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Thursday, December 27 2018
2018 is quickly coming to a close, with just five days left in the year. As you prepare for the new year, and map out your resolutions and goals, a home remodel may be on your to-do list. A great way to tackle your goals is by creating a plan to follow. We want to help you plan out a home remodel, so you can achieve your home design goals in 2019!
Budget & Plan
The first step to take when planning a remodel is to decide on budget and size of the project. Budget and size of remodels are dependent on each other, so it’s very important to begin the project with solid guidelines in mind. You should determine what your overall budget is, and what you want to accomplish. Maybe you want to focus on major kitchen and bath upgrades, while dedicating smaller improvements to the rest of the home, like new paint and flooring.
Do some research and find inspiration on websites like Houzz and Pinterest, so you can create a wish list with must-have features and model your budget around this. Keep in mind that kitchen and bath remodels are more costly than other areas of the home—according to HomeAdvisor.com, the average kitchen remodel costs around $23,000, or $150 per square foot; the average bathroom remodel costs around $10,000. Of course, costs also fluctuate with size of the space and materials used. Setting a budget and sticking to it can be difficult but having a plan can help you maintain a budget and achieve your design goals!
Now that you have a clear vision and budget, you can take the next step and hire professionals who will execute the project. Find a few local, experienced contractors and reach out for a project quote. Determine who best fits within your needs and budget and hire them for the project! If you need some design help, most contractors are happy to assist with creating a functional layout and including your must-haves in the design—don’t hesitate to ask for their input and suggestions because they may have good insights and ideas that you’ll love! A great resource for finding professionals in your area is the “Pros” search tool on Houzz.com. Another way to find reputable contractors and builders is by asking around—ask neighbors, coworkers, and the community for recommendations.
With a solid plan, and a team to execute it, you are now ready to establish a schedule for your project. You can ask your contractor for a time estimate, and plan accordingly—normally the contractor will suggest which room to start the project in and can give you a timeline and steps involved in each project. Give yourself plenty of time for the project, so you are prepared for any unexpected delays!
Consider the timeless design trend of indoor-outdoor living spaces. This modern, ongoing design trend can increase the value of your home as homebuyers desire indoor spaces that can be expanded to their outdoor entertainment areas. The design is great for homeowners who enjoy entertaining guests, who enjoy nature and fresh air, and who want to expand their views. Indoor-outdoor living can be achieved by including innovative, custom patio doors in your home remodel—Bi-Fold Patio Doors and Multi-Slide Patio Doors can eliminate entire walls and open the room to the outdoors. Using a Folding Door System in your living room, dining room, and kitchen will create open-air living throughout your home! You might also consider using a Bi-Fold Window to create a kitchen passthrough window from kitchen to patio.