The kitchen and bathroom often are considered the heart and soul of homes, and not surprisingly, are two rooms that are most frequently reworked. In a recent report from the National Kitchen & Bath Association, roughly one in 10 households undertook a kitchen remodel or replacement project during 2015. Similarly, a bathroom remodel yields a 64 percent return, making an upgrade an easy decision.
Updating a kitchen or bathroom can range from small tweaks to a complete renovation, and Spring is the prime renovation season. This quick list can help you determine where to start helping your clients plan and execute their remodel:
Freshen up the paint
Refresh the kitchen or bathroom with a brand new paint job. Whites, off whites and gray walls remain on trend and by far the most popular bathroom color schemes, and can bring excitement and new energy at the start of any remodel. Consider the BehrPRO Paint line for the best quality and durable results for whites, grays and other alternatives too. This line of paint offers a versatile range of color shades and textures that can complete the bathroom and kitchen to perfection.
Introduce The Home Depot’s Project Color app to your clients, which allows you to see, match or find the perfect color for the kitchen, bath or any room in the home. Whether your clients would like to stay consistent or add a pop of color, this app provides a close match to just about anything you take a picture of with your smartphone.
A remodel is the perfect opportunity to wow clients through the latest advancements in fixtures such as toilets, showerheads and faucets. Instead of going to the spa, homeowners can now create their own spa-like experience in their bathroom.
Water-Sense certified products can provide the ideal combination of sustainable performance and visual appeal without a huge investment. The Glacier Bay Aragon Tub and Shower Faucet and Dual Flush Toilet are practical and highly efficient options for conserving water and saving your clients money in the long run.
Update the functionality of the bathroom with smart amenities like the Delta Temp2O LED Digital Temperature Hand Shower. This smart showerhead takes provides an accurate display of the temperature, ensuring a perfect shower experience each and every time.
For the kitchen, a new faucet will add personality and perform with accuracy. The American Standard Fairbury Kitchen Faucet accommodates all dishware, and can be turned on and off at a preferred temperature without having to readjust the handle position.
Customize cabinetry and vanities
Revamped cabinetry and vanities can make a unique stamp in the most frequented areas of the home. An excellent way to increase the value of the home, there are plenty ways to update and upgrade these complementary furniture items without completely replacing them.
An upgrade as simple as replacing old hardware can make a world of difference. This can include exchanging knobs for pulls on kitchen cabinets, with models such as the Liberty Satin Nickel Davidson Cup Pull or Liberty Silverton Polished Chrome Cabinet Pull guaranteed to perform. You also can consider modernizing with hinges and soft-close/doors and drawers to give outdated cabinets new appeal, and add youth to cabinets by repainting or refacing with a new stylish, veneer.
Cabinets can help save space and maximize on storage. Shaker wall cabinets are becoming more popular for kitchen remodels. A quintessential base for every updated kitchen, these cabinets are durable and adjustable to help maximize storage space. Medicine cabinets are your best bet for extra storage space in the bathroom.
With a new cabinet structure in place, work with your clients to identify similar refinements to the vanity. Vanities from brands like Hampton Bay and Glacier Bay are fully assembled, and easy and efficient to install, and can add new life to the bathroom with minimal time and effort required. The Home Depot’s vanity configurator is the best way to achieve crafted, customized cabinetry. From selecting the cabinet and countertop style to entering the configurations, homeowners can easily achieve their desired look.
Replace countertops and backsplashes
Granite countertops remain a popular upgrade for the modern kitchen. While granite tends to cost more on average to implement, it also achieves a look that stands out. If your clients have a white kitchen, add contrast and make a statement by installing a backsplash. Try going floor to ceiling with the backsplash for a custom look and grey grout for on-trend easy to maintain look.
Update the flooring
Finally, consider upgrading outdated flooring patterns with fresh tile. Breaking out of the normal square and rectangle standard is the new trend, and remodelers are incorporating non-traditional geometric shapes in newer homes. Help your clients tell a creative story and add new texture and definition to the kitchen or bathroom.
Whether applying something as simple as a fresh coat of paint or conducting a more involved overhaul, there are plenty of opportunities to help clients fall in love with a new kitchen or bathroom.
By Sulema Vela, Southern Division Pro Director, The Home Depot
Sulema is responsible for the Pro business in The Home Depot’s Southern Division, leading a team of more than 80 Pro Account Representatives in an area that encompasses 700 stores across 13 states. She has more than 18 years of experience at The Home Depot, starting in 1999 as a part-time cashier while she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration. During her time at The Home Depot, Sulema has served in a variety of roles and capacities – including Department Supervisor, Assistant Store Manager, Store Manager and District Manager.