Setting remodeling goals for your perfect kitchen or bathroom

Setting remodeling goals for your perfect kitchen or bathroom

Clear remodeling goals for your kitchen or bathroom can save you a tremendous amount of time, stress, and sometimes even money. It allows a project to move forward in a systematic way, where the agreed-upon budget and timeline can be followed. In our experience, when clients and contractors aren’t clear on what the priorities are, there is likely to be some backtracking and rework. This is sure to have an impact on the cost and duration of the project and put a damper on what should be a project you’re excited about. 

When you meet our team, either in person or through a virtual consultation, you’ll see that we like to dive deep into the details of what you have in mind for the project and what executing it will entail. This is because we believe a clear vision and clear remodeling goals are essential for the success of a project, especially when they’re as quality-focused as Bath Plus Kitchen’s projects are. To help our clients articulate and detail out their vision for their new kitchen or bathroom, we use a well-structured consultative approach that is now available as a virtual design process. It offers: 

  • set of brochures to help you explore your options and envision your dream kitchen or bathroom more clearly.
  • An online questionnaire to help you share that vision with us in detail
  • A phone consult or Google Meet to give us a chance to interact and get on the same page before we proceed
  • Physical samples that will bring the showroom experience to you at home, enabling you to interact with the materials in a way videos and images won’t allow you to. 

This process highlights the crucial details to be considered and decisions to be made until you arrive at a design that reflects your remodeling goals and vision for the space. Once the design is complete through this virtual process, we will select a date to begin the remodel and take it from there. 

With this kind of clarity before your project begins, you can avoid some common errors that could prevent you from getting the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams. To inspire you, here are some remodeling goals our clients work towards:

1. Increasing resale value

For people starting a remodel project, a strong motivator is the promise of increased resale value. Upgrading key spaces and equipping them with new fixtures, fittings, and appliances could help you command a better price for your home. Also, if your current kitchen, for example, has any major issues or unattractive features, a remodel that fixes those could eliminate dealbreakers for a potential buyer. A remodel can also have a significant impact when refinancing a home. 

Traditional bath design by BPK, Washington, DC.

2. Meeting maintenance requirements

A remodel is a chance to update your space and make any changes that are required to get everything up to code. If the inner workings of your home do not meet current requirements, upgrading them could be a top priority for your remodel. In addition to meeting legal requirements, making these changes can save you a lot of time, effort, and money in the future. For example, if there’s an issue with your wiring, there’s a higher risk of fires. Flooding can occur when plumbing isn’t properly installed. Keeping these potential issues in mind when you plan your remodel is important. Depending on how much you need to fix, this could become one of your key remodeling goals for the project.

3. Accommodating the needs of certain family members

For anyone considering a remodel, there are certain key questions to ask before moving forward, as we explain in our blog. One of them is this:
Have there been any major lifestyle or family changes that my space needs to accommodate? 

This could refer to the changing needs of current family members or new members joining your household. Safety concerns and universal design are also important factors that could take priority during your remodel. 

BPK Kitchen remodel in Virginia

4. Adding desired features or functionality

Is there something that bothers you about your current space that you absolutely have to fix during your remodel? When discussing their existing kitchens or bathrooms with us, many of our clients bring up functionality first. While your space may have appeared comfortable or suited to your needs at one point, it may have some significant issues that are difficult to fix without a remodel. Think beyond the basics, such as what your kitchen should look like, and focus on how you plan to use the space. If you would like to transform this, the goal of your remodel could be to make the space more functional. 

5. Improving energy efficiency

Over the years, energy efficiency has become more of a priority for homeowners. In addition to the environmental benefits and lower power bills, working towards greener spaces can also make you eligible for lower interest rates on certain loans such as green mortgages and other energy-efficient mortgage programs. Your home remodel could focus on this by upgrading appliances, for example your dishwasher. “A new Energy Star-rated dishwasher not only uses less energy (a dishwasher typically accounts for 2% of your gas or electric bill) but can also save as much as 1,200 gallons of water a year”, says Mortgageloan.com. There is plenty to be gained by making energy efficiency a priority during your remodel. 

