If you’ve been thinking about a kitchen renovation for a while now but have never taken any action, it’s most probably because you’re worried about the money side of things. That’s absolutely normal and we always advise our clients against rushing into a home improvement project, as this often bumps the price of the project up considerably. Experts always advise you to prepare for the unexpected and the truth is it’s actually quite easy to spend more than you originally wanted to on a kitchen renovation. But you can’t let that fear paralyze your forever and if you work with a reputable home improvement specialist, you’ll find that your dream kitchen can be created for a price that you can afford. If you would like to know our top tips for saving on a kitchen renovation without sacrificing quality, keep reading.
Top Tips for Saving on Your Kitchen Renovation in 2014
The truth is that with a kitchen renovation, it’s the little things that can really start to add up, so if you can make small savings in multiple areas, the cost of the entire project can be reduced considerably. Here are a few ways in which this can be achieved:
Think About Making Your Kitchen More Efficient, Not Bigger
When people talk about a kitchen renovation, they often talk about expanding, making their preparation areas bigger or adding loads of extra appliances. That’s the total wrong approach; your focus should be on efficiency, not size. If you can achieve everything you want simply by maximising available space and using space-saving features, why go to the trouble (and expense) of knocking down walls and making serious changes to your home’s structure. In kitchens, one feature that often takes up more space than it really should are the cabinets, so start by replacing those with cabinets that don’t consume as much space but do everything you want them to.
Leave the Sink Where it Is
Try not to move the kitchen sink during a renovation project if you can help it, as this will really drive up the overall price. You will need the help of a plumbing specialist to do this, and even moving the sink just a few metres can add a few noughts onto the price of your kitchen renovation. If you feel like it’s a feature that just has to be moved to accommodate other features in your new look kitchen, seize the opportunity and have new pipes fitted, as in the long term this will save you a considerable amount of money. Incidentally, the same thing goes for power outlets and electrical work; if you can leave them where they are, that’s less work for an electrician and consequently less expense.
Stove Over Built-In Oven
These are two features you will probably want in your new kitchen; but do you actually use your oven? When you sit and think about it you probably don’t use it nearly as much as you think. It’s rated as the least frequently used appliance in the entire kitchen and some people can easily survive without one. Stick with a stove (invest a little more in it if you aren’t getting an oven) and forget the oven; this is an easy way to save several hundred to a few thousand dollars, although it’s obviously not viable for everyone.
Use Existing Appliances
A kitchen renovation doesn’t have to mean that everything has to be changed. If you currently have a range of appliances that are still in good condition, why replace them? Instead, clean them up and incorporate them into the design of your new kitchen where possible.
Help Out Where You Can
Many of the tasks involves in a kitchen renovation require some real skill and expertise, but there are also a number of tasks that you could help out with, such as painting and the removal of waste products. You might not think this would make much difference, but on a large scale job it can save you paying for quite a few hours of labour.
Finally, probably the best tip we can give you is to work with a home improvement specialist that has your best interests at heart and is prepared to work with you and the budget you have available.
find out how Parada Kitchens & Baths can assist you with your kitchen renovation, call us today.
We spend a staggering amount of time in the bathroom over the course of our lifetimes. So why is it that such an important part of the home is often neglected even when it’s blindingly obvious that a bathroom renovation is desperately needed? When money becomes available, homeowners often spend it on other home improvement projects, such as custom kitchens, new windows, professional landscaping or a new garage door. But we’ve got news for you: If you ever want to sell your home, the bathroom is one of the first things that prospective buyers will look at, and a bathroom that’s in a dreadful state is often a real “turn-off.” If it’s been a few years since you had any work done in your bathroom and you’re not entirely sure whether a bathroom renovation is required, keep reading as we are going to point out a number of signs that indicate your bathroom is in need of some care and attention.
How to Tell When You Need a Bathroom Renovation
A bathroom renovation isn’t done to simply improve the appearance of the room; it can also help to make this area of your home safer and enhance its functionality. The trick is to know when to start calling general contractors and asking for quotes, as leaving it for last minute could have some serious consequences.
Mold & Mildew Ever Present
Bathrooms can be a real haven for mold and mildew, as it provides the perfect conditions for it to thrive in. If it does keep repeatedly growing back after you remove it, you may need to consider a bathroom renovation, as mold and mildew can be potentially harmful; some varieties are known to be toxic. The solution might be as simple as installing a new fan to remove steam from the bathroom.
Is the grout in between your tiles in poor condition? If this is the case, it could lead to the development of the mold and mildew problem we just discussed. Furthermore, when the grout becomes damaged it can leave sharp edges exposed, which is potentially dangerous, especially if you have children.
You’re Nervous When Guests Go to the Bathroom
When you have friends over, do you get nervous or embarrassed when they say they need to use the bathroom? There is actually an expression that goes something like “your property is judged on the condition of your bathroom.” A bathroom renovation is the perfect way to “spruce up” a tired old bathroom and inject new life into it. Make your bathroom something you can be proud of and want to show off rather something to worry about and hide.
Your Bathroom is Always Cluttered
Your small, simple bathroom might have been adequate when it was just the two of you, but if you now have children and your bathroom is always full with clutter, a bathroom renovation is the ideal way to add additional space efficient storage solutions that can help to keep things neat and tidy.
Your Bathroom Looks Ancient
There’s old, and then there’s ancient! If your bathroom currently has faucets that are full of rust, has a toilet that doesn’t work properly and there are chipped tiles all over, it’s time to contact a bathroom renovation specialist and update the look and feel of your bathroom.
The Fixtures in Your Bathroom are Inefficient
Conservation is an important word nowadays as we strive to use our natural resources more efficiently. If you are still using older bathroom fixtures, you are most likely wasting unforgivable amounts of water every single day. Not only does that put more pressure on water treatment plants, but it bumps up your water bills significantly too.
Doesn’t Fit in With the Rest of Your Home’s Design
If you’ve renovated just about every room in your house over the years except your bathroom (not as uncommon as you might think), it may no longer fit in; in fact it probably sticks out. Many times interior designers will stress the importance of continuity in the interior of a house, and a bathroom renovation in this case would be the best way to achieve that. It could also be possible that your bathroom’s design is no longer well suited to your tastes (our tastes do change as we get older remember), and a change needs to be made.
PARADA Kitchens & Baths is the leading bathroom renovation specialist in the area. We serve Toronto, Mississauga and Etobicoke, and have the vision as well as the skills required to transform your bathroom into something wonderful. We always recommend setting up an appointment with us so we can come and have a look at your bathroom in its current state before any firm plans are made.
Contact us today for bathroom renovation questions
At Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms, we take pride in our work and we can only be proud of your remodeled bathroom if it’s the perfect bathroom chen for you. We specialize in truly custom cabinetry, designed to meet all your needs, visions and expectations.
We stand behind our products and workmanship 100%. Our primary goal is to ensure complete customer satisfaction and deliver the best value possible.
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