If you have ever done a home renovation before, then you know that it can be a tedious and stressful job. Renovating your kitchen or bathroom is a big deal! It is important to perform careful planning and extensive research before you start your project. Finding the right sink to meet your dish washing needs or the most comfortable and relaxing bathtub can be overwhelming.
Don’t worry though, Sandpiper Supply has the best tips that you need before you begin this exciting new journey. Before you take the next big step in renovating your bathroom or kitchen, there are some essential tips you need to know.
5 Steps Before You Renovate Your Kitchen Or Bathroom
Know Your Space & Your Style
All bathrooms and kitchens are different, so getting to know your space is one of the most important things to begin with. Not to mention, the more time you spend planning will help your project run smoothly. Knowing the dimensions of the room is essential in deciding what pieces should make their way into the space and how much you can actually fit.
It is also important to have a style in mind for your renovation. You don’t have to stick to the latest trends, but adding pieces and fixtures that represent your own, personal style will make your kitchen or bathroom feel more comfortable. Spend some time looking at photos and noting what you like- a Pinterest board is perfect for this type of idea gathering.
Set Realistic Goals
Setting goals should be one of your top priorities when thinking about renovating your bathroom or kitchen. You need to decide what you actually want to gain from this renovation. However, it is important to figure out what is actually possible for you and your budget. You don’t want to figure out halfway through the project that something isn’t possible due to space or budget constraints. It’s great to want to have a fireplace in your bathroom but if your home’s configuration won’t accommodate one, that may be a dream to let go of.
Set a Budget
Planning a budget and sticking to it, is a big factor in the home renovation process. Try making a list of your priorities and decide what you want and what you need. Your budget should be personalized to your project and include costs for building materials, labor and cosmetic touches.
You should first decide how much you want to spend and then set aside a certain amount for unexpected costs. The next step is to request a quote from contractors and other professionals to see how much labor will cost. Then you need to price out all of the required materials that are needed. Researching before demolition and communication with your contractor is crucial here – your contractor may budget for you to buy plain, white and chrome fixtures while you are envisioning sleek black fixtures with polished gold accents and an automatic toilet.
Hire a Licensed Contractor:
Finding the right contractor for your home renovation project can be tough. You will want to interview a few different contractors to see which one will best fit your needs. It is important to ask them questions like how much the project will cost and if they can commit to the job for the given time frame. A licensed contractor will hold insurances, permits and hire reputable subs to ensure quality work that is up to code. Looking at their websites and asking their previous clients about their performance can help you choose one over the other. During the actual renovation, it is key to have good communication with your contractor because the better the communication, the easier and faster the job will be. Keeping a project journal on site will allow you both to make notes and keep track of changes in writing.
Choose Quality Fixtures
Adding fixtures is the cherry on top to your home renovation project! Choosing quality and stylish fixtures when renovating your kitchen or bathroom can make or break your space. Your fixtures should go along with your style, while also being functional in your particular home. Some fixtures might look amazing, but not work for your specific space or be from a reputable manufacturer. A cheap fixture can cost you more in repairs down the road than you would save initially.
How Can Sandpiper Help With Your Home Renovation?
At Sandpiper Supply we offer an array of unique plumbing fixtures to take your home renovation to the next level. Our highly trained showroom consultants are ready to help you make your bathroom or kitchen project as stress free as possible. Contact us today to set up an appointment with one of our friendly staff members to visit our 2000 square foot showroom and see for yourself what we have to offer!