For avid cooks, seasoned hosts, and busy families alike, the kitchen is the center of daily life—and a place where both beauty and function are more important than ever. We’ve compiled everything you need to know about renovating your kitchen to make it the best it can be, from from finding the right contractor to choosing floor tiles and hardware finishes. We reached out to the experts to get their industry secrets, discovered the best shopping sources for kitchen products, and gathered our favorite design ideas from the AD archives, from modern black countertops to family-friendly islands and breakfast nooks. Our renovation guide has you covered, whether you’re planning a total kitchen remodel, on the lookout for new luxury appliances, or just in need of a little inspiration for your dream space.
The average cost of a midrange bathroom renovation — replacing all the fixtures, the tile, the vanity and the toilet — is now almost $19,000, according to Remodeling magazine, which tracks the cost of home improvement projects annually. And that’s the nationwide average. If you live in New York City, count on spending closer to $25,000.
If you’re planning a high-end remodel that involves moving fixtures and installing amenities like heated floors, it will cost you more than $60,000 on average — and in New York City, upward of $72,000.
Still, there are ways to keep costs down. Interior designers and building professionals offered some tips on how to save money without sacrificing style.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned in seeing thousands of renovations, it’s not the size of the remodel that matters; it’s how closely you pay attention to the details. Thoughtful and careful consideration of the materials and finishes used in a space can have a huge impact. Read on for three Sweeten homeowners who took their small spaces to the next level.
Ceilings are often forgotten in the scheme of decorating a room, but that square footage has so much design potential to offer your space. Molding, trim, wallpaper, and paint techniques can add tremendous interest to the room. Crown molding will give the illusion of height if you have a lower ceiling. In rooms with higher ceilings, we often use tray or coffered ceilings to make the space cozier.