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We are in desperate need to
update our home, specifically
our kitchen, bathrooms, and
laundry areas, but we can not
afford a complete renovation
of each space. How can
we navigate this process to
make improvements, without
regretting our decisions
in the future?
This is a common issue that homeowners
face, especially when an
urgent need arises. However, their
situation may not allow for the planning
time, nor the financial resources
to attack a large renovation. A difficult
decision then looms: how do
I renovate this space and address
the specific area of concern, without
regretting and re-doing that space in
the future when I am ready to fully
renovate?
Bathrooms. We see this the most
in bathrooms, when someone has
a need to install a safer shower
to replace their bathtub, or to just
replace a tub/shower due to damage
and leaking. A quick fix to this
might be to install an acrylic remodel
tub or shower unit, as this would be
a lower cost alternative that might
provide the functionality to address
the immediate concern. However, the
entire bathroom might be outdated,
and in line for a major overhaul in a
few years. The new acrylic unit might
not be what they were looking for as
part of a larger scale renovation, and
they don't want to spend the money
now, to only tear it out in a few years.
Instead, consider what you might
envision in the future, and try to work
on installing that new tub or shower
now, that might be able to stay as
part of a future renovation of the
rest of the space. If you desire a tile
shower, try and use a neutral tile that
does not have distinctive patterning
that would make it difficult to pair
with other materials in the future; tile
is notorious for being discontinued
regularly, so that same tile may not be
available in 1-2 years. Or, consider a
solid surface shower, which can give
you the benefit of low maintenance
and attractive looking shower. This
option can easily be paired with new
tile or vinyl flooring, cabinetry, etc. in
the future. Just make sure that your
contractor understands that you want
the new tub or shower space installed
in an appropriate manner that will
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room in the future, without impacting
your newly renovated space.
Laundry. Some people have their
laundry in an unfinished area of
their basement, and other people
are fortunate to have a dedicated
laundry room (albeit often not
designed with storage and function
in mind). If you have future plans to
renovate a laundry room, and your
existing laundry equipment fails, this
is where you can run into a problem.
Many homes in this area have
dedicated laundry rooms, often near
the entrance to their garage. These
are often small rooms, with standard
laundry equipment, and maybe a
utility sink or some wall cabinetry.
A fully renovated laundry room can
significantly improve the look of the
space, but also the functionality. This
will often be designed with front loading
or stacked units in mind. Front
loading units can be installed with
countertops above them that can be
used for folding laundry, or they can
be stacked to help free up space to
add extra storage or maybe that sink
you never thought you'd be able to fit
in the space. If you are tasked with
replacing your laundry equipment,
consider your future plans, and how
the new laundry equipment might fit
your goals for the space.
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biggest challenge when you are faced
with addressing an issue, but not
quite ready to pull the trigger on a
full renovation. Kitchens will have the
highest cost of renovation compared
to the other spaces in your home, and
often a major issue with a kitchen is
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