Things to consider before renovating your kitchen

Renovating your kitchen is not exactly the easiest thing to do. It’s a mammoth task that involves taking many things into consideration. It also needs to be done perfectly the first time around, because aside from the bedrooms, the kitchen is the one room in your house that you will use on a daily basis. There is very little room for error as the tiniest mistake could mean you can’t start your day with a healthy breakfast or your fresh cup of morning coffee. If you are considering a kitchen renovation, here are some things to consider before embarking on this mission.
Really invest in your countertop
Your countertop is the part of the kitchen that will experience the most wear and tear. Invest in something that is chip-resistant and long-lasting. Think about it: the countertop will be used for chopping and dicing, grinding ingredients with a mortar and pestle and kneading and rolling dough – all of which are heavy duty activities. Granite is always a safe bet. While expensive, it can guarantee you the longevity and reliability you need from a countertop.
Think logically
While this may seem like an obvious one, it’s important to think logically about the placement of everything from appliances to islands in your new kitchen. Over and above everything else, your kitchen needs to be practical. Trying to cook when everything is far apart or hard to reach will make every meal preparation a challenging one. Before the first change is made, carefully consider where you will put everything. If you need help, you can always ask a member of Sansbury Home Renovations and Maintenance’s team. They are friendly, efficient and professional.
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By |July 3rd, 2014|Design, Maintenance, Renovations|Comments Off on Things to consider before renovating your kitchen|

How to choose a colour palette for your home

Choosing a colour palette for your home is no easy task. It’s quite a daunting undertaking, but we have put together a few easy tips on how to choose the perfect colour palette for your home.
Don’t choose your wall colours first
As counter-intuitive as this sounds, it’s best to first gather all your other décor pieces, such as rugs and furniture. These are harder to find and are generally more expensive than wall paint. Find the pieces that you love and then build your colour palette around these items. That way, you can find the shades that tie everything together and make your home look finished.
Consider the room you want to be a feature room
For most people, this is the living room. Once you know exactly what you want in this room, you will be able to pick a colour that ties the rest of your home together. Remember that this is the room that visitors are most likely to settle in, so it generally creates their first impressions of your house.
Remember that the lighting in your house will affect the colours
The light in your house will change throughout the day. Choose colours that can withstand this transition, no matter what time of the day or night it is. Any room or corridor’s truest colours are shown in the natural light of the day, so be sure to take this into consideration when choosing your hues.
Sample everything before you paint
All DIY/paint stores will have sample pots of paint for you to purchase. Before you paint your walls, no matter how sure you are of the colour, sample a small section of your wall with the paint sample [...]

By |May 12th, 2014|Design, General, Renovations|Comments Off on How to choose a colour palette for your home|

7 Tips to Give Your Bathroom a Facelift

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house yet it’s so often forgotten about. No one wants to unwind in the bath surrounded by rather dreary walls and sad-looking cabinet exteriors. Injecting new life into your beloved bathroom doesn’t have to mean spending a fortune; it’s about being smart about the changes you make and not being afraid to get a little creative. Here are seven easy tips courtesy of the renovations and maintenance experts at Sansbury that will help you give your bathroom that much needed makeover.

1) Lose the Clutter

The first vital step is going through your bathroom and getting rid of any unnecessary extras. Having a million and one bottles, containers and knick-knacks covering every surface in the bathroom can be overwhelming, not to mention unappealing. Be strict with yourself and throw away the things you no longer use or want. Hopefully there’s a cabinet or cupboard in there already that you can use for storage but if need be you can always buy some decorative storage containers. They help to neaten things up and they look good doing it. It wouldn’t hurt to give everything a good scrub too.

2) Face Paint

A new lick of paint has been known to change the feel of a room entirely. This is definitely true of the bathroom as well. You can choose to go along with the existing colour palette in your home or you can go with a colour scheme that is completely different – as long as you love it. It’s important to bear in mind that lighter, more neutral colours can make a room look deceptively large which is particularly great if you have a pokier bathroom. Darker [...]

By |March 7th, 2014|Design, DIY Tips, Renovations|Comments Off on 7 Tips to Give Your Bathroom a Facelift|