The investment required to remodel any living space in your home varies based on a couple of major considerations:
- size of the room
- type of room
- finish and hardware components of the cabinetry you select
- inclusion of flooring, countertops, lighting, plumbing, appliances and installation services for your project.
The five-step design process followed by our professional design team will walk you through each of these decisions and allow you to determine an expected investment for your remodeling project.
- Phase I — Planning & Preparing (Designs & Ideas Phase)
- Phase II — Designing the Plans & Selecting Finishes (Picking out finishes & space layouts)
- Phase III — Finalizing Construction Plans / Designs & re-Selected Finishes
- Phase IV — Scheduling Work to be done with tradesman including coordinating all the logistics
- Phase V — Executing the Production of your Project
Custom cabinetry will take between eight and 12 weeks to deliver. If Visibly Better™ Interiors performs the installation, you should plan on an additional one to four weeks after delivery to complete the project. The type of countertop selected will also impact the project completion time. Granite counter-tops can take up to four weeks from order to delivery.
- Your existing materials will be removed and disposed of.
- New electrical, if required, will be installed.
- New plumbing, if required, will be installed.
- The walls will be repaired and prepped for paint.
- The cabinets will get installed (for kitchen remodels)
- The countertop will be measured and a template will be made.(for kitchen remodels)
- The trim for the cabinets will get installed.
- The painting of your space can be completed.
- The custom countertop is installed.(for kitchen remodels)
- The final plumbing will be connected and your space will be functioning once again.
- If applicable, the tile backsplash will be installed.
- If applicable, the new floor will be installed (if not installed prior to step 5)
Expect your room to be out of commission for at least one to five weeks.
If the remodel you have planned happens to be your kitchen, you may want to consider setting up a make-shift kitchen in another room with microwave, small sink, place settings, etc. You may arrange ahead of time with a Visibly Better™ Interiors consultant to have the refrigerator set up in an alternate location. It is a good idea to plan on eating out, grilling or microwaving your meals. If accessible, you may want to wash your dishes in the laundry or bathroom.
If the remodel you have planned happens to be a bathroom — especially if it is your only bathroom — pre-arrange with your contractor to have the toilet reset at the end of each workday. Each morning, they’ll disconnect the toilet and remove it to create additional workspace for tiling and flooring. A reset will make the toilet functional again each night.
No matter which room you remodel – expect dust and dirt in your home! Even if the contractor carefully hangs plastic or tarps around the area to be remodeled, a layer of dust will still settle throughout your home.
Expect the unexpected. Anytime additions or changes to the remodeling project occur, costs will fluctuate. Change orders may be used to resolve allowances, which are placeholders in the budget for particular items. More often than not, change orders occur because you change your mind or add to the scope of the project.
Various permits are often required for a full kitchen or bath renovation. Permits are intended to protect you from poor workmanship and potential damage. Only licensed trades can pull permits. Visibly Better™ Interiors will always take care of all necessary permits during the installation of your project.
Here is basic protocol to know about pulling permits:
- If a mechanical (electrical, heating or plumbing) is being moved then a permit may be required.
- If a wall is being moved then a permit may be required.
As a result of permits being pulled, there may be additional time required by the installer for the project. You can also assume your project will take an additional week to complete, set aside a couple of no-work days while waiting for inspectors.
Even if your project is on point with the planned budget, the amount of money you are investing in your home may cause some anxiety. If costs begin to increase along with the volume of change orders, it will likely further boost your anxiety level! A general rule of thumb is to plan on spending 10 percent above contract for unanticipated items that will unfold as your remodel takes place.
For more remodel tips and facts about starting a remodel project contact an expert at Visibly Better™ Interiors at (414) 847-6334.
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