4 Ways To Kickstart Your Home Remodel Project

It’s a huge undertaking, and not without its challenges, but a successful home renovation is one of the most satisfying projects you can undertake. From avoiding the stress of a house move, to making your home fit the needs and lifestyle of you and your family, to adding value to the property if it does come time to sell, in the long game it’s definitely worth a little upheaval and some dust to achieve the home of your dreams. However, first time renovations are always a steep learning curve. There are many risk factors which can easily go wrong with a building project, and these tend to multiply when you factor in inexperienced owners who haven’t contended with the ups and downs of an extensive home remodel before. From completely blowing the budget, hiring the wrong contractor for the job, to regretting design choices when it’s too late to alter them – there are quite a few potential pitfalls to beware of. Your countermeasure for all of these potential dilemmas? Meticulous planning. Knowing exactly what you want, what to expect and how to proceed is the roadmap that will guide you through a successful project and ensure that any small issue doesn’t end up completely derailing progress.

 

Understand The Specifics

 

Everyone thinks they know what they want when it comes to home renovation. But often those ideas turn out to be quite top-level, and a successful home remodel is all about attention to small details you may not have considered in your pipe dreams about what your home could be like. In addition, as there are lots of costs entirely dependent on your selections – things like aluminium bi-fold doors or pvc? Solid quartz worktops or laminate? – that can fluctuate quite a lot, not knowing exactly what you want means getting an accurate idea of costs to inform your budget isn’t possible. Spend time with your architect, thinking through not just what you want your home to look like, but the behaviours and lifestyle it enables, and therefore what is important to you – be it a spacious open-plan area to entertain friends and family, or a luxurious bathroom to escape alone. Exactly what function do you need your home to perform, and how can the design and finish of the space enable this? Reading interviews in interiors magazines with other remodellers can be a really useful way to consider aspects that you may not have thought of before, and interiors boards on Pinterest are a rich source of design inspiration to get you going. From these you can create a design wishlist. This is highly important to make sure everyone involved -architects, builders and even spouses – are on the same page when it comes to what finished result you’re aiming for. It ensures that everyone agrees and that there is less chance of misinterpretation and you being unhappy with the finished result.

 

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Start With The Numbers

 

Although it’s a good idea to have a clear vision of what you’re aiming for with your home renovation, you also need to make sure of your budget very early on in the process. There’s no point getting carried away with things that you’ll never be able to finance. So once you have the initial cost estimates in place, start getting real about the financial side. Check exactly how much you can access and reasonably afford to borrow. Most people use a combination of savings and loans to get to their goal – you need to assess what is reasonable in terms of money and use this as the frame to hang your ideas off. Make sure to spend as much time researching available interest rates on mortgages and loans as you do wallpapers and kitchen cabinets – taking on too much unaffordable cost never ends well, plus every design needs a contingency amount of 20 per cent to cover the hidden costs that can come up during remodelling work.

 

Sense Check Your Plans

 

In home remodelling, it’s very easy to get carried away with the scope of what is possible technically, without assessing its feasibility for your particular project. It’s a good idea to do a sense check with your architect as to what actually suits the property and plot that you’re working with. There are some things that are just not a good idea for practical and budgetary reasons – for example re-siting a bathroom or adding a utility room somewhere existing plumbing is not located, leading to lots of expensive and time-consuming plumbing work which could seriously lead you off track and off budget. Go into the home design process with an open mind, and be prepared to hear suggestions from the professionals, who may have ideas which work much better in the space and budget available, or who may have worked on similar projects in the past and learned great solutions!

 

Double Check Your Contractor

 

Who you choose to work on your project is critical – pick the wrong builder and you can be left with a world of shoddy work and missed deadlines. Ask to see some previous projects they have worked on in person, and make sure they are a member of a relevant trade body and have full insurance cover should the business collapse or they be taken ill, or any other event which may affect the smooth running of your renovation. Decide whether you want the builder or architect to project manage for you – sourcing everything from skip hire to residential roof replacement specialists to assist on the project – or whether you want to do it yourself. This can save some costs but it does mean a lot of responsibility, chasing round for quotes and finding contacts. Sometimes going for the cheapest contractor can be a mistake – some will deliberately quote low to secure the job and then ramp up costs once on site. Instead, go on a mixture of value for money –  not the same as bottom line price – previous customer recommendations and experience of the type and scale of project you’re proposing. That is likely to generate the best results, and find a good match with a construction firm who can deliver the new home of your dreams.

