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  • Writer's pictureLaura Redd

How to have a successful remodel

Remodeling season is in full swing. As soon as the new year hits, we are ready for fresh, fun, and fantastic changes. But I am going to say hold your horses for a bit and plan the project to get the expected results.

Remodeling during COVID really does need 3 things to make it successful--

1. Planning— This means everything! From the design to the products, to the cabinets, to the lights, to the cabinet hardware, sink, faucet, floor, tile, and even floor patterns. There is a lot more to a remodel than just a picture. Knowing where to buy your supplies and researching availability is key to be sure your project flows and does not stall out. For example, cabinets can take 16 weeks from ordering to arrival, you do not want to demo your kitchen and then realize your cabinets are going to take longer than expected.

2. Deciding on what you want—This may sound like planning, but it’s not. Deciding what you want may be as easy as flipping through pictures, the internet, and HGTV to see what you really like. I will challenge you to bring in a designer to look at your space and see what works and what doesn’t. It is important that your house flows in style and function, which can be difficult to do. A designer is a professional set of eyes that will let you see the possibilities that you may have never considered. Just like too many cooks ruin the dinner, too many opinions will ruin your remodel. Pick the two that you know you can trust and leave the rest behind.

3. Finding the right contractor— Not every contractor does all the same work in all types of houses. If you have an older home, look for a contractor that understands older building styles and techniques. For example, in homes built in the 40s and 50s, a layer of cement was placed under the bathroom floor tile. This can add a lot of mess and cost to a remodeling project, as well as require leveling compound to smooth out the floors.

If you have a more current house, an older home remodeler may not be a good fit for your project. Above all, if your contractor comes in and asks what you want, you need to stop, bring on your designer, do steps 1-3, and then bring them back to discuss your choices.

The last part to a successful remodel is making sure everything goes together and creates the cohesive look you are dreaming of. There are lots of moving parts during a remodel, and your designer will be the one to help you pull it all together. They will also be able to share the latest colors, trends, and ideas, while helping your space still feel timeless. Did you know you can bring in a designer just to review your plans, look over your selections, and ask if they see anything that they would change?

Using a designer on a remodel is a great way prevent mistakes and create a project that is uniquely you while feeling fresh and current. And remember— not all remodeling is a kitchen or bath. Living rooms, bedroom, and dens need a remodel also! We are going to stay on this remodeling theme for a few weeks, so be sure to stick with the series!



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