Here are some practical information that can be useful to you for all your renovation projects, from a simple change of counter to the expansion of your house.
Here are some renovation tips that can make a difference:
-To stay within a reasonable budget, respect water arrivals and evacuations (expensive plumbing costs).
-A new floor followed by a bit of paint and voila!
-Changing the handles on furniture can rejuvenate it. If the budget allows it, change its doors without touching the cabinets.
-Refresh your accessories (soap dish, trash can, towel handler, candles etc.)
-The lighting makes all the difference! (Hint: add a dimmer)
-Be creative: want something you’ve never had? Do something you’ve never done! Add a bright color (on walls or in your accessories), a mirror on the wall above the bath, beautiful frames, etc.
Here are some questions, answers and tips that will guide you in the right direction and help you save some time.
- Make a list
Why do you want to renovate your kitchen? Want more storage? Modernize the style? What elements would you change : cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring, backsplash ? Do you want to add an island (central unit)? Make a list of everything you want to renovate in order of importance. Thus, if along the process you need to eliminate some options to stay within your budget, you can eliminate those from the bottom of your list!
This is the basis of everything. It will let you know what you will be able to achieve on your list and allows you to determine the amount that will be allocated to each task. Ex: $ 7,000 for kitchen cabinets, $ 2,500 for household, $ 400 for paint, etc. (It’s possible that you don’t know the cost of some of the work, please refer to the 3rd paragraph.) Remember to allocate 80% of the original budget for the entire project. This way, if changes or unforeseen should occur, you can stay within your budget.
Getting a plan and a quote allows you to avoid wasted time and costly changes. With a plan created by a kitchen designer, coordination of job shifts is set in advance which greatly reduces time and expenses. The money invested in a plan and an estimate is never lost because you can avoid costly surprises and changes that may affect your budget.
Be ready: shop for your materials (furniture, fixtures, colors, etc.) by flipping through magazines such as DécorMag, JeDécore. This will help you avoid making choices in a hurry and will ensure you a look you’ll love.
- What to provide
Obtaining a permit from the city (each city has different criteria)
Space for the installation of a temporary kitchen
The ability to move elsewhere if you need to achieve major renovations
Inform your neighbours of future work (noise, waste container, etc.)