Surviving Your Remodeling Project

  • By:  Maureen Paris

A kitchen or bath remodel is very rewarding when the final walk through is completed and you and your family are enjoying the beauty and function of your new kitchen or bath. However the process takes planning, time, and extra doses of patience! 

As you embark on your kitchen or bath remodel or renovation, unknowns will weigh on your mind. Make sure your design and remodeling team communicates what’s involved in every step, so you will be better prepared. The end result will be well worth the small inconveniences that can occur over the course of a kitchen or bath remodeling project. 

It is most important to realize that the process will cause temporary disruptions to your everyday lifestyle so planning for this will allow you and your family to minimize any changes to your daily routine. Here are a few remodeling tips and tricks to keep in mind during the process:

• Patience is a necessity when planning your kitchen or bath remodel. Construction of any type takes coordination, time, and plenty of patience.

• Visit your favorite local restaurants during your kitchen remodel. Another option is using the grill outside. The fewer kitchen duties you have in your home, the easier it will be for you.

• Kitchen or bath remodeling will create dust; there is no way around this. Prior to the start of your remodeling project, seal off all doorways and openings with plastic and tape.

• Do not allow children or pets into the work area; it may be dangerous for them.

• Plan your kitchen or bathroom remodeling schedule at a time that works for you. Let your kitchen designer & remodeling expert know if there are days during the week or weekend that will not work with your schedule.

• Allow for a few extra days to complete your project. A perfectly planned project sometimes will have a hiccup.

• Once you have signed your contract and approved your selections, it is advisable not to request additional changes. Change orders cost everyone time and money. A delay in a decision could delay the work schedule of your remodel job.

• Provide a convenient bathroom for the use of workers. If you prefer not to have workers use your personal bathroom, consider renting a port-a-potty. 

• If you decide to use a bathroom in your home for kitchen duties throughout your remodel, choose a bathroom that will not be used for your family’s personal hygiene needs throughout the renovation. Instead designate a bathroom to be used specifically for kitchen duties.

• Make sure there is one primary decision maker for your remodel. The primary decision maker should be available by phone at all times. As hard as your remodeling team strives to foresee obstacles that may arise, it is very common for obstacles to present themselves during your remodel. Also, be ready to make a lot of decisions, down to the hardware on your cabinets.

• The goal is to have your remodel completed in a timely manner. Please direct all questions to your representative and not to the workers. If your questions are small, please make a list and discuss them with your representative by phone.

• Don’t sweat the small stuff! If there are small defects or pieces that need to be replaced, this can be taken care of at a later date.

Hopefully, these tips will help make your kitchen or bathroom remodel smooth and worry-free.

Maureen Paris is controller and business developer for B & T Kitchens and Bath. For more information about B & T Kitchens and Bath, visit www.bandtkitchens.com or call 757-502-8625.

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