How to plan a successful remodel

Phantom Screens / August 4, 2016

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Embarking on a large home renovation journey is both nerve-wracking and wonderful. At the end of the project, your home will ideally be transformed into a haven with boosted market value. But you have to get to the end first. With some careful planning, the process should go smoothly and you’ll be living in an upgraded home in no time. Here are the steps you should take to ensure a successful remodeling project.

Hire a design professional

Whether you’re looking to build an addition to your house or simply finishing your basement, you’ll want to hire someone who knows building codes, structural design and floor planning. This means hiring an architect. Depending on the individual or company you look into, architects can be heavily involved or specialized. Some may not only design the layout of the remodel, but also create electrical and plumbing plans. When interviewing a person to hire, think about how much you want the architect to do. You may also want to hire more specialized individuals to take care of plumbing and electric if you want to be on the safe side.

Once you decide on who will design and draw your floor plan, you’ll have a one-on-one meeting to talk about what you want. The architect will take measurements in the home and come up with a rough plan. This is where the budget talk comes in. At this point, the architect will be able to give you an estimate of the cost of the designs. If it’s too high, you may want to eliminate some features or simplify the design.

Forming a plan

The next step in the remodel phase is to get the schematic, or rough plan, of your room. This will show a layout of the room you’re remodeling. You’ll probably have a computer drawing of what the room will look like when it’s done. Once you receive the schematic, go over it and talk to the designer or architect about what you like and what needs to be changed. Remember how you want to use the space. This will determine the features you want to include. Do you want retractable screens in your three-season room? A higher section on your kitchen island to use as a bar? Share your hopes with the designer so he or she can plan for them.

Seek out a contractor

Contractors are the ones actually holding the hammers. They enter the job once the schematic is finalized, so start searching for a contractor while the architect is drawing. Visit other homes or sites where the contractor is working and ask the homeowners what they liked and disliked about the contractor. Contractors may help you choose materials. Be prepared to make a lot of decisions. You’ll need to choose stone for countertops, wood for cabinets, mesh for your retractable screens and more. You can shop for these on your own as well.

Gather your permits

You will need permits to build. Keep in mind that permits are not free to acquire. The scope of your project will determine the cost and the length of time before you receive them. Once you have your permits, which your contractor may be able to get for you, you can build.

Let the building commence

Now that you have everything in order, building can begin. Having hired an architect and contractor, you will avoid a lot of the chaos of home remodeling. Improper measurements, using the wrong tool, etc., won’t happen with the right professionals.