Let’s face it, entering into a remodeling project such as a kitchen or bathroom renovation is not something the average homeowner does every day. It is likely once every 10-20 years. It’s not uncommon for clients to feel overwhelmed about project scope, to be worried about the budget, and confused about all the decisions to be made.
Kitchen and bathroom remodels are the most common as well as the highest cost per square foot to renovate because of their size and the type of products incorporated into them. A well-executed remodel will incorporate at least five of the following planning techniques to assure your investment is safe and sound.
Answer the Why question … There are many reasons to renovate and it is important to understand why you are embarking on this project in the first place. Are the materials out of date and worn out? Are some components broken or inoperable? Does the space need to be bigger or have better storage?
Great Design… Now that you understand why you are remodeling, incorporate solutions to this question into the design. Great design comes into play with the layout of the space, the colors and textures and contrary to popular belief will likely save you time and money in the end. It is imperative that design happen at the onset of the planning stage as the drawings and specifications will lead you to a well-defined scope of work and accurate budgeting.
The Budget … A successful project will almost always be partially directed by the ability to stay within a specified budget once construction begins. One of the best ways to ensure this is to choose every product prior to swinging a hammer or deconstruction of the space. It is important to understand there still might be some variables and surprises, but product issues should not be one of them.
Choosing The Right Contractor…Apples are not oranges and all things are not equal. Do your homework by interviewing contractors, research their experience and credentials and understand that price alone is not going to help you choose the right fit for your family. A professional will have resources and systems in place to ensure that your project is well executed and can rely on bringing your project in “on time and on budget.”
The Schedule … Planning, planning, and planning! The schedule is your roadmap to success. A typical remodeling project might have ten or more players and it is very important to know who, what, where and when at all times. This is where the rubber hits the road. All the design and product specifications will not be installed smoothly without a thorough knowledge of how to choreograph the players and monitor their progress. Even when Murphy’s Law takes over and the schedule is blown, a well-planned road map will be the guide to get you back on track.
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