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Four Paths to a Budget-Friendly Bathroom Upgrade

Four Paths to a Budget-Friendly Bathroom Upgrade

Regular bathrooms are an essential part of your home, and often get the most attention when schemes for home improvement come to the fore. Guest bathrooms tend not to get as much love, however, which can be a mistake.

Guest bathrooms are not as crucial to daily life as regular bathrooms, and more often than not homeowners tend to use it as auxiliary storage spaces for stuff they have nowhere else to put. However, guest bathrooms are the ones guests see, so you want it to look its best. An awesome guest bathroom also makes a great first impression with potential homebuyers in case you plan to sell your home in the future.
The bottom line is you need to pay more attention to your guest bathroom, and make the most of it with some key upgrades. You can do this even on a small budget if you are smart about it. Here are four paths to a budget-friendly bathroom upgrade.

Mirror magic

white half-bath with mirrors
A smart trick for making a guest bathroom look bigger is to use mirrors. Guest bathrooms tend to be on the small side, and in many homes, they are more of an afterthought than part of the grand design. In some cases, they are little more than a closet with a sink and toilet, so cramped is a generous description. Making them bigger without knocking down a wall is a challenge, but mirrors usually do the trick quite nicely.
You want to choose a large, frameless mirror so it reflects the opposite wall, giving the illusion of space. It would be even better if your bathroom walls were a light color such as white, light blue, or lemon yellow. This will reflect light better, giving the room a more airy look. If the walls are dark, consider repainting the walls, and maybe put in a white marble or quartz vanity top to complete the picture.

Wall bling

guest bathroom with decorated walls
A great way to upgrade your bathroom with just a little effort is to add some accents to plain walls. You can go with decals, or you can use stencils to put in something fun or interesting such as a flock of birds, butterflies, or flowers.
You can also put in some eye-catching artwork, maybe a reproduction of something famous like the “Sunflowers” series by Vincent van Gogh. If that’s a little off for you, consider framing some fun or motivational quotes such as “If at first you don’t succeed, keep trying!”
Whatever you choose, it should be in line with the general theme and color palette of the bathroom. You want it to be striking, but not jarring. It won’t cost a lot of money, but the impact is beyond price.

Say it with hardware

close-up of interesting bathroom faucet
Another easy way to create some drama in your guest bathroom without enacting one on your wallet is to replace all the hardware. You can replace your boring old faucet with a stylish one in black matte metal the shape of an old-fashioned water pump. You can also do a number with your cabinet pulls, toilet paper holders, towel bars.

Try to have a theme when choosing your new hardware, and see if you can work with some unique items. There are many options out there from top brands as well as garage sales, so don’t limit yourself to just one place to get some ideas.
If you are DIYing, find some tutorials online for putting them in your new bathroom. If you don’t have the budget to buy new hardware that will make a difference to the look of your bathroom, look online on how to give your existing stuff a new finish and make them look more interesting.

Match and match

matching bath towels/seashells/decorative soaps on vanity
Sometimes, all you need to is to put in the right kind of accessories to make your guest bathroom much more appealing. You can get some decorating ideas from Pinterest or other such website to make your own guest bathroom look fabulous. Most of it is just about staging such as putting decorative soaps, choosing the right soap dispensers, getting thematic trashcans, scented candles, and matching hand towels.
You can get a lot of stuff to match and accessorize your bathroom without breaking the bank, and you guest bathroom will look fantastic. Anything goes as long as you focus on the effect you want to create.

Conclusion

You don’t have to spend a lot of time and money in upgrading your guest bathroom if it is not in the cards. These tips should help get you there. Of course, the best way to really make your guest bathroom awesome is to do a major overhaul with the help of a reliable remodeling company. Fairfax Kitchen Bath is just the contractor for you in the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas.

We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. You will love your guest bathroom for life.
When you contract with us, you can be sure you will get a quick turnaround on your products, and receive it much faster than ordering what you need from big box stores. We specialize in remodeling kitchens and bathrooms to specifications, and executing them within budget and on time.
We have the expertise to carry out any type of remodeling you need. We also carry the products you need for your bathroom remodeling, from natural and engineered stone slabs, cabinets, shelves, sinks, faucets tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, and hardwood flooring. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.

