You love your neighborhood. You appreciate the schools; you know every aisle of the grocery store. Even your dog loves the park. But if your house no longer works for you, you don’t have to move! You can recreate and remodel it to match your current needs.
Important aspects of a successful remodel are:
- A clear vision.
- Reasonable expectations.
- An experienced and reliable contractor.
Here are some tips to help you get your dream home:
Build Solutions, Not Walls
Moving plumbing connections and electrical outlets are expensive projects so focus on reworking your space without moving the major appliances. If you can reorganize for maximum utility, you won’t have to move walls to gain square footage.
But make the best of the situation. If your new layout requires that you move the toilet or other water lines, use the opportunity to upgrade the pipes as a long-term investment.
Plan For More Storage
As you plan for your future house, walk through the current house- what items do not have a home yet? Do the shoes trip you at the front door? Where is the vacuum stored? Is the dog food easily accessible? Adequate storage makes every room feel more peaceful and beautiful by removing clutter and freeing up visual space. Plan in a mix of both 1)built-in cabinets and 2) stand-alone furniture to capture all of your clutter.
More Light With The Same Windows
Before cutting a big hole in the side of your house to install a window, consider a less invasive way of capturing light. To brighten up a windowless bath or hallway, install a “light tube” to channel sunlight from your roof through a highly reflective tube. Tubular skylights maximize the light by using special transparent domes. During dawn and dusk, when the sun’s angle is low, these devices capture sunlight more efficiently than traditional skylights and reduce the need for artificial lighting.
And another benefit? Some municipalities offer tax credits.
Donate Your Leftovers
Of course, plan to recycle the valuable scrap metal. But also try to salvage other items. Before you begin a remodeling job, invite the local Habitat for Humanity chapter to remove fixtures to resell; up to 85 percent of a house is reusable. Not only will this save space in the landfill, you could earn a charitable tax credit for the donation and help a good cause. Your dated fixtures might be a treasure for a mid-century modern fan on a budget!
Keep To Standard Sizes
Shop for stock windows and doors. By incorporating manufacturers’ off-the-shelf dimensions from the outset, you could save ⅓ to ½ of the cost of custom fabrication. Put the savings into upgrading the finishes.
Invest some time before the chaos begins. Declutter, pack up or move any items in the renovation zone. Enjoy giving or donating the things you no longer need or no longer fit your new space. Then store the rest in big plastic tubs and label everything. For a whole-home remodel, consider renting either an offsite unit or a storage pod in your driveway to keep all your belongings secure and clean during the process.
Don’t Forget The Pets
Renovation chaos stresses the four-legged family members. When doing a house remodel, consider the safety and care of your pets. How will they react to a constant flow of strangers, an open front door, or inaccessible rooms?
Consider all options. Can they go to grandma’s house? Attend doggie daycare? Stay at a neighbor’s home in the day and in your home at night? How will they react to a constant flow of strangers and open doors?
Plan For Outages
Plan ahead for times when you don’t have electricity. You might not be able to open the garage door or front gate. Keep your phones charged. When the power is off, a fully stocked fridge will keep for safe for 24 hours but only if you don’t open the door.
At times, the contractor will also have to shut the water. Communicate the schedule in order to prepare containers of water in the fridge for drinking, on the counter for cooking and have buckets of water available to flush the toilet. Even fill the bathtub for another source of clean water.
Home Improvement Project Planners
Instead of hiring separate contractors, enjoy a complete solution from Century Construction Services. Century Construction Services is based in Magnolia and serves the greater Houston area along with San Antonio, Austin, Dallas. Contact at (832) 626-4419 or visit centuryconstructionservices.com