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Five Simple Updates for the Kitchen and Bath

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October 01, 2015

With cold weather right around the corner, homeowners will plan on spending more time indoors, making now the perfect time to upgrade the two most-used rooms in a house—the kitchen and bathroom. Remodelers can help clients create their perfect space with five simple strategies for revamping these rooms:

1.Integrate High-Tech Products

Updating technology is a cost-effective way to modernize a house, especially in the kitchen and bath. Upgrading to WaterSense®-certified faucets, toilets and showerheads decrease utility costs and help reduce water usage up to 20 percent. For families with children or pets, the new Delta Temp 2.0 6-Spray LED Digital Temp Display showerhead is also a great safety tool because it displays the temperature of the water on an LED screen. You can even find products that create built-in, no-plug charging stations for your mobile devices in certain areas on your countertop.  

Cleanliness is also a top priority when it comes to households with kids, and touchless technology is a great solution. Touchless toilets like the Delta Brevard Toilet have TouchIQ Technology – which helps reduce the spread of germs by flushing with just a wave of the hand. Kohler makes a conversion kit so you can have a touchless toilet without having to completely replace your current one. Touchless faucets like the Delta Dominic Kitchen Faucet not only resist water spots, fingerprints and stains, but they also save on water bills by shutting off automatically after four minutes.

2.Transform Tile

Wood-look tile is becoming more popular for kitchens and bathrooms because of its durability compared to traditional wood—it won’t scratch, scuff or wear. Smart Tile for backsplashes is also popular for homeowners looking to save on remodeling time. With peel-and-stick tiles that are heat resistant, they can be installed in minutes.

For a dramatic effect, consider installing tile in more places than the floor or backsplash area. On certain walls, installing tiles can sometimes create a more “custom” feel, while often making the space feel larger.

3.Refresh Interior Paint

Creating a spa-like bathroom is one of the biggest trends for 2015, according to National Kitchen and Bath Association. Show your clients how to easily create that look by refreshing their paint to a pastel, such as secret blush or dreamscape gray. BEHR Marquee has exceptional hide and is resistant to stains. Its advanced formula enables one-coat coverage and combines paint and primer in one, dramatically reducing the time it takes to get the job done.

4.Replace Cabinets and Vanities

Clients likely know updating cabinetry will bring new life to kitchens and bathrooms, but they may think the project will be too costly. For quick projects, consider Hampton Bay cabinets, which come in a variety of finishes, colors and fully assembled for easy installation. When you need fast installation in the bathroom, consider Glacier Bay vanities, which also come fully assembled. These products are available in stock, which helps save time and money. For clients who want to be involved in the project, show them the vanity selection tool online, where they can customize their purchase by selecting the material, color, finish and style they want before you purchase.

5.Upgrade Countertops

Discuss the benefits of switching out old kitchen countertops with new, cutting-edge products, like those from Dekton by Cosentino. Dekton countertops are great for busy kitchens because they are easily maintained, don’t crack under extreme heat or cold and are resistant to scratching, scorching and burning. These countertops are a great investment with a 25-year limited manufacturer warranty.

For kitchen design inspiration, ideas and quotes, work through The Home Depot’s DesignConnect team. Available via chat, email and phone seven days a week, DesignConnect can turn around design packets and quotes (including truckload pricing, as needed) within 48 hours of receiving the Project Request Form, photos and measurements.

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