 

 

How to Get Started Actually Making Changes to Your Home

It’s one thing to have home redesign or redecoration goals in mind that you know you want to make work of at some point. But, it’s quite another thing to actually knuckle down and start doing the work.

Many of us end up having an idea of the sorts of things we want to do in our homes, and the kinds of changes we want to make, but simply get caught in a more or less endless cycle of procrastination, and so never really make headway.

If that sounds relatable to you, here are a few suggestions on how you can get started actually making changes to your home.

Make a list, and get started ASAP with a small and basic action

Your home is, of course, first and foremost a place where you relax and unwind when you’re not doing other things – like, for example, going to work. That alone already means that it’s pretty easy to procrastinate when hanging around the house on a lazy weekend.

The primary issue here is often simply one of momentum – in other words, you’re stuck in your comfort zone and you need to light enough of a fire under yourself to get started.

A good first step is to write out a list, on paper, of all the different neglected errands and chores you need to attend to around the home, and to then pick the simplest and easiest of them and begin to make work of it ASAP.

Often you’ll find that once you get started, it’s much easier to carry on.

Contact experts to deal with tasks that you feel overwhelmed by

It might be the case that, in theory, you like the idea of handling every task in your home in a strictly DIY kind of a way – but that the magnitude and complexity of a particular “job” is so overwhelming that you just keep putting it off, or don’t know how to proceed safely.

Ultimately, it’s often best to get in touch with professionals and allow them to get things done on your behalf. That could mean contacting and communicating with an expert Siding and Window Group in order to pick out the best products for your home, or it could mean hiring tradesmen to get a job done for you.

Sure, this may cost a bit extra, but the cost will often be worth it even if only because it helps to break through the inertia in a hurry.

Remove all forms of distraction and entertainment temporarily – apart from those that can help you get through the task at hand

There are all sorts of things that can lead to – or can worsen – procrastination. Not least of all the many forms of entertainment that are typically found within a home.

If you find that you habitually procrastinate all your free time away in front of the TV or computer, for example, it can be very useful to remove these forms of distraction and entertainment temporarily, until you get your chores handled. That can mean putting a web blocker on your computer, unplugging your TV, and so on.

Of course, you may want to leave certain forms of entertainment alone – specifically the ones that can help you to focus on the task at hand. Music and audiobooks can make a home redesign job much more pleasurable, for example.

Decocrated Decor Subscription Review

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Tips To Improve Your Home For The Summer

During the summer, it’s the perfect time to kick back, relax and enjoy the sunshine. However, this time of the year is perfect to catch up on a few to-dos around the home. Here are a few tips to improve your home for the summer.

Check Your AC Unit

The summer is when you’ll certainly take advantage if your air conditioning unit, so it’s worth knowing a few HVAC repair companies just in case you might need one. It’s always beneficial to get this checked out before summer comes around because once a problem occurs, it can be a nightmare if it happens during the height of the warm weather. In general, to keep your AC unit in good use, vacuum the fins of the unit. Be careful when doing this as they are usually fragile. Replace the filters when needed and keep your home well ventilated.

Do Some Painting

With the warm weather being the main feature of this season, it means that you are more likely to have your windows open for the majority of the day. So if you have a few decor touch-ups that you want doing to the property, then this is the right time to be doing them. For painting, you want to be able to keep your windows open for at least 24 hours, so it’s something that’s worth doing late at night so that it can ventilate out of the room throughout the night and day. Keep the doors closed to separate the smell from the rest of the home.

Wash The Exterior

A power washer can be a great purchase because it can help make the exterior of your home look brand new. This should be something that’s done on an annual basis because a lot of dirt and debris can end up getting caught on the exterior of your home and it can be surprising as to how much dirt it can actually remove from the brickwork. Power washers are dangerous, so it’s important to be very careful when using this and that you don’t have any small children or pets running around that might want to go near it. It jets out water at such a powerful rate that it can cause harm to those who get in its way.

Maintain The Outside Space

Talking of the outdoors, your outdoor space will need maintaining, regardless of how much or little there is of it. Clean out the gutters of any debris to prevent flooding and get rid of any weeds or dead plants that might be around your garden or in between the tiled floors. Regularly mow any grass and look after any outdoor furniture that may get damaged in various weather conditions. Top up any painting to your fencing when needed and be sure to protect your plants and flowers with the relevant pesticides and sprays that might be needed to deter animals and pests.

