With everything that this year has thrown our way many people have found themselves stuck at home with more time than before. You, like many Americans, may have even thought about spending your extra time on home remodeling projects like updating your kitchen or bathroom countertops. However, before you pick up the hammer, here are common remodeling mistakes you should try to avoid!
Skipping the Design and Planning Phase
Just like any big life decision, a kitchen or bathroom remodel plan should be given a lot thought and consideration before you start. If you rush into a remodel you will most likely end up spending more money and time than you had planned with design changes mid-project and ideas that might not be practical. At Stoneworks, we have experienced team members at each of our showrooms locations in North Carolina, Florida and New York, to help you ensure your countertop project stays on track and reflect your personal design style.
Setting Unrealistic Expectations
You might have seen kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects completed on TV that have you convinced you can have exactly those things with just a few phone calls to local fabricators. We are here to tell you that you can have those things, but first you need to understand several topics before jumping in. Have you talked about what you want to invest in your home? Do you know how long your project might take or if you will be able to live in your home during the remodel? How will you find the best fabricator for your project? These are just a few questions that often get overlooked.
Purchasing Countertop Material Before You Make A Plan
Buying countertop materials before a plan is made can cause several frustrating issues, including appliances not fitting in the space, countertops be ready before your cabinets are installed, not having enough materials for the project or ending up with a countertop and fixtures that don’t reflect your design style. Part of the planning and design process includes measuring for materials and creating proper allowances.
Attempting To DIY
Homeowners often say time and time again that they began a project that is more than they can handle. It’s important to find ways to value plan a project with fabricators you trust. The process of remodeling your kitchen or bathroom can bring on many unforeseen challenges and we have proved to our client’s over and over that working with a licensed and insured fabricator will save you time, money and headaches!
Choosing Appearance Over Function
We all love the gorgeous bathrooms and kitchens we see on HGTV or in showrooms, but just because it looks nice doesn’t necessarily mean it is practical for your lifestyle. When redesigning your space it is important it caters to your needs and is functional for your everyday life. For instance, you might love the look of real marble countertops but children and pets, a durable granite countertops, quartz countertops or ultra compact surface countertops may be a better fit for you. In high traffic areas like bathrooms and kitchens it’s important to consider how you will utilize your space. You want to ensure the functionality of the space by putting design elements such as the countertops in an arrangement that will lend the best workflow.
Choosing Fabricators And Stone Suppliers On A Whim
When selecting a fabricator and stone supplier, you shouldn’t just pick the first one that pops up on Google or the one with the lowest prices. Find reviews and referrals, get price quotes and interview multiple fabricators and stone suppliers near you to find the one that best understands your vision within your budget and timeline.
Taking on home remodels can seem easy and straightforward when you see them on TV, however, many first-time remodelers quickly find it daunting and confusing once they start. At Stoneworks, we take the stress out of home remodels with individualized design plans where they work with each customer to bring their vision to life.
Not Receiving The Correct Permits
Getting the proper permits for your home remodel can seem daunting. It important to know though that if you are caught without them you could be forced to tear down what you’ve already done and acquire a permit before restarting your remodel. Plus, most homeowners insurance requires you to provide a copy of the permits for the remodel to be covered under your insurance.
For more information on how to jumpstart your kitchen or bathroom remodel without these common mistakes contact us or schedule and appointment tp visit one of our countertop showrooms located in Largo, Charlotte, or Newburgh!
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