Diving into a home remodel project requires time and a flexible budget. Above all else, it requires preparation and a set idea of what you hope to accomplish and what you want it to look like. Having a vision board and checklist can really help to make the remodel process as smooth as possible.
Renovations happen for a number of reasons like improving functionality, increasing the value of a home, and simply making it a better reflection of the homeowners themselves. While increasing home value is one of the top motivations for remodels, it's important to start small. Rooms like bathrooms and kitchens are an excellent place to begin making updates. But don't forget that making design changes to these spaces will often require updating or moving the plumbing.
After all, shopping for new fixtures, modern sinks, and flooring is just a small part of the entire home remodeling process.
Checklist & Plumbing Considerations
Getting ready to tackle a home remodel means prioritizing. First, make a checklist for all of the updates you'd like to make, and then organize in terms of priority. This way if you run out of time or budget you will have accomplished the most important tasks first. Don't forget to think about the season, and how weather may impact each project. Moving into Spring is an excellent time to get on projects that require demolition since you'll easily be able to access waste-removal and bring in new, larger, structural materials without too much planning.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you create your checklist:
Review online and magazine designs you love
Window shop home improvement stores for pricing
Take photographs of fixtures and furniture you want to purchase
Use a design app to plan out your new space
Prioritize DIY projects and select and reference-check contractors for projects you can’t do yourself
Set aside 10% of the budget for troubleshooting the unforeseeable
Plumbing projects in the kitchen and bathrooms can be as straight forward as swapping out plumbing fixtures or re-routing existing lines, or even as complicated as removing a load-bearing wall and re-plumbing an entire space. Using a design app or old-fashioned pad and pencil for sketching-out the desired room layout ahead of time, allows you to make the best use of the space you're already working with and gives you a realistic view of what will go where. As you demo each space, be sure to look for signs that your home may need new pipes such as cracks, water discoloration, old materials and simply the last time the area was inspected.
Remodels are a Great Time for Inspections and Maintenance
Since in most cases you’ll be doing some work on the actual pipes within your home, this is a great time to make sure that everything is working as it’s supposed to work. You can check for hidden leaks or areas that could be operating more efficiently.
Remodels are also a great time to switch to more efficient appliances or fixtures which is not only beneficial for the environment but for your energy and water bills!
Reach out to The Plumbing Authority as soon as you begin your home remodel. We specialize in new construction projects and bathroom, and kitchen remodels. Our team can help you create the beautiful, functional bathroom you've always wanted with different styles of toilets, showers, sinks, tubs, and faucets to choose from. Contact us today or visit our website to learn more about our services and to schedule a consultation to discuss the design of your new bathroom.