With these tips, you can come home to a property that’s ready to enjoy all summer long.

Fixer Upper Fundamentals For Your Consideration

Side hustles are booming, as people choose to be a little more proactive with their disposable cash to make it work more aggressively for them. While savings accounts are reliable and a sure fire way of making a tidy bit of interest, the return on your cash is hardly lucrative. Many people choose to invest their cash into property as bricks and mortar is seen as a safe bet, if you purchase at the right price. Getting your hands on a fixer upper to renovate, relist and sell at a tidy profit can be empowering. However, it is not as simple as many renovation shows would lead you to believe. Take a look at these fixer upper fundamentals that you need to be aware of.

Structural Issues

It doesn’t matter whether you buy a fixer upper at auction or through the more traditional real estate route, there may be a range of structural aspects that you need to be aware of before you part with your cash. Subsidence or underpinning of the foundations should ring alarm bells, and you should never buy a property that’s undergone this no matter how much of a bargain it seems. You won’t be able to shift it once renovated.

Instead, look at those properties with only the most basic structural problems that are easy to fix. You might need some new roofing if there is a damp issue. You might need a damp course if there is rising damp in the basement. Or you might require new glazing if there are odd drafts or leaky seals. These are easy to fix, and will increase the value of the pad that you try to sell at the end of the renovation process.

Utilities

It’s vital that the home you buy has all relevant utilities connected. This can take time to organize, but it is crucial to ensure that you realize the ceiling price for the humble abode. Hook up to the latest cable, ensure that WiFi connections are ready to go, and make sure water, electricity and gas is connected. This will allow you to install a gas hob, electric oven and any networked systems throughout the home. This will help to future proof the dwelling, and help you to attract the millennial clientele who want the latest mod cons for their homes.

Be Objective

Forget the avocado suite that you have always wanted for your own bathroom, and the red high gloss kitchen that you’ve always adored. These are much too subjective and personal. Remember, you aren’t renovating your own home, you are creating a lifestyle and space for your potential buyers. You need to seduce them with a blank canvas that allows them to make their own mark on the home decor and style. While boring for you, and you may have to rein in your love of color, you will be making a greater profit. This is a business side hustle venture, not a personal project.

The aim of a fixer upper renovation is to make money to top up your savings or retirement fund, so make sure that you don’t lose sight of this. Buy well, list at the right price and sell quickly to make your fixer upper venture a success.

Bedroom Refresh with California Design Den

There’s nothing like a bed with clean sheets, except a bed with new sheets! I recently got a new set of sheets from California Design Den.

California Design Den offers great looking, high quality sheets.  These are 100% pure cotton,  sateen weave, and 600 thread count.

The sheets are quality tested and inspected.  They are manufactured with fade resistant dyes and anti-pilling fabric and are individually tailored with extra durable, fitted elastic.

Sheets from California Design Den also come in a variety of colors.  I chose this dark grey color, as it matches well with a couple of bedspreads I have.

The sheets are very soft and comfortable and they go great with our bedding!  If you are in the market for some new bedsheets, I definitely recommend these!

 

Practical Tips to Help You Ditch Bottles for Good

We all know how important it is to look after our environment by reducing waste and lowering our carbon footprint. The decisions we make today are going to have a profound effect on our future generations, and it’s vital that we change our ways now to encourage our kids to learn the same habits.

It takes small and steady steps in order to truly break away from those poor habits, but how exactly can we achieve those goals? If you’re someone that has been buying or using bottled products for a long time (such as bottled water) then it can be challenging to break out of that habit. So in this article, we’re going to talk about a couple of practical tips that can help you ditch the bottles for good so you can be more friendly towards the environment and help preserve the planet.

Check if your tap water is safe to drink first

Before you decide to throw out the bottles and drink purely from your tap, make sure the water is potable first. Here are the main ways you can find out if the water in your area is safe to drink:

  • Search a database of tap water reports such as ewg.org
  • Check with your water company by contacting them over the phone
  • If your drinking water is from a well, you may need to contact your state government
  • You can perform a water test with specially designed kits

If you’ve performed all of these and found out that your tap water is in fact not safe to drink or could contain pollutants, then you may need to boil the water first or consider using a water filter.

