Does My Kitchen or Bath Need Upgrades or a Remodel?

Two of the rooms most likely to be updated or remodeled in homes are the kitchen and the bath. Let's face it; most bedrooms are fairly bland as far as being four walls and a ceiling, and except for a nice light fixture, most of what you can do with those rooms is in terms of furnishings and décor. The kitchen and bathrooms, though, are another matter. There are all sorts of things that can be changed in them. You have countertops, cabinets, appliances, plumbing fixtures, sinks, vanity, a bathtub and all of this is in addition to the walls and light fixtures.

Let's say your house is showing its age, and you notice that either your kitchen or bathrooms need some work. The next question is how much work do you have done?

 

Upgrading Versus Remodeling

The first thing that will determine the extent of any work you do is, of course, your budget. There is also the purpose behind the work you're having done. Are you planning to continue living in the house for many more years and, therefore, is it mainly being done for your use and enhanced enjoyment of the home? On the other hand, you may be looking at having work done to get the house in shape to put it on the market, and you feel the kitchen and bathrooms may be holding you back on getting a better asking price.

You might just be happy with updating a couple of the appliances and light fixtures in the kitchen. A fresh coat of paint can also help to make any room look fresh. When a room really starts showing its age and needs some major work, however, you may need to call in some help. For those who live in Bucks County, kitchen design needs can be met by Lang's Kitchen & Bath.

 

Kitchen Improvements That Add Functionality and Value

There are certain things you should look at to improve your own enjoyment of your kitchen, and pique the interest of potential buyers when it comes time to put it on the market. These items include:

  • Countertops
    • This has to do with both the amount of counter space and where you choose to have it located. You may want to have a remodeling contractor add an island to your kitchen, so you will have additional counter and drawer space in the middle of the room. This gives you more room for preparing food when entertaining.
       
  • Cabinets & Drawers
    • There are few people who wouldn't like more storage space in their kitchen. If the layout of your kitchen is currently lacking in terms of cabinet space and drawer space, then a remodel would enable you to expand the available amount of them while also upgrading them to a nicer style.
       
  • The Sink and Faucets
    • If you have a small sink or one that is showing its age, you may wish to install a modern, double sink with attractive faucets. You'll be looking at them every day for any remaining years you have in this house, and potential buyers will find it a welcome sight.
       
  • Appliances
    • If all you are doing is updating an appliance or two with a newer model that will fit in the same space, then this is a simple update that you can handle. If, however, you need to upgrade to a larger refrigerator or oven, then this is where you'll need a contractor to come in to enlarge the available space.

 

Bathroom Upgrades and Remodeling

The bathroom has the main areas of the sink and vanity, the bathtub and shower, the toilet, the faucets, shower head and light fixtures. If you feel a new mirror and light fixture plus a paint job will sufficiently revive this room then these few improvements may do. More involved work, however, will require a remodeling contractor.

 

Remodeling a Home Is Not for Amateurs

When you find you desire extensive enough changes to warrant a remodeling of one of these crucial rooms in your home, planning is critical. One of the first things you should plan on is to hire a contractor to do the work. Especially in the case of needing the location of sinks or a bathtub or a major appliance moved, you want a professional contractor such as those from Lang's Kitchen & Bath to handle it. This is because these kinds of changes will involve moving the locations of plumbing pipes and fixtures and possibly electrical outlets depending on what exactly is relocated.