Communication is one of the most critical aspects of a renovation. If you’re unable to express what you’re hoping to achieve with a space, it becomes increasingly difficult for a contractor or designer to meet your expectations. It’ll also end up saving you plenty time and money — not to mention, a whole lot of headaches.
To help ensure a much smoother remodeling process, ask yourself the following 7 questions:
- What rooms do I want to remodel? Sure, you wouldn’t contact a contractor if you didn’t know which room you wanted to renovate, but the answer to this question isn’t always cut and dry. Remodeling one room could affect any adjoining ones. Let’s say you decide to open up the kitchen. Leaving the dining room untouched could make that space appear dated. This isn’t to say you can’t take a one-room approach to remodeling, but you still need to consider how the update will affect other rooms.
- What can I realistically afford? This questions sounds just as much of a no-brainer as the first. It only makes sense to decide how much you can afford before setting your budget, but there are some unforeseen costs that can come with a remodel. Some homeowners forget to factor in that the update might make their current furniture look out of place, while others don’t consider the cost of accommodations if they need to relocate during construction. Make sure to take everything into consideration.
- How will I use the room in question? It’s one thing to create a space that reflects your tastes; it’s another thing entirely to create a space that functions as you hoped. You always want to think about a room beyond its appearance. For example, do you want to transform your living room into a space where you entertain guests or kick back in front that big-screen TV? How you plan to use the space after the remodel will affect the design and look of the room.
- How long do I plan on living in the home? The longer you plan on staying put, the more difficult the decisions tend to be. After all, the last thing you want to do is make a design choice you’ll tire of within a year or two. Besides, making big changes to a home often come with a high price tag, and you want to make sure you’re getting a return on your investment. If you plan on living in your home for 10 or more years, using the best quality materials makes sense.
- Do I have any quality-of- life concerns? If you’re living in your forever home, you may also want to consider incorporating certain modifications during a remodel that will help you age in place. It’s better to do it now than have to redo it later. Discuss your concerns with your contractor. He or she can go through some of the most common adjustments homeowners make to their home to help maintain accessibility and independence with age.
- Do I have a particular style in mind? Most homeowners lean towards an aesthetic with their homes, and it’s often best to figure out what that is prior to contacting a contractor. Ask yourself, “Do I like modern, contemporary, or traditional?” To help get a handle on your style, leaf through some design magazine. Pull together the photos that speak most to you. Coming to the table with an idea of your style can help the designer guide you in the right direction.
- How much storage do I need? We’ve all been in those homes that have been finished from top to bottom, which begs the question: What do I do with all my stuff? When you decide to remodel, think about your storage needs. It’s much easier (and more cost-effective) to design the space with storage in mind — as opposed to adding storage solutions at the end of the project. Built-ins, for instance, don’t just provide storage but can serve as a great design feature.
If you’d like more information about remodeling your home, or would like to schedule an in-home consultation, please contact Fair & Square Remodeling today. We’d be more than happy to discuss your ideas and offer options for the space.