Consider getting a water filter if it’s not, or to improve the taste

If your tap water isn’t potable from the faucet then you may need to consider purchasing a filter. Websites like theberkey.com will give you plenty of information on the types of filter you can purchase, but there are three main options that you should consider.

  • Purchase a standalone filter jug that needs to be filled with water. Refills are generally a lot cheaper per litre of water compared to bottled water and they’re convenient for a quick glass of water.
  • Add a filter to your kitchen tap or a specific drinking fountain faucet that automatically filters the water as it is needed.
  • Add a filter to your entire home plumbing system. This can be quite expensive but will ensure that all of the faucets in your home carry potable water.

Filters can also help to improve the taste of water if you don’t like how your tap water tastes. Some find that higher-quality filters can make the water taste better, whereas low-quality cheap filters may impede the taste.

Look at how much money you’re spending on bottles

If you want a practical tip to help you ditch bottles for good then you only need look at how much you’re spending on bottled water. Sure, you can generally purchase larger bottles of water for a much cheaper price, but they’re frustrating to store and move around. When you compare the cost of bottled water to that of a filter refill, you’re getting far less water for your money.

Take a look at how much money you spend on bottled water in a month and calculate those costs. Then compare them to the cost of a filter either for your entire home or as a jug with refills.

Understand that water is water and there’s nothing special in those bottles

Bottled water can be incredibly expensive especially if it’s dressed up in a fancy bottle or has ridiculous promises such as rejuvenating your skin or being loaded with some kind of minerals that will help restore your youthful appearance. At the end of the day, water is water and it’s supposed to hydrate us, so there’s really no difference between bottled water or tap water assuming it’s potable.

In addition, some companies even go as far to bottle up tap water and sell it with sneaky advertising tricks to ensure that no one suspects it. Just take a look at this article from forbes.com that talks about Nestlé selling falsely-advertised bottled tap water as spring water!

Bottled water is, in most cases, no safer than tap water

Tap water is typically filtered or purified before it reaches your home. If it’s potable, then there’s really nothing in the water that could harm you unless there has been a contamination. When you compare this to bottled water, then you typically run the same risks and there’s no difference between the two types of water.

For instance, if a batch of spring water is contaminated then it could still reach your store shelf and end up being consumed by you. In other words, there’s really no safety advantage when it comes to bottled water.

Learn the impact that plastic bottles have on the environment

A great way to open your eyes to the waste problem in the world is to see it for yourself. Articles such as this one at truthout.org are a great wake up call that shows us just how bad plastic waste can get. Once you’ve seen the images, it’s hard to imagine what the world could look like a couple of years from now if we continue to contribute to the world’s waste.

Understand the health concerns surrounding plastic bottles

Bottled water serves as a convenient source of calorie-free hydration, but drinking from a plastic bottle could actually be harmful to your health. This is because of BPA, an industrial chemical that’s used to make plastic bottles and resins. It’s typically found in food containers and bottles, such as the ones used to store bottled water.

Research has shown that BPA can contaminate food and drink and may have negative effects on your brain, on infants and also on behavior. This research isn’t widely discussed due to there needing to be more solid proof, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Apps For Optimising Internet Speed

Nobody wants to wait hours on end for a file to download, nor do they want to manually change their network every time they switch on a computer. Thankfully, the following apps offer the perfect solution when trying to get the most from the internet.  

Bandwidth Calculator – Discover how long a transfer will take

The Bandwidth Calculator rescues individuals from spending hours sitting at home staring at the computer screen wondering when their file is going to eventually finish its transfer. Instead, the app will provide all of the data one could possibly need. Not only does the clever tool calculate the exact time needed in order to transfer the file, but if someone has a set time frame in mind they will be able to calculate the bandwidth needed in order to achieve this.

NetSetMan – Manage all networks in one place

There is nothing more frustrating than having to manually change the location-based network every time a computer is switched on. Thankfully NetSetMan eliminates this annoying procedure. Individuals can manage all of their networks via one easy-to-use interface. All of the location-based settings are saved automatically, meaning it is easy to switch between various profiles with minimal hassle.

JD’S Auto Speed Tester – How fast is fast?

When people choose an internet provider they are promised a certain internet speed. JD’S Auto Speed Tester can find out whether the internet provider is living up to their promises or not. The innovative app is free to use and allows people to perform regular internet speed tests. It’s easy to comparatively analyse these speed statistics as speeds can be viewed via the hour, per day, by each week, and at the end of every month. This tool is great when determining whether the internet is performing to the level it should be or not.

