Let’s start with DATA, according to the “Remodeling Cost vs. Value report 2011-2012.” Today,the costs to remodel a kitchen or bathroom remain stable. A mid-range kitchen remodeling project could recoup 72% when you resell, and an upscale bathroom could recoup 55.5% added to the home value, when you sell. The housing prices might start to rebound and those percentages may go higher, but there is a not clear indication yet.
The kitchen and bathroom is where I suggest investing. Two options either: 1- replace or 2-remodel. When you think of improvements, especially when it comes to bathroom and kitchen, the golden-rule to follow is start from the ground up. A good foundation starts with backgrounds of stone, flooring and then the accessories.
BATHROOM REMODELING STRATEGIES
Remodeling a bathroom, on a budget or not, be mindful that this is the space where your family and friends will be alone, for a short period of time. Make this area a surprise, literally thinking out-side the box. Use wallpaper, but not your grandmother’s wallpaper, today, it’s not even paper at all. Use corks, wood veneer, woven sea grass, hemp, faux suede and new age-vinyl wall paper. Counter-tops in the bathroom can make a statement, at the same time be practical. Stainless-steel countertops are low to maintain and look amazing in a contemporary bath, granite, solid-surface, tile or quartz work well in most bathrooms. Cabinetry in your bathroom today can be unique, added side accents and skirts can be incorporated into the design of the cabinetry. Your cabinetry can be maple, cherry and Thermo foil overlay door styles, and with natural finishes. Add crown moldings and fluting for an elegant look. Keep thelighting dim, if it is the guest bathroom.
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