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Remodeling Your First Bathroom and Kitchen

Oct 12, 2007
The two things that can make or break a house purchasing deal are the kitchen and the bathroom. This is for a very good reason, since both of these rooms are visited by each household member at least once a day and by the time we die, we will have spent a large amount of our time in both of these places. So making them the most comfortable and pleasant rooms in the house to be in is very important to anyone wanting to stay in the same home for many years.

If you have purchased an older home in the hopes of remodeling both of these rooms, then you have a few structural and practical issues that you should think of before you get to the decoration design process. The fact is that the kitchen and bathroom are the two most humid and moist areas of your home and should be cared for accordingly.

Be careful when choosing the type of flooring that will go down in these rooms. If you will be cooking for a large family every year at Thanksgiving or Christmas or you are expecting to, putting down a material a little more resilient than linoleum or tile may be the way to go.

Since so much water goes through both of these rooms every day and mold is always a problem in areas where there is a large amount of water, you should not put hardwood flooring down in either of these places. Wood is porous and mold loves to grow on any dead organic material. Not only this, but it will also soak up any water you spill on it. If you must have the look of wood in these rooms, try for a laminate, since they can give the look of wood, but not offer the drawbacks.

Natural stone like travertine is much easier to take care of than hardwood, linoleum, or tile, so if you can afford it, this may be the way to go if you want a floor that can last for a great many years.

You need an exhaust fan in both of these rooms to keep the humidity down. The walls and ceilings absorb much more water than you think over time and this can eventually cause the tape on the seams of the drywall pieces and eventually the pieces of drywall themselves to sag and crack.

This is not only dangerous because the drywall can collapse on you, but also because mold grows on surfaces that are constantly moist. Install a vent that you can turn on and off to help solve this problem.
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Jim Corkern is a writer and promoter of quality
Miami Residential Water Damage Restoration Contractors and
Orlando water Damage companies.
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