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It's All About Kitchens and Bathrooms

When making remodeling plans, pay attention to these two hot spots



    It's All About Kitchens and Bathrooms
    Courtesy of Michelle's Interiors
    With some smart remodeling tips, your kitchen could be this awesome.

    You know you do it. When visiting a friend's house for the first time, you automatically check out the kitchen and the bathroom(s). Both rooms equal comfort and relaxation, albeit in very different ways.

    Interior designer Michelle Rohrer-Lauer of Grayslake-based Michelle's Interiors advises her clients on how to bring their kitchens and bathrooms to life. She suggests that updating these areas not only adds value to a home, but brings more enjoyment, both mentally and physically, to the owners. There are easy remodeling projects that can make a world of difference in these all-important rooms.

    For the kitchen, Rohrer-Lauer recommends investing in modern appliances and cabinetry. These items make up the bulk of the kitchen space, so by updating those, you create a bright, fresh look. Up-to-date appliances also have the added benefit of being more energy efficient, saving money in the long run.

    In bathrooms, many homeowners are looking for the feel of a spa retreat. New shower fixtures and little luxuries like heated floors can create calming, peaceful environments where you can relax and chill out for a while. At least until someone starts knocking on the door.