How do you know its time for a Bath or Kitchen Remodel?
Fall in Love with Your Home…Again
Do you want to expand your kitchen for added workspace? Have you been wanting to add a beautiful walk-in shower or soaker tub to your master bathroom? For many homeowners, renovations are the fastest path to better living while adding equity to your biggest investment — your home. Pinehurst Homes is eager to be your partner with design, feature and technical skills to help your renovation or remodel be a success.
You deserve a kitchen that’s built for the way you live. Maybe you entertain often, but find you don’t have the room to host your guests comfortably. Or, perhaps last Thanksgiving, you realized how much you could really use a double stove to make meal preparation a breeze. The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) suggests you consider the following when thinking about a remodel.
Ensure Adequate Space: Are you happy with the amount of counter space, cabinet space, and floor space in your kitchen? Is the position of your refrigerator or the shape of your counter taking away useful work space? Do you keep the kitchen island or remove it to make the space feel larger? Could you use more countertop space for food preparation?
Improved Traffic Flow: If there’s more than one cook in your household, consider making more room around the main work area. If you enjoy entertaining, an open plan kitchen that allows for more social interaction between the kitchen and other rooms may be a better option.
Keep Children in Mind: Dated appliances and design of your kitchen can be hazardous for young children. If you’re in the process of expanding your family, consider making more room for cooking larger meals. Keep in mind that microwave ovens should be installed 3 inches below the principal user’s shoulder, but no more than 54 inches above the floor to avoid accidents. Remove countertops with sharp corners to prevent injuries to young children.
Energy Efficiency: Dated appliances may be costing you more money than you realize. Technological advances in dishwashers, disposals, and refrigerators could save a considerable amount of money and are well worth the investment. Simply upgrading to a dishwasher with low energy consumption, delay timer, and economy cycle or half-load button will save both water and money!
Universal Design: Will you be able to use your kitchen safely as you get older? Considering such an issue is vital in a kitchen remodel. Employing universal-design techniques in a remodel will help ensure the space works for everyone—no matter age, size, or physical ability.
Updating the Layout: Are you thinking of adding a deck to the side or back of your house? Incorporating a door into the layout of your kitchen would be a great convenience for outdoor entertaining. You may want to rearrange the position of windows to allow more or less sunlight, but keep in mind that a cooking surface should never be located under an operational window.
Any one of these changes can make a huge difference in the overall feel and usefulness of your kitchen. Before the remodel begins, make a checklist of major and minor problems and keep notes of the features you like and dislike most. This way, when you sit down with Pinehurst Homes, they’ll know exactly how to suit your needs, taste, and style.
The bathroom is arguably one of the most important rooms in the house, and definitely among the most frequently used. However, it’s easy for homeowners to overlook this space when it’s time to renovate or update. Updating your bathroom is a worthwhile investment which not only adds value to the home, but also increases the overall quality of your day-to-day life. If you’re not sure if you really need to make a change, here are a few things to think about.
Improved Layout: If you’ve ever had to deal with a poorly designed bathroom, you know what a pain it can be. While there’s no “right” bathroom layout, it’s recommended that the most used features are placed in the most convenient locations. These features should also be placed up against walls to leave as much space as possible. Even a small bathroom can feel spacious when designed correctly.
Maximize Storage: You don’t usually think of storage space in the bathroom until you realize it’s next to non-existent. If you’re dealing with a cupboard-less bathroom, you may find that you’re storing extra toilet paper or towels on top of the toilet…not a good look. Wouldn’t it be nice for such things to be stored out of sight? A bathroom remodel will give you the opportunity to add plenty of storage space and make room to breathe.
Increased Space: Families grow and your once “charming,” “cozy” bathroom is now a cramped and smelly boxing arena. Sharing a bathroom with one person can be hard enough as it is, but the more bodies you add, the worse it gets. A remodel or upgrade can give you room to move and allow everyone to prepare for the day and out the door on time.
Plumbing Upgrades: Plumbing could be considered the “glue” of the bathroom. When plumbing goes bad, you could end up with a disaster on your hands. From major flooding to ruined walls and electrical issues, making sure plumbing is up-to-date is vital and can give you the opportunity to update your bathroom’s overall aesthetic.
Improved Safety: There comes a time in our lives when safety features are needed to prevent serious injury. Safety upgrades such as bars in the shower or beside the toilet can help make a home more comfortable. If you live in an older home, you may not have grounded electrical outlets—something that should be corrected immediately.
Energy Inefficiency: With new advances in technology, there are so many ways to make your home more energy efficient. From lighting and electric to water usage, simple updates can save you money and lessen your environmental footprint.
These upgrades and remodels will help you fall in love with your home again. Another bonus? You’ll also be increasing your property’s value. You may not think twice about your “vintage” master bathroom or “retro” kitchen, but a potential buyer may see a big red flag and pass up your home when you do decide to sell.
If you’re looking for a professional builder and remodeling company in the Pinehurst, North Carolina area offering unique home building expertise, decades of experience, and a reputation to back it up, Pinehurst Homes, Inc. is the choice for you. For more information on the services we offer and the dependable and experienced partner companies we work with, call (910) 295-5400 and ask for Vickie Haddock.
(Sources: National Kitchen & Bath Association; National Association of Home Builders; Realtor.com; Loan Depot; Lowes.com; and Home Advisor, Inc.)