasts in the room. If you have molding, paint that just a shade lighter than the walls. Put up a picture or two that have colors that contrast the main color on the walls. If there is clutter in your bathroom, then get it out. Clutter and knick knacks don’t really add to the room and in some cases can actually take away.
One option to get rid of clutter is to add a bathroom corner cabinet. That way you can still have the toilet cleaning supplies, extra toilet paper and such in the bathroom without having it on display.
Over time, all the cooking you do in your kitchen will add up to dirty cabinets. If your kitchen cabinets are new then you want to be careful to keep them as stain and scratch free as possible. But if your cabinets are old then you want to keep them clean in order to give them more life. Either way, here are some basic steps for keeping your kitchen cabinets looking good.
What will you clean your cabinets with? Dish soap is an effective and affordable choice. Try mixing up a little bit with water, and use it to wipe the cabinets using the non-abrasive side of a sponge. If there is caked on junk, simply scrub it a couple times and it should come off.
If you need a little more muscle to get your cabinets clean, try using vinegar. Dilute the vinegar 2:1 with water and it will kill any germs, get rid of grime and dry without any streaks. Plus, since it’s all-natural you don’t have to worry about it being harmful to pets or children.
In some cases, for really stubborn stains, you might have to use mineral spirits or a product like ‘Goop Off’ to get the surface really clean. Be careful with these, if you’re too aggressive with them they’ll create a dull spot on the wood.
Exterior cabinet cleaning
Every once in a while you should do a very thorough exterior cleaning of your kitchen cabinets. This means taking off the hardware that is on the front of each drawer or cabinet. Don’t put the hardware through the dishwasher because the jets might wear off the paint or dull the color. Instead, soak the hardware in a small pool of dish soap or vinegar. After they’ve soaked for 10 minutes, dry them off and screw back onto the cabinet.
If you notice that any of the exterior areas are starting to look dull, either due to too much sunlight, harsh scrubbing or wear, you should apply some furniture polish.
Interior cabinet cleaning
Maybe twice a year, depending on how busy your kitchen is, it’s a good idea to clean the inside of the cabinets. If you don’t have paper on the bottom of them it’s also a great chance to get rid of the dirt or food that might collect back there.
Updating or changing out your kitchen cabinets can be a major undertaking. If your cabinets are looking dull, just try cleaning them to see if it does the trick. Regular maintenance to your kitchen cabinets can help them looking new longer. No remodeling required.
Solid granite countertops in your bathroom can be a durable option for what some people call the second most important room in the house. Before deciding on granite bathroom countertops you need to understand how they should be maintained. Granite has a timeless appearance but does require regular cleaning if it’s going to maintain its good looks.
Granite is a natural stone. Natural stones are porous, allowing water to penetrate them. Some types of granite will require periodic sealing.
Determining if your granite countertops need to be sealed or re-sealed is simple.
- Just put some drops of water in an area that gets lots of use, like where the toothbrush holder or soap dish is located.
- Let the water sit there for 15 minutes and it should bead up. If the water does not bead then it’s time to re-seal the granite.
Once you’ve determined that the granite countertops need to be sealed just purchase some sealant from the hardware store. There are lots of different sealants for sale, just follow the directions on the back and you’ll be fine.
Cleaning your granite countertops is something that you must do from time to time. A quick and affordable way to do this is to use a mix of denatured alcohol and water in a 1:4 ratio. Lightly spray the solution on the granite and wipe dry. The mixture will dry quickly, kill any germs, and is safe around pets and kids. It can also be used in other areas of the house.
Pardon the pun, but granite rocks when it’s used in the bathroom. We’ve got 15 different color choices in stock for sizes between 25” to 73”. All of the granite tops are drilled, polished, and ready for installation.
If you have any questions about how granite countertops could work in your bathroom, please ask. It’s a rock solid investment that you (or potential buyers) will really notice.
