Kelly Quigley is the former managing editor of REALTOR® Magazine.
Web Reviews: Remodeling Guidance for Kitchens, Baths
January 1, 2005
Kitchens and bathrooms are the two areas that homebuyers most frequently plan to remodel, but the projects can be complicated and expensive. Before embarking on a renovation, take a look at this site, which offers tips on creating a budget, selecting a designer, and crafting the look of your new dream room. Unlike other remodeling Web sites, this one focuses exclusively on kitchens and bathrooms and is geared towards consumers who plan to hire a professional rather than do it themselves. It’s a good resource for buyers who are looking for a fixer-upper or sellers who want to make improvements to boost the value of their home.
- Online Remodeling Guide. Remodeling your kitchen or bath can be intimidating if you don’t know what to expect. Learn more about each step of the process—from determining the scope of the project to choosing a designer—in this online guide. Get tips for Working With a Professional, and download remodeling questionnaires to Remodel Your Kitchen and Remodel Your Bathroom that will help you assess what features you must have vs. those you want to have.
- Real Design Projects. Need ideas? Find out how you can turn a ho-hum kitchen or bath into an award-winning room from the winners of The National Kitchen & Bath Association's annual Design Competition. Find funky kitchens in the Kitchen Designs section, and check out powder room transformations on the Bathroom Designs section. The competition awards designs that are functional, personalized, imaginative, and aesthetically pleasing.
- Design and Safety Guidelines. When you redo a room as central to your home as the kitchen or bathroom, you want to make sure it will be a safe, efficient place. These guidelines, intended to help consumers work out the specifics of their vision, address issues like traffic flow, ceiling height, shower size, and the placement of appliances.
- Frequently Asked Questions. If you or your clients don’t know where to begin, this part of the site gives answers to common remodeling questions. The Design section provides information about planning the look of the new room, such as how to make a kitchen appear larger and what it means to create a “work triangle.” Under the Business/Budget section, you can browse topics that affect the pocketbook. Find out why certain fixtures cost so much, whether there’s an ideal time of year to remodel, and how to determine if a designer or installer is trustworthy.
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