Remodeling 101 - How to Begin
Something about your home is bothering you. Maybe it’s obvious –the kitchen is painfully outdated or doesn’t have enough accessible storage, or the bathroom is, well, icky, or the best view of your property is through the tiny window in the laundry room. Maybe it’s more subtle –you don’t enjoy cooking like you used to, you try to steer guests away from certain rooms, there’s no dedicated space for you to enjoy your hobby. You have to drag your stuff out every time so you don’t paint anymore or dink around with your electronics projects. Perhaps you feel constricted because the flow in the house is uncomfortably segmented. Or there’s not enough acoustical separation between rooms. Whatever it is, a remodeling project of some sort is looming in your mind.
If you’ve never remodeled before, you may not know how to begin. If you have remodeled before, you know how complex it can be, how many people are involved, and you know what experiences you’d prefer to avoid this time around. Anticipating all the decisions and details that you will face is exciting but often overwhelming.
So, how do you begin, avoid common pitfalls and anticipate next steps with easy calm? This series will lay out the fundamentals for you so that you can approach your project, whatever degree of complexity, with confidence. It’s your home, your investment; you should be in control of it, get the results you want on schedule and on budget, and have an enjoyable time doing so.
- What can be achieved with a remodel
- How much will it cost - cost versus value
- Cast of characters you will encounter
- How to select your architect/designer and contractor
- How you contribute to the process to make it work most smoothly
- How to use the budget as a control device
- Anatomy of a house
- Design guidelines
- Design development process
- Permitting process
- Project flow and scheduling
If you don’t want to wait for each installment, be sure to attend our free, informal talks on remodeling and take advantage of the knowledge in the room. Whatever the nature of your project, whether it’s large and complex or DIY, these fun and informative talks will give you a good foundation towards making your dream a reality.
The Leff Team