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11 Things To Think About Before You Remodel

11 Things To Think About Before You Remodel

August 26, 2013 at 11:46 pm / by

A remodel is exciting, especially when fantasizing about the end result! A remodel can also be overwhelming, time-consuming, and costly. Read over our 11-point not-so-sexy checklist so your remodel project stays on track, meets expectations, and runs as smoothly as possible.

  1. Budget: Find out approx. sq. foot costs for similar remodels to help guide your decisions and priorities. Most people don’t have an accurate understanding of the costs, labor, materials, fixtures, and extras that are needed. It’s best to walk through your vision and checklist with your contractor (Talk to Beckner Contracting Residential) early on to get a reality check.
  2. Time: Maybe not you, but many of us think remodeling should take less time that it actually does. Planning, researching, ordering, demoing, building, plumbing, engineering, permits, electrical, sheet rocking, installations, finishing, etc., etc. should be carefully project-managed by your contractor, with a regularly updated timeline in place.
  3. Hidden Problems: Depending on the age of your home and how well it’s built, hidden challenges often come to light. Start a list of possible issues, such as water damage and foundation work
  4. Design Style and Functionality: There are so many facets to consider, from paint color, tile, and grout selection to faucets, door handles, traffic patterns, quality of light, window frames, and trim molding. Consider an interior designer to pull the design together so you don’t end up with a hodge-podge. Your remodel should feel integrated and look amazing! (Ask Beckner Contracting Residential).
  5. Big Picture: Think high-level about the remodel, from possible floor plans, to plumbing and electrical needs, measurements, sound system, technology, etc. Define areas you want to change before you meet with the contractor.
  6. Contractor: Choose a licensed, bonded, insured contractor (Ask Beckner Contracting Residential) that communicates clearly and consistently, listens carefully, watches the details, considers aesthetics, and encourages the best work from the team. Request a comprehensive proposal prior to starting. It’s a collaborative effort for the best outcome.
  7. Fixtures, Finishes, Features: Consider location, cost, usage, family dynamics, durability, availability, design, consistency, existing home.
  8. Cabinets, Walls, Flooring, Storage, Lighting: Tear out magazine images that express your vision for your remodel. Then get poster board and create a “vision board” or start a Pinterest idea board.
  9. Home Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Sustainability: Because of the disruption, remodeling is the perfect time to take care of home energy efficiency improvements. Start with a certified Home Energy Assessment (Ask Beckner Contracting Residential). Ask about sustainable building solutions.
  10. You and Your Stuff You will need a place to store belongings during a remodel, stowing them in another room or even a portable storage unit. Figure out how to live in fewer rooms when the house is under construction. For major kitchen and whole house remodels, it may mean that you need to take your pillow elsewhere for a short while!
  11. Breath Deep Remodeling is a big undertaking, but well worth the effort. A remodel gives you a more livable, practical, modernized, and beautiful space without having to move away! So take a few deep breaths and dive in!
 

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