Steps To Remodel

You have just bought your home and your plan is to make some changes to make it feel more like you.  Part of making your home yours is a kitchen and/or a bath remodel and there are several steps to remodel that you should follow.  But what does that mean and how do you go about it? 

Here are seven steps to remodel to get you on your way  

Space Constraints

Start with how you will use the space and what is important to you and your family. Is the kitchen missing an island that you wished it had?  Does it not have a pantry that is really important to you?  How many people usually are cooking at the same time?  For that bath remodel do you really need two sinks or is counter top space more important?  Ask the questions to make sure your end product works for you and your family. 

When Considering The Steps to Remodel Remember Style 

Look at inspiration on Houzz and Instagram. Put together a board of what you like.  You will realize that you are putting like things on the board.  The same color scheme, the same style of tile, same color of cabinets.  After you see that you have the fourth white kitchen, I believe that you have made your decision on the color of your cabinets. 

Look for ways to save money 

Moving plumbing is expensive.  If you can work with the same basic layout this will save you money.  Buying tile that can be installed in one-foot sheets will save you money over tile that needs to be installed in individual pieces.  

Make your wish list

What is most important to you?  Is it the quality of the cabinets or are you a tile nut that wants really special tile for the backsplash and floor? Maybe really high-end counter tops are what is most important.  Think about this.  Most of us cannot get high-end everything in our remodel. 

If you decide to use a designer

Be honest about your budget and make sure that you are not pushed above it.  Make sure you are communicating with your designer and give him/her good information so that they are not spending hours guessing what you want.  You will save design time and money in the long run. 

When Going Through the Steps to Remodel Don’t Forget About Budget 

It is VERY important to have a budget on what you plan to spend on the project.  You can also be detailed and break the budget down into how much you are willing to spend on the various parts of the project.  This is not something to keep a secret.  Share it with the people that you are working with. Remember to take into account what you can recoup in the sale when it is time to move on from your home.  

Right People

Lastly and perhaps most importantly work with the right people.  Make sure that you get recommendations from people that have done a remodel recently.  Meet with a couple of contractors before making a decision. Make sure that you understand the scope of the work that contractor will do and the charges before you agree.  You will be spending a lot of time with this person.  Make sure that you can communicate well with them. This key to having a successful project. 

Following these steps to remodel as your guide can help you have a successful remodel project and make those dreams of your new kitchen or bath come true. Contact Us and we can put you in touch with the right people or help you to decide what areas will give you the most bang for your buck.