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Nine Renovation Do’s and Don’ts

by Melanie Grabarkiewicz 

In my experience assisting clients both at Meadowlark and in my former life as a kitchen and bath designer, renovating a home can be fun and exciting, but it can also feel stressful and time-consuming. Here are Nine DO’s and DON’Ts for tackling a major home remodel that will help ensure your project is a pleasant experience and creates a space to enjoy for years to come. living room DO hire a professional designer. By investing in a designer, you’ll collaborate with a professional to come up with ideas and solutions. Designers know the latest products, technology, and trends. They can eliminate costly mistakes and narrow down choices that fit your lifestyle and budget. DO be flexible. While it’s necessary to have a budget, always include a little more for “unforeseen” circumstances. You may discover a surprise in your kitchen soffit, pests nesting in your walls, or plumbing unable to be moved as designed. If planned for in advance, you can account for these things without feeling strain in your pocketbook. DO purge your belongings before starting your renovation. Now is a perfect time to go through your things and get rid of unnecessary items. Do you really need 50 pieces of Tupperware? Three sets of pots and pans? Twenty bottles of scented lotion? Start off fresh, neat, and organized in your new space! IMG_2375 copy DO prepare to take time off work to choose selections and complete home walkthroughs. Many specialty showrooms do not have weekend or evening hours. It is also important to do walkthroughs during daylight hours to discuss important items like plumbing and electrical. Be sure to dedicate the appropriate amount of time to ensure your thoughts and preferences are conveyed to both your designer and builder. DON’T plan a large event or party around your major home renovation. Many people plan parties or invite guests to stay in their homes too close to their project completion date. Extreme hot or cold temperatures, excessive precipitation, and unforeseen circumstances may extend your project longer than expected. Putting pressure on the contractor could compromise the quality of work done on your home. DO move out of your house during a major home remodel. Moving in with your mother-in-law may seem like a frightening scenario, but it’s something you should seriously consider for your family’s health and wellness. If your house was built before 1978, there is a chance that it contains lead paint. Asbestos is also another item that needs careful attention in older homes. No matter how much care is taken, dust and dirt make their way in and around your home. This is especially irritating to people with asthma and allergies. IMG_5478_CS DO go green! Utilize the latest in energy upgrades, water saving fixtures, and healthy building materials. The myth that green products are a lot more expensive is not always the case. While upgrading your home, consider these as possible options. forest green shower smaller DO contemplate Universal Design when renovating an existing space. Universal Design considers practical design features for all ages and people with and without disabilities. Thinking about these things prior to construction could prevent additional renovations down the road for expected or unexpected life changes. Wider hallways and doorways, better lighting, and zero-threshold showers are a few examples of universal design features to incorporate into your project. _D8E8231_sm DON’T buy building products online. Buying your products through your contractor/designer ensures that things will fit and prevents losing valuable warranties by purchasing from uncertified dealers and installers. When you buy local, showrooms have examples on hand, and the knowledge to educate you on your options. Designers and contractors have access to designer/builder discounts and can pass on these valuable savings to you. Buying local also helps reduce issues like shipping damage, large re-stocking fees, and compromised product quality. For additional information on home remodeling and green building, check out www.meadowlarkbuilders.com  

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