While the above remodeling goals all focus on improving your space, the specifics vary. That’s why it’s important to let your design and construction team know what to prioritize. They will be able to make better suggestions and decisions if they know exactly what you are hoping to achieve by the end of your kitchen or bathroom remodel

When working out your remodeling goals, you can also consider using a SMART goal template like this one from Ultima Building Group:

Once you have your goals in place, how do you keep your project on track so you achieve them? Here are some tips to try:  

  • Create a vision board or remodel binder – this is a fun first step you can take before you finalize the design. It’s a powerful way to put together what you care most about when it comes to your remodel and your new space, creating a look and feel that the rest of the process should endeavor to achieve. Three Bird Renovations offers a step-by-step guide to creating your home remodel design vision board, sharing this sample:
  • Involve the family – To ensure the people who will be most impacted by the remodel, i.e., members of your household, are happy with the process and outcome, have an open discussion with them about what you want to achieve. Keep everyone updated on the progress. This is likely to make everyone more enthusiastic and cooperative throughout the process.
  • Do your research on costs and timelines – While a good designer and contractor will be transparent about costs and timelines, it’s also advisable to do your own research. Take a look at some kitchen remodel costs for both minor and major changes:

Averages for DC Metro Area
$ 24k to 134k
Based on a 200 sq ft kitchen

Minor Upgrade $23,899
Midrange $67,583
Upscale $134,190

It’s also a good idea to learn what a kitchen remodel timeline typically looks like, so you can prepare accordingly.

  • Create a list of must-haves – To make things clearer for your designer, list all the must-haves, everything you don’t want to compromise on. While you do this, we also suggest outlining where you can be more flexible and what you are open to compromising on. This exercise will help your design and remodel team understand which features they need to incorporate and which components they can suggest alternatives for.
  • Use Pinterest, Houzz, or other remodel apps – A smart way to improve communication is to share references with all involved through apps such as Pinterest and Houzz. You can create different boards or share pins on Pinterest, for example, effectively conveying ideas using visuals. 

Setting remodeling goals is important for both your own clarity as well as your remodel team’s. Since we’ll all be spending more time at home for the foreseeable future, it’s become especially important for us to create comfortable and functional spaces at home for our long-term well-being. As a full-service design-remodel firm, we can help you with this from start to perfect finish, with our quality craftsmanship and timeless designs together with our focus on project management and attention to detail. To discuss your remodel plans with the Bath Plus Kitchen experts, get in touch here.

Cast Iron Tubs: Reglazing vs. Replacing

Cast Iron Tubs: Reglazing vs. Replacing

How would you feel if we told you that bathing in the United States did not become popular until the late 1800s? One thought that may come to mind would be utterly disgusting! Thankfully, the trend of regular bathing and maintaining proper hygiene caught on. In the 1930s, J.L. Mott, a businessman and an innovator, produced cast iron tubs. Since his innovation, cast iron tubs maintain a steady fixture in most bathrooms in the country and globally.

Now that the history is out of the way, let us move to the real reason why you are reading this blog— to replace or to reglaze iron tubs once worn out. It all took place in Old Town Alexandria, where a homeowner decided to reglaze her cast iron tub instead of replacing, but was that a wise choice? Let’s have a look to find out!

The Dilemma

The homeowner’s cast iron tub complemented the age of the house, which was constructed in 1919. With time, the cast iron tub lost its shine, as uncovered in the bathtub were green water stains under the faucet, gritty texture and nasty dents on the outside. The cause of the condition of the bathtub was clear. The years of improper cleaning had taken a toll on it, but the technician could still breathe life into it, restoring it to its usual self.

Also Read : Metal Strips Versus Bullnose Tiles

The Restoration of the Cast Iron Tub Begins

The steps taken to give the cast iron tub a new beginning are as follows:

  • Step 1: Using a putty knife, the technician carved away the caulk caught between the walls and the tub.
  • Step 2: Next, he removed the drain cover and covered the faucets.
  • Step 3: He cleaned the bathtub to remove the grime.
  • Step 4: Using a razor blade, he scraped off soap scum, and then put an alkaline emulsifier.
  • Step 5: Using an acid-based citric cleanser, he neutralized the emulsifier.
  • Step 6: He cleaned the tub, dried it and rubbed it with denatured alcohol.
  • Step 7: He sealed the scratches and chips with fiberglass putty.
  • Step 8: He applied a coat of a bonding agent to allow the acrylic urethane enamel to hold to the porcelain surface.
  • Step 9: Using a spray gun, he put on three coats of acrylic urethane enamel, giving each coat time to dry for at ten to fifteen minutes.
  • Step 10: He smoothed out the rough patches with a 1,000-grit sanding paper and used a power buffer with a foam attachment to remove scratches.