You can see the products before you buy so you can decide for yourself if the quality is what you expect. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia which houses all our products, including actual granite, marble and engineered stone slabs from which you can choose.
Our products come with manufacturer warranties that ensure your satisfaction with the quality and installation.
Contact us today to get a free quote for your fabulous bathroom upgrade.

I am a remodeling expert that loves to build beautiful homes. I write about our beautiful place in Fairfax and the homes that I have help over the years.

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How to Do Smart Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations in Winter

How to Do Smart Bathroom and Kitchen Renovations in Winter

Most homeowners would shy away at the idea of doing any major home improvements during winter. The winter months are chock full of holidays, what with relatives coming over, massive food preparations, and endless rounds of parties. They have enough on their plates without having to worry about bathroom or kitchen remodeling. However, wintertime is actually the perfect time to do renovations because it is the off-season for renovations and you are more likely to get great deals. As long as you plan it carefully, you should be able to pull it off with just the barest of inconveniences.

Start making a list early

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Guests and parties are bound to start coming around in late November, so you need to start planning any major renovations around the early part of November. Start making a list of anything you want to fix or do to make your home ready for your holiday guests, such as brightening up your kitchen with new paint or hardware, or replacing the guest bathroom countertops with granite or marble. Some of the projects you can do yourself, so put that on your calendar. Other things you should leave to professionals, as they can do it better and quicker.
If you make a list at the start, you know what needs to be done, when to do it, and how much wiggle room you have in case something goes wrong. You are not going to overlook anything and prevent rushing around at the last minute trying to get it done.

Focus on the kitchen and bathrooms

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The holidays mean lots of parties and people, which is precisely why you need to focus on making improvements in your bathroom and kitchen. These are the rooms guests are most likely to see, and they are the most difficult to renovate. A lick of paint and some colorful pillows are probably all you need to make your dining room and living room guest ready, but bathrooms and kitchens need a bit more doing.
It may not be realistic to do anything major such as rip up the floors or knock down walls as these can take a minimum of four weeks to complete. Unless you are going away for the holidays, that is not a good idea. You will not be able to use your bathroom and/or kitchen while remodeling is going on.

However, you can do some cosmetic changes to these rooms that will transform them in as little as a couple of days if you get a professional contractor to do them. Among these changes may be putting in backsplashes, replacing countertops, putting in new cabinets, and putting in new light fixtures. Any one of these can change the look and feel of your bathroom, and you can do them all without disrupting your holiday schedule too much.
Of course, these changes do come with a price tag, but it may not be as much as you think. The wintertime is often slack season for remodeling companies, so you may be able to pull off these minor upgrades for an incredibly low price.

The point is, if you have a limited budget and time for your winter renovations, your best bet is to put it in making improvements to your kitchen and bathroom. These are where it will have the most impact. Moreover, they represent the most expensive renovations for the home, so you should take advantage of the off-peak prices when you can.

Forget about outside work

snow laden roof
Weather conditions may not make any external improvements and repairs feasible. Even if a contractor is willing to do it, it may result in problems with the concrete, paint, roofing material, and the like. Forget about doing anything outside, and concentrate more on making improvements inside.
One of the things you may need to focus on is the pipes, which tend to need repairs when the weather turns cold. You might also want to see to the repair or replacement of some kitchen appliances, the water heater, and the HVAC system. If you are doing renovations in the kitchen and bathroom, this is the perfect time to do all of these things. If you wait for the summer months, your costs could double for inside work.

