What Designers Want You to Know Before You Remodel
Before you start your next remodeling project, be sure to look at these designer-recommended tips. From making the most of your budget to saving time, this advice will help you avoid frustration.
Understand Remodeling Timeframes
Some materials needed for a renovation can take 6 to 12 weeks to show up, which can bring your project to a grinding halt. We’re talking about things like plumbing fixtures, tile, flooring, appliances, cabinets and hardware. If these items are not ready to go, your contractor or builder will not schedule workers and your project will fall behind, costing you time and money. How do you prevent this? Try to plan your renovation design ahead of time and then start ordering the materials needed. As they begin showing up, store them (if possible) while you begin the demolition process.
Develop a List of Must Haves
“Must haves” are things that you definitely want to be part of your project, like specific finishes or colors, types of storage, easy maintenance, certain appliances, seating arrangements, specific furniture items and pieces of art. This includes items that you already own that you’d like to incorporate into the new design.
Along with selecting and ordering as many materials as possible before beginning construction, which will help avoid delays and extra costs, it’s important to prepare yourself and your family mentally if you plan on living in the home during the remodeling process. Noisy, dusty and disruptive, remodeling can be stressful.
Decision Fatigue is a Thing
There is never one perfect answer for any question, which is why homeowners have to grapple with hundreds of separate decisions during a renovation. Depending on the size of your project, there can be an overwhelming amount of items to choose and purchase. When going through the designing process, try not to get too caught up in researching every single possible option available on the planet. Keep in mind, if you find something you like and it works well with the other elements, it’s most likely a good decision.
Choose Function Over Form
Before you begin designing, take time to think about how you will be using the space. Make sure you’ve incorporated everything you need to fulfill that function before you add any extras. For example, when planning the family room, ensure there is enough comfortable seating so that if everyone wants to watch TV at the same time they can do so.
Play Up High Ceilings
For high exposed-beam ceilings, it’s important to choose a chandelier that will do it justice. Your lighting choice should ideally add drama and lead the eye to that unique architectural detail. Also, consider stacking your art when arranging it on the wall, which basically means hanging one piece above another from large to small. This will add personality to the room as well as help guests take in the full effect of your tall ceiling.
Incorporate Storage Niches
If your bathroom is the size of a postage stamp and doesn’t allow for an added storage cabinet, it’s time to get creative as you find homes for bathroom necessities like toiletries and towels. From built-in wall niches to open shelving or cubbies under the vanity countertop, there are some incredibly effective and visually appealing solutions. Another great trick is to use mirrors that open to reveal medicine cabinets.
Set Up Camp In the Laundry Room
Remodeling your kitchen? If you plan to live in your home while the work is being done, consider setting up a toaster oven, microwave or hot plate in the laundry room or garage — anyplace you have access to a sink. Setting up this makeshift cooking station simplifies cooking meals and cleaning up in the middle of a major upheaval.