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When you are making long-lasting decisions about kitchen and bath remodeling, it is important that you make smart and informed ones. In a recent article in Remodeling Magazine, estimates that a major remodel of a kitchen costs $59,000 – $120,000 and a major bathroom remodel costs $17,000 – $57,000.

CLEAN & UNCLUTTERED1. CLEAN & UNCLUTTERED

Uncluttered spaces are always a good idea for kitchens and bathrooms. Think cleanliness and hygiene. Store equipment and supplies in dust-free areas like drawers or cupboards to keep countertops clutter free and avoid dust-collecting crevices. Both rooms also need space to store cleaning supplies. These areas should be tamper proof for small children but easily accessible to adults. Think high shelves or drawers suitable for a simple child lock.

NEUTRAL PALETTES2. NEUTRAL PALETTES

Neutral colors for countertops, cabinetry, flooring, backsplash, and appliances add longevity to your remodel . If you are worried a neutral color-scheme might be boring, add textures or patterns in non-painted areas. Tilework is a great place for a dash of eye-catching variation. Or consider contrasting rich neutrals like ivory and chocolate brown or white and charcoal gray.

3. ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES

Energy-saving, good-looking appliances are ever more affordable and in vogue. These refrigerators, microwaves or ovens offer good long-term value. Also consider low-flow water fixtures or on-demand water heaters. Look for the Energy Start logo when shopping for appliances and talk to your contractor about other ways to save on your monthly energy and water bills.

MAXIMIZING SPACES4. MAXIMIZED SPACES

The functionality of a room has more to do with layout and design than the amount of square footage. Increased functionality comes down to systematic use of space. Try out ergonomic designs for efficient movement and carefully consider the placement of storage areas. Pull-out drawers and other hidden spaces help fit more into a room and keep everything organized. Plan ahead and be sure to factor in
details to help keep you in budget.