Kitchen accessories not only affect the style and design of your space, but also can help to make your space more useful. Plumbtile carries a wide selection of kitchen accessories that are sure to enhance any kitchen. Continue reading →
Whether you are looking to do a complete kitchen remodel, or looking to make a fast and inexpensive update to your space, installing a beautiful backsplash should be on your renovation “to-do” list. A backsplash can be neutral and used to enhance an exhisting design or it can be used to stand out and be the focus of the room. Unsure where to begin when planning your backsplash update? Talk to a design specialist at Plumbtile for some design tips and advice for your space.
Here are some great tile ideas by Busby-Gilbert tile to get you started:
Begin with a unique design on your backsplash, and finish off the beautiful design with a neutral ceiling tile.
Design can be found in neutral colors too. Plumbtile offers a wide selection of tiles that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Check out how this distinctive neutral tile brings character to this kitchen’s backsplash.
Make your kitchen really stand out with this matchless design. An arched stoned tile is used to enhance this vibrant blue backsplash to give the area behind the range the look and feel of an Italian pizza kitchen.
The same tile from your backsplash can be used to cover your countertop as well. Just be sure to break up the design with decorative tiles in the backsplash pattern. Check out this beautiful tile backsplash and counter top in green tones.
To begin piecing together your new beautiful backsplash, talk to a design specialist and Plumbtile.
In the last post of this series, 4 Signs that You Need a Kitchen Remodel, we talked about some sure-fire signs that it’s time to upgrade the kitchen in a home. Now, the second most important step in the process is deciding exactly how to spend on that remodel. How much will it cost to create that dream kitchen? How much is actually available to you?
Gather Kitchen Remodel Ideas
When deciding on a kitchen remodel budget, it is often helpful to know where you are going with the project itself. What things need to be replaced, and how much will those replacements cost? Is there major construction involved (such as tearing down walls or building in all-new pipes), or it is simply a matter of hauling that old dishware out and hauling in the new one?
If you are completely at a loss, start by making a list of everything that is broken, stained, or otherwise undesirable right now. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
- The fridge that gobbles electricity and/or no longer works properly.
- The sink that is scratched, cracked, broken, growing mold, or otherwise unsightly.
- That laminate flooring that is yellowing.
- Those broken tiles…or all of the tile.
- That old stove that is a huge pain to clean (trade up with a sleek glass-topped one).
If you aren’t remodeling out of necessity, you are free to make changes based on “because I want to.” Either way, getting ideas for sexy new layouts, color, textures, and more is a great way to start building a kitchen remodel budget. Try magazines, TV shows, or even the Internet to get more ideas than you can handle.
As you go, make note of items you want and their “average” prices. This will help you build a “want” budget. I.e., the budget required to have everything you want.
Determine How to Pay For the Kitchen Remodel
Finally, it is time to go through what is available to you. Contractors and designers have it easy because they will simply get the budget from their clients, but the client may have some difficulty deciding what they can actually afford. The two most common options to look into are:
- Current savings (if they are not deemed as emergency savings).
- Equity. You might be surprised to find out just how much is waiting for you in an equity line or loan.
Discovering what is available to you will give you a “have” budget. Quite often, you will find yourself with a gap between the “want” and “have” budgets. If this is the case, it is time to close that gap by shopping for better deals on quality kitchen remodel supplies. If you still see a gap after hunting down the best deals on what you need, you may need to put off some of those things on the “want” budget. Add them to your holiday or birthday wish list instead!
Following these steps will help you better understand and envision what is truly possible for that kitchen. Once you’re there, it is easy to start Planning a Kitchen Remodel, which just happens to be what the next blog in this series is about!