Homeowner’s Guide for Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels

You’re mulling over the possibility of doing a kitchen or a bathroom remodel. They are exciting jobs and can completely transform the look and feel of your home because they are both such high traffic rooms.

However, these particular renovations tend to be large jobs, which mean that a great deal of planning must be done in advance to achieve success.

Of particular importance is your budget. When setting your budget, set both a hard limit and a soft limit. There are invariably things that surface during a job, and it’s to your benefit to be prepared.

It also gives you the option to upgrade during the process, if you so desire once you get going. Here is a good go-to-guide for you.

Start With a Solid Plan

Now that you’ve got the budget under your belt, you can start incorporating some of the other details into your plan. What is your overall objective? Are you simply trying to update? Are you trying to change the layout or function of the space?

As a basic guideline, consider your lifestyle? Does the room currently fit into your lifestyle? How can you change it to enhance your lifestyle?

Pick colors, fixtures, tiles, grout, cabinetry, sinks and accessories that match your style and your budget. Spend some time leafing through design magazines, catalog and watching design shows for inspiration.

Do a diagram of your remodel. Note placement of items, and make sure that there is enough space. Do measurements to be certain.

Don’t forget about shelving, cabinets and storage. There are many clever configurations and storage solutions available now that can really help you maximize your space.

Hiring the Right Person

Communication is key in every good relationship, and the same can be said for the relationship with your contractor.Cartoon plumber wearing a toolbelt

  • During the interview process ask these questions:
  • What kind of insurance do they carry?
  • Is he responsible for material purchase or are you?
  • Can you get referrals from past customers?
  • What is a ballpark timeline for the kind of job you have?
  • How does he do clean-up?
  • Does he have specific experience with your type of job?

Quotes are important, but there is much more in addition that your contractor needs to deliver on to do a good job.

Make Sure Plumbing is Up-to-Date

Make sure that existing plumbing fits in with your new plans. It’s easiest to connect new fixtures to the old plumbing, but that may not be feasible. You should know that to start.

If leaks have been a problem in the past, have your contractor ensure that there has been no water damage sustained under the floors or behind the walls. That needs to be repaired first.