Surviving a Remodel 101

May 17, 2013

By Kristen Meetze
Capital Kitchen & Bath
May 17, 2013

So you are finally ready to remodel? Whether your kitchen or bath project takes 2 weeks or 2 months, you are going to invest a large amount of resources, time and energy into creating a beautiful and functional space. There is no doubt that this is not a normally occurring daily activity. Remodeling can be very stressful. After all, you will be living in a construction zone. It is possible to survive the sheetrock and sawdust. All it takes is some careful planning and organization and a little flexibility to ensure your project will go smoothly. The end result will be so worth it!

Communication is Key

Before any kitchen or bathroom remolding work begins, hold a pre-construction meeting with your contractor. This way any specific questions you have can be asked and the timeline can be discussed. Keep your contractor’s numbers handy because there can not too much communication. Set aside time for telephone calls and regular meetings throughout the kitchen or bath remodel to review the progress and discuss the schedule for the remaining work. Keeping the lines open will enhance your understanding of the project, provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and ultimately help make the experience a positive one for everyone involved.
The Logistics

Paying close attention to the details will go a long way in ensuring your bathroom or kitchen remodeling process goes smoothly. Your contractor should provide you with a weekly schedule of the work that’s to be done, when materials need to be ordered and when they’ll be delivered. For custom items, it is especially important to make your selections as early in the process as possible.

During the kitchen or bath remodeling process, plan for extra storage. Your contractor will have extra tools, materials and equipment in your house to complete the project, so you’ll want to find a good spot for them. And plan to protect your household items from any remodeling dust and debris. Cover your furniture and carpeting, and consider putting some furniture in storage. A good contractor also will help you cover and protect the work area!

Expect the Unexpected

The bigger the kitchen or bathroom remodeling project, the greater the potential for problems, such as late deliveries, wrong parts, adverse weather, on-the-spot changes and more. But if you keep your cool, and stay calm and flexible, you’ll be able to ensure the remodeling process still runs smoothly. It helps to designate a safe haven in your home where you can escape from the chaos and commotion of the construction. And, finally, always remember to maintain a sense of humor. It’s easy to get caught up in the inconvenience of the project, but look at the bathroom remodeling process as an adventure. Certain things are out of your control, so it’s better to laugh than to become angry.

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Kristen Meetze is the Owner of Capital Kitchen & Bath.
803.345.5888- Chapin office
803.254.5889-Gervais St office

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