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Five Tips to Prepare for Kitchen or Bathroom Remodeling

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09/04/14 9:06 AM

Kitchen remodeling or bathroom remodeling is an intensive endeavor made easier with an experienced designer. The end result can be as unique as the individual, and you can better results by providing clear communication of what results you want. To get the most out of your time and investment, it will be helpful to do your homework at the beginning of the process.

1)    Take some time to observe in your lifestyle to determine what isn’t working well for you both in ordinary routine and think about special events hosting guests, such as Thanksgiving or other holidays that is a test of what the kitchen can do for you. Insufficient storage is a common complaint. Consider not only function, but experience of the space. Do you want more natural light? A more open feel, or more intimate? Try to make a list of must haves and a wish list. It will help a designer help you stay in budget knowing what needs to be included.

2)    Set a budget for your investment, and have a plan that there might be a 10% increase by adding to the project in process. It is difficult to think of everything, and when it comes to customizing your space, you may find that you do want a more premium product to enjoy. An experienced designer can help you find ways to save money in some areas to give you extra funds for that special splurge. They may be able to help get you the same look for less, helping you stay logical in the selection process, that a less costly selection will still give the desired results

3)    Gather photos on the internet and create a file to show how you want your finished kitchen remodeling project or bathroom remodeling project to look. With online resources such as Houzz and Pinterest, it is easy and free, and can help you get the results you want. A picture says a thousand words!

4)    Avoid the temptation to buy deals without a plan, and without consulting your remodeling project designer. You will want to try out appliances, and know the maintenance and durability of products and choose the one you really want to work with for many years. A larger design-build firm can get better pricing than a consumer, so you can get a good deal on what you want that will fit into the project’s plan.

5)    Use a resource such as Angie’s List to get some recommendations on a design-build firm to hire. Check out their website—do they have longevity, professional recognition and affiliations, and do they communicate that customer service is a priority? Interview them and see if you find you connect with the designer. Will they help with selections? Do you believe they can deliver a good experience and result? If so, retain them. See and approve the renderings of the design, and have selections in writing as a final check that everyone is on the same page.

Happy Kitchen Remodeling & Bathroom Remodeling!

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