10 Tips to Choosing a Kitchen & Bath Design and Remodeling Professional

family could be growing or you merely do not want to get stuck with a decade themed room. Whatever your purpose, you require the most suitable remodeling designs for your needs. Designing and creating a new kitchen or bathroom, whether remodeling an existing space or designing for a new home, can be an overwhelming, intimidating and confusing experience. Finding the right professional to make that experience a successful one is the key to reducing your stress and enjoying your “dream home” for years to come.

As you visit showrooms and interview professionals, keep these criteria in mind to get the best value for your investment; Budget, Design Talent, Personality, & Services.

 

Budget:

Your Budget is Essential. Any remodeling expert will tell you that your budget is king. Your proposed budget can tell you a lot about what you can do with your bathroom. It will tell you whether you can knock off a wall, but the newest fixtures, re route your plumbing or hire the priciest plumber. Before you even draw the initial line of your design, make certain you know how much you can afford to spend.

 

When preparing for a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project, it is important to understand all of the expected (and unexpected) costs associated. Expenses include cabinets, countertops, appliances and fixtures, and flooring, in addition to design, construction, and permitting. Kitchen and bathroom improvements typically involve gas, electrical, and plumbing expertise, and as such, they are often the most complex and expensive types of home improvement projects.

 

The best way to keep your remodeling project on budget is to find a qualified kitchen and bathroom planning professional. Even for projects that are small in scope, professional designers can be a very cost-effective option by offering design alternatives, helping with efficient space planning, and limiting costly errors due to inexperience or misinformation.

 

In the planning process, whether working with a design professional or directly with a contractor, it is important to be honest about your budget and priorities. This will help all parties involved work to create a final product that meets your needs and expectations. A good first step in the planning process is creating a list of the features in your current space and deciding whether they are sufficient, or need updating or elimination. In addition, create a wish list of items that you would like to include in order of priority – begin with your basic needs and then include extras that can be added as your taste and budget allows. This will assist in creating a budget for your project and will guide the design of your kitchen or bathroom.

 

Budget: Step two

Once you have determined your needs, it is time to plan a budget. After considering the base costs of materials and labor, always factor in a line for surprise costs. Even when working with design professionals, unexpected changes are sometimes necessary. For example, older homes may require additional structural, electrical, or plumbing work in order to support the project or bring your home up to code.

After your budget is set, be an informed consumer. The more you know about your needs and expectations, the easier it will be for you to effectively navigate the process. Allow yourself sufficient time to make selections and decisions. Early preparation will help your preferences and budget direct the project, rather than time constraints determining your priorities once the project has started. During the remodeling process, it is important that you remain consistent by sticking to your plan and make yourself available during the project. Open communication with your contractor and design professional will help work to stay on schedule and on budget. Enjoyment of your new space is key and can be accomplished by getting the best value out of your time and money through planning and accurate budgeting. If you do not know where to start or what a remodel will cost, feel free to give our showroom a call to get an idea of budget for your project.

 

Design Talent:

Design is very subjective, but you are making a major investment and “good” isn’t good enough. You are looking for someone who has completed projects that you “absolutely love”. A good design space and a great design space sometimes doesn’t cost that much more. Look for a designer with a portfolio of completed projects.

– Do the projects appear to be doable on your budget?

– Do they incorporate elements you want in your new space?

– Do you emotionally connect with the projects? Yes… is the response you want.

 

Personality:

Like design, personality is subjective. Remember, you will practically be living with your kitchen & bath not your designer. During the course of your interview, consider their personality… and yours! You may not be a remodeling expert. You may possibly not even have an artistic streak but you do have particular tastes. Make sure your preferences far more concrete by carefully studying remodeling designs in magazines and on the internet. Searching for what other kitchen and bathrooms look like will support you in establishing what particular fixtures and colors you would want yourself. Once you have some notion of what you want, start window shopping. This is the point where you begin narrowing down material sorts, styles and colors.

 

Services:

Consider the services you need and what are provided. Will you become the general contractor for the project? Most homeowners are looking for a “one-stop shop” – a professional that will design the space, coordinate the subcontractors, including electricians, plumbers, tile installers and painters – to name a few and deliver the perfect space. Be sure to ask what services are included in the cost – you want to avoid surprises. Not every single contractor and remodeling expert has the same high quality work. Even the greatest laid out plans are bound to grow to be a mess is you do not get the right organization or set of experts. You need to shop for your contractor as carefully as you would for your materials. Consider reading contractor reviews and client recommendations online.