We'll focus more today on issues that arise in the design and planning phase. Next time, we'll talk more about how to prepare your home for a remodel and how to minimize issues. The good thing about knowing what could go wrong means you can prevent them from happening! Going into a remodel blind is the worst thing. So, the more you know and understand the process, the better prepared you will be when it comes time to complete your project!
It Can Happen If You're Not Prepared
If you're not prepared for the possibilities, then when things go wrong, they seem like
huge issues. If you are prepared and ready to go, they will simply be little blips on the radar. So, let's look at the main issues to prepare for.
Unrealistic Goals - This is probably the number one issue, especially when it comes to getting a job done on time. This includes unrealistic budgets, goals for the amount you have to spend, and just what can happen with your home. If you think your home will have a complete remodel in just a month, well, you're going to be angry when it takes much longer! Just try to set realistic goals, and most times, you'll be surprised with the outcome!
Not Buying Enough Material - This is on the contractor and the homeowner. However, sometimes the homeowner wants to order the bare minimum (which is occasionally fine with super expensive materials). Still, with the changing prices and supply chain issues, this can become a huge problem. If you have to wait weeks for some new materials to show up, it will really slow down the job. You can usually order a little extra and return what you didn't use.
Think About the Function, Not Just Form - Sometimes, something looks amazing, but when you go to use it, you find it lacking. The same can happen with your home. If you only look at the form (especially for something like a kitchen or bathroom), it might be a pain to use. So, for rooms you actually use, be sure to also go for function and not just looks.
Falling For Trends - Trends are always coming and going; if you stick with classic design and beauty, it will never fall out of fashion. Be careful going all out on a new trend because, who knows, in a few years, you might not like it nearly as much!
Keeping With the Style of Your Home - We’ve talked a lot about this before, but don't try to totally change the style of your home (unless you're remodeling your entire house). Because if you only do a couple of rooms and don’t match the aesthetic of your existing home, it will be quite noticeable which rooms are new and which are old.
If you're thinking about a renovation in Wilmington, NC, and want a team that can help you design your dreams and take the job all the way, call the team at Avocet Design Build today to turn your dreams into reality!