The most frequently remodeled rooms in homes today are the bathroom and the kitchen. While achieving a more modern appearance is one motivating factor in redoing these rooms, homeowners are also concerned with making bathrooms and kitchens more comfortable and accessible. To that end, many designers are focusing on three main ideas:
– Spa-like atmosphere
– Aging in place
Streamlining is all about function and flow. Kitchens and bathrooms both have specific functions, and streamlining takes that into consideration by providing easy access to the most used items. Because both rooms are high traffic areas, flow is also important. By eliminating hard corners on counters and islands and including a directional flooring (such as one with a diamond or herringbone pattern), traffic moves more seamlessly through the area. Essentially, streamlining removes bulk from living spaces to improve function and flow.
In today’s hustle and bustle environment, a few seconds of me-time in a relaxing setting is a sanity saver. Including simple, calming elements in your remodel can produce just such a stress-reducing environment. Warm colors in the kitchen and cool colors in the bathroom along with simple designs or patterns create a calming, restorative atmosphere that can prepare you to face another day of hustle and bustle.
Aging in Place
More and more homeowners are taking into consideration the aging process in their remodeling designs. Raising the toilet height and adding safety bars doesn’t mean an institutional-looking bathroom. Replacing an old toilet with a taller model and adding a ceramic grab bar to the shower or tub can help you retain a modern appearance without compromising safety in the future. Adding pull-out shelves to kitchen cabinets provides easy access to the items in the back for everyone regardless of age.
The experienced designers at Kitchen Central will help you visualize and create your perfect space for today and for the future.
When planning to put their houses on the market, many homeowners choose to update kitchens and bathrooms to increase the overall value of their homes. However, it is important to consider cost versus value when remodeling to increase the value of a home. According to Forbes, focusing on improving the right areas of the kitchen and bath can add $5,000 or more to a home’s selling price.
In the kitchen, the highest resale value comes from these elements:
– Wood flooring
– Stone, granite or quartz countertops
– Refinished/replaced cabinets
– Sinks and faucet fixtures
Experts also recommend adding an island and under-cabinet lighting to enlarge and brighten the room. Lighter colors are best, especially if the cabinets and furniture are darker colors. Stick with grays, off-whites, creams, beiges and tans when choosing paint colors.
Bathrooms increase home value when the remodel adds these features:
– Large walk-in showers
– Oversized bathtubs (soaking or Jacuzzi)
– Heated flooring
– Double sinks
– Extra storage
Updating sink fixtures and including a rain shower head in the shower are great ways to appeal to potential buyers. Bathrooms should also be done in neutral tones, with variations on white, such as cream, taupe, or off-white, being the most highly recommended. Unlike in kitchens, however, a touch of color in the form of very pale blue or very pale green can be successfully added in backsplashes or even in wainscoting.
The features that potential home buyers in 2016 wanted the most were hardwood or tile flooring, brushed nickel fixtures, and built-in organizational features like Shelf Genie pullout shelves for easy access. Remember that remodeling can consist of just a fresh coat of paint and new cabinet door hardware or it can be a complete overhaul of the existing space. Regardless of which, hiring experts like those at Kitchen Central ensures that you get the highest quality at the best prices.