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Kitchen and bathroom renovations are worth the investment

Kitchen and bathroom renovations are worth the investment

Roughly 52% of real estate professionals say the kitchen is the most important room to focus on for resale. About 42% of the real estate industry insiders say that the bathroom is the most important room for resale purposes.

Data derived from Remodelling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report. Dec 26, 2018. The owners of an older house in Highlands have recently remodelled their kitchen and not just one but four bathrooms. Although they’re not planning on selling in the near future the renovations have added a great deal of value to the home, not only financial value but enjoyment and lifestyle value.

As with many older homes the kitchen in this house was completely isolated and separated from the rest of the house. Access to the kitchen from the dining room was quite awkward down a narrow passageway and past the existing pantry.

Together with the help of Liz Howes from Howes and Homes the owners have created a stunning, new, modern kitchen that’s now has an open plan layout making it an extension of the dining room. The old pantry has gone and there’s a new fully functional scullery at the far end of the kitchen. (The old Oregon pine door to the scullery was reclaimed from the pantry during the renovations.)

Because the separate rooms now in effect became one big space the old fitted carpet in the dining room was taken out and new floor tiles were laid through the dining room, kitchen and in to the scullery helping to unify the space. Similarly the existing tongue and groove ceiling from the original kitchen was extended over the dining room to match. The tongue and groove ceiling has been painted an unusual grey/blue colour that makes the space feel quite dramatic. No boring natural pine or standard white!

At the end of the kitchen a feature wall of exposed brick separates the new scullery. The brick adds texture and interest and helps unite the modern kitchen with the more traditional dining room. In front of the brick wall Howes and Homes have created a very clever tea caddy within an existing upright cabinet. The beauty of the tea caddy is that all the usual clutter of kettles and paraphernalia can be hidden away while still being quickly and easily accessible.

The centre island was converted from an existing cabinet by Howes and Homes’ contract carpenter who fitted the new kitchen cabinets as well as adapting and re-using the old cabinets in the scullery. New Caesarstone tops were fitted throughout (by Lesley Williamson from Home Improvements) as well as a new hob and extractor and a double oven. A beautiful feature of the kitchen is the glass lantern shaped tiles and the glass metro tiles which the owner selected for the splashback.

Not only did the renovations involve new plumbing there was also extensive electrical refurbishment necessary. The old electrical distribution board was mounted on one of the walls that was demolished so Howes and Homes had to get the whole board moved into the scullery. The result is a stylish and friendly open plan space that blends the modern functional kitchen with the more formal dining room.

Howes and Homes demolished the walls dividing the dining room from the pantry and passageway to create a single more functional and much more elegant space. The owners also renovated four bathrooms in the house – the master bathroom, the guest bathroom and two smaller bathrooms for their two daughters.

In the master bathroom the old tub was removed and replaced with an oval free standing bath tub and a beautiful chrome free standing bath mixer. The mixer is so sleek and minimalist it’s almost a sculptural art piece. The new shower is a large walk in cubicle that becomes a mini wet room. There’s no need for a shower door or curtain.

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Howes and Homes has fitted a double vanity with under-slung basins which keeps the counter top looking sleek and smooth. The large window at the end of the tub looks onto an enclosed courtyard so it’s very private and there’s no need for curtains or blinds. During the day the bathroom is filled with natural light and in the evening there are down lighters set into the ceiling but there are also wall mounted sconces for softer more relaxing lighting.

Each bathroom in the home has its own distinct décor and appeal. In the guest bathroom the owner has selected large blue wall tiles which contrast well with the antique brass fittings in the shower and for the vanity. Even the towel rail has brass ends. The third bathroom is a study in black and white and here the owners have selected patterned tiles that are reminiscent of Spanish or Portuguese azulejos tiles.

In keeping with the black and white colour scheme they selected matt black taps and fittings which add a dash of drama and panache. A slightly quirky feature of this bathroom is the vanity stand which Howes and Homes created by recycling an old sewing machine stand that has special sentimental value. The larger black and white tiles have been cut down into smaller mosaic style tiles inside the corner shower and to create the vanity counter top.The fourth bathroom also has its own unique character and style. The feature wall has a hand painted stencil design by Melissa from Magic Brush (0772 114 969).

Here two different colours and shapes of tiles have been used on the walls to create a more quirky and fun feeling. This shower has a double recess for holding bottles and jars as well as a hand held shower. It’s envisaged that the owners’ parents might one day be using this shower room so they’ll be able to sit down to shower.The owner’s flair for design and attention to detail, coupled with Howes and Homes’ renovation expertise, means the family can enjoy their kitchen and their special spaces for years to come. Truly a great investment.


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