Wireshark – The world’s first network protocol analyser

Wireshark has attained a reputation as the industry standard in network troubleshooting and analysis. This app can be used to browse all of the traffic running on a computer network. Whilst the programme scans the network individuals have the ability to create real-time filters. This makes it possible to determine the cause of any bandwidth problems.

TunnelBear – Say goodbye to blocked websites

TunnelBear is a fast and reliable Virtual Private Network (VPN). This app is widely considered to be the easiest to use of the VPN programs available today. Within the mere click of a button, an individual can have access to all websites – even those that have been blocked by a boss at work or those that used to be off limits because of geographical location.  This can also assist you in terms of security, which is something online BS healthcare administration and other degrees like this are increasingly focusing on today because the threats are increasing all of the time.

NetSpeedMonitor – A monitoring toolbar for Windows

This small and unobtrusive Window’s toolbar measures internet connection. The toolbar will provide figures regarding download and upload speeds. Information is provided regarding the volume of transfers on a daily and monthly basis simply via moving the cursor over the toolbar. The toolbar and the pop-up feature have been designed extremely well, ensuring that they do not get in the way of the desktop interface.

Nobody wants to wait hours on end for a file to download, nor do they want to manually change their network every time they switch on a computer. Thankfully, the following apps offer the perfect solution when trying to get the most from the internet. 

Bandwidth Calculator – Discover how long a transfer will take

The Bandwidth Calculator rescues individuals from spending hours sitting at home staring at the computer screen wondering when their file is going to eventually finish its transfer. Instead, the app will provide all of the data one could possibly need. Not only does the clever tool calculate the exact time needed in order to transfer the file, but if someone has a set time frame in mind they will be able to calculate the bandwidth needed in order to achieve this.

NetSetMan – Manage all networks in one place

There is nothing more frustrating than having to manually change the location-based network every time a computer is switched on. Thankfully NetSetMan eliminates this annoying procedure. Individuals can manage all of their networks via one easy-to-use interface. All of the location-based settings are saved automatically, meaning it is easy to switch between various profiles with minimal hassle.

JD’S Auto Speed Tester – How fast is fast?

When people choose an internet provider they are promised a certain internet speed. JD’S Auto Speed Tester can find out whether the internet provider is living up to their promises or not. The innovative app is free to use and allows people to perform regular internet speed tests. It’s easy to comparatively analyse these speed statistics as speeds can be viewed via the hour, per day, by each week, and at the end of every month. This tool is great when determining whether the internet is performing to the level it should be or not.

Wireshark – The world’s first network protocol analyser

Wireshark has attained a reputation as the industry standard in network troubleshooting and analysis. This app can be used to browse all of the traffic running on a computer network. Whilst the programme scans the network individuals have the ability to create real-time filters. This makes it possible to determine the cause of any bandwidth problems.

TunnelBear – Say goodbye to blocked websites

TunnelBear is a fast and reliable Virtual Private Network (VPN). This app is widely considered to be the easiest to use of the VPN programs available today. Within the mere click of a button, an individual can have access to all websites – even those that have been blocked by a boss at work or those that used to be off limits because of geographical location.  This can also assist you in terms of security, which is something online BS healthcare administration and other degrees like this are increasingly focusing on today because the threats are increasing all of the time.

NetSpeedMonitor – A monitoring toolbar for Windows

This small and unobtrusive Window’s toolbar measures internet connection. The toolbar will provide figures regarding download and upload speeds. Information is provided regarding the volume of transfers on a daily and monthly basis simply via moving the cursor over the toolbar. The toolbar and the pop-up feature have been designed extremely well, ensuring that they do not get in the way of the desktop interface.

Top Tips For Keeping Your Garden Maintained

We all keep on top of the maintenance with our homes but how many of us remember that our gardens and outside living spaces are just as important. If we leave them they end up looking like a jungle but if we nurture them they become an extension of our home and provide us with a perfect relaxation zone. There are certain things that you can do to keep your garden maintained and looking it’s best throughout the whole year, let have a look at some of the things you can do season by season.

