Things to Consider When Remodeling
Remodeling your home can be an exciting and highly rewarding prospect, with the possibilities as endless as your imagination (and budget) will allow. Whether you’re looking to remodel just one room of your home or going for a total home makeover, it can be helpful to jot down a few of your ideas for how you envision the soon-to-be-remodeled space. The home experts at Genesis Total Exteriors have compiled a list of a few helpful tips for homeowners to keep in mind when preparing for a home remodel.
Before diving headfirst into your remodel, you should consider the size and available space in each room (or the room undergoing remodeling). Is there enough space for special installments, like in-wall bookcases or a central kitchen island. Is the current available space being obstructed in any way that could be amended by removing a wall and making a major layout change? Thinking in terms of maximizing your available space while improving the “flow” of moving within each room (and between them) will help keep you organized during remodeling and ensure that your vision is a perfect fit.
Infrastructure and Details
It’s very important to assess the health and stability of your home’s infrastructure before delving deeply into an extensive remodel. Any issues with the floors, support beams, in-wall pipes, and insulation should all be addressed and repaired before any cosmetic construction takes place. This ensures that the home is safe and that any problems like mold, faulty wiring, or warped floors are taken care of well in advance, allowing your remodel to proceed more quickly and efficiently. The quality of the home’s siding, roof and window shutters should also be evaluated.
Your newly remodeled house should be tailored to your lifestyle and meet your unique needs. If you entertain often, you may wish to expand your living area or add a bar to your kitchen. If you don’t cook so often, but need a lot of storage space in the kitchen, then opt to spend a few dollars on nice, spacious cabinetry as opposed to high-ticket appliances. If you’ve always wanted a library in your home, then consider converting your spare bedroom or dayroom into a library by installing in-wall shelves and noise-absorbing acoustic panels for the ceiling.
When it comes right down to it, you may not be able to make all of the changes you desire at once without going over budget. Budgetary restraint is helpful in the long run, and it’s better to be conservative and leave some extra money available in case unforeseen repairs have to be made, or the remodeling process takes more time than anticipated. In the meantime, focus on the most important two rooms of the home (usually the kitchen and master bath), which can account for 40% of your budget, then designate 20% for fixtures and detailing in the other rooms. Look to spend at least 20% on painting, electrician and plumbing services. Ultimately, just make sure you split your budget in a way that makes you happy while also being cautious.
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