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Smart Luxury Upgrades Could Mean Bigger Returns

No matter the design trends that come and go, kitchens and bathrooms continue to sell houses and net homeowners some of the greatest return on their remodel investment dollar.

Still, there are a few guidelines folks should follow before they start tearing down walls and choosing flooring and fixtures.

Writers at The Old House point out that spending $20,000 wisely in a kitchen - painting, upgrading appliances, replacing fixtures - goes much further than a budget-busting redo that could prove too pricey for the neighborhood and/or is too specific to your taste.

Opting for classic finishes and neutral colors and tones will go a long way toward a higher return-on-investment (ROI) even though the days of getting 100 percent of your money back are gone. Still, a well-appointed kitchen - think quality - can net you up to an 82 percent ROI, according to houselogic.com.

Quality is a subjective term but going with name brands with a reputation for quality is really the name of the game, and you can absolutely choose high-end fixtures without breaking the bank.

Brands like Kohler, Delta, Grohe, hansgrohe, and Moen all have instant name recognition and for good reason; these companies have been in the kitchen and bath fixture supply business for years, and customers trust them to provide sturdy products with long-lasting good looks.

Likewise, choosing solid wood cabinets - in both the kitchen and the bathroom - even if they're painted, going with neutral tile floors and stone counter/vanity tops will net bigger returns than almost any other choice you could make in those rooms.

An annual survey -  the Cost vs. Value Report - shows that for the last 10 years, a modest remodel in the kitchen nets a consistently higher return than full-on redo. It's not a stretch to think the same math applies in the bathroom.

The home improvement project that nets the highest ROI year after year? It's nothing you tackle inside your house; it's your front door. Replacing your front door with a wood-core steel door costs less than most other upgrades but nets back nearly 100 percent, houselogic.com notes.

How To Create The Perfect Shower

A great shower is the sum of many parts working together. From mixing the water to delivering it to the shower head, investing in quality components will transform your morning shower into an enjoyable and exhilarating experience.
The essential components
First you will need a shower faucet (mixer valve) to mix the hot and cold water. Mixer valves are available with or without a thermostat and can be either concealed (built into the wall) or exposed.

Most head showers are used in combination with a concealed mixer. The water pipe containing the mixed water is concealed in the wall behind the tiling until it reaches the shower-head.

Hand showers can be used with either concealed or exposed mixers. You will require a shower hose and a riser bar or shower holder to attach the shower to the wall. A riser bar is the preferred choice if the hand shower is your only shower as it lets you adjust the height of the shower-head.

User requirements
Choose a hand-shower that offers a choice of different spray patterns. This allows each user to personalize their experience.

Riser bars are ideal for multi-generation households as the height of the shower can be altered to suit both children and adults.
Grohe Shower Faucets

Shower controls
Concealed mixers or thermostats give you the freedom to locate the shower controls wherever you choose. If you are planning a large walk-in shower then locate the controls close to the entrance, so that you can turn the shower on without getting hit by an initial rush of cold water.

The controls should be easy and intuitive to use. Look out for levers and handles which move smoothly with little effort.

When it comes to shower systems and shower faucets no one does it better the Grohe.  They are the king of the shower system and Rain Shower head.  The Faucet Expert recommends Grohe Shower Faucets and shower systems.  Grohe Faucets is also a leader in stylish kitchen and bath faucets.