Remodeling Your Kitchen and Bathroom

Two steps you should take to ensure you are happy with the end results of your kitchen remodelling project

Remodelling your kitchen is an expensive and laborious process. As such, it's important to make sure that you love the end results of the project. Here are two ways to do this.

Don't use too many trendy colours and features

Colours and decorative themes that are considered to be 'on-trend' will, of course, date very quickly. In most cases, they will be out of style in just a year or two.

As such, if you don't want to spend a small fortune on a kitchen that will need to be updated in the near future, it's best to stick to classic colours and features that will stand the test of time.

If there are a couple of trends that you would really love to include in your new kitchen, make sure that you incorporate them in such a way that they will be easy to replace when they start to look out of date.

For example, let's say that you love the colour combination of grey and copper. Rather than opting for grey floors and a copper sink, both of which will cost several thousand dollars to tear out and replace, you could ask your contractor to fit a grey splashback on the walls, and then add a few inexpensive copper-coloured appliances (such as a kettle and toaster) to your countertops.

Kitchen splashbacks are very affordable to purchase and fit. Moreover, the process of replacing a splashback rarely takes more than a day or so, meaning that when the time comes to update this part of your kitchen, you won't have to endure the stress and inconvenience of having tradespeople working in your home for weeks on end (as you would have to, if you decided to replace your out-of-date flooring and sink).

Similarly, when your small copper kitchen appliances start to look dated, you can replace all of them for less a hundred dollars.

Use robust materials for high-traffic areas of the kitchen

There are certain parts of a kitchen, such as the floors and the countertops, which are usually subjected to a lot of heavy usage. If you don't want to watch your new kitchen rapidly deteriorate in a matter of months, it is important to ask your contractor to use high-quality materials in these high-traffic areas.

Whilst it might be tempting to opt for cheap flooring and countertop materials in order to keep the cost of your remodelling project down, doing so will inevitably lead to you spending a lot more in the long-term, as you will be forced to replace these materials in less than a year.

As such, you should use the best materials you can afford. Rather than opting for cheap linoleum flooring, for example (a material which is prone to developing scratches, tears and holes when subjected to frequent foot traffic), you might want to use limestone tiles, which are robust enough to withstand heavy usage.