Design and Planning
A Few Home Remodeling Rules
When you begin to think about remodeling your home, it's
easy to go overboard, tackle too much, or overspend.
However, if you follow a few basic home remodeling
rules, you can avoid those difficulties. Here are some
things to think about--even before you begin your
Allow for the project to cost more than you originally
thought it would. Regardless of which room you decide to
remodel, you will typically find your ultimate cost to
be about 25 percent higher than your original estimate.
The same 25 percent figure also applies to the amount of
time it will take to complete the project.
For example, if you have decided to spend $10,000 to
remodel your kitchen and give yourself five weeks to
finish the job, you can generally expect to end up
spending about $12,500 and seven weeks on the project.
There are no hard-and-fast rules, but one thing
experienced remodeling professionals have
learned--always expect the unexpected.
Shop Around and Plan
Take your measurements carefully, and do lots of
research concerning the types of things that are
available on the market to help you accomplish your
remodeling goal. Go to your home improvement store and
get test paint color samples. You can generally also
obtain test samples of flooring materials such as carpet
or hardwood flooring. Don't be afraid to ask your
retailer for samples. They expect it, and are generally
happy to supply them. They want you to be happy--and you
don't want to make an expensive mistake by choosing the
wrong materials. Ask your home improvement professionals
for their input, as well. They will normally be aware of
the latest developments in whatever field of remodeling
you're going to tackle. Again, thatís their job, and
they will be happy to help.
Once you've decided on
your main components, don't forget to spend time
on the small things, as well. It's easy to get
caught up in deciding upon big ticket items, but
it's often the interior design details, like
trim, accent colors, and hardware that really
make a remodeling project come to life.
Don't be too hard on yourself.
Remember, remodeling is a sort of organic process, in
which you're going to make mistakes, you're going to
change your mind and do things somewhat differently than
you had originally planned, and you're going to run into
things that you hadn't anticipated. That's all part of
the remodeling game, so just roll with it.
Finally, try to use the best quality of materials you
can afford. If you're planning to be in your home for
awhile, you're going to be living with the materials and
hardware you use in your remodel, so you want them to be
as nice as you can. It's not worth it to sacrifice your
future enjoyment of the materials by skimping on quality
during the remodeling job. Cheaper products also
generally have a shorter lifespan, so they may actually
end up costing more in the long run, once you have to
replace them again.
Overall, remodeling can be a rewarding experience, if
you just follow a few simple rules, choose your home
remodeling design details carefully, and use common
sense along the way.
Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling Information