Friday, November 8, 2013

Getting Started on Your Remodeling Project

To take on a home remodeling project, whether it be your kitchen or bath, is a pretty big task. With a million different directions to go and options to choose from, the thought of remodeling can seem a little daunting. To ease the tension that may be setting in, there are a few steps you can take before you set foot in the showroom that may help in the long run.

One of the many “golden rules” in remodeling is to have an idea of what you want before you talk to someone about it. This means that you should think about your style, how you will use the space, and what you want to accomplish with the project before you walk into a showroom. Having that figured out will keep you from feeling overwhelmed and confused once you finally get to the showroom.

Browse the web

The internet is the perfect place to start pulling together these ideas and solidifying your goals for your remodeling project. There are hundreds of websites that can provide you with the inspiration you need to get the ball rolling. Read through the comments, articles and look at as many pictures as you can - This is really how you will start to shape your ideas on design and style for your new space.

Go old school – get a magazine

While it is the 21st century and you can find almost anything online these days, take the time to look through a couple of trade magazines. These magazines are written for those in the industry, so you’ll gain some valuable insight as to what products and ideas they are being presented with. You can also use these resources to learn more about industry standards; something that is very important to be informed about when taking on a remodeling project.

Talk to someone who has done a remodel

The best way to really get an idea of what is possible and what options are out there is to talk to someone who has gone through a remodel. There is nothing more insightful than having a discussion with someone who has just experienced the process and had to go through these steps too. Talking to them will be a great way to hear the “could’ve, would’ve, should’ve” side of the story. Use this information to influence your design, have questions for your designer and overall, have a little glimpse into what’s coming next.

Kitchen and bath remodeling is all about creating a space that is all you dreamed it could be, and solving the problem areas you have in your current space. Although it can seem like a huge task, as long as you start the process prepared and understand the steps, it will be a great experience.

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