Remodeling is a complicated process and sometimes even the best of us can make mistakes. Fortunately, awareness of such mistakes and working with a capable remodeler can help you avoid such pitfalls. Remodeling contractor Bella Kitchen & Design discusses the common remodeling mistakes that you can avoid.
1. Not Double-Checking Measurements — There’s an old proverb, “measure twice, cut once,” which certainly applies to remodeling. It’s fairly easy to make mistakes regarding measurements, and it always helps to keep notes and make sure the measurements are correct before making the first cut. As remodelers, we use all tools at our disposal to make sure that all measurements are correct.
2. Putting Form Over Function — Whether you’re having a new backsplash installed or taking out a few partition walls, your remodeling project should be a good balance between form and function. It’s easy to set aside function for something that looks good. Keeping both form and function in mind when making decisions can help ensure a balanced result.
3. Thinking Bigger Is Always Better — Bigger may be better in many things, but remodeling isn’t one of them. Like with form versus function, balance is what you should aim for when selecting design elements. One of the advantages of working with an experienced remodeler is that you’re less likely to end up with an overly designed project.
4. Prioritizing Accessories — Before you think about curtains and other accessories, you need to make sure that you have all the basics covered. The floor plan has to have a good flow, the trim should work with both ceiling and wall, and plumbing issues should be addressed. It’s much easier to choose accessories to match these elements than the other way around.
5. Taking the DIY Route — There are many reasons why remodeling should be left to professionals. Much of remodeling is in the planning, which means you need to be knowledgeable about design, building codes, and various construction techniques, as well as the tools needed for such work. Most importantly, if you make a mistake, you will have to cover the costs of correcting it out of your own pocket. On the other hand, professionals have a workmanship warranty or some kind of guarantee against installation errors.