Tips for a successful remodel project
Are you considering a remodel, but aren’t sure where to begin? Whether you are looking for a full-scale remodel or simply a facelift, below are some tips from the experts at Striking Kitchen and Bath by Bell.
Think realistically about your lifestyle
How do you live in your home, and what activities are most important to you? Do you eat out a lot, or do you love to cook? Do you entertain, or cherish family time? Does your kitchen double as a home office, homework center, or hobby area? These questions can lead you to solutions including double ovens, double islands, glass cabinet doors, or planning desks.
Start with a budget
The best thing you can do before you get the remodeling process rolling is to establish a budget. What is the maximum amount you are willing to spend on your new space? How will you address unexpected issues? It’s a good idea to start a list of must-haves, nice-to-haves and can live without components. This way, as you near your maximum budget, it’s easier to pair back.
Consider your current space
Are there things you love about your current space or previous homes you’ve lived in? Such as a planning desk in your kitchen that you use to collect mail and pay bills. What about frustrations? Like when your dishwasher is open, you can’t open the cabinet where you store dishwashing soap.
Plan for storage
Designing the perfect space goes well beyond the perfect countertop and backsplash. When you have everything in its place and can access it easily, you’ll enjoy your home that much more. Plan for appliance garages, utensil storage, outlets within drawers, pull-out cabinets, and customized spice racks. In the bathroom, linen storage, laundry bins, and cosmetic and shaving products need homes other than the counter.
Where to splurge
Don’t let fear of overspending keep you from launching into a remodel project. If you set your priorities, you can take the process as slow or fast as your current budget allows. Maybe you want to start by working with an Interior Designer to draw up plans for your ideal space. From there, you have options. Allow the design + build company to complete the full remodel. Break the project into steps where you complete phases at a time. DIY what you can and leave the complicated parts to the professionals, like electrical wiring and re-routing the plumbing. Maybe you think the “bones” of your space are fine, but the finish materials like cabinets, counters, floors, and fixtures just need updating.
Hiring a design firm doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, it will likely save you money in the long run. An Interior Designer can help you design the perfect space for your budget and lifestyle and will offer suggestions you hadn’t even considered as integral to enjoying your home. A Designer also has access to wholesale pricing.
Benefits of working with Striking Kitchen and Bath by Bell:
- A dedicated Designer who will guide you through each step of the process
- Experienced professionals trained to make the most out of your space
- Conceptual modeling and visualization to help you see the space in 3-D
- An A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for decades
- Skilled craftsmen with plenty of experience
- Certified Aging in Place consultants to help with age and mobility-related modifications
- Clean and organized work sites with protective coverings and trash cleared away daily
For a complimentary design consultation and design guide, contact the experts at Striking Kitchen and Bath by Bell. We think you’ll be happy you did!