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5 tips to create your dream kitchen or bathroom

Building your dream home should be a fun process, and one of the best parts is getting a room just the way you want it. Kitchens and bathrooms are areas where you can really express yourself, as you get to choose tiles, bench tops and vanities, colour schemes, tap fittings and more. However, there can be a lot of pressure to get things just right, as every decision you make is a commitment that will shape the way you enjoy your new home in the future.

1. Treat each area in isolation

This applies more to the bathrooms and powder rooms than the kitchen, as these areas are essentially closed off from the rest of the house. This means that you can get really creative in here, without affecting the overall feel of the house. You can also have different tiles, tap ware and other features from room to room.

For example, the main bathroom may be nice, but simple in design, allowing for versatility in decoration, while your ensuite could be very luxurious and built just the way you want it.

2. Make sure you have flow where you need it

No, we're not talking about water pressure - apg will take care of that for you. Here, we're talking about your open plan kitchen. While bathrooms are self-contained areas where you can express yourself completely, the way you design your kitchen will affect and be affected by the lounge and dining areas.

This means you should consider the kind of furniture, curtains and colour schemes all three of these rooms will have when picking out the tiles and cabinetry for your kitchen. Having a statement-colour backsplash or bench top shouldn't be ruled out though.

3. Build for what you will have

Think of your current kitchen - how's it working out for you? Chances are you want a better dishwasher or fridge, perhaps some new stools or fancy artwork? By planning for all these little details ahead of time, you will be able to create a kitchen that will suit the lifestyle you are aiming for.

If you build your kitchen to suit what you have, and then replace all of your whiteware and accessories in a couple years, you may find that it no longer fits the style you want.

4. Consider the user

Some people appreciate the finer things, while others are after utility. If you want to create a beautiful escape in your ensuite and impress your guests with a fancy powder room, you could probably sacrifice in the main bathroom area to spend more money on the rooms that you want to enhance.

Double storey house plans by apg homes are already a statement, so you don't have to worry about being understated. If you don't like the idea of some bathrooms being fancy while others are more modest, you could go for an even level of finish across all of these spaces.

5. Save money and don't overdo the tiles

Fancy tiles can make or break a bathroom or kitchen. Where they can become a serious detractor is if you overdo it. Finding the most expensive tile and going floor -to-ceiling on every wall is not only costly, but it can be harsh on the eye.

Rather, choose a nice tile to create a feature wall or space, and do rest of the wet area in a more subtle and less expensive option. Not only will this help you save money on the bathroom, but having some areas in a more subtle finish can really accentuate the feature tiles you choose.

Whatever your design preferences, apg homes will gladly walk through the process with you and provide you with all the information you need to make an educated decision on your new kitchen and bathroom design.