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Organizational Tips to Help Get You Through

The idea of turning your home into a construction zone can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be a difficult process. These helpful remodeling tips will make the whole process as quick and easy as possible. With smart construction planning, you'll have a beautiful new home with minimal disruption to your daily life.

Set Priorities (remember, we all have to work and live within our budgets)

  • Analyze what you are trying to achieve in your space.
  • Establish what you can afford to spend.
  • Decide what can be done now and what can be done later.

Plan & Design (and then do it again, as typically each new version will get better)

  • Measure and plot your room or rooms in scale.
  • Create an existing plan, including door and window locations, lighting, outlets, and any existing plumbing.
  • Create a new plan, indicating any and all changes (note new outlet, lighting, and/or plumbing locations).
  • Add door swings and dimensions to your new plans.
  • Even minor work deserves a plan.
  • Make new design plans as accurate as possible, as your subcontractors will use these plans to calculate their estimates.
  • Take copies of designs with you to give to each contractor or supplier you expect to consider your project.
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Allow Plenty of Time for Planning, Shopping & Research

  • Allow time to shop for best buys and educate yourself about new and best products.
  • Allow time for submission of estimates (remember lowest price is not always the best and smartest purchase).
  • This includes checking out reputation and quality of craftsmanship of builder or subcontractors you consider.
  • Allow time to order all materials needed before construction or demolition begins, including:
    • Special or Non-Stock Appliances
    • Custom or Non-Stock Fixtures
    • Specialty Tiles or Hardware
  • Allow for early delivery of fixtures and appliance in case you have to replace damaged items.

Create a File Folder or Box for Your Project

  • Keep photographs or magazine clippings of what you are trying to achieve for reference or inspiration.
  • If you are confused about what you like, try collecting items you don't like (a way to backdoor your tastes).
  • Keep samples of materials and/or finishes you want to use or incorporate.
  • Keep spec sheets on fixtures, appliances, and hardware items.
  • Keep plans, estimates, notes, outstanding ideas not yet incorporated, and anything else related to your project.
  • Make a handy folder to take with you while shopping with organized search criteria still unresolved.

Don't Change Your Mind During the Construction Period (if at all possible)

Allow Plenty of Time for Your Contractors to Do a Quality Job