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GHBA Remodelers Council Design, selection experts make remodeling easier

December 16, 2018

When homeowners begin to think about remodeling their home for the first time, they often don’t know where to begin. They certainly know what they don’t like about their current kitchen, bathroom, or other rooms in the house.

But, the idea of tearing up their living space for the unknown outcome of a remodel may be disconcerting. Plus, the fear of making a wrong decision on the remodeling design or material selections can be very intimidating.

Major remodeling projects, like kitchen or bathroom makeovers, are beyond the capabilities of most do-it-yourselfers. For example, only highly skilled, licensed craftsmen should perform intricate, dangerous electrical and plumbing work.

Master carpenters should measure and build cabinetry with extreme precision. And, to ensure remodeling success, homeowners should approve detailed project drawings and select all key materials prior to construction. That’s where assistance from experienced design and selections professionals can be invaluable to homeowners, particularly first-time remodelers.

A contractor should first listen to a homeowner’s top priorities and desired budget for a remodeling project. They can then translate the homeowner’s vision into an actual set of conceptual drawings. Those drawings will serve as the baseline for project quotation, future design changes, and material selections. The remodeling contractor should incorporate space planning and construction expertise into the plans to prevent the execution of bad ideas.

Computer-aided design software can create floor plans, renderings, and elevations. This software provides homeowners with a clear vision of the proposed project. The plans can be adjusted to accommodate the homeowner’s wishes and selections of appliances and fixtures. This design process, once completed, will avoid costly remodeling mistakes and delays.

When remodeling, homeowners often fret over their choices for custom cabinetry, countertops, backsplash, flooring, fixtures, appliances, paint colors, etc. They describe the number of choices and possible combinations as “overwhelming.” A common fear is making a mistake in terms of appearance, functionality, or quality once the materials are installed. Attempting to navigate the selections process alone can be very time-consuming and stressful.

Design experts help make the selection experience more enjoyable. A professional designer help homeowners focus their options to get the desired style, functionality, and budget without wandering aimlessly around large showrooms. The selections process for a home remodeling project becomes what it should be — FUN!

If you believe it’s time to remodel your home, start by interviewing general contractors. Find a contractor with a qualified design and selections staff that will help you make good choices. Be wary of contractors who simply agree with every proposed idea to secure a financial commitment quickly. Experienced, trustworthy contractors are not afraid to provide remodeling guidance and strong recommendations that will avoid future problems.

This article was provided by a member of the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association. The Remodelers Council is dedicated to promoting professionalism and public awareness of the remodeling profession through education, certification and service to the Houston community. For more information on this article, please contact Lorraine Hart at lorraine@idealconsulting.net. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit www.ghba.org.

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