Things to Consider When Remodeling—Brian's Musings
The holidays are upon us, it is the rainy season in southern Oregon, and we thought it would be a good time to start the renovation of our home. So, for better or worse, we’re underway!
Before taking on this project I did some research on our remodel—which has been a monumental task—and found a helpful list of things to consider when you are remodeling your home. Here's a recap of the information that I thought would be useful to share.
1. Do not hire an engineer, they only cost you money! Just kidding. Hire design professionals (including an engineer) to help with your design and shake out potential problems and, basically, PLAN AHEAD. We have been working on our plans for more than three years and we are still finding things that we did not anticipate. The more you can plan for, the fewer surprises you will have—and that always saves money.
2. Spend your money wisely. If you keep your structural revisions to a minimum you can spend that money on interior finishes. If structural revisions improve your view and increase value, then consider them, but be smart and analyze costs before you start.
3. Be realistic. Spend your money in the areas you will use on a regular basis. Maybe that sauna can stay at the gym for the number of times you will actually use it.
4. Compromise. This is key. You and your spouse, partner, kids, team, etc., will need to make some compromises to get through your project. You will also probably need to compromise to keep closer to your budget. Which brings up item #5….
5. No matter what you do with a remodel, there will be items you did not plan for that will increase costs. So be prepared as much as you can, and your remodel will be a success. With a good budget in place to start, you can adjust as unexpected expenses pop up.
But remember: Even if you adhere to this list, the reality is that any remodel will still be a challenge, but in the end, it will have been worth it. When my remodel is done I will share how it turned out. Wish us luck!