Save time and money with professionals

bathroom remodel
Most people try to avoid hiring remodeling contractors to do their renovations to save on money and do it themselves. However, when it comes to bathroom and kitchen renovations, DIY is a bad idea. Hiring professionals ensures you get the job done right the first time, and on time.
As to cost, you may be surprised at how much you can save when you hire a pro. A reputable contractor can give you valuable advice on how to do smart kitchen and bathroom renovations so that you don’t have to spend on anything you don’t need. In most cases, the contractor will work with you to stay in budget with suggestions on how to get the most bang for your buck. You should also keep in mind that you can probably ask for deep discounts from remodeling contractors at this time, so don’t be afraid to ask for one.

Of course, not all contractors will be so forthcoming or helpful. You want to find a contractor that will not only go to your home, discuss the details of your planned renovation, and offer recommendations on the things you should do, and the things you can leave as is. You want one that will also give you a free, detailed cost estimate so you know into what you are getting. Finally, you want a contractor that stays on schedule and budget.

Take the time to find such a contractor by searching online for remodeling contractors in your area and reading the reviews. Get in touch with the reviewers to find out more about their experience.

Conclusion

Kitchen and bathroom renovations are a good way to wow your guests and you can get it done during the winter when your costs are bound to be lower. However, you need to be smart about it, or you could end up with a disaster in your hands. Fortunately, you have a reliable contractor that can help you with smart renovations in wintertime if you live in the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. Fairfax Kitchen Bath is a Class A, licensed and insured contractor registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

When you contract with us, you can be sure you will get a quick turnaround on your products, and receive it much faster than ordering what you need from big box stores. We specialize in fabricating kitchen and bathroom renovations to specifications, and doing them within budget and on time.

We carry the products you need for your kitchen and bathroom renovations, from natural and engineered stone slabs, cabinets, shelves, sinks, faucets tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, and hardwood flooring. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.
You can see the products before you buy so you can decide for yourself if the quality is what you expect. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia that houses all our products, including actual granite, marble and engineered stone slabs from which you can choose.
Our products come with manufacturer warranties that ensure your satisfaction with the quality and installation.
Contact us today to get a free quote and valuable advice for your wintertime kitchen or bathroom renovation!

I am a remodeling expert that loves to build beautiful homes. I write about our beautiful place in Fairfax and the homes that I have help over the years.

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Cool Trends for 2018 to Consider for Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling

Cool Trends for 2018 to Consider for Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling

If you are thinking about kitchen or bathroom remodeling this year, you are in good company. According to a Home Adviser survey of US homeowners, almost 40% are planning to do the same thing within 12 months.
Since this is usually a major undertaking, you probably want to have some idea of what the trends are for kitchen and bathroom remodeling. You don’t have to follow all of them, but one or two may be worth your consideration.

The “green” wagon

eco friendly symbol

Environment or eco-friendly solutions in the kitchen and bathroom have been in style for quite a few years, and it shows no signs of abating. It makes perfect sense, really, as it does take everyone pitching in to get the environment back on track. It also translates to some real savings when you choose energy saving appliances and reclaimed materials for your build or renovation. However, you need to make sure you really are making the green choice and not just calling it. Find out if your new refrigerator or countertop has the proper stamps of approval from established eco-friendly certification agencies.

Stainless steel cabinets

stainless steel cabinets
Stainless steel cabinets may seem like a strange idea to many homeowners, and it does not have the versatility of wood-type cabinets. However, it is trending for 2018, so if your kitchen or bathroom is ultra-modern, it might be a good choice for you. Note, however, that stainless steel cabinets are heavy and considerably more expensive than wood cabinets. You might want to consider the next trendiest materials of walnut, birch, and maple.

Reclaimed wood floors

reclaimed wood
Hardwood floors will always be popular, but reclaimed wood is enjoying some big attention from environment-conscious homeowners. The good news is reclaimed wood can still be hardwood, so you can satisfy both esthetic and social impulses. If you prefer something else for your kitchen or bathroom, you may want to consider natural stone, which is also trending quite well.

Engineered quartz countertops

quartz countertop
Engineered quartz has been gaining on granite as the countertop material of choice for quite some time, and 2018 is when it finally becomes the trend leader. There is little to choose between engineered quartz countertops and granite countertops on all points, so you can take your pick based on personal preference. Concrete is also a current favorite, but that is probably a passing fancy considering its high cost and maintenance issues.

