When it comes to home upgrades that add value and wow factor, kitchens and bathrooms remain the two rooms we typically want to update. An underperforming bathroom or kitchen can be a real bugbear. With so much choice out there in design styles and a huge range of prices too, it’s important to get it right.

In part four of our Switch it Up series, we talk to three experts who explain how to plan and design these essential rooms, as well as the trends to look out for.

Achieving bathroom bliss

A big airy space with room for a bath, big shower and double vanity is the dream. However, says Susan McGowan, creative director with Ashen and Cloud, the real essentials are a WC, wash-hand basin and a shower. If you can fit a bath, it’s a luxury, so the trick is to plan your refit properly and dress

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Cost Summary of Small Bathroom Remodeling

Typical Price Range = $1,000 to $15,000+
Average Cost = $8,000-$10,000
Best/Cheapest Price = $100-$400
Typical Hourly Rate = $50-$75 per hour

When you are remodeling a small bathroom, you need to make sure that your costs are always in the forefront of your mind.

Keep in mind that although the average small bathroom remodel costs around $9,000, that your labor & materials costs will vary depending on location and quality of fixtures you choose.



One of the major influences over the small bathroom remodel cost you will have to bear is the type of layout you select. If the new layout will require you to do a lot of renovating, then your prices will go up significantly. Renovating includes taking down walls and putting up wall components like dividers.

Selecting a layout that is simple and works well

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You’ve been running around helter-skelter all day, attending to the never ending cries for ‘mummy!’, putting food on the table, picking up toys, you know the drill—truly, being a wife and a mother is no walk in the park. It’s joyful and demanding all at once. That’s why at some point, in the midst of the mayhem, every mum needs a moment to herself. Chances are, that precious moment of solitude comes in the bathroom. They don’t call it a sanctuary for nothing!

There’s just one problem: if you’re anything like us, the sanctuary is probably not quite looking like one at the moment. You know how it is with kids. Your bathroom is likely to be a little disorganised, disenchanting and not to mention, in need of disinfecting! It’s probably time to Kondo your bathroom and spark some joy!

No, don’t raise that eyebrow just yet. We’re not talking

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A Guide to Effectively Plan Kitchen Renovation Budget

The kitchen adds a lot to the comfort and décor of your home. That is why a kitchen renovation can significantly increase the worth of the home.

How much remodeling a kitchen will cost you depends upon several factors. Minor improvements to major structural changes open the doors to different budget scenarios i.e. $5000 to $ 100,000. Most homeowners spend around $22,000.

The average cost for a kitchen remodel depends upon the size of your kitchen, type of finishes, plumbing conditions, appliances needed, how you plan on tackling the renovations and where you live. Here I have divided kitchen remodeling in three categories to help you tackle your renovation and plan your budget accordingly.

1. Minor Kitchen Remodeling

These kitchen renovations range between $5000-$25,000. They generally involve the addition of new cabinets hardware, light fixtures or addition of backsplashes. The major elements

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Your home can make a great home for pests if you’re not careful, so it’s important to do everything you can to keep them away. Your kitchen is especially vulnerable to both bugs and rodents. Fortunately, there are numerous precautions you can take to substantially reduce the likelihood of having pests invade your kitchen. Here are some ways you and professional home pest control in Anchorage, Alaska, can keep pests out of your kitchen.

Don’t Let Dishes Pile Up

Even the most vigilant clean freak occasionally leaves dirty dishes in the sink, and this might be okay to do once in a while. Unfortunately, leaving dirty dishes in the sink or around the kitchen often can quickly attract all sorts of pests. If you don’t have the time or energy to do the dishes some evenings, try to at least rinse the food off the dishes and load as much

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Everyone needs to take a shower. It’s a fact.

Having to do so quite early before heading off to work has remained a big task to many. The culprit is the cold weather condition during this time of the day.

Usually, turning on the heating system of your home should help. But that comes at a cost. An astronomical one at that!

Bathroom heaters could salvage the situation. The problem is picking the best bathroom heater from a large amount of junk on sale. This review is aimed at making this segment of your work easier.

Top 10 Best Bathroom Heater review

1. Delta Electronics RAD80L BreezRadiance 80 CFM Heater/Fan/Light Combo


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Delta BreezRadiance heater is comes with unique design and you can decorate your space with this heater. This ceiling mount heater comes with three functions which are heating, ventilation & lighting. You don’t worry about

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A farmhouse decor is inspired from a farmhouse building, including its interior and exterior decoration. Such building can be found in a rural area or agricultural area.

Typically, a farmhouse building is accompanied by another building that’s called a housebarn, in which farmers put their crops and animals. Each country has a specific farmhouse building style.

For example, in United States, a farmhouse is typically built with rectangular floor plan and central fireplace that’s doubled as a heating and a cooking device.

Moreover, the constructions often come from local materials.

Briefly explained, you can understand why this particular style is admired by a lot of interior design fans.

From several reasons, people choose to apply a farmhouse decor to their house because its rustic interior gives a warm and cozy feelings.

Moreover, this decoration style offers a traditional touch on the furniture. If this is the style you’re looking for,

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Our buying guide will walk you through the best bathroom mirror for your home.

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Bathroom Mirror Buying Guide

Swapping out your old bathroom mirror for something contemporary and up to date is a simple and inexpensive way to update your decor.

There are a few important decisions you need to make before you start your project.

Determining the size and shape you’re searching for and what type of finish you desire will help you when shopping for options. You’ll also need to assess how best to remove your existing mirrors, and what type of mounting option you want to use for the new ones.

A. Types of Bathroom Mirrors

When most people think of a bathroom mirror, they envision one large, solid piece of glass that sits over the vanity. While that may be a common

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Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen designed by Chris Novak Berry and Emily Castle, Brooksberry & Associates. Photo: Alise O

Kitchen makeovers remain popular as homeowners continue to invest to create a warm, stylish, comfortable, and efficient heart of the home. In addition to improved aesthetics and organization, kitchen remodels also hold reasonable resale value. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2011-2012 Cost vs. Value Report, midrange minor kitchen remodels—new countertops, appliances, cabinet fronts, and hardware—have an average national cost just shy of $20,000 and get 72% return on investment. Midrange major remodels, which include new appliances, cabinets, countertops, flooring, and lighting, have a mid-range average of $57,824 and a nearly 66% return. High-end renovations can easily cost $100,000 and up.

Though aesthetics are important, the driving remodeling force is functionality. Start by doing some research and tour show houses and kitchen show rooms to see product up close and personal. Next, set a budget that reflects

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