Kitchen and bathroom renovations are near the top of the list when it comes to home improvement projects. Here are some things to keep in mind if you're thinking of remodeling one of those rooms.
1. Choose elegant edges on affordable countertop materials. By picking an attractive edge on less costly countertop materials like laminate, you can improve the overall look without increasing the cost by very much. Currently popular is the 45 degree edge which gives the countertops the look of being rounded.
2. Install a water filter beneath the sink. This will allow you to enjoy filtered water, but without having to pay for the replacement filters for jugs, or buying bottled water. Most filtration systems will save a homeowner approximately $360 each year on purified water when compared to the same amount of bottled water.
3. Create a temporary kitchen while yours is out of commission. During the period that your renovation makes your kitchen unusable, it is much less expensive to be able to use your fridge, microwave oven, coffee machine, and table in a different space than it would be to eat in restaurants or order take-out each day.
4. Clear away large scratches from stainless steel with steel wool. If you have a stainless steel sink or countertop, you should use a stainless steel polisher for everyday maintenance and cleaning. However, when dealing with a large scratch, decrease it with steel wool. With gentle strokes in the direction of the grain, rub the steel wool over the scratch until it's barely visible or has been removed. Afterward, recycle the steel wool. Clean the surface carefully to get rid of tiny flecks of metal. This will keep the surface beautiful and will halt bacteria from being able to collect in scratches.
5. Employ pad painters for painting smooth surfaces and fast cleanups. If you'll be working on an area that is a straightforward flat, smooth wall or surface, a pad painter can let you do the job quickly, and cleanup is extremely quick so that the project will go by much more quickly. The trick is not to overload it with paint or it will drip and you'll need to dismantle it, clean it up and begin again.
6. Update your exhaust fan. Exhaust fans perform a crucial function in your bathroom, but they are often not given the credit or attention they have earned. If your fan is many years old or small, change it to a better and more powerful model for a more silent function and for more effective protection of the bathroom as a whole from the formation of black mold. This saves the integrity of the structure of the framing support of the room, in addition to the ceilings and walls. It makes cleaning less difficult and extends its life to save your time and money.