Metal finish for refrigerators

metal finished refrigerator
Refrigerators have run though the gamut of finishes, from porcelain to wood. However, most homeowners agree that a sleek, metal finish is the pick of the lot. It is functional, sophisticated, and versatile. A metal finish on a refrigerator goes with a traditional and modern kitchen equally well, so it is great choice for any kitchen upgrade in 2018, and probably beyond that. An interesting trend is pairing metal finished refrigerators with custom cabinets, but this may be beyond most homeowner’s budgets.

Induction cookers

induction cooker
Gas burners are the practical choice for many homeowners because of the low cost of natural gas. However, concerns about accidental fires and gas leaks have made it a little less popular for some homeowners looking to update their kitchens.
The trend now is for induction cook tops, usually hobs built into new granite countertops or islands. The best thing about induction cookers is the no contact, no power feature. The typical induction cook top will shut off automatically if there is no contact with compatible cookware over a few seconds. Child safety locks, easy cleanup, and user-friendly interfaces are also great benefits.

Table as a kitchen island

table as a kitchen island
A surprising trend leader in 2018 is using an ordinary table as an island. This makes sense from a cost and utility perspective, because you can repurpose any old table as a kitchen island, and you can move it away if it is in the way.
However, it does not make much of an esthetic statement, unless you top it with granite or engineered quartz. This may be the reason why a full island with cooking center is a close second in this category. In addition, the one thing most experts say you should have in a kitchen island is outlets, and that presupposes a fixed, full island.

Conclusion

These trends should give you some idea of what to do when it comes to decision time during a kitchen or bathroom remodel. What should remain constant at any time is a reliable contractor to help you with it. Fairfax Kitchen Bath is just the company for you if you live in the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We are a Class A, licensed and insured remodeling contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
When you contract with us, you can be sure you will get a quick turnaround on your products, and receive it much faster than ordering what you need from big box stores. We specialize in fabricating countertops and backsplashes to specifications, and installing them within budget and on time.

We carry the products you need for your kitchen remodeling, from natural and engineered stone slabs, cabinets, shelves, sinks, faucets tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, and hardwood flooring. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.
You can see the products before you buy so you can decide for yourself if the quality is what you expect. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia that houses all our products, including actual granite, marble and engineered stone slabs from which you can choose.
Our products come with manufacturer warranties that ensure your satisfaction with the quality and installation. Fairfax Kitchen Bath guarantees you will love it for life.
Contact us today to get a free quote for your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project.

I am a remodeling expert that loves to build beautiful homes. I write about our beautiful place in Fairfax and the homes that I have help over the years.

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Bathroom Remodels Outpace Kitchen Remodeling in 2018

Bathroom Remodels Outpace Kitchen Remodeling in 2018

Home improvement projects are always a great way to make your life, and home value, better. However, major remodeling projects are often something you undertake on impulse. These involve a considerable amount of resources, so you want to make sure it is worth it.
Most people will think of the kitchen as the place to pour most of any remodeling budget they may have, and in many cases, this is justified. However, converting your kitchen into a smart kitchen or putting in sleek granite countertops and new kitchen cabinets is not the trend in 2018. Almost one in four homeowners are more concerned with fixing up their bathrooms.

A recent Home Adviser month-long survey of 1,000 homeowners shows that almost 25% are planning a bathroom remodel, compared to the 15% determined to pick up the tab for a major kitchen remodel. In many cases, homeowners homing in on a bathroom makeover want to turn it into some type of spa with a walk-in shower in lieu of a bathtub, with built-in speakers for music, and even bathroom mirrors with built-in televisions.

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Are Smart Kitchens a Good Idea?

Are Smart Kitchens a Good Idea?

Being on the cutting edge is the name of the game. Everyone wants to have the latest gadgets as soon as it hits the market, and anyone that does not get one is a sad sack. However, that does not necessarily translate in the kitchen.
The smart kitchen, which makes up a big part of the smart home, has been in the works for a couple of decades, but has yet to really make a breakthrough into the mainstream. It is not for lack of trying, either.

