Steps for a Remodeling Project

Thinking of remodeling your kitchen? Want to re-do your master bathroom? Need more space and have an unfinished basement? Making the decision to remodel any room in your home or office isn’t an easy one, so preparing beforehand is key.

There are some preliminary steps to do before you start your project that will not only help you prepare, but will help the project move smoother.

1. Set a budget. You need to know what you’re comfortable spending. Sometimes you’re dream kitchen or bathroom is not within your budget.

2. Design. Come up with a preliminary plan based on you’re current living conditions, and think about how they may change in the future. You’re ideal layout may not work for you in a few years with growing kids, possible in laws etc. It is crucial that you relay any and all aspects of the way you use, and intend to use your space, so that a designer/contractor can provide a plan custom built to your needs. Explore opportunities within your project plan and budget. It may be possible to say take down a wall to provide an open concept design, and forsake a level 7 granite, to remain inside budget concerns.

3. Finishes and Finish package. It’s easy to imagine the project being done, but have you thought about the finishes

you’d like? The final touches on a project can impact scope & budget, so before getting started consider the finishes you may want. Examples of finishes are below:

  • Trim packages
  • Type of tile (man made: glass tile, ceramic, porcelain; natural stone: travertine, granite, marble)
  • Faucet style and brand
  • Hardware (kitchen knobs, exposed visible hinges)
  • Pendant lighting
  • Undermount lighting
  • Appliances (make sure they fit the space & budget)

4. Realistic time line. The scope of your project should help you formulate a project timeline. Are you taking out walls? Does the room need any demo? Are you getting a basic finish package or going all out? And always plan for unforeseen issues. More often than not, everything goes smoothly, but it’s good to pad a few days in case issues arise.

Ant questions? Feel free to contact me before your remodeling project.

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Dry, Winter Air? Install a Humidifier System to Your HVAC

The winter months take a toll on your skin. Cracked, dry, moisture-less. The reason why this happens is because heating the air removes all moisture from it. So you are left feeling dried out.

Why?

Did you know that dry air is less efficient to heat, because there is no moisture content and moisture content retains heat, making the heating process more efficient. Simple, right?

With most of our winter days spent inside, the effects of this heated air are felt throughout the cold months. As soon as you turn on your heat, your home is robbed of moisture. Installing a humidifier system reintroduces moisture content into your air, making being inside tolerable.

Here’s Some Tips on Installing a Humidifier to Your Forced Air System:

1. Identify the type of heating system. Not all systems are compatible.

2. Locate a water source, an electric source and a drain source necessary for installation.

3. Shop around. Find a system that fits your budget. They tend to range from a hundred dollars to a few thousand.

4. Read the directions carefully, as you will need to cut into your duct work. Measure twice, cut once definitely applies!

5. If the task seems a bit out of your comfort zone, call a professional to install.

6. Enjoy your new quality of air!