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Tips to Avoid Home Remodeling Design Disasters

February 25th, 2011

greyHouse Inc- Home Remodeling Blog, Raleigh, NC general contractor 

Tips to Avoid Home Remodeling Design




Home Remodeling Design Do's & Don'ts

If you’re thinking about undertaking a home remodeling project, you may not know exactly what you should do to design the kitchen remodeling or bathroom remodeling project of your dreams. Luckily for Raleigh remodelers across the triangle, greyHouse Inc. home remodeling partner Moen has offered a few tips on some do's and don'ts for your upcoming home remodeling project.

Lighting - Always consider it at the start of your home remodeling project

Many spaces pre- kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling have fluorescent lighting—which truly only belongs in the garage. Kitchens and bathrooms are the worst places for fluorescent light because it gives everything a blue tint, making your food and people unattractive. For a home remodeling project that sizzles, change out that fluorescent fixture. If you have the ability, try adding halogen lighting to your space, since it gives the closest approximation to daylight and makes everything sharper, clearer and cleaner as part of your kitchen remodeling or bathroom remodeling project.

Appliances - Coordinate them as part of your kitchen remodeling project

One of the most important considerations to make when starting your kitchen remodeling project is what direction you’ll go with your appliances. You DO NOT want to mix and match…so you’ll need to decide before you start the home remodeling whether you’ll be saving or replacing. If you have the ability, coordinate those impressive machines -- since having one black, one white and one stainless appliance makes your kitchen remodeling project look disjointed and almost non-purposeful. The key to proper home remodeling design is to universally communicate a message, so appliances are key. If you’re not sure if new appliances will fit into your kitchen remodeling project, ask your home remodeling general contractor if there are any remodeling-driven incentives they can offer you – many good remodeling contractors in Raleigh have established relationships with remodeling suppliers such as Sears and will be willing to pass their contractor discounts along to you as part of your home remodeling agreement. If you are able to lean on your home remodeling general contractor and swing new appliances, take your kitchen remodeling project one step further and coordinate their finish with hardware, knobs, faucets and accessories to ensure your home remodeling project is communicating the finish universally.

Storage – Use home remodeling to create adequate storage and avoid clutter

Insufficient storage is a problem for many homeowners pre- kitchen remodeling or bathroom remodeling. People tend to clutter countertops and toilets, making the space seem cramped, uncomfortable and smaller than it really is. Look for other storage solutions as part of your home remodeling project, such as countertop organizational systems, or find ways to organize your pantry and cupboards to accommodate more items that you could put away rather than leaving them out. Built-in storage should be introduced by a worthy home remodeling general contractor, so be sure to identify that as part of the design-build plan. A good rule to follow is to have out only what you need and figure out a way to organize and put away the rest that you're not using consistently, and you can use home remodeling to help you achieve this concept.

Metal Finishes - Coordinate finish in your home remodeling project for a polished look

One of the easiest ways to create a professionally designed look with your bathroom remodeling project is to coordinate the metal finishes – and the same applies to kitchen remodeling. Start by updating the faucet with a new, sleek style in a hot new finish, such as antique nickel, oil rubbed bronze, brushed nickel or stainless steel (Moen has a great collection). Coordinating the finish throughout a room is a great way to pull a home remodeling project together. Be sure not to stop with the faucet—change your drawer pulls, knobs, towel bars, faucets, showerheads, accessories and even your framed artwork. Not everything in your remodeled room needs to be exactly the same finish, but be sure the tonal colors should be relatively the same hue. If you have a pre- home remodeling project room that you particularly don’t like, try counting the different metal finishes that appear throughout the room – chances are they won’t match. Aligning these finishes is a great way to ensure your home remodeling project finishes with a bang.

Accessories – With home remodeling, less is more

Don't overdo it with your kitchen remodeling or bathroom remodeling project. Especially in kitchens, tops of wall-hung cabinets tend to be a trap for clutter with ivy or other fake plants. For a freshly remodeled look, instead choose one beautiful plant that sits on your new countertop that adds vibrancy or color, such as an orchid. It will bloom quickly and loves the moisture that kitchens and bathrooms provide.

For bathroom remodeling projects, choose accessories that are beautiful and functional to pull together your new home remodeling design. Adding complementary or contrasting color towels, bathmats and shower curtains brighten up a bathroom and create a finished and cohesive look to your bathroom remodeling project. In addition, accessories such as toothbrush and cup holders, towel bars and soap dishes available in coordinating finishes to match your faucets can add not only style, but additional storage solutions to avoid clutter. Just remember, depending on the size of your bathroom space, you may need to limit your choices. Be sure to choose your favorites that communicate your message effectively while maintaining a clean look and feel.

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