# 12

Function first! Make sure that the shower head is adjustable and can also be hand held to accommodate tall and not-so-tall members of the family.

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# 11

Using the same color tiles (like Travetine) in different sizes, shapes and finishes provides your bathroom with a level of detail that makes it special.

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# 10

When using wood in the bathroom, be sure it is painted or sealed well against moisture.

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# 9

Regardless of whether you are planning to keep your home for the long run or just a few years it is important to have a perfectly functional kitchen for yourself not for the future buyer.

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# 8

Today’s kitchens are more than just places to prepare meals. Effective lighting is essential within a kitchen and needs to be focused on the working areas.

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# 7

Whenever possible install a utility sink in the island to create a fully functional food-preparation area.

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# 6

Undergoing a kitchen renovation will usually prevent you from being able to use the kitchen. You will have to make alternative arrangements for dinner and plan on living around a mess for a while.

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# 5

Make sure there is countertop landing space of either side of the cook top.

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# 4

Set the budget and add 10 % for unexpected expenses. If you absolutely need to, you can alter the budget later but this will provide you with a good guide line.

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# 3

Leaving one wall open without cupboards makes the room interesting and inviting. It is monotonous to have a wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling room full of cabinets. 

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