Bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects are the headliners in the world of home improvement. It's a chance to think about decor, nifty features, and creature comforts. However, it's also a chance to do several boring things that the future version of you will greatly appreciate. Spare a few thoughts for these 5 boring issues as you plan your renovation effort.
Aerated and Low-Flow Faucets and Showerheads
Using an aerated faucet or showerhead will reduce overall water consumption. By one estimate, a one-gallon-per-minute aerator on a faucet can reduce consumption by 50 percent. Just using aeration on your faucets will save between two and 16 gallons of water each day. Using a single low-flow showerhead would save the average American family about 2,900 gallons of consumption per year, too.
Two Sinks Are Better Than One
Especially in the kitchen, a single sink can prove to be limited. By moving to a setup that has two basins, you can get more done. For example, many people use one basin for soap water when washing dishes by hand and the other basin for rinse water.
Windows, Skylights, and Mirrors
Letting more natural light into a room will reduce the amount of electricity you consume. While dealing with kitchen or bathroom remodeling needs, it's a good idea to think about where the windows will go so they can maximize natural light each day. Adding a skylight is also beneficial, and you can use mirrors in the rooms to give the light an assist in getting further into darker spots.
Likewise, if the existing windows are old, they should be replaced. Not only will this allow you to update the appearance of the room, but you'll also get the benefits of better insulation and UV protection from modern windows.
There's no such thing as too much storage space in a kitchen or bathroom. Going vertical, especially with cabinetry in small bathrooms, can help you turn dead space into usable storage. Make use of racks and bars in vertical arrangements to provide more storage, too. Don't be afraid to also try out overhead storage solutions.
Tighten Up the Plumbing Work
You're probably going to have at least part of the bathroom or kitchen you're remodeling stripped down to the plumbing anyhow. This is a good time to replace old lines and check for leaks. You also may want to run fresh lines to new locations during the remodel.
For more information, reach out to a kitchen or bathroom remodeling service today.