After eight hours, the homeowner’s bathtub was ready for her to take a bath in. Reglazing the cast iron bathroom was the right choice for her after all, but is it a wise choice for you?

When Should You Replace or Reglaze Your Cast Iron Tub?

Replace your cast iron tubs for the following reasons:

  1. You have no need for a tub and prefer a shower instead.
  2. You want to replace it with a soaking, freestanding, or whirlpool bathtub.
  3. You have a personal vendetta against it and just want it out.
  4. You want a barrier free shower and want to remodel for aging in place.

Reglaze your cast iron tubs for the following reasons:

  1. You have a cast iron tub and reglazing a steel enameled tub is costly.
  2. You want to move the tub to any other location in the house.
  3. You don’t want to mess with the theme of the bathroom by changing the tub.
  4. You want to repaint the tub a different color, which you easily can with a cast iron tub.
  5. You plan to sell your house soon and reglazing it will save you money, saving you about $750, whereas replacing it would cost you anywhere from $600 to $1,500.

*Quick Tip: To find out if your cast iron tub is enameled steel, fiberglass or acrylic, knock on it and if it gives a silent thud – congratulations, you have a cast iron tub!

Also Read : 8 Tips For Small Bathrooms in Washington DC

Which is the right fit for you? Will you replace it or reglaze it? Whichever option you decide to go with, we will be there to do it for you!

Metal Strips Versus Bullnose Tiles – How To Finishing Tile Edges

Metal Strips Versus Bullnose Tiles – How To Finishing Tile Edges

What Are Metal Strips?

Metal strips are a transition piece.  For example, you’ll see metal strips where tile meets drywall, at the corners of a shower curb, and around niches.

The purpose of metal strips are to protect you from unfinished tile edges.  Likewise, exposed tile edges are unsightly.  Most importantly,  they make for a modern, and clean appearance.

Want help designing your bath or kitchen?  Contact us today for a design consultation.  Our design team is available to work with you virtually.

You have two options when selecting the shape of your metal strip: the L-shape and a rounded edge.  The former is referred to as a jolly edge and latter a rondec.

Consider the design aesthetic of your kitchen or bath to decide the shape.  Go for the L-shape if you want a crisp, contemporary look.  On the other hand for a traditional feel to your space a rounded edge is best.

In addition, metal strips come in many different finishes.   Certainly consider the color  of your faucets, fittings,  and accessories before buying.

Also Read: Painted Vs Stained Cabinets What’s Best For Your Kitchen Cabinets?

What Are Bullnose Tiles?

Bullnose tiles have one or two sides with a finished and rounded edge.   Bullnose tiles are great for a smooth transition.  Consequently, if you’re after a decorative look consider a chair rail instead of bullnose tiles.   Similarly, a pencil liner adds more interest than bullnose.

In short, pencil liners, bullnose, and metal strips are all interchangeable for most applications.  Meanwhile consider design, your budget and availability of the materials when  deciding which material to use.

How To Decide Between Metal Strips and Bullnose:

Metal Strips

  • Metal strips are the affordable option.
  • They readily available in popular finishes.
  • You must know the thickness of your tiles before ordering.
  • Match the finish to your fittings, fixtures, and accessories.
  • As a decorative feature, install metal strips below and above an accent.
  • Outside and inside corner pieces are available to put a cap on sharp edges.

Tile Bullnose

  • Perfect for a seamless transition.
  • Purchased by the piece.
  • Range in size  from  6″ to 24″.
  • For larger tiles they might not be available.
  • Install as a base board around your bathroom.
  • If you’re doing a shower niche, decide if you’d like to bullnose inside the niche or around the outside.

Also Read: Furniture Board vs. Plywood Cabinets

Conclusion

To sum up, there are a number of factors to consider including style, availability and budget.  Metal strips are perfect for a clean, contemporary look.  On the other hand, bullnose tiles are great for transitional and traditional spaces.   Still unsure?  Send us a note about your project.  We’d love to hear from you.

Kitchen or Bath Remodel? What Will Add More Resale Value?

Kitchen or Bath Remodel? What Will Add More Resale Value?

It’s important to consider your return on investment, or ROI, when looking into remodeling your home. And many people ask whether a bathroom or kitchen remodel will get them more resale value for their home. The answer isn’t so straight forward. There are a few considerations to make, as every home is not the same.

