A while back we looked at what you need to know before starting a home remodel project. In this piece we’ll consider a few more related things to keep in mind before starting a remodeling project.
Before the Project
Home remodeling projects are stressful, detail oriented, and fairly time consuming. But when you keep these six things in mind before starting your project, you’ll be better equipped to go through with the process, start to finish:
- Consider if your plan to live your home five years, 10 to 20 years or a lifetime.
- A lot of times, it’s easy to get part way through a project and feel frustrated. Maybe there was an unexpected issue that popped up or the day-to-day is getting a little tiring with crews working in your home. When you have a plan for your overall time with your home, though, you are able to keep your eyes on the future and truly understand the value of what’s going on. Many clients get remodel-fatigue but those that deal with it the best know that the few months of work are going to turn their home into the space of their dreams for the next 20 years.
- Determine the quality of life issues that make you want to remain in the home.
- Once you’ve decided how long you want to stay in your home, you have to consider what it means for your quality of life, and the quality of life for your whole family. Many homeowners today plan to age in place, making their lives easier as they get older. Figuring out what your long-term goals are will really help you better hone what you need to have done, and help you better plan your future.
- Evaluate the health and physical needs of your family members.
- This one ties into the age in place issues mentioned above. For example, will adding lots of stairs be an issue in a few years? Or would making wider, ADA certified doorways help make in-home care easier in the years to come?
- Analyze your family dynamics and flow.
- One of the biggest home remodeling trends these days is the open floor plan centered around the kitchen. A lot of families today spend more time with each other in the kitchen than before, leading to it being viewed as the “new family room.” This is just one example of considering dynamics and family flow. If you find your family congregates in a smaller kitchen, remodeling that space will help bring everyone closer together. The same can be said for other rooms of the house.
- Assess your energy needs.
- Lots of recent clients are concerned about energy costs and energy impacts on the environment. There’s a lot more that can be done over and above simply installing Energy Star appliances. For example, different approaches to insulation, windows, even building materials, can drastically impact energy needs. It’s one way to not only budget for the future but also help the environment.
- Calculate the cost of renovating vs buying a new home.
- This one seems like the first question you’d want to ask yourself, but oftentimes clients get ideas regarding specific rooms or layouts and lean towards renovating or buying without fully considering the other options. In the end, it all comes down to the work you want done (and the answers to earlier questions!), and the place you see yourself and your family in the future. The rebounding remodeling industry is making it easier than ever to finance a remodel, and that is usually the best route to take.
Before you decide on a remodeling project it’s important to understand your project, but even more important to have your life and family needs in order! If you run through these six questions with them, it’ll help you understand what your overall needs are, and help you better plan and budget for your remodeling project.
If you’re ready to speak with an Airoom Design Professional about any questions you might have, or want to learn more about aging-in-place or energy efficient design, reach out to us through our email address, [email protected].