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Kitchen and Bath
According to Royal LePage, homeowners who renovation their kitchen or bath prior to selling their home realize a 75-100% return on their investment. Whether you are just moving in or planning to stay in your home, the improved functionality will save you time and provide a central hub for your family and friends.
Great renovations start with planning. Take some time to make a list of the things you like about your current kitchen or bath. Note any features that you'd like to retain. On the con side, list the features that don't work for you and list ways you'd like to improve on them.
If space is the main problem, try:
Advancements and new designs in appliances are shaping the way kitchens are designed and sized. Let your cabinet maker or builder know the current measurements of appliances if you plan to keep them, otherwise obtain a model number or dimensions of one you plan to buy. If replacing appliances at a future date, ask the cabinet maker if filler cabinets can be put in place until the purchases are made. Properly designed, the cabinets can be removed and used in another location when the new appliances arrive.
In addition to size variations, new appliances are going high tech with features such as on board computers. Additional electrical, gas, plumbing, venting, and internet connections may need to be installed.
Cottagers need to be aware that appliances are not designed to be left in unheated areas through the colder months. Ice maker refrigerators, dishwashers or clothes washers, need special care when closing the cottage. Installing shut off valves and drains that can be completely drained can prevent internal piping from bursting. Never use antifreeze in appliances when closing up.
When planning your kitchen, positioning your range on an exterior wall will allow easier external venting and save some money on installation.
There are as many cabinet styles and configurations as there are cooks to use them. Colour, layout, and material choices should reflect how your family uses the kitchen. Here are some great features to consider:
Prone to stains, nicks, burns, and scratches, the countertop is one of the hardest working surfaces in your home. There are a number of styles, colours, materials, and price ranges to choose from.
Low shine laminates in granite patterns tend to show wear the least and are most easily replaced when it comes time to decorate. They are available in virtually any colour and pattern and two styles.
The rolled or pre fabricated style features a one piece backsplash, work surface and raised front edge that helps to contain minor spills.
Custom laminates are trimmed with wood to match the cabinets. The backsplash can be made to match either the laminate or the wood trim. This style tends to be more economical in kitchens where counters flow or wrap around corners.
Made from a polymer composite, Corian can be cut, shaped, and stained like wood.
This is a beautiful material. The one drawback is that marble tends to be fragile and must be well supported beneath.
Due to the brittle and porous nature of tile, it is not generally recommended for the main food preparation surface in a kitchen.
Sinks and Faucets
Updating your existing sink and faucets is a great way to give your kitchen a fresh look.
New composite sinks in a range of designer colours provide an alternative to traditional porcelain and stainless steel.
Regardless of whether you choose a new composite sink or the traditional porcelain or stainless steel, there is a faucet that will complete the look, no matter what style you choose.
Trends in Bath Design
The lastest trend in bath design focuses on the total bath experience rather than simple functionality. Products designed to pamper and enhance the experience are front and centre. Ideas include:
One of the most exciting products is a shower tub unit that opens to allow bathers to walk in without having to negotiate a step from floor to slippery surface. Many also come equipped with seating to improve safety.
The main focus in either kitchen or bath is functionality, but who says that function has to be boring. Below are some exceptional products to make your kitchen and bath renovation sparkle.
Choose quality fixtures that reflect your style and personality. In researching ideas, check out the Kohler Artifacts where you can design your own bath and basin faucets. For help with shower design visit www.ca.kohler.com to design your dream shower or bath.
With bathroom decor coming into its own, there is no need to limit yourself to a choice between round or oval, white or bone. Exciting new products from Moen and Kohler open up a whole world of possibilities.
Immerse your senses in a warm scented waters to soothe away the days stresses, or start your morning off right with an invigorating shower.
Choose your style:
Tubs like the one pictured above left and right, are meant for freestanding applications, but can also be built in. For installations that back on walls, a good quality tub surround or tiling is added to prevent water damage to drywall. Any soaker tub can be fitted for dual purpose by adding a shower bar and ceiling hung curtain racks.
In most cases, the skirting (sides) are sold separately, so be sure to ask to avoid surprises.
Two or Three Piece Tubs and Showers
These convenient tubs come in two or three sections: the tub unit, a wall surround, and a top (3 pc only). They are meant to be installed in existing bathrooms, hence the break up in parts, and eliminate the need to choose a separate tub surround. They also dispense with the nasty grouting issues that arise with soaker tub/surround combinations.
One Piece Tubs and Showers
Meant for new construction, one piece tubs are just that, and will need to be delivered prior to wall construction. Let your contractor know you're planning a one piece tub so arrangements can be made for moving the unit in with a minimum of fuss.
Size counts when it comes to shower units. Visit a local retailer and test out the floor models to avoid that claustrophobic feeling. The most common sizes are 32", 34", 36" sizes, but most companies make units from 48" to 72". Check with your local supplier or on line for available styles.
Round front and neo angle shower units
These units provide the maximum in depth while conserving floor space for smaller bathrooms.
Barrier free units
Designed with mobility issues in mind, BFU's fit flush with the floor and are an excellent choice where mobility and safety are issues. (They also eliminate lifting when Fido needs a bath) These units also offer a choice of built in features such as benches, grab bars, and side mount jets.
Quality counts when choosing and installing faucets and shower sets for your bath. With copper piping tucked away out of sight, the last thing anyone wants is to have to open a wall to replace faulty parts or couplings. Have a professional install all piping and pumps, and motors for maximum assurance and safety.
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