from Hayley Fenn, UK head of Granite Transformations
I love the capacity to refresh the look of your home with an affordable makeover, enabling you to explore new décor trends and personalise the living environment to suit your family and lifestyle. I have already remodelled four different family homes, allowing us to move up the property ladder by adding value at every stage.
Most experts agree that upgrading the kitchen and bathroom is the best way to add value to your home, often earning back most, if not all, of your outlay on fixtures and fittings. So here are a few tips on affordable remodelling techniques, based on my own projects and experience of running one of the country’s leading home makeover brands.
Reface your old worktops – get an instant injection of quality and style, by overlaying your worn-out worktops with luxurious, slimline agglomerate surfaces in granite, quartz, recycled glass or porcelain. Kick out unfashionable colours and materials, without having to rip out existing countertops, and reface with fashionable white or off-white surfaces or plump like I did for perennially popular black, with a hint of mirror fleck to catch the light.
Change your cabinet doors – one good makeover trick is that you don’t have to tear out all those wall and base units, you can simply replace the cabinet doors and door fronts with made-to-measure fittings. Changing your doors and end panels to the latest high gloss acrylics, matt finishes and woodgrain effects, in a choice of contemporary or traditional fascia styles, will totally transform the look of your kitchen, without the expense of installing a new fitted kitchen.
Remodel the bathroom – much the same makeover tips can be applied to remodelling a bathroom that’s seen better days. You can reface outdated tiles by overlaying with slim agglomerate or mosaics-on-a-mattress. Update your fixtures and accessories by fitting a new bathroom or walk-in shower, twin his’n’hers sinks and modern brassware. Resurface vanity and storage units with water-resistant agglomerate and choose colour-themed floor tiles in the same material, to improve the look of your bathroom space. Retain the existing layout, though, to minimise plumbing or structural issues.
Get creative with splashbacks – in the kitchen and bathroom, a splashback makes cleaning and hygiene easier, but can also add a visual statement. In the kitchen, extend agglomerate worktop materials up the adjoining walls, as upstands or half-height panels, for a fully coordinated look. Or use glass mosaic or subway tiles to create a unique textured backsplash that draws attention to your new décor. Then apply similar thinking to bath and washbasin panels, concealing discoloured tiles and grouting and creating a wipe-clean finish.
Get down to hard flooring – high on the must-have agenda for householders is replacing carpet, vinyl, laminate and cork floorcoverings with more hardwearing materials for an upscale look. Hardwood flooring brings grace and elegance, but believe me it’s pretty expensive and vulnerable to scratches, dents and staining. So consider instead agglomerate flooring, made from the same high performance materials as our worktops, in medium or large format tiles or seamless sheets, for a gorgeous yet practical finish.
Like most people today, I simply don’t have the spare time or technical skills for do-it-yourself remodelling projects, so I prefer getting someone in to ‘do it for me’. Naturally, I use our expert Granite Transformations fitters to carry out all the work – and you can too. Just get in touch with your nearest Granite Transformations showroom and they’ll show you all our remodelling materials, fixtures and fittings, then quote for the job, including installation.
Next time, I’ll give you 5 more remodelling tips that I hope will set you thinking about doing up your own property, whether it’s to add value or enjoy your current living space even more. In the meantime, visit www.granitetransformations.co.uk for your nearest showroom or ring our hotline on 0800 044 5393.