November 5, 2016
Add colour – There is no reason why the laundry room should be plain and boring so consider adding a splash of colour by painting the walls in bright and bold colours (but avoid from going overboard) or add a new flooring to cover up the old one. Floating vinyl boards are available in a variety of designs and are very easy to install.
Add more storage space – Like the bathroom, you should maximise all available space in the laundry room by installing cabinets so that you can square away all your washing detergent, pegs and other laundry items in a neat and tidy fashion. Speak to your renovator for ideas.
Add a drying rack – If you have the space for it in your laundry room, consider installing an indoor wall drying rack. It will come in very handy when the weather is not cooperative or if you don’t have a clothes dryer machine.
Ensure proper ventilation – As with the bathroom, you should ensure that you the laundry room has good ventilation to prevent it from getting musty and mouldy. This is especially so if you are going to dry your clothes in the area.
November 3, 2016
Gut the kitchen – If you are looking to do a total remodelling job, consider tearing down your entire kitchen so that you can look for potential problems as well as rewire, redo the plumbing and relay the floor according to how you want it to be. Starting with a clean slate can be expensive but the reward is that you will get a kitchen that you are totally happy with.
Invest in sturdy cabinets – It always pays to opt for good quality cabinets and drawers when renovating your kitchen as they usually take the most abuse in daily use. Wherever possible, you should choose solid wood cabinet faces and sturdy plywood box constructions. Additionally, make sure that the drawers that have good quality joinery and mechanical slides that can last you a long time.
Never go for the cheapest option – Even if you are on a strict budget, you should not go for the cheapest options in terms of hardware and materials as they will not only make your kitchen look cheap but may cost more to fix in the long run. At the very least, stick to mid-range options to ensure that your investment will have some value.
Pick a counter-top wisely – There are many options for kitchen counter-tops and most have their strengths and weaknesses. Formica is very affordable and easy to clean but may not be right for those who want to have an expensive look for their new kitchen. Granite is a popular option as it sturdy, relatively easy to maintain and durable. What you pick at the end of day should correspond to whether you are a heavy user or just do light work in the kitchen.