Yes, it’s a real thing. Created in 1982 by the National Kitchen and Bath Associate (NKBA), October is officially National Kitchen and Bath Month.
With the holidays quickly approaching, many homes are busy with remodels and renovation. So whether you’re going to DIY it, or hire a contractor, here are a few things to consider before you get started – and celebrate kitchen and bath month.
According to nkba.org, the following trends are on board this year and worth considering:
- L-Shaped kitchens with large islands are a popular and practical trend.
- Traditional bathroom and kitchen styles are giving way to more organic/natural styles.
- Light color quartz is taking the lead as the most popular trending countertop surface for both our kitchen and our bathrooms. Read on for the differences between granite and quartz.
- Homeowners are dedicating special areas of kitchen space for smart device charging, but also viewing as many cooks now rely on videos for recipes, or may virtually share cooking time with friends using devices.
Also according to the NKBA, smart toilets and bidets are also finding their way into consumer renovation trends. What is a smart toilet? We thought you’d never ask. Some features of a smart toilet include:
- Seat warmers to fit your preferences.
- Automatic lids that strive to keep the entire toilet experience “hands-free.”
- A nightlight that safely lights the way to your middle-of-the-night callings.
- A bidet option that allows the user to adjust spray temperature and pressure.
Countertops and Vanities
There are so many beautiful surfaces available for your every need and taste. In fact, the choices are so numerous they can be overwhelming. Experts suggest starting with which surface is going to fit your lifestyle. Consider the benefits of the very popular, yet practical, quartz versus granite countertops:
- Granite will run you a little less than quartz, at about $50 psf vs. a range of about $65-$100 psf for quartz.
- It’s the real thing. Of all the natural surface materials, granite is the most durable, has natural, gorgeous features, and can hold its value for decades.
- It’s super resistant to heat. Even when used in outdoor kitchens and furniture, granite will hold its beauty and not fade in the sun, whereas quartz will.
- If hygiene is your goal, think quartz. Quartz is not 100% pure stone, resulting in a nonporous surface that will resist bacteria, which makes it a superior choice for bathrooms and showers.
- Quartz is more chip-resistant than granite.
- Did we mention low maintenance? Unlike granite, you do not need to re-seal the surface every year. Just good old-fashioned soap and water do the trick.