Somewhere to sleep, somewhere to wash, somewhere to cook and somewhere to be social. But at the centre of every great house is a highly functional and practical space that everybody can enjoy.
That's why as an owner of a house, it's worth taking some time to make sure these rooms you spend your life living in are meeting your needs.
Remodelling The Kitchen
You want something to show for all your hard work. And that's where a remodelled kitchen can really shine. In fact, the kitchen is probably the most utility focused room in the house. That's why remodelling can be so fun and interesting. Yes, it's about style, but it's also about all those little gadgets that make like a little easier. In other words, it's exciting.
Perhaps your kitchen is based around an old-fashioned, stuck in the middle of the room where the kids eat their breakfast. It's not the best solution. Why not install a central island, and dot stools around it? Now, you've got yourself a bonafide breakfast bar.
Better still, most kitchen islands come with all sorts of storage spaces and gadgets. What about a stainless steel kitchen worktop pop up plug socket for charging your laptop? Heck, you can even have a fully concealed garden under your kitchen island, for fresh herbs all year round.
Turning your kitchen into a practical space can be a lot of fun. You could run your pots and pans above your sink. You could build your ugly bin into your kitchen cabinets. You could install a keep-food-warm drawer if you're somebody that hosts regularly. You could finally get around to organising your kitchen equipment into its own bespoke compartment. It's all about making the space more livable, more beautiful and more enjoyable.
Remodelling The Bathroom
The other room that interior designers often push people to remodel is their bathroom. This is again one of those highly functional rooms in the house, and second only to the kitchen in terms of utility. But bathrooms have been neglected since time immemorial.
This shouldn’t be the case anymore. Remodelling the bathroom can be a joy. One of the problems with using the bathroom, especially during the winter, is that the floor is cold. So wouldn't it be nice to have a bathroom with underfloor heating? If you're planning on taking out the old tiles anyway and replacing them, install a thin underfloor electric radiant mat. These cost as little as $5 per square foot to install and use about the same energy as a 100W lightbulb in a typical bathroom.
Another standout feature of the best bathrooms is a curbless shower unit. In fact, the American Institute of Architects found evidence that this type of remodelling is more popular than ever. It turns the bathroom from a bathroom into a wet room. It actually makes the whole experience of using the bathroom a lot more spacious and relaxing. Plus, bespoke seamless integration of the shower always looks stunning.