How to decide whether a kitchen or bathroom remodel will add more resale value to your home:

Is one non-functional? If your bathroom has leaky tiles or your kitchen has electrical issues, these things can show up in an inspection. It’s beneficial to tackle these projects first, so you don’t end up having to pay for it later on down the line.

Your ROI depends on if it’s a mid-range or upscale remodeling project. Mid-range kitchen projects usually return 80% of the cost during resale, while upscale projects return around 69%. Mid-range bathroom projects return 74% of the cost and upscale projects return 63%.

While you’re not getting 100% or more you will see less time on the market and you’ll avoid low-ball offers from buyers.

Also Read : 8 Tips For Small Bathrooms in Washington DC

However, not every remodel will recoup these percentages. It’s important to follow a few important tips to make sure you get the most out of your remodeling project.

  • Avoid half measures. Buyers can tell when you’ve only added some simple cosmetic updates, and many times they end up ripping them out anyway. If you want to really increase your ROI, make sure that you are using quality products that have a long lifespan.
  • Look at the project as a whole. If your cabinets are dated or falling apart replacing the counters while keeping the cabinets are not going to do the trick. Experienced designers will be able to tell you how to best improve the space and increase your resale value.
  • Take the long-term approach. If you’re planning on selling in 5 years, don’t wait to start remodeling. You can start now and remodel the kitchen and a bathroom or two by spreading out the projects over the next 5 years. It will increase your ROI even more if you are able to remodel more than one space.
  • Focus on making it turnkey. If you are in a neighborhood that attracts young families, this is especially important. The appeal of a turnkey home can greatly increase your resale value in these neighborhoods.

A quality bathroom or kitchen remodel can really do a lot for your home’s value. When you sit down with your remodeling company, ask them about your ROI. They should be able to tell you what you can expect to get back from your remodel. And if you’re still looking for a bathroom or kitchen remodeling company, check out Bath Plus Kitchen Remodeling. We are a full-service remodeling company, serving Northern Virginia. Review our projects and customer testimonials to get a feel for the quality work we do. We can help you get the best resale value on your home with a bath and kitchen remodel. Give us a call today for a free estimate.

Also Read : Make Your Small Bathroom Feel Larger!

8 Tips For Small Bathrooms in Washington DC

8 Tips For Small Bathrooms in Washington DC

Are you struggling with a small bathroom in the Washington, DC area?

It’s a common problem. Many homes in the DC area were built in an era where bathrooms were an afterthought. So many people are living frustrated in their cramped bathrooms. But, you don’t have to continue the struggle. There are many things you can do to make your small bathroom feel larger and less cramped.

Here are 8 tips to help you survive your small bathroom:

  • Switch to a pedestal sink or a wall mounted sink over a small vanity. Without those bulky cabinets taking up room, the bathroom will feel larger and more open. And if you choose the wall mounted sink with a small vanity, you will have some much-needed storage space.
  • Add a medicine cabinet for storage. You don’t have to sacrifice storage space in your small bathroom. A medicine cabinet adds storage without making the bathroom appear smaller.
  • Add a toilet topper cabinet. Again, adding cabinets on your walls will add storage space without making your bathroom feel smaller.
  • Add a double towel bar. This will double your room for hanging towels without taking up more space.
  • Install a curved shower rod. This will give you a little extra elbow room in the shower, if the space is cramped.
  • Use light colors. When choosing tile or paint, pick light colors. It will make the room feel larger and more open. Dark colors can make a small room feel even smaller.
  • Add recessed lighting. In addition to your wall sconces or vanity light, adding more lighting will make the space feel larger, especially if your bathroom doesn’t have a window.
  • Consider expanding. If your budget and space allow for it, consider opening up a wall to increase the size of your bathroom. Expanding the size of your bathroom is something both you and future owners of the house will enjoy.

Also Read : Is Your Kitchen Remodeling Contractor Giving You Accurate Pricing?

Your small bathroom doesn’t need to be a source of struggle! With these tips, you can make your bathroom appear larger without sacrificing storage space. And if you’re able to, a bathroom remodel might be just what your small bathroom needs. At Bath Plus Kitchen Remodeling, we offer full-service bathroom and kitchen remodeling in Northern Virginia, DC, and Montgomery County, MD. We can turn your small bathroom into a beautiful, spacious place that you enjoy spending your time in.