Remodeling the kitchen is a big investment. Once you’ve decided on the color of cabinets, the counter, sink options and door style there are still several sometimes overlooked accessories that can add value to the room. If you use these accessories they can make your kitchen life go much smoother, cleaner and maybe make you a better cook.
Lazy susan trays
The awkward corner of your lower kitchen cabinets can be a dead zone or a moving square of activity. The lazy susan tray is the two or three tiered shelf that spins around. It’s a convenient thing to have in the corner because it utilizes much more of that space and keeps it cleaner. If you don’t have a lazy susan and instead opt for shelves, you may regret it once the kitchen is finished.
Without a lazy susan, you’ll end up using the same pots and pans; ignoring the bigger sizes, steamers or bamboo wok that you got as a gift that cooks vegetables much better. Factor a lazy susan into your kitchen plans and you will use it over and over, we promise.
How big is your trashcan, really? If you don’t need the 4 foot tall one that gets in the way and looks out of place, simply get a smaller trashcan and use the trashcan pullout. It’s a rack that holds the trashcan and slides out when you open the door. Hint: if the cabinet is big enough you can hold two trashcans, one for the garbage and one for the recycling.
You think there is some dried parsley in your spice cabinet, but aren’t really sure since all of your spices are jammed in one cabinet like little spice soldiers? The jar of garlic salt or parsley is maybe 3” tall, yet your cabinet is 24” tall. You can’t stack spices on top of one another, so the spice pull out drawer is an excellent answer.
It’s a narrow drawer near your waist that pulls out with enough space for all of your spices. You may not use enough spices to merit it, but think about resale.
Crown and light rail molding
Crown and light rail molding are truly the accents of your kitchen. The extra crown molding at the top of your cabinets really helps finish off one of the signature rooms in your house. Look at kitchens without crown molding and then one with crown molding and you’ll be a believer too.
The light rail molding is the smaller molding at the bottom of your cabinet that hides accent lighting. Sometimes you don’t want the big overhead light on and the more subtle accent light does the trick. It also adds an understated element of class to your kitchen-and who doesn’t want that?
We have all of these accessories and more in stock. Which one of them would make the biggest impact in your kitchen?
Do you need a kitchen update? Thinking about whether to get new cabinets or simply paint the old ones? You want to save money, yet want a new look for your kitchen-so what do you do? Simply painting your cabinets may not be the money saver that you think it will be. Certainly it may save money it the short term, but in the end it all comes down to how they look and is that look worth the time or money? Let’s look at what’s involved in painting.
Remove all hardware
This is simple, but time consuming. Take the doors off the cabinets and the hardware off the doors.
Sand then scrub
Even the person with a clean kitchen has dirty cabinets. All of the grease and splatter spots don’t just go on the floor. They’ll go on the cabinets and be stuck on. Just rub your hand over you cabinets now, they’re not exactly smooth, are they?
Any of the holes, dings or imperfections need to be filled with wood putty or caulk.
Next, you need to prime the doors and cabinets. Obviously the cabinets you’ll prime in the kitchen, were do you plan on priming the doors? Remember that the sides of the doors need to be primed too. Once the primer is dry, caulk the lines or dings in the wood.
You’ve chosen the color that you’ll be painting the cabinets. It matches the appliances and reflects the way that the light enters the room. Be sure to hang the doors from something, if you paint them flat it’ll have a different appearance than the cabinets.
The cabinets are hanging from the wall, so just hang the doors up using a coat hanger or string and you’re good to go.
Check for paint runs, spots that need a second coat and consistent paint lines in the ridges. If they don’t need any correction then put the doors back up, install the hardware and you’re finished.
Those are lots of steps. It may save you money, but will cost you in time and effort. Painting your kitchen cabinets because you think it’s cheaper may not be the best way to go. It can end up taking much more time, which in the end will cost you money. Come see our selection of affordable, finished kitchen cabinets. You’ll end up with a professional product, and save yourself the effort of painting.