Kitchens and Baths: Applying Your Personal Touch

Kitchens and Baths: Applying Your Personal Touch


This article is part of our ongoing home construction specification plan series.

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Assembling a Home Construction Specification Plan — Spec Plan M: Kitchen and Bath

One of the last big inside projects in the construction process is the completion of your kitchen and baths. Both these areas of any home generally receive the most attention as they are the two places that homeowners insist be completed to exact specifications. Moreover, when it comes time to sell your house, home shoppers want their kitchens and baths to be pristine and user-friendly. Clearly, skimping on these areas can come back to haunt you.

Being that they are the two biggest attention getters in your home — when entertaining, your visitors will see your kitchen and use your bathrooms — careful planning must go into the design and layout of these rooms. In times past, color and texture were very important but according to Suzie Willford, who is the President-Elect of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, they are now of less importance.

According to Williford,  homeowners want a lot of say in how their kitchens look and are looking to accessorize their kitchens much in the same way that they accessorize their outfits. Being able to change the kitchen’s or bath’s look quickly and without a lot of expense are important factors when considering each area.

Today’s kitchens are now including items not previously found in them such as cappuccino makers, quiet dishwashers, and deep freeze refrigeration to keep pace with consumer tastes.  Many bathrooms are receiving special touches as well are outfitted with hot tubs, warming ovens for towels, lots of cabinetry, double sinks, special flooring and wall tiling, and more.

Even for the current homeowner, keeping kitchens and baths up-to-date is important and may require a special home improvement project to bring these areas of the home up-to-date.  In any case, your kitchens and baths should reflect your tastes and be welcoming points in your home to your guests.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".