Fall

Although people tend to think that the start of Fall is the time to move away from any sort of garden maintenance there are still plenty of jobs that you can be getting on with. This could be the perfect time of the year to start looking over bigger jobs such as installing and maintaining pergolas or adding and repairing walkways, driveways and slabbed seating areas as the season changes it’s cooler allowing you to carry our more strenuous jobs. Of course, you don’t have to take of this yourself and you could always look into professionals such as ProActive Landscaping, they are able to help with all your needs throughout the year.

Winter

There won’t be much that you want to be carrying out in the winter however, you should still be making sure that you have the steps in place to be able to clear pathways and driveways, remove and ice problems or build up and look into the condition of your irrigation. It may be worth having a look at stocking up with salt and making sure you have an adequate spade. Then you are able to move onto festive jobs such as installing Christmas lights and enjoying the Holiday Season if you’re expecting snow why not try out a bit of tobogganing.

Spring

Spring is seen as the ultimate time to start your garden clear up and to start any planned projects that you’ve been thinking about over the winter months. You can pretty much get on with anything and everything in the spring months as long as you are lucky enough to avoid the April showers. You should start with the basics and clear and debris, cut back anything that needs it and do an overall check of the condition of all the items in the garden, this means you are able to prioritize what needs to be done before the summer months arrive.

Summer

You may want to just sit back and relax in the summer months and who can blame you! It’s a good idea to make sure you are keeping on top of your garden even if it just by pottering around. The summer months are a good time to watch your garden flourish with green grass, bright colored plants, and well lit evening walkways and seating areas. Just be careful not to water your lawn or plants in the height of the day as believe it or not they can actually burn.

Do you have any other ideal jobs for each season? Please share them in the comments section below.

The Ultimate Kitchen Remodeling Checklist

A kitchen is the hub of every home. It’s actually one of those places that can’t go unnoticed. Since the materials that are used in the kitchen wear out with time, you should consider scheduling a kitchen renovation every decade or so. Doing so helps in ensuring that your kitchen maintains its appeal and functionality. Besides that, remodeling throws in a punch of elegance where it matters the most. Beauty is not the only driving force here. Seeing that your kitchen has more space gives you a sense of pride.

As a matter of fact, homes that have upgraded kitchens command a higher price in the property market than those that are outdated. However, kitchen remodeling is not for the faint hearted. This is because you have to pay attention to every detail and also prioritize your needs. That’s why majority of homeowners prefer to hire a kitchen remodeling contractor to help them with the planning. But it’s not rocket science. You too can do it as long as you are willing to burn some

midnight oil. Here is a list of the things that should not be left out when remodeling a kitchen.

  1. Flooring

If the floor of your kitchen is in a sorry state, you have no option but to install a new floor. But before that, you have to literally remove the old floor. Depending on the square foot of your kitchen, such a job might take two or three days. There are actually two common types of floors that are ideal for kitchens; ceramic tiles and wooden. Both of them are actually easy to clean. However, a ceramic floor remains cold most of the time, meaning you have to wear your slippers or shoes to avoid the cold. In addition to that, you have to budget for the materials regardless of whether you prefer a ceramic or wooden floor. This is because the flooring materials are sold on the basis of square foot. You should therefore measure the dimensions of your kitchen before buying the materials so that you can approximate and avoid buying excess tiles or wood panels.

  1. Countertops and Faucets

A kitchen looks incomplete without countertop finish. When your countertop is functional, you can be sure that you will have enough space when preparing meals or cleaning the dishes. Unlike in the past when countertops were made from concrete, nowadays they are made from either marble or ceramic. The good thing is that there are many designs to choose from. Besides that, these modern countertops are very durable when compared with their predecessors. And that’s not all. Cleaning them is like a walk in the park.

Since they don’t allow water or any liquid to penetrate through them, stains become a thing of the past. You can get rid of a spill in a single wipe. Countertops go hand in hand with faucet. You must therefore install a new faucet after upgrading the countertop. Modern faucets come with chrome finish and retractable shower head among other features. A faucet that’s flexible is much better because you can conveniently fill your pots and other containers without putting them into the sink.

  1. Cabinets and Shelves

Cabinets and shelves provide space for keeping utensils in the kitchen. Instead of repainting your cabinets, you should just demolish them and replace them with new ones. But there are instances when you might want to install new shelves alongside the old ones, especially when you have just bought more utensils. Besides that, you have to choose the variety of wood that you want to use. Hardwood is usually the best but it’s also expensive. If you are on a budget, you should opt for softwood. Fortunately, nowadays you can order for prefab shelves and cabinets and mount them yourself.