Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Remodel and Live to Tell About It! (Part 2 of 3)

The last time I took you from start... to finding a contractor. The saga continues...

After you get some estimates and pick yourself up off the floor from a dead faint (yes, it's going to cost more than you thought), you can refer to your list of priorities and extras and see what stays and what goes. A fireplace in the dining room was one of my extras that was put on the chopping block. We opted for more windows and a view of the forest , which was more cost effective.

Once you agree on a contractor and the scope of the job, your next step should be to hire an interior designer if you don't already have one. Besides making your home "look nice", an interior designer can fill in the gaps between you and your contractor. Before the plans are drawn up, discuss the functions of the new space. What furniture are you keeping? What would you like to add to the room? Space planning is extremely important. You don't want to complete a remodel and realize your Great Aunt Edna's armoire is 12 inches too long for the wall. If you have a furniture plan, you can make sure that wall and window placement will work. My contractor was constantly asking me questions such as "How much space do you need between these windows?" and "Does this wall have to be exactly 60 inches?" I referred to my furniture layout and I knew exactly how much space I needed. Knowing your furniture placement also helps with lighting and and electrical plans. You don't want to have a "V8 moment" when you realize that you didn't include floor plugs for your lamp tables that are floating in the middle of the room.

Your designer can also help you choose paint colors, flooring, fixtures, and cabinets. The earlier these items are ordered, the smoother your remodel will go.

To Be Continued....

"It's not about the destination. It's about the journey. Enjoy the ride!"

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