Appliance manufacturers and tech companies are all over the smart home idea, and the idea is to get there by way of the kitchen It may be a refrigerator that tells you when you’re out of milk, or an app that suggest recipes based on what is available in it.
Big brands like Whirlpool and Amazon are in a race to cash in on the Internet of Things shtick by connecting everything, from toasters to dishwashers, and embedding artificial intelligence and touch screens to make them interactive.

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How to Make the Most of Tiny Kitchen Remodeling

How to Make the Most of Tiny Kitchen Remodeling

One of the best things about kitchen remodeling is making space. Failing that, it can make it look bigger given the right design and layout. This is especially helpful if you have a tiny house and even tinier kitchen with no chance of expanding it.
Many older apartments and condominium units share this problem. Some designs are better than others are, but in most cases, you must contend with poor space management that space appliances unevenly and without consideration for maximizing natural light. You also have outdated cabinets and odd protrusions that make the kitchen seem closed in and crowded.
Kitchen remodeling can correct these deficiencies with a little clever designing and a reliable contractor to execute it properly. You will probably have to change the layout of the kitchen, replace old, inefficient, and mostly bulky appliances, and take out a few things. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your tiny kitchen remodeling. Read more

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Design Tips for Elegant Bathroom Remodeling

Design Tips for Elegant Bathroom Remodeling

They say the devil is in the details, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Details can make a big difference when it comes to design, especially in the bathroom that has just a few elements with which you can play around. You need to focus on these elements to get the look you want.

Of course, bathrooms today are getting larger as homeowners choose to combine it with walk-in closets, dressing rooms, or even small adjacent bedrooms. Some master bathrooms are even larger than the bedroom to make space for a tub-shower pairing, fireplaces, television, and even sauna rooms. Most people would love to have all those features, budget permitting. Nevertheless, they do not an elegant bathroom make.
To achieve elegance often means a high price tag, which is why many bathrooms lean more towards the simple look. You don’t have to choose, however. You can have a simple yet elegant bathroom that will fit most budgets. Here are some tips to ensure you get the elegant bathroom you want in bathroom remodeling. Read more

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Some Thoughts on Basic Kitchen Layouts for Kitchen Remodeling

Some Thoughts on Basic Kitchen Layouts for Kitchen Remodeling

Choosing the right kitchen layout can be hard. The temptation is to keep the status quo when kitchen remodeling to keep costs low. Alternatively, some homeowners want to go the opposite way and completely change the layout. In either case, it can be a hard decision. The kitchen layout will have a great impact on the way you work, so you have to know what you are getting into before starting on a kitchen design. Here are some thoughts on basic kitchen layouts, and which one you should consider for your new kitchen. Read more

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12 Money Smart Tips for Bathroom Remodeling

12 Money Smart Tips for Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom remodeling is one of the best ways you can up the ante in terms of home value, but you have to pay the price. Of course, you can always save some money by taking a good, hard look at the following money smart tips.

Keep the status quo

bathroom pipes

 

In most cases, the current layout of your bathroom is as good as it is going to get. Unless you can free up some serious space or improve the traffic flow considerably, avoid moving anything to a new location. Everything in the bathroom typically involves water pipes, drains, or electrical wiring, and moving them means having to reroute them at considerable cost. Some experts say moving anything in the bathroom will cost you around $5,000.

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12 Money Saving Tips for Kitchen Remodeling

12 Money Saving Tips for Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen remodeling can be small or big. A big one will run you some large change, ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 if you go all out on the overhaul. However, you can save quite a bit on kitchen remodeling if you follow the tips below.

Be ready at the gate

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Make sure you pick out everything you want to see at project end, from the cabinets to the fixtures, and make sure they are not back ordered before the re-modeler gets started on the demolition. A big chunk of change can disappear by making last minute changes or additions to your renovation, which typically means extra charges for expedited shipping or extended work hours.

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