Every now and again we see that corner of the house that can be made better. We all have one, no matter what walk of life we’re of. I just so happens that things break, deteriorate, go out of style, or just need to be spruced up a bit.
Remodeling needs no introduction, and everyone encounters it at some point. Whether it is your home, or you are renting it out, the better the shape it’s in, the more it can be worth, and that alone is a good enough reason to consider remodeling.
But remodeling isn’t just about raising the value, it’s about the difference between livable and enjoyable. We all want to cherish our homes and have the best environment for our families.
When you first bought your house, you probably had quite a few things in mind you knew you were going to change right away. Tacky tiles, a gaudy chandelier, or even a wall you would like built or demolished.
After all, you must make your house a home, that’s what it’s all about in the end, personalization. A house reflects its residents, and what better way to make it such than to design the structure itself.
If you really want to remodel your house to make it your own, all you need is imagination. From mosaic tiles to open concept living rooms, designs both contemporary and old timey, and art fixtures as ornate as you can get your hands on, anything is possible.
Moreover, tall ceilings give a feeling of spaciousness, so always try to avoid designs that lower ceiling level too much. Additionally, it would be wise to allow as much natural light in as possible, through big windows and skylights.
If you are not sure what you want exactly, many companies and professionals hove templates, models, and real-world examples to show and inspire you.
In the interest of longevity, it would be wise to incorporate as many timeless design elements as possible. A certain colored tile may be all the rage, but you should try and imagine what you will think of it in years to come.
Most of all though, longevity lies in the materials you choose and to quality of work. As far as materials go you should look into using high quality, properly treated, solid lumber rather than composite when dealing with object that are either visible, such as exposed support beams.
It may also be moved often and there for exposed like kitchen cupboard doors. Obviously, you should manage a realistic budget, and you should adhere to it before satisfying any grandiose desire.
Speaking of budget, that is where you should start. Outline what you are willing to spend and everything you want done. Then, you can balance the quality of work and the quantity thereof.
you can choose to focus on a few projects and spend all the budget on them, insuring they are quality focused, with aesthetic, utility, and longevity.
Alternatively, you can go down the quantity route and knock out as many projects as possible, knowing in advance the projects will not be of the utmost quality. It’s your choice to make but approaching it with compromise in mind can prevent serious disappointment.
Now that you have a budget, a list of expectations and an understanding of the quality that is to be expected considering your budget, you can start planning.
As exciting as home remodeling can be, it’s a messy, loud, and inconvenient time-period. Noise, dust, and strangers in your house just a few of the things you can expect. Of course, if you can afford renting another place, it would be ideal.
Some projects require it, when reflooring your entire house, for example. Of the many things that make a house livable, a floor is definitely up there.
Moreover, if you have young children, you may be advised to have them keep their distance, as many chemicals used in construction are poisonous, choke hazards, or carcinogenic.
All in all, it’s a chaotic part of life for most, although some of the problems that arise during the process can be alleviated if proper plans are made in advance.
Make sure you set aside a date for the renovation, one that works for you and your family in terms of work, school or otherwise. If necessary, make lodging arrangements, but do not go too far away, as you will be expected to be present in parts of the process.
To ensure proper satisfaction with the end result, choose a company you trust, and one that has expertise in whatever it is you are building.
Some projects may involve numerous different craftsmen, so make sure you get the right people for the job. Try to be involved in the process, and make sure you are consulted with before and during, because it will be harder to address any complaints you may have after the work is done, and it may require additional payment.
That being said, trust the workers’ ability and experience, and try not to intervene in any technical aspects, assuming you’re not a professional yourself. If you were, you probably will not be reading this right now.
In conclusion, home remodeling is an exciting part of life, full of challenges, anticipation, and enthusiasm. It can also spell disappointment, disarray, and trouble if not approached correctly.
So, save yourself the frustration, and plan ahead. Make a detailed budget, outline everything you want done, and make a feasible list.
Select a time that works for everyone involved and arrange lodging if needed. Choose a reliable and professional team and make sure to always be there with feedback in real time.
It is always better to put in the work now, so you can reap the fruits of it later. If you do all this, you will surely be enjoying your newly renovated home in no time. Oh, and if you happen to live in San Diego and feel the Need for Build, we know just the guys to do it.