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Top 10 Remodeling Do’s and Don’ts

We’ve written a few blogs about remodeling and renovating.  There is quite a bit to keep track of with all the tips and techniques for different projects.  So, we thought it’d be helpful to create a comprehensive list in one place with our Top 10 Dos and Don’ts for most remodeling ventures.

Top Remodeling Dos

    1. Conservative Budgeting – It’s always a good idea to build in a cost buffer. important to overestimate costs because of inevitable extra projects that have a tendency of cropping up.
    2. Consult Electricians/Contractors – Don’t take any home project for granted.  Your home is a major investment, so no project is too small to make sure it’s done right.
    3. Be Conscious of Code Requirements – If you aren’t sure, run your project by your local permitting office before you start.  They can review the project plan and let you know the kinds of things they’ll be looking for or if a permit is even required.  It’s always better to address potential issues rather than having to go back and re-work to be in compliance.  Plus, an inspector who has been included from the beginning is more likely to work with you on any issues that may come up.  In contrast, trying to avoid pulling a permit at all is a great way to end up with an inspector who feels the need to be a real stickler on every possible infraction.
    4. See a Project Through to The End – It’s extremely satisfying to see a project in it’s completed form and then check off the honey-do list.  Not to mention, your home looks and feels more comfortable when there aren’t half done projects lying about.
    5. Have a Long-Term Perspective – A forever home should be designed to grow old with you.  Short-term trends can be fun for a season, but future functionality is always a worthy investment.


    Nathan Burress

    Nathan Burress
    Design Consultant

    Top Remodeling Don’ts

    1. Accepting High Loans – Just because they’re offered doesn’t mean you should take them. Assuming too much debt is a quick way to become home poor if the loan payments are beyond budget.
    2. Assuming All Walls can be Knocked Down – While open floor plans are very popular, don’t assume any wall can be knocked down or that a large opening can be added simply by adding a beam.  There’s no general rule of thumb or shortcut here as far too many variables can be in play.  Look to a qualified contractor or engineer to determine if a wall is load bearing, and if so how large of an opening you can safely create in it.
    3. Forgetting Storage Space – This is especially common on the first floor when drawing up blueprints for major remodels.  Storage is often put on the back burner in place of higher priorities. You’ll never look back and decide you have too much storage.
    4. Shortcutting Projects – We strongly support completing projects once you’ve started, but the ends won’t justify the means if you take shortcuts.  Shortcutting can just lead to a project having to be redone in the near future.
    5. Ignoring the “Why” – Remodeling requires significant time and energy.  Avoid getting caught up in impulse projects if you aren’t truly committed to the end game. If you’re not fully engaged in your remodel, you may end up unhappy with the results and doing it over in a very short time.