There are endless reasons for people to remodel or change their homes. Perhaps it’s because of a sudden need for more space, or maybe it’s the desire to increase value to better fit the neighborhood. For others it’s because they desire a little more personal coziness.
The information in this piece will help you identify why it’s important to have clear steps to follow through on planning, designing, and remodeling your home. With this information, you’ll be better prepared when the time comes to make the right decisions and avoid mistakes that can cost money and time.
How To Begin: Have You Visualized Your Project?
Before you get close to choosing materials, laying out the space, or contacting a contractor, it’s absolutely key to simply visualize what exactly your project will look like. Think about where it will be, how long or short the project’s timeline might be, how it will fit in with the rest of your home, and lastly, determine if there are any current barriers within your existing home.
A good practice is to make a note of everything that pertains to your proposed improvement, from issues the house may currently have to how the project will benefit or enhance your family’s life. Taking this first step is just one way to help minimize unexpected costs or problems further down the project pipeline.
Next: Revisit the Goals You Set
Review your goals and how the project might enhance or impact your family’s lives. Ask yourself what the absolute perfect remodel or addition would look like if the budget wasn’t a concern. With that in mind, focus on the most important aspects for your family and how those items will impact your eventual budget. Are you looking for relaxation as a group or personalized spaces, or, do you possibly enjoy entertaining guests?
Keeping your goals in mind and being aware of what‘s really important in your project is just another way of making sure you’re on top of your budget and the timeline set for the improvement. Being aware will make it easier to decide on what portions of the remodel can be revised or staged, rather than needing to make a sudden decision based on an unexpected issue that could result in unplanned costs or time.
What Follows: The Floor Planning
You’re now ready to begin laying out a detailed floor plan of what your project will add or change to your home. For this stage, it’s very important that you contact a trained professional who has the experience and know how to help you map out your space. Remember, because you’ve already done your homework, you’ll be able to tell the designer what you want, why you want it, and your ideal budget.
Don’t forget to factor the cost of professional design into your budget!
Keep In Mind: Getting the Right Contractor
One of the most critical steps after determining the right project will be finding the right contractor for your eventual remodel. If you’ve followed all of the steps we’ve laid out so far, you’ll have far less work to do and plenty of notes to reference, as well as your clear and detailed floor plan.
By the time you’re ready to find a contractor, you should have a pretty good idea of your families’ needs. Finding the right contractor can be the difference between a project that meets your expectations and one that loses sight of your original vision.
In order to find the ideal contractor talk to others who have done a similar type project, or ask friends, family, and coworkers for references on past contractors they’ve worked with that they could recommend. You may also check online with sites like the Better Business Bureau for non-partisan ratings and reviews.
If you have a specific contractor or company in mind, don’t hesitate to look up their past work or check their credentials. Once you’ve decided to contact a contractor, have some questions in mind that will better allow you to decide whether they’re an ideal fit. These questions can range from how long they’ve been doing remodeling work to asking for examples of a similar project, or even a list of people in your neighborhood.
When coming up with questions, remember what’s important to your family’s and prioritize their needs. Your goal is to seewhich contractor has the expertise to help you realize your dream.
Lastly, Some Helpful Considerations
It’s extremely beneficial to keep in mind the realities of a remodeling project.
Projects can be noisy, dirty, crowded, and often take longer than expected. It’s important to remember all of this before the project begins so you can plan ahead: do you want to keep living in your house while it’s being worked on, or do you have another plan?
One of the most unsettling aspects of a remodel is that your home is being worked on while you could still be living in it. Will the contractor you chose be able to safely accommodate you living in the home during the work? If not, can you stay somewhere else while work is being done?
If you can’t leave or would prefer not to, keep in mind that as the boss of the project, you should be open to suggestions from your contractor. If they have a concern or have found an unexpected issue, talk it through and be ready to make adjustments as required until you find the best possible solution.
So Are You Thinking of a Possible Remodeling Project?
Hopefully, this piece will help a remodeling project seem less daunting for you and give you a better idea of how to approach and prepare for one. If you’re reading this now, you might be in the process of looking for a contractor or a team of designers.
Remember, if you ever have any questions about Airoom or a possible project, let us know! We’re always ready to help potential or current clients in the Chicagoland area. If you’d like to talk to an Airoom designer today for a potential project, e-mail us at [email protected] and we’ll be in touch!