What you Need to Know About Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels
Do you feel like your kitchen or bathroom is trapped in another decade? Are your décor and your fixtures dated and worn?
It sounds like it is time to consider remodeling your kitchen or your bathroom. In addition to creating a space that you’ll smile instead of cringe coming into, these remodels usually add value to your home.
It’s a win-win! Here is what you need to know to get started.
When Upgrading Plumbing and Fixtures
Is your home older? Does the plumbing support your family’s current needs and/or your plans for your remodel?
Ideally, it is cheaper and faster to be able to connect to existing plumbing.
If you have to replumb some sections (or more extensive work) recognize that will need to be factored into both the budget and the timeline.
When choosing your new fixtures, make sure to order them at the beginning of the process so that they are ready to go when necessary for installation.
Questions When you Interview Your Contractor
No question, you need to be able to rely on quality and superior workmanship to get your remodel done right.
Here are some hints on how to hire someone that will suit your needs:
- Does the candidate have credentials?
- What kind of insurance do they have?
- How long do they think the job will take?
- What kind of business management experience do they have (i.e. do they have a storefront)?
- Are you able to see photos of past work and talk to past customers?
- What is their track record for sticking to timeline and budget?
- How do they prefer to communicate during the job?
Go with your instincts, but make sure you ask lots of questions too.
Your Planning Checklist
1. Start with your budget.
When you’ve determined what labor will cost you, move to selecting all the “parts” for your remodel: your fixtures, flooring, tiles, grout, lighting, cabinetry and so on.
2. Invest in inspiration.
Binge watch a few design shows, and you’ll quickly know what you like and what you don’t. If you can narrow down your style, in the beginning, you’ll be ahead of the game.
3. Do measurements for your space plan and sketch it out.
Are you able to use the existing footprint? Take particular care of placement of fixtures (i.e. leave enough room between fixtures and walls and countertops, etc.).
One extra tip:
Make sure that you assign the right height for things that you often use (i.e. microwave in the kitchen, toiletry niche in your bathroom, etc.).
Don’t forget storage. Make use of under sink room and corner cabinetry.