Watch any show on HGTV, and it’s clear that kitchen and bathroom remodels are the holy grail of any home renovation, makeover, or renovation. These two rooms get the most renovation budgets, and they’re the ones that make viewers cringe when they’re overused, abused, and left in disrepair. From Flip or Flop to Rehab Addict and all the shows in between, what is it about these two rooms that have buyers, sellers, and real estate experts up in arms, wrenches, and jackhammers? It’s simple: it’s where you spend the most active time in the house.
Houses have passive rooms and they have active rooms. Passive rooms are exactly what they sound like: areas where you relax, unwind, and relax without feeling an ounce of guilt. These include your living room, bedrooms, and recreation rooms. Although you may spend most of your time in passive rooms, all you really need is a comfortable place to sit and entertainment at your fingertips. It’s your active rooms that excite and motivate you to make them your best.
HGTV pros tell their customers – and viewers – that kitchens are the heart of your home. It’s where you entertain yourself, which is why the vast majority of people want open-concept plans these days. You’ll see homeowners adamant about their island or counter having a stove so they can look out into the nook, dining room, or living room and interact with their guests while they cook. Hardly anyone wants a kitchen that’s totally separate from the living room, and they certainly don’t want a stove that faces the wall (no matter how flashy the backsplash is).
Bathrooms, which may seem like a passive room at first glance, thanks to those relaxing soaking tubs or rain showers, are actually a bustle of activity. HGTV experts strongly recommend powder rooms on the main floors, as nothing is worse than having to wait in line to go to the bathroom. Bathrooms are also where you get ready for first dates, the daily grind, a night out with friends, and where you take care of the not-so-fun parts of pampering (like waxing, tweezing, hair dyeing, etc.). and other things like that). Kitchen and bathroom remodels are at the heart of HGTV shows because they reflect what people want: active rooms that are both functional and beautiful.
Turning your home into an HGTV star
You may not have the budget that some at HGTV have (especially when a $100,000+ renovation budget doesn’t get double-checked), but you can certainly use some of the expert tips and tricks to spruce up these active rooms. In the kitchen, it’s all about open concept, natural stone countertops, islands, and stainless steel appliances. Making a kitchen appear more open without tearing down any walls can be mimicked by painting the cabinets a lighter color, adding stools in the counter area if possible, or zipping up a table and stool combo. Get a great deal on natural stone by buying local scraps instead of slabs and get up to 90 percent off. Also look for used appliances that are sometimes offered at a great price.
Bathrooms can get that HGTV feel by changing fixtures (like brushed metal) instead of entire sinks or tub/showers, painting dark vanities a light color then brushing with steel wool for a chic, weathered look, and embracing the neutrality instead of wallpaper or brightly painted walls. .
Need your own expert help? Contact a local renovation specialist for your complete kitchen and bath project today.