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Quick Tips: Kitchen & Bathroom Renovations


Odds are, if you’ve lived in your home for a few years, you’ll crave a bit of change in it. A desire to implement all of those neat home remodeling pins you’ve accumulated in your home decor Pinterest board over the years. There are some who list their starter homes and upgrade for new construction, a clean slate or “a la cart” option. But for some, it’s either not possible or they would rather renovate their existing home. You might not be able to afford a new home, you might absolutely love the neighborhood you’re living in, either way, a home renovation can give your home a fresh look and transform your living space.

If you plan on taking on a home renovation project, the best place to start with is the kitchen and/or bathroom. Just take a quick gander on Pinterest and you’ll find plenty of renovation ideas to transform your kitchen and bathroom. Before starting any renovation, setting up a budget to learn what you can afford and are willing to spend is a must It’ll create the guidelines and what kind of material you can buy and where you can splurge or where you should cut expenses.

A bathroom is that part of your home where you spend some quality time all alone. A perfectly designed and convenient bathroom can fabulously relax your body, mind and soul. Then, it can also increase the resale value of your property since the condition of the bathrooms and kitchens are what is inspected first by any potential buyer. However, renovation needs considerable amount of time, money, and effort.

Bathroom Renovations – Things To Consider


Looking to renovate your bathroom? Consider the following:

  • Does your bathroom feel a bit smaller than you’d like? You’ll want to give it a spacious appearance by painting the space with light color and make use of light colored tiles. For a tighter budget, work with the space you have, there’s no need to change the floor plan.
  • Use cabinets in the bathroom sparingly. Try not to clutter the space by installing too many cabinets and drawers. It’s true that cabinets have a utilitarian value and everyone loves ample storage space, however, too many cabinets can make your bathroom feel small and cramped.
  • Not replacing your tile? Make sure to at least replace any broken tile or loose grout.
  • When updating your vanity, try and stick to matching fixtures to avoid an “out-of-place.”
  • A well lit bathroom with proper lighting fixtures can make all the difference. Try and use natural lighting whenever possible.

Kitchen Renovations – Things To Consider


Just like the bathroom, a well decorated and renovated kitchen can greatly impact the value of your home. Taking on a kitchen renovation? Consider the following:

  • Your kitchen countertop says a lot about the space. Think about the style of your home. Going for a modern and clean look? Try a quartz countertop. Consider yourself a home chef? Go with a unique wood counter top that you can chop on (a personal favorite).
  • Consider going with a larger and deeper sink. Functionally speaking, it does wonders.
  • Think about updating your appliances with a matching set and go green with energy-efficient kitchen appliances to save on your energy bill.
  • On a tighter budget? Consider improving upon your existing cabinets rather than buying new ones. Sometimes a fresh coat of paint or updated pulls is all you need.

There are tons of bathroom and kitchen remodeling ideas out there. Do your research, and keep the theme or style consistent. And don’t forget to set a budget.

And Now Back To You

What’s your favorite renovation ideas? Let us know in the comments.

We’re not your typical Orlando Realtor. We’re a real estate team consisting of different talents, strengths, and backgrounds. Coming together to achieve a common goal. Helping you.

Tania Matthews Team
1200 Oakley Seaver Rd. Suite 109
Clermont, FL 34711

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The Latest Trends in Bathroom Design

The Latest Trends in Bathroom Design

Bathrooms have gone through dramatic changes over the years. Previously appreciated for little more than their functionality, today these rooms are becoming oases of peace, relaxation and comfort. This year will take that satisfying sensation to a whole different level, with great new trends. Of course, some of the tendencies we’ve seen in the previous couple of years are still going strong, according to Eaglewood Homes, but there will also be a lot of new and unexpected moments.

Here are some of the top trends to think about if you are considering a bathroom remodel in 2017.

Large-Format Tiling

When it comes to tiles, this year is all about going big or going home. This trend is first practical, and only then visual. Large tiles will make bathroom cleaning easier, since there will be less grout. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t also offer some benefits when it comes to aesthetics. Large tiles mean that the bathroom is covered with clean, almost uninterrupted surfaces, making the room feel bigger. Not only tiles, but also slabs of natural stone and marble will make a huge splash in bathrooms.

Bathroom Large Format Tiling


Although Pantone’s color of the year caught us by surprise, we’ve gotten used to it; and with the arrival of spring, it will become even more popular. Using Greenery in the bathroom makes perfect sense – it will refresh the room, induce it with nature and give a bold statement. You can go as far to use green tiles or simply paint the vanity green and use a green runner.

Rustic/Industrial Style

Bathroom Rustic Industrial Style

Both of these trends have visited other rooms in the house a while back, but only now, they are making their mark on the bathroom. This design approach encourages recycling and repurposing, which makes it an affordable style to introduce. You can introduce it with exposed brick, concrete accents, exposed pipes, worn woods, and various accessories, such as old posters, metallic soap holders, etc.

Organic Presence

In the last couple of years, bathroom renovations are becoming more organic than ever, and that includes using a lot of natural materials, such as wood and stone, and, as of recently, clay. Besides the materials, the very shapes in the bathroom have changed, the tubs are designed with more curves, while the vanity is more textured. Warm wood and smart stone make ideal marriage when it comes to bathroom elements.

Dark Replaces the Shiny

Although gold and brass will still be featured in the bathroom design, they will slowly, but definitely be outplayed by a new player – dark metal tones. Bronze, dark pewter and even matte black are there to bring a modern touch to your bathroom, unlike the shiny metals that mostly emitted the retro vibe. However, if you’re aspiring to create an eclectic look, you’ll be happy to know that dark metals mix great with shiny ones.

Bathroom Dark Tones

The Tub Comeback

Large showers with multiple showerheads have been a bathroom standard for years now, mostly for practical reasons. Since we’re living in a time when the bathroom’s purpose is finally much more than personal hygiene, it is logical to experience the comeback of the tub (especially freestanding variety) as an element for relaxing. The tub of 2017 is inviting, desirable, and elegantly shaped.

Turn It into Oasis

Besides the tub that calls for a good long soak, this year will be all about making you never want to leave your bathroom. Everything that makes you feel like you’re in a spa is welcomed. Potted plants, green walls, sitting area, and soft rug, come to mind among other things.

Bathroom remodeling in 2017 will be inspired mostly by nature, low-maintenance and relaxation. It is interior designers’ response to the hectic life pace in urban environments. People need the time to spoil themselves, de-stress and prepare for everything waiting outside – there is no better place for that than the bathroom.

Author: Mia Gunson
Mia is an interior designer with a burning passion for Art deco. She’s also a multitasking, bilingual cat lover. In her spare time she likes to paint, run, hike and make pancakes. Her motto is ”I live to decorate, and decorate for a living.

And Now Back To You

What’s your favorite bathroom style? Let us know in the comments.

We’re not your typical Orlando Realtor. We’re a real estate team consisting of different talents, strengths, and backgrounds. Coming together to achieve a common goal. Helping you.

Tania Matthews Team
1200 Oakley Seaver Rd. Suite 109
Clermont, FL 34711