Sometimes the biggest hurdle to home remodeling and additions is overcoming your expectations, both good and bad. Because remodeling your home is such a large undertaking, it’s natural to worry about the end results. However, if you do your research and plan properly, there’s no reason to fear that your eventual remodel will be anything less than a major success. Below are three key factors to make sure your next home remodel or addition goes smoothly.
- Have a Clear Direction
Before you even begin the process of remodeling or building an addition onto your home, consider how your new changes will work with the rest of your existing home. Does the addition serve a specific function for your household? Will the design aesthetic of the rest of the house flow into the newly renovated space? Will the new addition accommodate or hinder existing patterns of foot traffic in your home? Once you’ve answered these basic questions, you can start gathering inspiration from media for what you want your remodel or addition to look like.
- Hire a Professional
There are a lot of evening and weekend projects around the house that a handy individual can successfully take on, but a full-scale renovation or addition to your home is not one of them. With this level of work, you really want to go with a remodeling professional who has years of experience and knowledge of concepts such as safety codes, building laws, HVAC, and electrical systems.
- Be Honest
Be open and direct with your contractor about what you want your home addition or remodel to look like, even if you’re worried that your ideas may be over the top. Remember, it’s much easier to scale down a big idea than it is to expand upon a small one, especially after you get started. If you’re unsure, you can begin by saying something like, “I don’t know if this would be possible, but…” This lets your contractor know that you have a clear vision in mind but that you’re also open to changing your plan.
If you’ve been thinking for a while about home remodels and additions, then it’s time to take the plunge. Call the experts at Criner Remodeling at this number: (757) 868-6200, and one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members will help you set up a free, in-home consultation with a remodeling professional.