For homeowners who are looking to do something new with their property, a small amount of modest home remodeling might not be enough. If you want your home to stand out, get a significant uptick in value, and remain in great shape in order to be passed down through generations, you might want to think about a full home remodel job. Of course, there’s a reason many homeowners remain way too intimidated to start on such a project. It’s quite a leap to go from a few simple home improvement projects here and there to a full-on home renovation. Still, if you’ve made up your mind, the only thing to do is to start, and start as soon as you can. But there has to be a method to your madness if you’re going to do this thing right. Whether you’re intent on doing a lot of the work yourself or you’re going to work closely with a contractor to develop your vision, you’ll need to know a few basics about the best place to start your full home remodel. Here are some things to think about while you’re still in the planning stage.
Start With What You Don’t Like
You’re remodeling your home for a reason. While that reason might seem fairly abstract at the start, try to think back to what was the exact final straw. Did you realize that you simply couldn’t live another day cooking in that tiny kitchen? Did you freak out after spending another morning in that lightless, dull-looking bathroom? Were you thinking about how the entire place could use a lot more space and light in order to be truly liveable? That’s where to begin. But before starting out, make sure you actually sit down and talk to your contractor about your specific visions and goals for your space. Making clear what you want in general terms, i.e. more light, more space, a bigger downstairs, etc, will help your contractor figure out what they need to do first to give you the final result you want. You might be tempted to start with major problem areas like your kitchen or your bathroom. Follow your contractor’s lead on this one, especially if there’s a lot of major piping work that needs to be done. Most of all, be patient and trust that it’s all going to get done.
Piping and Plumbing Come First
It’s never smart to start a remodeling project before you have everything you need. Start by making a list, together with your contractor, of all the work you want to do. For instance, if you’re looking at knocking out some walls and moving your bathroom sink and toilet around, you’re going to need to start with some plumbing and rewiring work. Anything that needs to happen within your home walls should be done before anything else, especially if you’re doing something drastic rather than just knocking down a few walls to expand a larger space. Because kitchens and bathrooms involve a lot of complicated electrical and plumbing work, you’ll either want to begin with these so as to have them out of the way or end with them so you can use the final time to check into a hotel or go on vacation and avoid the mess and inconvenience.
Create Space Where You Can
Every homeowner wants more space in just about every room of the home. However, with some homes or rooms, it’s just not possible. That’s when you need to get creative. Find solutions that use design, organization, or accessories to create a larger-feeling space rather than trying to create a big room out of a small one. If you’re looking for more space to use for storage, try compromising by moving furniture around and investing in hanging, creative-looking storage units. If you have high ceilings but not a lot of floor space, you can install beautiful, hand-painted shelves to double as storage space and wall art.
Make Energy-Efficient Decisions
When redesigning your home, you want to think in the long term. This means taking future savings, including a better curb appeal and a potential boost in ROI, into account. While you might want to expand certain spaces and get better light in others, you also want to invest in newer, more energy-efficient windows, doors, and heating systems while you’re doing your total rehaul. It won’t disrupt the design of your remodeled home at all, and it will pay you back by helping you save money over the course of years.