Building & Renovating

Tiny Kitchen and Bathroom Renovation Tips To Keep In Mind

Choose the best materials and work on a cohesive look

Original Article: Katherine Lopez and Paula de Guzman Photography: Vincent Coscolluela (Main Photo)

Without a doubt, renovating any area at home requires careful planning and months of savings to cover the costs. If you're working on a small space, chances are, you also need to make sure that every inch of space is properly maximized. Those who live in compact units must note that there are materials and certain elements you need to prioritize as well to achieve a functional space. To help you out, interior designer John Vigilia shares the following reminders:

1. Don't forget to incorporate the existing elements in your kitchen and bathroom into your unit's design.

"You can fit them into the design by refinishing them in a color that fits the color scheme. Or, refinish them in the same color as the surrounding materials so they blend in."

2. Prioritize waterproofing.

"Usually in condos, if there is a leak, the tenant downstairs suffers. If waterproofing is not done properly, you have to break the tiles and do the flooring all over again," John says. Since waterproofing is best left to the experts, you may want to work with an architect, a designer, or a contractor. Click here for a list of design professionals you can work with.

3. Invest in the right materials.

"Granite and acrylic may be more expensive, but they last way longer than substandard materials. For bathrooms, go for fixtures made of heavy-duty materials like solid brass."

This snippet originally appeared in the June 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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