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NARI Study Says Kitchen Remodeling to Remain Robust in 2014

Kitchens will remain hot remodeling priorities in homes across the United States throughout 2014, according to the Member Profile Study done by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Kitchen remodels remain a top priority for 82 percent of NARI members, according to the study, released for National Home Improvement Month in May, which also estimates home remodeling projects will total $73 million in 2014.

According to NARI members, consumers looking to remodel their kitchens are selecting open space concepts that are both comfortable and practical, with kitchen islands remaining a popular trend. Improving the overall look and feel of the kitchen was most often cited as the main motivating factor by homeowners for remodeling.

Other popular trends listed in the study included mixing different wood tones and finishes to create a custom kitchen look; built-in accent cabinets to house china or other kitchen utensils; wine storage, such as integrated wine coolers and dedicated “butler” areas for entertaining, sampling and sharing wine; and more decorative task lighting features instead of additional upper cabinetry.

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Exploring Options When Kitchen Remodeling

When it comes to remodeling your home each and every detail is important.  This is never truer than when looking to remodel your homes kitchen.  Each detail is as important as the next.  When remodeling a space such as the kitchen everything from the new layout right down to the faucets need to be considered.  In a kitchen, one of the main focal points is the cabinets.  Kitchen cabinets take up a considerable amount of floor and wall space with in the area.  When you begin to plan your kitchen remodel make sure to talk to the contractor in depth about the cabinets.  This is a great start to start when designing a new kitchen space.

Choosing cabinets is not an easy task.  It is overwhelming and without being a visual person often difficult to see within your own space.  Many kitchen contractors are now equipped with software that allows you to physical design your space including images of different concepts, cabinetry, appliances and smaller details.  This allows you to actually “see” it in place before anything is purchased.  When looking at cabinetry for your kitchen there are a few things to take into consideration.

First, look at the different options in kitchen cabinet materials.  Most likely you are only familiar with the use of wood in cabinetry for the kitchen.  This is the most popular option in kitchens to day but you can also consider other materials such as metal, stainless steel, thermofoil and melamine.

Check out the different options available in kitchen cabinet door styles.  Styles are available from ultra-modern and traditional to country and rustic.  The more detail on the cabinet door the more expensive it will be.  Also consider that a more complex cabinet door also requires more detailed cleaning.

Consider the type of finish you desire if you have chosen wood doors.  Often times homeowners will choose to finish kitchen cabinets with stain but there are other finishes available.  Consider paint, glazing and distressing for something different.

Cabinet door mounting is another decision you will need to make. Most cabinet doors lay over the cabinet case.  You can choose a full cabinet mount which allows the door to lay over the cabinet exposing none of the cabinet case.  The doors will close together tightly to avoid any exposure to the case. You can also chose to inset the doors however this is the least common cabinet door mounting.  Cabinet doors that sit flush inside the cabinet may not be common but are incredibly stylish and give a clean lined look to a kitchen space.

Cabinet hardware is one of those decisions that is not one that needs to be made right away.  Hardware can wait to be chosen until after the kitchen is well on its way to completion. Cabinet hardware can easily enhance the overall look, feel and design of your kitchen.  The knobs and pulls you choose can dress up or dress down the feel of the space.  If in the end you feel you may have gone a bit one way or another with the kitchen design use the hardware as a way to bring the design back to exactly what you were looking for.

With cabinets there are an array of things you can analyze straight down to the height and depth of the cabinets.  When considering cabinetry for your kitchen think of the space as a clean slate.  A professional kitchen contractor can help you to envision something completely new and different in your space to bring out the best that your kitchen has to offer.

Consider Your Space When Remodeling Your Bathroom

Anytime you decide to remodel a space in your home you are filled with emotions that range from stress to excitement. A lot of time and money will go into the job.  When hiring a contractor to remodel your homes bathroom there are a few things to keep in mind that allow the job to go smoother.  The smoother the job, the less delays and the fewer days you are without a bathroom.  Take the tips below into consideration when you decide to take the leap into having your bathroom remodeled.

First things first, it is important that you meet with your bathroom contractor before you start ordering anything.  This is important for a few reasons.  First they may be able to get a discount on supplies that you need for your space.  Second they will help you to understand the different options you have as far as using the space that you have.  A large spa tub may be what you want however if it takes away from other essential items in the space a contractor make help you to decide on a smaller space efficient option.

Once you have met with the contractor and you are sure of the details within the project begin the process of ordering the supplies you will need.  Have everything in hand before the project starts.  This is especially true when redoing a bathroom.  Special orders take time to get in.  When you order something they may give you a time of reference.  Don’t count on this date for anything as you will be disappointed.  Before you start the bathroom renovation you will want all the needed tile, fixtures, bathroom cabinetry and so forth.  No surprise is a good surprise when it comes to redoing a space as important as your homes bathroom.

When you are considering what to order for the space don’t rule any option out until you have had a moment to think about it.  Perhaps it may not be what you initially envisioned but after some time and seeing the design on bathroom software that your contractor has available it may become an option.  The best advice is to stay open to the ideas of others especially professionals who have remodeled many bathroom spaces similar to yours over the years.  They know what has and has not worked in the past.

A complaint that has been heard over and over for years by bathroom contractors is the lack of storage not only in the cabinets and linen closet but the shower as well.  Plan your shower space to accommodate anything and everything you may need.  Built in shelving is a brilliant option in shower spaces today.  Alleviate the hassle of shower caddy’s and soap dishes with built in cubbies to all your showering needs.

Every detail counts right down to the shower curtain rod.  A new option in shower rods is a curved rod.  This may not seem like that big of a deal however using a curved shower rod gives you a surprising amount of extra space in the shower without taking away valuable floor space.  They attach right to the wall using screws.  You will never have to worry about pulling the shower curtain off the wall with those cheap tension rods again.

Add lighting and other extra features that will be important as you age.  Bathrooms are the number one space in the home for accidents to occur.  Add in safety features while remodeling. They will add to the value of your home as well as benefit your aging body.  Little upgrades that cost mere pennies more now during the remodel can be game changers later on.  Consider safety bars, upgraded lights and a taller toilet.

When it comes to your bathroom or remodeling any room in your house for that matter always consider what you want, the practicality and advice from the professionals.  This is a sure fire way to get exactly what you want and need every time during home improvements.