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Remodeling Tips

Your remodeling project can be a huge source of stress, but it doesn’t have to be. At DWR Construction, our remodeling contractors will work with you to not only make sure that the final results are excellent, but also that the process is as stress-free as possible.

Our remodeling contractors have compiled a list of other tips to help you get through your remodeling project. Throughout your project, our professional remodeling contractors will work with you to make sure that your remodeling project goes as smoothly as possible.

Here are some of our most valuable remodeling tips:

Getting Started

  • Hiring Your Contractor

The most important step is finding a professional remodeling contractor for your job. Hire a professional Woodlands remodeling contractor who is familiar with the building codes in your area. Updating work that does not meet code can be extremely expensive. A well-written contract can prevent costly mistakes or additions to the scope of your project. It is a critical step in maintaining your budget.

  • Planning Your Project

Save money by planning ahead. Go through the design process first and choose everything you want to include in the new room(s), from appliances to light fixtures. This will define your budget and prevent hasty (and costly) decisions later in the project. Be sure to include all your product and material selections in the contract to avoid confusion and unnecessary change orders. Include the model, size, color, and other specifications. It is also wise to save 10-20 percent of your budget to allow for items added to the scope of work.

The number one way to decrease the cost of your remodeling project is product choices. Look around to determine whether you can achieve a similar look with a less expensive product.

In addition, you should pay attention to how labor intensive some design features may be, for example laying ceramic tile on kitchen countertops and the backsplash. Compare products and their prices carefully before you make final decisions. And keep an open mind when you discuss product and design ideas with your contractor.

Make decisions based on value and quality, not just price.

General Remodeling Tips

  • Be creative. There are often multiple solutions to accomplish a design objective, some more expensive than others. Discuss various options with your contractor.
  • Find a great remodeling contractor. Working with a professional that you know you can trust is the best way to ensure that excellent work will be done. Make sure your remodeling contractor is licensed, qualified, and insured.
  • Leave room in your budget for the unexpected. No matter what kind of remodeling project you're working on, there's always a chance that something can go wrong. We recommend reserving about 10% of your budget for any unforeseen problems that may occur during the completion of the project.

In the Kitchen

  • Reuse existing appliances and fixtures, and build your new cabinets around them. This could save you anywhere from $1,500-5,000. However, be aware that appliances, like anything electrical, are sensitive to change and may develop problems if they are moved.
  • Keep the location of major fixtures, appliances, and utilities the same in relation to the plumbing, gas and electrical outlets. Adjusting plumbing and electrical wiring can be extremely expensive.
  • Choose neutral colors in fixtures, appliances and laminates. They are less expensive initially and wont look dated when the color trends change.
  • Use standard cabinetry instead of custom cabinets, or use a combination of the two if they are compatible.

In the Bathroom

  • Consider re-glazing a tub instead of replacing it, especially if it is still in relatively good condition. This can save you more than half the cost of a tub replacement-and minimize the dust at the same time!
  • Examine how you are utilizing space. You may be able to steal some space from a neighboring room or closet. If your overall space is limited, purchase a jetted tub and shower combination or install a pedestal lavatory instead of a vanity cabinet with a sink.
  • Start with essential features, then decide how many extra amenities you'll need from there. While a new vanity may be exciting, what will ultimately be more valuable to you are the most essential design elements and plumbing fixtures.

If you would like more tips from your Woodlands remodeling contractor, please call 281-419-4144 or complete our online request form.

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