Chi Renovation & Design is a Chicago general contractor that provides full-service remodeling from conceptual design through completion of construction. Our interior designers are known for their bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling, and basement renovations. Our construction team is known for their high-quality work and attention to details.
Chi Renovation and Design’s design-build approach makes it the one-stop shop for all your kitchen, bath, and basement remodeling needs. We start with a free in-house consultation so our designer can understand you and your needs and create a bespoke space that suits you.
We are the highest rated residential Chicago general contractor with over 250 reviews for our kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling. This has earned us top service awards and other similar accolades. Our track record of exceeding client expectations is a testament to the superior work of our team.
We prepared this guide to help you make the right decisions when it comes to remodeling your kitchen and bath. The first 10 tips focus on kitchen remodels, whereas the second 10 focus on bath remodels.
10 Tips to Remodel Your Kitchen
1. Shape of Things
Galley, L-shaped, U-shaped or custom-made: the first step is to make the call on which layout you prefer. Choose one that suits the size, shape, and amount of space available for the kitchen.
2. Style Quotient
Contemporary or traditional; sleek or rustic; or, an eclectic fusion of styles — your kitchen should be an extension of your personality.
3. Keep It Light
Choose bright overhead lights for the countertop where you do all the cooking and balance it with subtle backlighting elsewhere.
4. Tell a Story
Extend your personal story to your kitchen. Turn your favorite Kandinsky abstract art into a backsplash. If you are an aficionado of Japanese culture, turn on the Nippon-vibe. Transform the space into an ode to your favorite things.
5. Get Floored
Add a touch of regality with marble, keep it warm and cozy with wood, use natural stone for an earthy vibe, or keep it simple and easy to maintain with tiles.
6. Monochrome or Technicolor
Will it be 50 shades of gray or every color of the rainbow? The answer depends on your space, your personality, and the materials you desire.
7. Tool Kit
Get cookware, utensils, and countertop appliances to match the new look of your kitchen. Often using, or displaying, existing items will throw off the new designer look of your space.
8. Table Manners
Fine China and Sterling silver are appropriate in a high-on-luxe, sleek kitchen and dining area. For Bohemian-themed kitchens, cutlery can be colorful, kitschy, and doesn’t need to match.
9. Bells and Whistles
Small touches can make a grand statement, such as under-counter LED lighting, art, and well-displayed trophy items, such as artistic teapots and elegant espresso machines.
10. Space Saves Time
Always prioritize storage space in the initial design. Cabinets, drawers, baskets, and racks: try to have them in all shapes and sizes so that they can embrace your kitchen utensils and tools.
10 Tips to Remodel Your Bath
1. Retreat and Relax
The master bath is your sanctuary so make sure everything in the space relaxes you. Color the space in soft neutrals or pastels, and make sure it has what you need to unwind — whether that be a steam shower or a tub.
2. Functional Flooring
If there are kids at home or elderly people, it’s best to keep bathroom flooring functional: stain, water, and moisture resistant. Porcelain tiles are made with finer, denser clay than regular ceramic tiles making them less porous and harder. They’re also the most budget-friendly option.
3. Keep It Moody
Think soft, subtle light like lining your shower with LED strips, and keep candles next to your tub. Try to restrict bright light to the vanity and use it selectively — when grooming or applying makeup.
4. To Stand or Soak?
If you have the luxury of space along with loads of free time to spend soaking in scented bubbles, put a tub in your bathroom. If not, keep things simple with a glass-enclosed walk-in shower.
5. Who’s the Fairest of Them All?
Choose a mirror that’s high on functionality: frameless, bevel-edged, moisture resistant. Or, if you choose a framed mirror, pick a frame that is moisture and heat-resistant.
6. Towels and Toiletries
Cabinets and drawers work best if you have a large bath. If you are short on space, try open shelves. You can use them to stack towels or toiletries.
7. Vanity Check
We all love to have our privacy in the bathroom but if you have a shared Jack and Jill setup, carve your nook in the room by choosing a suitable vanity. A double-sink vanity works well for design consistency but if you want it more personalized, go for two narrow, single-sink vanities.
8. Art Appreciation
Who said that art can’t be placed in the bath? Just make sure that the art piece evokes positive feelings and isn’t too sensitive to humidity.
9. Stay Fresh
Leave your worldly woes behind and turn your bath into a tropical haven of fresh foliage and blossoms: all it takes is a small vase filled with flowers and a few indoor plants.
Carpets, rugs, mats, laundry baskets and shower curtains are design elements that will enhance the overall look and feel of your bath. Just keep it consistent with the overall design language: modern, rustic, retro, bohemian, etc.
Although we are delighted to share the above design inspiration with you, we know that what makes for a great kitchen or bath remodeling project is having the right team working for you. The best way to avoid costly mistakes and headaches is to have a talented designer working with you to create the vision and select the materials. Only a pro can guide you effectively on how to best use your budget to meet your goals.
In addition, you’ll want your designer to have a strong working relationship with the construction team. This is why you really want to deal with a design-build company such as ours.
Ready to remodel your kitchen or bath? Just call us at Chi Renovation & Design at 847-983-4024. We’ll be happy to give you a free consultation and then create your dream space