Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom will not only make you feel great about your house, it adds a lot of value to it.
In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, kitchen and bathroom remodels are among the top three projects that get you the most bang for your buck in terms of resale value.
And these projects don’t just boost your bottom line; they enhance the quality of life in your home for you. Who wouldn’t love a nice cook’s kitchen or a dreamy master bath?
Ready to get started with your transformation? Here is a trustworthy guide for your project.
Now it is time to get down to the details of your plan.
What is your budget? How much do you need to allocate to labor, and what is your budget for selecting materials and finishes?
Sketch your plan, complete with measurements and places for storage.
What sort of timeline are you looking at for your project?
Will you live onsite for the duration?
How do you plan to live without a kitchen or bathroom during that time period?
Is this an opportunity to green your home?
Consider updating to cost-saving dual flush toilets or low-flow showerheads, or flooring made of sustainable material and low emission paints, all of which contribute to the durability of your new room.
What is your style? Are you contemporary or traditional?
Seek out inspiration for décor and finishes in design magazines and on TV.
Don’t select plumbing fixtures without seeing them first. They may not match your ideas at all.
At the very least, look at pictures and it is ideal if you can see them in a showroom to gauge size and placement.
Tend to the Plumbing and Fixtures
Before you embark on your project, depending on what the scope is, you need to make sure that your existing plumbing will support it. If not, you need to address that in the planning.
If you can tie new fixtures into your existing plumbing, it is a cost-saving measure.
Have you had problems with leaks in the past? You may want to consider doing a total gut job if you are remodeling to asses for water damage so that you can start fresh and clean.
Hiring Your Contractor
Now that you have an idea of what you’d like to do, get down to the business of deciding who will do this important job for you.
Select a contractor with:
- fair pricing
- excellent workmanship
- good track record for sticking to timelines and budget
- proud to let you speak to past clients for references