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Custom Kitchens – Ideal Way to Give Modern Look to Your Kitchen

Custom Kitchens to Spice up Your Home

Today, every part of your home deserves equal attention and planning. Gone are the days when the living room and the bedroom were the fulcrum of your attention and planning. The kitchen and the bathroom too have myriad options available.

In fact most of the homes in the US use custom kitchens. Custom kitchens are a modern and updated version of the good old kitchen.

While retaining its old flavor, custom kitchens give it a major facelift aesthetically as well as functionally. The result will be a kitchen that will perform better as well as be a stunner when it comes to looks.

Blending into your home

In most number of homes, the kitchen was given minimum attention earlier on and hence it used to stand out as a separate entity without blending with the rest of the home.

But now a custom kitchen will easily blend with the rest of the home making it seem as if it is just another room in the home rather than a kitchen.

A custom kitchen will consist of kitchen cabinets that are designed to fit in the smallest of places and maximize space utility.

Every nook and corner of your kitchen can be utilized and you will get the most out of it. But wont that make your kitchen seem cluttered? Not really, for custom kitchens have concealed cabinets that snug into the wall making them almost invisible.

Start planning

Start planning today to breathe life into your kitchen. Log on to the internet for more information and options on what kind of custom kitchen designs and cabinets will suit your kitchen.

Shortlist a few, make a detailed plan and give your kitchen a complete facelift. In the end, it will be totally worth the effort.

Making Space in the Bathroom

Bathroom design has gained considerable appeal in recent years. In the past the bathroom served only for personal hygiene. Today, many homeowners have reinvented the purpose of the bathroom. The bathroom has become not just a room to carry out personal hygiene, but also a refuge where residents can pamper themselves with a relaxing bath.

Bathroom design requires formulating a good plan. Most remodeling plans begin with a budget. Once the homeowner has determined a budget and goal of the remodel a contractor should be located in order to carry out permitted work. The goal of the contractor is to inform the homeowner and give the homeowner remodeling advice and direction.

Common issues that affect bathroom remodels are space, plumbing and lighting. Most homeowners seek to increase space by knocking down interior walls and choosing smaller fixtures and appliances. Improving space is a major consideration when homeowners are looking to add spas or hot tubs.

For today’s bathroom remodel, there are a variety of styles for bathroom sinks. Unlimited sink options exist; from the standard, white porcelain, to the glass, granite, corian or ceramic freestanding basin style. Many bathroom sinks today are preformed sink and countertop combinations made of cultured marble. These are cost-effective and a great way to spruce up any bathroom. With one purchase, you can resolve your sink and countertop design. Owners should get creative and shop around for ideas.

Many owners consider a hot tub to be the ultimate bathroom improvement. Owners are recommended to explore the benefits and features of hot tub ownership. Another popular upgrade in bath tubs is the Japanese soaking tubs. They are deeper than the long shallow Western style bathtub and designed for sitting in with the water up to your shoulders. Some even include massage jets and all the other options you find in luxury lie-down bathtubs.

When it comes to bathroom remodeling, homeowners are far more interested in expressing their individuality and sense of style than they are in following current bathroom design or decorating trends. Whether you’re looking for details on incorporating historical architecture, adding a luxurious texture to the wall or you just want to fresh change remember to use a licensed contractor for any remodeling requiring a permit, Sovereign Homes will meticulously design and implement a program tailored to your specific needs. From the inception of architectural and interior design to the completed project, we offer a full gamut of renovation services, undertaking projects as small as a kitchen remodel to a full scale renovation.

How to Get the Bathroom of Your Dreams

When remodeling a master bath, most homeowners know what they want.
As a person who works in the high end kitchen and bath fixture industry I hear many clients stress how they want to have their own retreat. They are willing to put up with the inconvenience and expense in order to achieve the dream of coming home, going into their bedrooms and pass through to the bathroom so their can go in and say to themselves (and possibly their significant others) “ahh, at last it’s our time to relax”.

Unfortunately, somewhere in the process of the remodel experience Murphy’s Law arrives and somehow many people forget why they started the project.

Much of this can be avoided by some realistic planning. Many people see a picture in a magazine, visit a resort, see a show on TV showing how a family re-did their bathroom and the process went smoothly and seemed to be over in a quick 30 minutes, less if they were looking at a written article in some form of publication. Real remodeling is not the same thing!

First, decide on a budget. Then double or even triple it. Seriously-otherwise there are going to be more than the average tense moments. Now for fun, daydream about what your fantasy bathroom would be like. Do you want an indoor steam shower? A sauna? Whirlpool or Airbath-for one or two bathers? On the practical side-don’t buy your plumbing “because it’s pretty”. Spend a little more and get quality. The last thing you want is to be bragging on how you spent “only $300.00″ on 2 sink faucets, a shower set and a roman tub set up and then in a year, find out those valves and cartridges are now leaking behind your walls and causing water damage and mold. You can chintz on the towel racks and toilet paper holders, but always buy the best you can afford on the plumbing, you will be glad you did!

Make sure you hire a contractor who has the same agenda you do. Nothing worse than hiring someone who’s ideas are opposite of yours and has only their pocketbook in mind.
Same with hiring a plumber, especially the plumber. Someone who is so old school that they think “those fancy manufacturers will cause nothing but trouble”, usually do not want to take the time to put in the plumbing correctly. Face facts-quality plumbing is usually more work to put into your walls than the items you get off the rack at your local home improvement store.

I actually had a client’s plumber ruin her plumbing by trying to attach her high end trim to an off the rack valve “because he really like the quality of the other valve”! This move wound up in a lawsuit. If a plumber ever tries to convince you to use “my good valve” and attach your trim-fire him/her and don’t let them near anything. This move is sure to cause major water damage-quickly!

If you hire an interior designer-same thing holds true. Make sure you hire someone who wants you to enjoy the outcome of the bathroom. Remember-you are going to be living with the end results, not them. If you like modern and want a spa, don’t hire someone whose specialty is traditional and thinks all you need are the basics.

Another major mistake homeowners make when they start a remodel is misjudging the time element. This is also due to the “30 minute” extreme makeover shows and advertisements. Quality takes time. Depending on how much of a remodel you are doing, you should figure a master bath will take anywhere between 2-6 months. Cabinets and countertops take time to create. Flooring and plumbing need to be done in stages. Some items could take up to 3 months to arrive. Be prepared for the inconvenience of having to share the facilities with other members of the family for an extended period of time. Whatever you do, don’t decide to start demolition in mid-October and think the “new” bathroom will be ready to debut for Thanksgiving; it’s just not going to happen.

There are many ways to creating the bathroom of your dreams. With some realistic planning and professional assistance this particular dream can come true.