As contractors in Jackson, MS, we notice some customers are more prepared than others. If there is no general vision and constant changes of mind, it makes it difficult to provide remodeling services that work. There are ways you can make the remodeling process go as smoothly as possible. Here are five tips to help you work with your designer and contractor:
- Have a plan: Starting work without a plan is a formula for disaster. You may have a vague idea of what is missing in your home, but no idea how to make up for it. Examine this thoroughly—what do you want? If you want to turn an extra bedroom into a craft room, maybe wall shelving and an expanded closet for supplies will help. It is also possible you not only need to update your bathroom, but make the bathtub and shower more accessible as your arthritis advances. If you need ideas, consult with a designer or use home design computer programs. That way, you can articulate specific desires and create a plan to meet them.
- Consider all options: Another reason to discuss plans with a designer is to get a true sense of your options. A square footage problem may seem easily solved with an addition. A lack of space means you add more of it, right? In many cases, that can be an expensive project for a problem that may be better described as inefficient use of space rather than not enough of it. Perhaps a bathroom requires more cabinet space or a wall-mounted shelving system. Master bedrooms with small closets may be easily adjusted by combining the closets into one big walk-in. There are often options that you’d never considered. Even if you have a set idea, request honest feedback from designers and contractors.
- Remember legal limitations: You may believe your idea to bump out your living room for a home office space is brilliant, but the permit office may see that differently. Plans must adjust to zoning laws, and that often means changing them. While a bump-out may not be permitted, expanding a second story is well within regulations. Contractors know the zoning laws better and will be looking out for you. During the permit process, be prepared to embrace new ideas in case your original plan is not approved.
- Choose aesthetic elements: Contractors determine the best materials for insulation, electrical installations and foundations. Windows are run past you because you may have some preference for energy efficiency and appearance. For bathrooms and kitchens, you will choose cabinetry, flooring, tile and interior paint. Once you decide these elements, stick to them, even if that means sleeping on it before making it final. The worst time to decide you hate that countertop is in the middle of construction.
- Prepare for construction: We will not lie—you will be tested. There will be dust, noise and people constantly coming and going. You will simultaneously wait for your new features with excitement while also feeling like you are slowly going crazy with all the activity. We will take steps to make this easier for you, but stay engaged and ask questions. We promise—it will be over soon enough, and you will enjoy the results!
Kitchen Kreators Ltd. has a full staff of designers and contractors in Jackson, MS to help you plan the ultimate home remodels. Call us when it is time for a new kitchen, bathroom or addition to your home.