When you’re planning a remodel for your Sun Prairie WI home the old saying, “measure twice and cut once” applies. Ask any contractor or anyone who’s come through a remodeling project, you cannot devote too much time to details. The more effort up front, the better the final results.
Any renovation requires a serious commitment in both time and money. And, be prepared to have your family’s daily routine rearranged. One of the most common sources of stress during a remodel is the intrusion on daily routines. Think about it. You may be putting your kitchen out of order for weeks. Or you might be walking down the hall each morning to use a bathroom while a master suite is created. Are your ready for the disruption? Another old saying applies: No pain, no gain. With pre-project planning you can smooth most of the bumps in a remodeling endeavor.
Where do you start? Here are five recommendations from professional remodelers and interior designers:
- Clean and organize – clean and declutter the room you’re remodeling and keep a log of what goes back in when the job is done.
- Be ready for dirt – no matter what season of the year you start your project there will be dust and debris – some come in from outside but most of it is from work inside the house.
- Expect noise – tools make noise. Be prepared for hammers, drills and saws as your new room takes shape. Remodeling contractors know how annoying these sounds can be so they take care to keep them to a minimum, but there’s no “silent mode.”
- Communicate – if you have questions, ask. But ask your project manager, not the craftsmen on the job. Idle conversation gets in the way of progress – it might be costing you money and time, too.
Planning A Remodel – Questions To Ask Yourself
The first, obvious question to be asking yourself and family members is easy: what do you want to remodel? Some projects jump to the head of the line for good reasons. Is if just because you’ve reached the “I hate my kitchen” stage, or because the family has outgrown the space? Ask yourself what home improvement projects make the most sense right now. Which have the most return to you and the family as soon as they’re done?
Bathrooms and kitchens top the list of high priority remodeling targets. Next up are basement renovations and outside projects like decks and patios.
So, the first question to ask yourself is: “who is the remodel for and what will be gained?”
Once you’ve decided on a goal, the next step is a series of detailed lists including:
- “Must Have” items – the list of driving factors that pushed you to take this big step in the first place. List them in order of importance. Make notes on how they will benefit your family.
- “Would Like To Have” items – these are the features you’d really like to have but may be willing to trim when finalizing the work plans and budgets.
- The “ultimate” wish list – all those special features and products you dream of having but may not be realistic right now. Keep the list… who knows, right?
- What “must go” – anything you absolutely cannot live with a minute longer goes on this list.
How do you come up with the elements for these lists?
- Brainstorm with your family.
- “Shop” for ideas – review what’s on TV, in videos. Visit “big box” stores, model homes and home shows when you can.
- Pick up magazines, books and product literature.
Time To Bring In The Pro
Once these lists are in the works you can begin to deal with the second most important question: How much can we afford to spend? Setting a budget and sticking to it is key to planning a successful remodel. When it’s time to detail expenses it’s time to meet with a professional remodeling contractor. Until you get a professional’s advice, you cannot get a true estimate of what it will cost to remodel your home. Nor can you get an honest estimate of how long your life will be disrupted. How long will it take is the third most important question.
Your lists give a contractors and designers a jumping off point for planning a remodel. They need to know what the plan includes when it comes to every aspect of your house, including possible structural changes:
- To the foundation – does you proposal include reinforcing an existing foundation or adding additional support?
- Demolition – will the job include taking down walls? Interior walls, exterior walls or both?
- Roofing – expanding the roof or adding a new roof line?
- Windows and doors – expanding window areas, adding new access doors or replacing old windows with more efficient new ones?
- Lighting and electrical work – expanding the space usually means adding or changing lights. Will it require more wiring, an additional circuit breaker or new outlets?
- Heating, cooling and ventilation – does changing a room’s footprint mean more or fewer ducts? Rerouting vents or adding ventilation systems?
- Plumbing – are you replacing outdated fixtures or redesigning the space with new sinks or bathroom pieces that require expanded plumbing? Will your new, walk-in shower or soaking tub over-extend your hot water heater so you’ll need a new one?
With details like these in hand your contractor can create a specific plan, organize subcontractors and deliver reliable project cost projections.
Planning A Remodel – Experience Matters
If you’ve been part of a home renovation project before you understand how important planning and attention to detail is. And, if you’ve done it in the past you know how important working with an experience contractor is. You don’t want a lot of people getting their on-the-job training installing your dream kitchen, do you?
Once you’ve compiled your personal lists, hashed out the pros and cons within the family and weighed the benefits of one project over another give Sims Exteriors & Remodeling a call at 608-825-4500. Or email us and we’ll arrange to meet to hear your ideas and share our experiences. We have an easy, fill-in-the-blanks checklist guide you can download and print to get you started, too.
When you’re ready we’ll evaluate your needs based upon knowledge learned in decades of successful remodeling projects. We’ve been working with homeowners in Sun Prairie and all of Dane County for decades. Our skilled craftsmen take pride in every job they complete. And we stand behind their workmanship. When the time comes for planning a remodel in your Sun Prairie WI home, we’re ready to do it right.