Remodeling? What You Need to Remember
Remodeling is a big thing. It doesn’t matter if you will just be remodeling a single room, or if you will redesign the entire house. Most projects will require the same steps, though. Whether or not you have done this before, there are some things that you will need to keep in mind.
Assess Your Needs for Energy
Lots of people are concerned about the cost of energy and the impact it has on the environment. There is a lot that can be done that goes above and beyond just having high-quality heating installation and appliances. Just as an example, different insulation options, windows, and even different building materials can have drastic impacts on your energy needs. This is one way to both budget for your future and to help the environment at the same time.
There are many reasons to remodel a bedroom. It might be that the color scheme feels a bit passé, or there might be a change in your lifestyle situation. You might be approaching your retirement years and need to prepare for any physical limitations that people tend to face as they get older. On the other hand, you might just want a bit of additional space. The thing to think about though, is whether or not you will be selling your home in the future. Think about your ROI – Return on Investment. You also need to have a budget in mind and be able to stick with it.
When Will You Move?
Are you planning on remaining in your home for another 5 or 10 years? 20 years? Forever? Many times, it can be easy to get halfway through a remodel and begin to feel frustrated. It might be that an issue that was unexpected popped up, or maybe the day to day living with the mess is getting to you or crews continuously being in your home is a bit much. If you have a plan for the length of time that you will be in your home though, you will be better able to keep your eyes on the prize and you will also have a better understanding of the value of what you are dealing with. Remodel fatigue is not rare by any means. Those who deal with it best though are the ones who know that dealing with a few months of work is worth turning their space into the home of their dreams for the remainder of the time they will be in that home.
Quality of Life
Once you know how long you want to remain in your home, you will need to think about what a remodel will mean for the quality of life not just for you, but for your entire family. Most homeowners today plan to age right where they are. This can make life easier as they age. Knowing what your goals are for the long term will assist you in honing in on what needs to be done while helping you to be better able to plan for your future.
Evaluate the Physical and Health Needs
This ties directly into the aging in place that was just mentioned. Consider this, will adding a new floor and a flight of stairs become an issue as you age? Would making your doorways wider and ADA certified make being cared for in your home easier in the future?
Analyze the Dynamics and Flow of the Family
A big trend in home remodels right now is to have an open floor plan that is centered right around the kitchen. That is because of the fact that many families are spending more time together in the kitchen, lending to it being called the “new family room”. You can use this as an example of considering your family dynamics and flow. If you realize that your family tends to congregate in the kitchen, you might want to make that space bigger and more inviting. If you find that family congregation tends to happen in one of the other rooms of the home, make the focus of the home be that particular room.
Before you begin a remodeling project, it is vital that you understand that the needs of your family need to be met with this remodel. If you go over these things before the remodel, you might gain a better understanding of your needs and that understanding can help you with planning and budgeting for the remodel.