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Kitchen and Bathroom Renovation FAQ's



 

Question 1. How long does a typical bathroom renovation take?

Answer: There are many factors that go into determining the timeline for any renovation. For a bathroom renovation you must consider the size, configuration, and any material lead-times, to have an accurate timeline. Overall, expect the renovation to take between six weeks to three months for the planning, execution, and wrapping up loose ends.


 

Question 2. What are some things I should consider when renovating a bathroom?

Answer: Make Niches for Toiletries: Unlike clunky over-the-showerhead organizers, a recessed cubby in a tub or shower surround gives shampoo and soap a permanent home and doesn't take up stall space. Size it to minimize tile cuts, and line the bottom with a leftover piece of stone or solid-surface countertop, not tile, so that you won't have to scrape away scum from grout lines. Lighting: Consider recessed light fixtures throughout your ceiling to brighten up the room. Include one (or two) in your shower with the proper shower trim. You’ll also want to consider how you’ll be using the mirror in your bathroom and whether you want aesthetic or functional lighting. Whether you’ll be applying make-up or shaving, bright light fixtures properly placed go a long way to help you see what you’re doing. Medicine cabinets: The 1st question to ask yourself is do you need one? If you have storage elsewhere, you may not need a medicine cabinet. Do you have the space to recess your medicine cabinet? Oftentimes this is a great way to save a few inches of space over a shallow vanity, and the additional framing typically isn’t going to break the budget. If that’s not an option, ensure that you have enough room at your vanity to have your medicine cabinet protrude by 4 to 5 inches. Shower sills: What’s important here is that it is sloped properly into the shower. Try to choose a material that is solid, like stone or quartz. If you tile your shower curb, water can sit on the grout lines and eventually seep through to the framing. Shower floors: Larger tiles are typically more difficult to slope properly, and unless they’re textured, they’ll be slipperier because the grout lines are further apart. Smaller tiles, whether textured or not, offer more traction and are typically the norm for shower floors — though the options are nearly limitless. Shower bases: Gone are the days of boring beige prefabricated shower bases. Today’s shower systems have options that have modern, clean bases made from acrylic or porcelain. Don’t overlook alternate options for your shower floor.


 

Question 3. What flooring options are the best for a bathroom renovation? Is one option better than another?

Answer: There are many flooring options available on the market but not all are suitable for your bathroom. You want to make sure the material you pick is waterproof. Some excellent options are: Porcelain and Ceramic Tile: endless options and completely waterproof, though can be cold and slippery. Vinyl: vinyl has surged in popularity as a bathroom flooring material due to its water-resistance, reasonable pricing, and ease of installation. While vinyl is extremely durable, it can develop bumps, gaps, or curls after a period of time.


 

Question 4. What are some ways I can increase my storage options in a smaller bathroom?

Answer: Drawer storage. Consider installing a vanity with drawer storage rather than doors. Drawers are easier to access and easier to organize. They can be cut out around the plumbing and can be extra-large to accommodate large items. Vanity: opt for a sink base that’s a vanity instead of a pedestal. This will provide you with drawers and cabinets for added storage.


 

Question 5. Do I need a shower or just a tub?

Answer: Shower or tub? When considering a bathtub or a shower-only option, ask yourself how many baths you take a year. Remember you are not renovating your home for a future buyer, but rather for yourself. Even if you live in your house only for another five years, it’s worth it to do it for yourself. And besides, there’s no guaranteed way to tell what will appeal to a future buyer. Do what appeals to you.

 

Question 6. How long does a typical kitchen renovation take?

Answer: Full kitchen renovations that include changes in plumbing and electrical service locations, along with all new appliances, products, and finishes, can take anywhere between 3 to 5 months depending on the size and complexity of the kitchen.


 

Question 7. What are some things I should consider when renovating a kitchen?

Answer: How many people use the kitchen? Is your kitchen functional? How often do you cook or entertain? Will you need space for dining? How can you maximize storage space? Do you need more storage space?


 

Question 8. Lighting: There are three different types of light fixture to choose from for your kitchen. (Hint: You want all of them.)

Answer: Recessed Ceiling Fixtures: Install these overall open floors pace to provide ambient light where people will stand and work. Under-Cabinet Lighting: Use this to provide task lighting over the countertops—and to highlight the countertop, backsplash, and cabinetry when it’s the only light that’s on. Pendants/Ceiling Fixtures: Brighten work zones like islands, peninsulas, and sinks with decorative pendants that provide diffuse light without creating shadows.


 

Question 9. What flooring options are the best for a kitchen renovation?

Answer: The kitchen is one of the hardest-working rooms in the house and finding the best flooring for the kitchen can be one of the biggest challenges. Your floor needs to be pleasing to the eye but also must tolerate high foot traffic, spills, and messes. Engineered Hardwood: It is durable enough to withstand a high amount of traffic and moisture resistant to handle spills. It does tend to be the more costly option and it can be difficult to replace damaged planks. Vinyl: Vinyl is budget friendly and highly water resistant, with some options being completely waterproof. It’s easy to clean and maintain and comes in endless color and style options. Vinyl is extremely durable, but it can still develop bumps, gaps, or curls after a period of time. It is also susceptible to scratches. Porcelain Tile: Tile provides endless options and is completely waterproof, hard, and durable, stain resistant and can resemble natural stone but is much less expensive. while your tiles are incredibly durable and waterproof, the same is not always true of your grout. Water can seep into the grout, meaning it is the first thing to become discolored.


 

Question 10. Can we remove walls?

Answer: Taking down walls can open up our space and make your room feel a lot larger, however, it may not always be as simple as first thought. Some walls are load bearing, which means they support the weight of the rest of your house and can be more challenging or impossible to remove. Many homeowners assume that their sink, stove, and refrigerator must stay where they are, making it impossible to tear down that wall. However, this is not the case, while it may be a little bit of extra work to relocate plumbing and venting, it is certainly possible and realistic.


 

Question 11. How will we work without a kitchen?

Answer: If you plan to stay in your home while it’s under construction, we can set up a temporary kitchen that will allow up to continue to use the space as needed throughout the process.


 

If you have any further questions, give us a call! (352) 415 - 4577

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