The most common ways to ruin a remodel can ruin any remodeling project. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or bathroom does not matter. Knowing the most common ways to ruin a remodel ahead of time might just save your project and your sanity, too.
Kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects should improve your life, increase your home's value, and make your home easier to sell as well. Homeowners do not start planning a remodel knowing it will end up a disaster, a disappointment, or one of their biggest regrets.
Once you know the most common ways to ruin a remodel you can actively avoid them at all costs. Most homeowners are not 100% happy with their remodel and wish that they had done something differently. That is not what ruins a remodel.
1. YOUR REMODELING PROJECTS SUFFERS FROM LACK OF DUST CONTROL.
Not preparing properly for demolition will ruin your remodel.
Kitchen and bathroom demo to prep for a remodel will be dusty and the dust can be a mixture of dirt and debris, drywall and sawdust.
"Ask your remodeling contractor exactly what they plan to do to contain dust during and remove dust after the project. What you want the contractor to do is isolate the kitchen renovation area as much as possible and in a way that is best for the health of your home and family.
You can either avoid using central heat or air (if you can help it) or you can block the HVAC returns in the kitchen during the remodel to avoid spreading dust through your ductwork and vents."
Bad prep will leave you with an impossible to clean layer of fine dust on everything. It is especially hard to get out of carpets and rugs.
HOW TO GET YOUR REMODELING DUST UNDER CONTROL.
If you do not take control before the project starts - it’s too late!
Find out how your contractor controls construction dust before the project starts. Dust control or lack of control can make or break your project.
Cover floors with one of the non-adhesive, non-slip, super tough fabrics mage for this purpose. They come on a roll and are made to protect hardwood floors and tile floors. It is actual fabric. The fabric is absorbent and protects against chemicals, paint, and foot traffic scuffs.
The best way to go is to move all of your things off-site. If you cannot move your items off-site cover everything with plastic sheeting or shrinkwrap.
Seal the HVAC ducts!
The Zipwall Dust Barrier system helps to contain the dust when there are no traditional barriers - like doors. It seals the area from floor to ceiling and no tape is used.
Some contractors now have air scrubbers that catch particles while they are still airborne. These air cleaning systems can eliminate a lot of the job site dust, but no job site is dust-free.
2. YOU DID CHECK THE CABINETS, TILE, PAINT, AND EVERYTHING IN THE LIGHTING IN YOUR HOME...RIGHT?
Cabinet showroom lighting is probably much different than the lighting you have at home. Selecting colors for your remodel in the showroom without checking them in the real lighting situation can be bad.
In fact, this is one of the most common ways to ruin a remodel. Cabinets, tile, back-splash, and appliances can be a completely different color in different lighting.
What looked like white in the showroom can easily appear grey or yellow at home. Blues and greens especially look different in different lighting. This can be a very costly mistake to make. You either buy new materials or go with what you selected and always feel like your remodeled kitchen or bathroom needs to be remodeled again. Ouch!
HOW TO BE SURE THE MATERIALS YOU SELECT WILL LOOK AS GOOD AT HOME AS IN THE SHOWROOM.
Get color swatches to look at in your lighting conditions. this includes all hours of sunlight and artificial light too. Do not rush to purchase something you have not tested at home. No matter how sure you are that it is perfect - you have to check it in the lighting at home!
ASK FINNTERIORS ABOUT REMODELING
Talk to the home remodeling professionals at Finnteriors when you are considering a remodeling project. Call us now to schedule a free in-home assessment. We will go over each step of the remodeling process with you before we start remodeling your kitchen, bathroom, or your whole house.