From ignoring prep work to setting unrealistic budgets, find out how to avoid mistakes and more when renovating.
Are you itching to breathe new life into an outdated or poorly-functioning kitchen or bathroom. Before contacting a remodeling professional, you'll need to do a little soul-searching and research first.
Planning: is the first phase of any project, and sometimes it's the phase that's ignored.
Create a Stylebook - While looking through magazines, tear out photos of the kitchen or bathroom that appeals to you and write what you like about the room in the margin. Then slip the page into a clear sheet protector and insert that into a three-ring binder to create a stylebook.
The Internet is another source for inspiration. Simply print the photos and add them to your stylebook. As your stylebook grows, a clear picture of your desired style will begin to emerge. That's helpful for you, but it's also helpful for the remodeling professional you will eventually hire.
Don't go too trendy: You want something that's going to stand the test of time, and you want something that's going to last for years and years.
Don't set an unrealistic budget: people often underestimate what it's going to cost to do a renovation, and part of that is because they don't realize the biggest expense in a renovation is usually the labor. Another mistake that people make when it comes to home renovation is that they try to be cheap when they buy materials. The bottom line is, you're going to get what you pay for.
Hire a professional designer: people often hesitate to hire a professional designer thinking the fee will be too high, but in reality the cost represents only 4% of a total project budget, which is a bargain considering a designer's expertise saves time and money, and assures a more valuable, satisfying outcome.
Have realistic expectations: Sit down with your family and talk about what you're about to embark on. It's going to take a certain amount of time. It's going to have a certain amount of mess. Make sure everyone is on board with the process and it just might be fun!