Significant structures like commercial buildings, skyscrapers, and large residential homes require regular maintenance to ensure safety, quality, durability, and comfort. If you think your home is outdated and want a new and unique ambiance, then a remodeling project should be your next target.
Remodeling your home, especially if it’s a mansion requires thorough planning but the benefits pay off! Remodeling increases comfort, raises your home’s value, and boosts safety, efficiency, durability, and functionality. Many homeowners conduct renovation processes without a clear plan; projects that go ahead without proper planning lead to extra expenses, unforeseen issues, and even accidents.
Without proper preparation, your home remodeling project can fail. Unlike building a new house, you aren’t starting from the ground up, you are working on an existing structure that may have hidden problems that can make the process more complex. So, before you start, be sure to go through the following steps!
Tip #1: Access the Current Situation
Before thinking about the specifics of your design, take a good look at what you have to work with. Scoping a room allows you to make a list of the features you won’t be changing and think about how this will impact decisions like wall color, carpet material, and light fixtures. Take note of the number of windows and their measurements, the width of your baseboards (if you’re not changing them), and the location of light fixtures (unless you intend to have the room rewired). Deciding what you are going to keep intact and what you intend to change will allow you to make a cohesive plan.
Tip #2: Do Your Research
After observing the total area of your home, and the rooms you want to refurbish, spend time looking at design ideas that could work in your space. You can get various inspirations from browsing home decorating magazines, interior design websites, and helpful blogs. You can include the latest interior trends for colors and textiles, ideas for creating an open floor plan, and options for installing windows and even domed roof hatches to allow more natural light into your living space.
Tip #3: Consult with An Interior Designer
Once you have your ideas in order, decide on your budget. Organize your list according to must-have, nice-to-have, and extras before sitting down with your interior designer. Knowing your budget and priorities will allow them to give you the best advice for your remodeling project in accord with your budget. They will likely have additional design ideas to help you meet your goals.
Tip #4: Hire a Trusted Contractor
Renovating mansions takes skill; it requires the expertise of a professional guiding a trained team. Don’t be tempted to take shortcuts by hiring a few handy people who are good with a hammer. If you want to refurbish your home, hiring an experienced contractor, architect, and interior designer is essential to the process. When considering who you will hire, take the time to review their work and reviews from previous customers. Interviewing multiple contractors and comparing their bids will ensure you hire a qualified team to tackle your project.
Tip #5: Create a Realistic Timeline
Remodeling projects often take longer than expected, so be prepared and make accommodations to avoid frustration. Once a project is underway, and as walls are opened up, your contractor may run into unexpected roadblocks. There’s no way around it – these issues need to be addressed to ensure the integrity of the renovations. Consult with your contractor, as they have experience and can help you to set reasonable expectations for each stage of the project.
Tip #6: Expect The Unexpected
Remember, the structures and fixtures in your home may not be in the best shape as when they were brand new. Your contractor can address if your floors are uneven due to a shifted center joist while still measuring for your anticipated new floors. Expecting the unexpected will help you save time and prevent dealing with the stress of unwanted mishaps that may be beyond your planned budget.
Preparing and thoroughly planning any construction project before getting started will save you the trouble of experiencing unwanted problems, structural issues, and unexpected costs. By remembering these helpful tips, you can set reasonable expectations, achieve your goals and start enjoying your dream home!
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