House renovation ideas (even if you are on a budget)
Remodeling your Chicago home, kitchen, bathroom or even basement can be a rather exciting task- from changing a simple piece of art or furniture to an entire revamp. It often adds a refreshing zest to life, especially as the seasons change. New décor and rearrangement of furniture pieces can make a room look completely new, and we all love the “thrill of the hunt” when it comes to shopping for something we love that is affordable. You can read more about this on our homepage by clicking here.
But if you are looking to remodel your home, just how much does it take to do this? What kind of budget do you have to set aside? Where to find ideas for remodeling? What are the steps to remodeling a home? How do you contact the right contractor? We can help you with a few simple key points below.
Tips for Remodeling:
1. Dream simple
Think of what you are trying to achieve and match your needs with the simplest possible solution for this. This type of project can quickly become something that rapidly grows into more, and it is important to match your needs with a solution that is within budget. If you have a spouse or kids, make sure they are all on the same page with the goals, and everyone is on the same level of expectation to avoid disappointment or uproar at the end.
2. Do research in your Chicago area
Research “remodeling”, whether this is online, in a library, or via magazines. If you are looking to redo a bedroom, refrain from looking at bathroom dedicated research as this could also tempt you to broaden your scope of work.
3. Draw out your plan
Using graph paper, measure and draw out your room. This will help when trying to plan what needs to be rearranged, especially if you are looking to close off doors and open up wall space as windows. This is also very handy with visualizing where to place furniture and frames. Take a look for 17 kitchen remodeling ideas.
4. Talk to a contractor
Once you have a visual, measured representation of your plan, it is important to contact a contractor for an accurate costing. They will advise you on any roofing, drywall or plumbing required during remodeling. Also, be sure to be in touch with more than one contractor to ensure authenticity regarding your project – reputations, and case studies are of utmost importance. And make sure to ask cost estimate before signing any agreements.
5. Hire an architect
This depends purely on the stature of your home remodeling. For just one room, this may not be worth it. However, if you are looking to remodel your entire home, an architect is most definitely required. An architect in Chicago will be there to prompt you on your thinking about the project and what you’re trying to achieve. He/she may also give good insight and ideas regarding your project that you may not have thought of. Be sure to ask them for any permits you may require and make sure you tell them about your relationship with the contractor as well as what they will be doing for the duration of the project. When sitting with an architect, you should be looking for critical, unique and connected views on your project.
6. Avoid rainy seasons when scheduling work
Make sure your project is started and done before the rainy season. Alternatively, schedule work just after the rainy season. The last thing you want is to have your project paused almost every day due to the weather.
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So there you have it. It doesn’t matter if you are looking to remodel small home, garage, office or maybe even your pool, always keep in mind that to find a right contractor who can guarantee quality.
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