Your first home remodeling project starts now
Most of us have been there… You move into a new home, or have been living in your home for a while now. You’ve dreamed of that perfect bathroom, imagined yourself cooking gourmet meals in your state-of-the-art kitchen, or thought about bonding with your friends and loved-ones in your cozy, yet functional family room.
Now, after all that dreaming and planning, it’s time to begin your long-awaited remodeling project! But where do you start? What should you look for? What can you expect?
Whatever room you are transforming, it’s important to think not only of your budget, but also of needs versus wants, the flow of your home, and even eventual resale value.
When remodeling your bathroom, decide what works best within your budget and the size of the room, as well as your “deal breakers”. Is having a nice deep soaking tub important to you? Go for it! Not a tub person? Instead of spending money on something you may hardly use, how about a beautifully tiled shower enclosure with a spa shower spray? You might love a big double sink that has lots of drawers in its vanity, but if the space is small this may overpower the room and make it look smaller than it actually is. In that case, there are some beautiful pedestal sinks and double wall sinks that would look beautiful in that space! Then use some stylish and functional shelving (available in most home stores) to display towels and other items for your bathroom. Other ideas might include changing the molding or using color for walls and accessories to make the room “pop .”
Do your remodeling homework
Before you jump into any project, take the time to really think about your space and what you want the final outcome to be. Pinterest and other sites contain a wealth of knowledge for ideas and advice to get you started. Do a lot of window shopping! If you are not a DIY person, make sure you find a contractor with whom you are comfortable. Ask friends and co-workers for recommendations and try Google searches for local contractors. Remember that you are going to be spending a good deal of time with this person, so make sure it’s someone you feel is reliable.
Some things to think about:
- How quickly did your potential contractor return your first inquiry call?
- Did he/she really understand your budget and submit a proposal within that amount?
- Does he/she have good suggestions and ideas to expand on yours without breaking the bank?
- Can the contractor provide local references?
There is a lot to think about before you start any home remodeling project. With the right amount of research, a good handle on your budget, and good professionals surrounding you, you can have a space that you will enjoy for years to come!