Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Walker Woodworking, managing day to day operations, and marketing. Stacey has helped many clients create their dream space.

Top 4 Home Remodel Questions

We get it, a remodel can be intimidating and feel a little overwhelming. It is a big step and one worth carefully considering. Your home will undergo a change requiring you to adjust during the renovation period. As with most things a good plan can take you far but that means taking the time to gather information and asking questions. Over the years we have helped answer a lot of questions from our clients as they prepared to begin their renovation journey. We have collected them here for you and paired them with helpful information so here our top four remodel questions.

Are there any safety concerns?

The safety of your family is your number one priority and it is at the top of our list. While renovations on television always look easy and super fun, demolition day can take a toll on your physical and mental health. There can also be some fear about accidents happening, but that is why precautions are always put in place. Here are some things you can ask your contractor prior to starting the renovation:

  • Have you checked that the home structure is sound?
  • What is your plan for demo day?
  • Is there anything I need to remove before you start?
  • Will you be on site during the renovation?

Asking these questions ahead of time will allow you to have peace of mind before you even start the renovation. There are also several things you can do to ensure that things go well during the remodel such as:

  • Keeping your living and reno spaces separate: while it is easier to move out during a renovation it is not always possible. The next best thing is to create a separation between the two zones. Hanging up some durable clear plastic is a great way to accomplish this or even using furniture as a barrier for the kids. By keeping the family zone away from the reno, it lessens the likelihood of any accidents.
  • Wear the right protective gear: whenever you walk into a construction area be sure to have the correct protection like safety glasses and closed toed shoes.

Keeping your family safe means you receive the new space you need with less stress to everyone.

What is the project timeline?

HGTV has mastered the art of short timelines with some families receiving their new spaces in as little as 6 weeks. While this makes for a great TV show, it can be a little misleading since they have a larger manpower and faster access to most resources. Depending on the scope of work needed a kitchen can take anywhere from two to six months, sometimes longer. A bathroom by itself can often be done between two and six weeks, again depending on the amount of work needed and barring any complications. There are other things that play a factor into a renovation timeline including:

  • Resources
  • Permit delays
  • Location
  • Weather

A good plan can take you far, which is why we always encourage our clients to begin looking at inspiration photos and browsing home furnishing stores. The earlier you can formulate a plan of action for your renovation the easier it will be to get started on bringing your dream to life. Pinterest, Houzz, and even home magazines are some great ways to begin searching for inspiration. Talking with your designer will also allow you to know what things need to be done first and which items will take longer to source so if you want to have a new kitchen or dining space for the holidays it is best to begin late spring or early summer to ensure you have sufficient time for any unexpected delays that could occur.

What is your process?

This is a fair question and one that any contractor or designer should be willing to answer for you. It is important for you to know what their process is and the exact steps that will be taken to complete the project. Here at Walker Woodworking we have a clear seven step process that takes our clients from start to finish. Read about them here on Greenbrook Design’s website, the exclusive dealer for Walker Woodworking cabinets. Every company has a process, sometimes it begins with a consultation while others begin with an on site measure. Some questions you can ask:

  • When are payments due?
  • What needs to be done prior to starting a project?
  • Are there any items I need to bring ie: drawings, measurements?

Knowing the process will help you plan accordingly and know what payments are due when plus it will help speed up the process. Be sure to address this early in the process to avoid any hidden fees or surprises down the road.

How do I prepare for a renovation?

This is a critical part of the renovation process especially for those who are unable to move off site. Preparing for a renovation yields several benefits including less stress and better ability to plan for what’s ahead. Some ways to prepare for a renovation:

  • Mentally prepare yourself for the coming change and potential challenges. While this may seem obvious, it is easy to overlook and you soon find yourself overwhelmed and nearly panicking. When your mind is prepared for the loud noises and unexpected delays, it can make processing them much easier.
  • It will get noisy and dirty. Both of these things are a part of the renovation journey but if you are prepared it can make it easier to adjust to it. Plan your outings like running to the grocery store around the noisy parts of the day. If you work from home consider spending some time at your favorite local coffee shop where there is access to wi-fi
  • Meal plan. The luxury of cooking at home may not always be an option depending on where you are in the process. Having a backup plan like going to your parents, your favorite restaurant, or even meal prepping ahead of time can make things go easier. If you are doing a renovation during the summer consider using the grill.
  • Take time for you. Don’t forget about yourself. Planning for an afternoon at the park or enjoying some quiet time at your favorite bookstore can be just the refreshment you need to recharge your batteries.
  • Keep things together. Organization can be a tremendous challenge during a renovation but if you plan ahead it will be easier to keep those important things where you need them. Place important documents in a labeled box and have a central location for items that you need access to on a regular basis.  Knowing where things are can help alleviate stress during a renovation.

Remember that the end will come to your renovation and in its place will be a wonderful new place that will benefit your family on so many levels so it is worth it. Check out these other helpful tips from A Thoughtful Place and keep that end goal in mind.

Starting your home renovation

We are excited to help you on your renovation journey and look forward to working with you on achieving your dreams. Our experienced design team can help you transform your kitchen, bathroom, laundry or mudroom into a place that is both functional and reflective of your style. We can also assist you in creating a home office that will make it easier to meet those deadlines and stay focused. Whatever the need, we are here to help. Contact us today and let’s get started.