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Renovating is an exciting time, but it can be a stressful time as well. By preparing everything out carefully before you start, you can make the job run a lot easier and in the end, it will come out even better than you pictured. Especially if you follow these 5 things to remember when renovating your bathroom or kitchen.


5 Things to Remember When Renovating Your Bathroom or Kitchen

When it comes to remodeling any part of your home. Especially the bathroom or kitchen. There are 5 things that you need to remember. 

  1. Scheduling when remodeling
  2. Paint colors when renovating
  3. Knobs & handles for cabinets
  4. Selecting proper lighting
  5. How long can custom ordering take

Scheduling When Remodeling

Just like with any project, proper scheduling is the most important detail. Because if you don’t have every single detail properly scheduled the project can take a lot longer than expected. 

When looking for a contractor to take charge of your renovation make sure that you work with their availability. Because they have other customers and can’t always come the day after you call. By thinking and planning ahead and calling several weeks in advance can save yourself a major headache because you were able to correctly schedule things with your contractor to start working. 

If you have a plumber and an electrician coming in to do work. But they typically only have to come once or twice during the process. And they will most likely come at different stages. It is also important to remember that plumbers and electricians are subcontractors to the general contractors and that they run their own businesses. The general contractor will know what stage of the project you are in and will directly contact the plumber and electrician at the right times. Because if anything is running behind it can slow down your remodeling project and other trades like a domino effect.

And if you are planning on doing the renovation work by yourself. Make sure that you talk to your plumber and electrician to make sure that you know how often they have to come to work. It is greatly recommended that you add one to two days to your renovation calendar for them to come. Because you don’t know what issues might come up in the process. This way your project will still stay on time and won’t fall behind in any way. And don’t forget to look at your toilet when you are getting to remodel your bathroom. 

Paint Colors When Renovating

Choosing the right paint color is an important detail for a more finished look for the room. What you put on the walls is what will pull together the colors that are in the rest of the space. Before you go to pick out a color, make sure that you have thought about how you want the room to look when it is finished. 

When you are picking out the cabinets for your bathroom or kitchen you often pick out the flooring and backsplashes as well. I’d recommend that you pick out the paint color options at the same time as these items. By doing this you are making the decision even easier because you are selecting the countertop as well. And most countertop (granite or quartz) companies will have paint color combination options available for you to look at. So it will be super easy!

Knobs & Handles For Cabinets

Knobs and handles on doors and cabinetry are often something that is overlooked. But they are a crucial item for the finished look of the area that you are remodeling. By changing out the handles and knobs you will be amazed by how a small item like this can change up the look in your bathroom or kitchen. Make sure that you tie them in with the rest of the room to create the perfect touch. 

When picking out the knobs and handles that you want to make sure that you get them early. Because having them on backorder or get lost and can delay the renovation project. They also need to match the size of your cabinets and drawers, because some drawers are designed to hold heavier items. So make sure that you plan accordingly. And you also want to make sure that the knobs and handles match with finish and style of the light fixtures as well. So it would work to pick out the lights first and then the knobs. Or do knobs first and then the lights. But whichever order you decide to purchase these items make sure that they coordinate. As long as you keep that in mind you will be happy with the finished look of the room. Because everything will flow together.

Selecting Proper Lighting

Having the right amount and spacing of light fixtures is important. Because if you don’t plan properly and get the correct fixtures, the space could end up with two different lights that you might not have wanted. When you go to pick out your light fixtures, I highly recommend that you go to a store that is dedicated to just lighting. They will have lighting design consultants on staff to answer any questions that you have. And if you bring pictures of the area that you are remodeling the staff can get a better idea of what you might be looking for. Supplying pieces from your cabinets, backsplash, flooring, countertop, and paint color is a great idea to supply as well. Also take pictures of the space in the morning, afternoon and evening. Because it gives them an even better idea of what the ambient, task and accent lighting of the space is. 

Remember to order the lights early because they sometimes take a bit of time to come in. Just like with the knobs and handles for the cabinets. When they come in, make sure that you check them to make sure that the lights are in good shape and all of the parts are in the box. Make sure you ask the light consultant for the proper light bulbs to order as well.  It might sound silly but they will know what the right blubs to make your room light up properly for the ambient, task and accent lights to do ‘their job.’

How Long Can Custom Ordering Take

If you are custom ordering anything for your renovation project make sure that you take enough time to order in advance. It is crucial to do this because it takes anywhere from five days to 2-4 weeks to make the items. And there is a possibility that the company could be back-ordered. This can drastically delay your project and cause you unneeded stress and frustration. So make sure that you order all custom made items well in advance of your project’s starting date. 

Lotz of Logic

While taking on a remodeling project by yourself isn’t difficult to do. It can sometimes be a hornets’ nest that you might not want to mess with. But it doesn’t hurt to take on what you know and leave the rest to the professionals. Though honestly, most contractors won’t want to come into a project once you have demoed it already and installed some items. So I greatly recommend that you think everything that needs to be done first. And then get multiple recommendations for two or more contractors and get bids. Make sure that you check references and go with your gut who whom you would like to have in your home and around your family for 3-8 weeks working on the project. 

Because remodeling can be an exciting and stressful time make sure that you these 5 things to remember when renovating your bathroom or kitchen. And take your time checking everything and careful planning before you begin. Because that can really make the project flow much easier and in the end, it will be better than you imagined. 

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on these 5 things to remember when renovating your bathroom or kitchen, give me a call. My team and I would love to be of service to the Northwest Indiana communities such as St John, Long Beach, Beverly Shores, Lake of the Four Seasons, Schererville, Kreitzburg, Michigan City, Grand Beach, and New Buffalo, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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