National Home Remodeling Month Series, Part 1
Ready for a redesign but not sure where to start? Remodeling is a big undertaking with lots of questions and reservations attached. Never fear; here are some of the most asked questions and what to do about them.
Should I renovate or just look for a new home?
A renovation is a big deal and may not be your best bet, especially if you are worried about the budget. On the other hand, a whole new house brings a new set of problems. Consider several important factors:
Are you happy with the space you currently have? What are your options for expanding and how does that impact your property? How long do you plan to stay in your current home and are you interested in increasing its value before you go?
Just how much do you love your neighborhood? Renovation is definitely the answer if you love your location. It’s easy to redesign the kitchen, but not so easy to do the same thing with the neighbors.
Whether you want to buy or renovate, both require financing. However a mortgage is more of an undertaking than a home improvement loan. You are not in the best position to get a new home if you are in less than stable circumstances. Weigh your options carefully and don’t forget costs like closing fees, commissions, etc.
Can you handle a renovation? Having the kitchen torn up for months is stressful. On the other hand, moving is pretty stressful too. There is an emotional cost, as well as a monetary cost, to remodeling. Consider what you are more prepared to handle emotionally.
How do I make sure I’ve got the right designer?
The last thing you want to do is spend considerable money and time on a designer just to find out that you’re not a good fit. Avoid this dilemma with these tips:
• Know your budget and state it clearly
• Figure out your style and hire someone who designs in your style
• Look at portfolios until you find a designer with plans you can see yourself in
• Be flexible—there are always bumps in the road; keep your eye on the prize
How can I be sure I’m picking materials I'll always love?
The floors and countertops are the two largest horizontal surfaces in your home. You want to make sure you pick something that matches both your design and your lifestyle. You might love marble flooring but three kids and a dog might make it a poor choice for your home.
Consult with your designer and do your research so you can avoid surface mishaps. Granite is an excellent choice for kitchen countertops in busy but stylish households. Tile flooring gives you durable options that suit just about any design style including cement-look, wood-look, natural stone, etc.
How can I get both functionality and visual appeal?
It’s the question that fuels the design industry. Find a designer that values the same things you and then communicate effectively so you’ll love living in your new space as much as you love looking at it.
Think through what you do on a daily basis in the different rooms of your house and design it around that. Today’s products and layouts carefully consider your lifestyle and give you durability and beauty at once.
Join us throughout the month of May for more about all things remodeling like high ROI remodeling projects, a planning guide, retrofitting, mistakes to avoid, mini home makeovers, how long your remodel will take, and the areas in your home that are screaming for attention.