Are you living in your dream home right now? What was your dream home when you moved in may not be now. Dreams change and so can your home. Remodeling your home can make it feel like new and rekindle the dream elements. A renovation can enhance its function, adapting to the changing needs of your family.
Remodeling not only changes the building, it changes your life. And, that’s a key factor when you have great neighbors, a prized location or a home that just needs a few refinements. Including additions as part of your renovation can create and entirely different floor plan and traffic flow. It’s like adding a new home to a familiar residence.
Think of all of the high impact changes you can make when remodeling. What would any one of these remodel projects mean to you, your family and your lifestyle?
- Bathroom renovation
- Kitchen renovation
- Basement remodeling
- Additions – including sunrooms
- Adding skylights or sun tunnels
- Adding a deck
- Master Bedroom additions or expansion
- Removing old tub and adding a step-in tub or a walk-in shower
Remodeling To Keep Up With Your Evolving Family
Every family changes. As time goes by, families expand and contract. They grow older and the needs of a family change. Grade school aged kids have much different demands for a home than do toddlers. Middle Schoolers and teenagers use a home much differently. The wants and needs of a family changes almost year by year. For empty nesters, remodeling rooms and even additions come into play. Maybe a bathroom remodel, a more expansive kitchen renovation or an outdoor expansion are in the cards
Remodeling projects, from additions to renovations, can impact every stage of a families’ growth. And, a great extra benefit of renovations additions is they add value to your home. Remodeling and renovating kitchens, bathrooms, basements, decks or garages shape and even transform your home. If you do sell your home, you can recover a good share of your investment in the sale price of your home.
Getting the Most From A Remodeling Change
The entire idea of remodeling can be daunting. Remodeling is a challenging process, but it needn’t be so frightening that you go without the benefits it provides. The key is knowing what you want, knowing what your need – wants and needs aren’t always the same – and knowing what you can afford. Once you’ve agreed upon these elements, you can move forward on your remodeling plan. It’s important to define your vision. A clear plan will save you money on your remodeling project and deliver a more satisfying finished project.
Remodel Plan Development
Once a professional remodeling contractor begins working with you, the meter is running. False starts cost money and frustrate you and the remodeling experts you choose. Consider these elements –
- Demolition: Remodeling almost always includes knocking down to build up. After the demolition step any deviation from the original plan can be very expensive. Without a clear plan – and maybe a Plan B – you can end up paying twice for your renovation
- ‘What if?’: Once you and your contractor agree upon a plan, don’t fall into the trap of thinking “what if.” If you start adjusting in mid project, the change orders and the cost associated with them can quickly overwhelm your budget
Steps Toward Making Your Remodel Plan Effective
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) suggests considering the following as you plan a home remodeling project –
- Research. Taking time to research a home remodeling plan on the Internet provides a good sense of what may be involved – scope of work, potential return on investment and new product and material options. You may also research property values in your neighborhood to make sure your project is in line with other homes in the area.
- Set A Budget. Deciding on a realistic budget and arranging finances in advance can be essential. Include everything: the overall project and contingencies. Share it all with your Sim’s Remodeling professional who will create a plan around it, not over it.
- Ask Questions. Time and cost are important, but there’s more to consider. Ask your remodeling contractor about his team’s background, training and specialties. Ask for a detailed summary of how the remodeling process will work.
- Review Contracts. A remodeling contract protects you and your remodeling contractor. Professional remodeling contractors like the veterans at Sims Remodeling have done this before, and know what’s in a contract. Homeowners should ask about anything they don’t understand — details about change orders, payments, additional fees, timelines and responsibilities. Nobody likes surprises on a jobsite, so think: If it’s not in the contract, it doesn’t exist.
- Design’s The Thing. Your design guides the entire project. What do you dislike about your current space? What do you want from the new space? Collect ideas from websites, magazines and whatever resources you can come up with. Professional remodeling contractors don’t recreate a photo — they incorporate accessibility, functionality, ease of modification, style and value into q design. They make an idea yours.
- Selections. Deciding on products and materials can be a bigger job than most imagine. There are so many options. Base decisions on quality, function, price, style and availability. Have a Plan “B” (or even “C”) if your first choices just won’t work.
- Communications. Lack of communication between homeowners and remodelers can scuttle a project. In the beginning, work with your remodeling contractor to lay out a communication plan. Clarify the roles for everyone involved, how you’ll share information (phone call, text, email?), best times everyone will be available and how often to expect up-dates and progress reports.
A Final Renovation Review
Before taking the big step to remodel, ask yourself –
- What are your NEEDS? List the concerns that are driving the remodeling project. Which of these must to be part of the final renovation?
- What are your WANTS? What items in the project are strongly desired – but if there are budget or logistics problems, can be ruled out?
- What are your WISHES: Which ideas have you fantasized about, would like to include, but are not really necessary to accomplish the final goal?
Your Homework For Your Remodeling Project
Everything here should be reviewed in detail before calling in remodeling contractors. These questions are even more important with more complex projects. Walls, mechanical systems, wiring and basic structural considerations are expensive things to deal with and false starts are unacceptable.
Sims Exteriors & Remodeling has a remodeling planning guide and remodeling contractor selection guide available to help you confidently move forward in your remodeling project.
We provide Remodeling services to Madison WI, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Deforest, Waunakee, Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg, McFarland, Stoughton and all other communities in south central Wisconsin.