When you decide to remodel your Northern Tennessee home, an entire world of possibilities opens up. Perhaps you'll finally have enough room to accommodate your growing family or maybe you'll have the home office you've always dreamed of. Regardless of what your goals with the remodel, it's important to avoid the following mistakes that can cause friction, stress, and other negative consequences.
1. Setting an unrealistic budget
It makes perfect sense that you want to budget a specific amount to spend on your home remodel project. After all, if you're like many homeowners, you have plenty of other expenses that you need to account for.
One way to draw up a budget for a particular project is to do some research online. However, until you get an estimate from an experienced remodeling company in the area, it can be difficult to know what is an accurate budget for a specific project. There is such a wide variation in labor rates, materials costs, and other factors from one area of the country to another that it can skew the figures considerably.
Regardless of what you determine your budget for remodeling to be, add 20 percent to it. This amount covers any unexpected surprises. In the event that you don't use all of it, you can put it toward your next project or for the decor for your current one.
2. Buying furniture and home décor too early
Of course, you want to decorate your new space and make it your own as soon as possible. Because you already have the materials, colors, and textures all picked out, you might think that buying furniture and home decor is something that you can do early on in the process.
The vision of what the finished remodeling project looks like in your head could be very different from the reality though. Items that you think will look fantastic in the space could be completely wrong when you place them in the finished area.
3. Focusing on appearance
This mistake might seem like it's counterproductive. After all, a remodeling project is supposed to add value and beauty to your home so it makes sense that you're focused on its appearance.
Of course, the appearance of the finished project should be a concern, but you'll also want to make sure that it performs the function that you anticipated. Appearances can also come into consideration during the remodeling process.
During this time, it can be discouraging when you see the mess scattered around the project area. In the end, though, the project will come together and you'll be proud of what's been accomplished.
4. Not considering workflow
When designing your remodeling project, don't forget to account for workflow. This is especially important in a room like a kitchen where much of the activity will take place in one of three areas: the sink, refrigerator, and stove. Be sure that the new space allows for the maximum efficiency and functionality of the space.
5. Buying cheap materials
Think about a remodeling project being a long-lasting improvement that you don't want to have to do much more than simple maintenance in order to enjoy it fully. This thought process then leads to choosing high-quality materials that will stand the test of time. By selecting the best quality you can afford, you won't have to replace them in the near future.
6. Impulse purchases
When shopping for a remodeling project, make sure you keep the entire project in mind. Aim to achieve a cohesive and visually pleasing space by considering elements like the lights, floors, cabinets, wall color, and more when you're making purchases.
7. Using the wrong architectural style
Your home has an original style -- whether it's modest or fancy. While an addition or other remodeling project doesn't need to match the original architectural style exactly, it should be complementary to it.
Opting to combine styles that are vastly different could affect the resale value of your home. It also might reduce the functionality of it while you're living there.
8. Taking the trendy route
It's true that nearly all remodeling projects and additions are aimed at updating a home. There is a difference between giving a home a fresh new look and riding the latest trend. Instead of the latter, focus on a well-designed project that will continue looking good for years to come.
At Wood Construction & Remodeling, we partner with each of our clients to ensure that we exceed their expectations. Reach out to our professionals today and learn how we can help make your northern Tennessee home the best it can be.