There are probably a lot of things that you want to accomplish in the new year. Among them may be a bath or kitchen renovation. Before you undergo a renovation of any type, you need to plan ahead. Here are 7 planning tips for your kitchen or bath renovation in the new year.
Make A List Of Renovations You Want To Be Done
Before starting a kitchen or bath renovation, make a checklist. Write down things that you want to accomplish and what your priorities are. You may not be able to complete everything during a renovation right away and you will need to figure out what you want to get done first and what you are comfortable with putting off. For instance, you may be wanting to replace your cabinets first, but willing to wait a while for new countertops. When you are determining exactly what you want to do, don’t just focus on changing the colors in the room. Think about the areas in either your kitchen or bathroom that get the most use. This will allow you to figure out what you want to do to make this area more functional. The key to a successful renovation is to make a space work in the most efficient way for both you and your family members.
Put Together A File With Your Ideas
It’s always a good idea to know exactly what you want before visiting a showroom or meeting with a designer. Look through magazines and cut out pictures of items that you like. You can also look online and print pictures out. Keep all of these items in a folder so that you have all your ideas in one place and can show them to the designer who’s going to create your custom kitchen or replace your countertops. When you are creating your file, make sure you take measurements of things like your doorways so that you will know if you will be able to get large pieces through them. Also take measurements of sinks, countertops, and appliances. Put your measurements in your file so that they are easily accessible later on.
It’s very beneficial to take pictures of your current space. You might just gain a new perspective as to what needs to be changed and what should stay the same. Print these pictures out and put them in your folder. You can keep them on your phone, but having printouts of these pictures will give a more in-depth look as to how the area actually looks. It’s also a good idea to take pictures at different times of day with different lighting. This will allow you to see different aspects of the room.
Seek The Advice Of Others
It’s very beneficial to get the opinion of others when you are trying to design your own dream kitchen/bath. Friends and family members can offer advice about their experience with their own renovations. They can tell you about what they went through and can even offer advice as to what you should include in your kitchen or bath remodel and what you might want to leave alone. Walk through your house with them and discuss areas that you would like to remodel. Their insight as to your home remodel can prove to be very valuable overall. Ask them what they think your focal point should be. You only want to pick one in each room so that space doesn’t look too busy. The rest of the space should complement the focal point and be aesthetically appealing.
Decide On A Budget
When you design your own dream kitchen/bath, you will find that there are all sorts of options available. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be to afford every single thing that you want. It’s important to decide on a budget so that you can determine exactly how much you can spend. It is also very helpful to inform your designer as to how much you can spend on things like cabinets for your custom kitchen or new fixtures for your bathroom. One of the things that adds a lot of expense to a bathroom or kitchen renovation is moving outlets or pipes. If keeping costs down is a big concern, don’t move water fixtures or appliances. This will allow you to stay within a reasonable budget. Keep in mind that some unexpected things will probably happen during your remodel. Allow for at least a couple extra thousand dollars of allocated money so that you can pay for these unforeseen expenses if they arise.
You can get a lot of ideas and advice by visiting showrooms. Make sure you bring your file of ideas with you so that you can show the designers what you are thinking about doing to your home and what the current space looks like. You will find that there are quite a few options and brands. It’s nice to see things like counters and fixtures on display so that you can choose the right options for your home. Don’t forget to discuss your budget as well so that you can determine which items are within your price range.
In order for your renovation to go smoothly, you need a remodeler that you can trust. Interview several of them to make sure that they have adequate experience and that you have a good rapport with them. You should be able to effectively communicate with one another and they should really listen to your ideas about what you want to be done in your home. Remember to show them your file with ideas, but also take into account their opinions on what they think you should do. They should be able to give you a rough idea about how long your renovations will take and how much it will cost if they don’t run into any issues along the way.