Home DIY Renovations of Kitchens, Bathrooms and Basements

Home DIY Renovations of Kitchens, Bathrooms and Basements

If you want to add a great value to your home, consider home improvement with kitchen and bathrooms. Kitchen is often the heart of any home so planning how to beautify this area is critical.

Think about how the space is used, the way traffic flows in the area, what is needed by way of storage and appliances, as well as any maintenance issues that should be looked after before renovations begin.

Find out if there are any problems with the plumbing and electrical wiring in your bathroom and kitchen and if there are, hire professionals to take care of them first.

Consider Appliance Requirements

If appliances will be added to your kitchen and/or bathrooms also have your professionals check for adequate current flow, water pressure and drainage.  If your appliances and fixtures are old, replace them if they don’t meet energy or water efficiency standards.

If things like ventilation and/or air conditioning need to be installed because there aren’t any already in place, have the installation completed before any decorative renovations take place to avoid any damage to your new finishes, furnishings or appliances.

Renovating a basement, cellar or under-house storage is a very cost effective way to add more living space and value to your home.  Most of the time people like to use the basement as an additional bedroom, an office, a family entertainment area or even a separate apartment.

The basement, or cellar, can however be one of the areas in a home that usually needs a lot of necessary maintenance and repairs to be done first, especially if your home is subject to extremes of climate.

Issues with the foundation supports could affect the rest of the home.  It is important to check for mold and mildew problems caused by cracks in the foundation or basement flooring, leakage from plumbing,  poor water-proofing on the outside of your home, poor site drainage and even condensation that collects during the hot summer months.

Other than conducting regular checks and maintenance to your cellar or basement at least twice a year during the spring and autumn months, the best way to prevent mold and dampness problems is to:

  • Properly seal your basement from any moisture entering into the space
  • Take care that there is adequate insulation
  • Make sure the dryer is hooked up to outside ventilation.

Another thing you can do is set up a dehumidifier to keep additional moisture out of the air.

Taking care of these important home DIY projects will help your more decorative renovation projects have a longer life. Pay a visit to Omni Home Ideas Gravatar for more effective ideas about home improvement.


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