Remodeling Houses for Beginners
Remodeling houses is a term that is used frequently to describe a wide variety of home improvements. But there is really no specific definition of, exactly, the type of work it covers. The fact is it can be almost any project that changes your home; whether it be cosmetically or structurally. Most of the time, when people talk about remodeling, they're referring to making fairly drastic changes to at least 1 room of the house. In recent years it has become increasingly popular; due, in part, to the popularity of TV shows like "Extreme Home Makeover" and "Flip This House". The idea of taking an older home and making major repairs and improvements is exciting. However it's not quite as easy as they make it look on TV. There is a lot of planning, preparation, decision making, and just plain old hard work involved. Some of the things to consider are:
Feasibility-Is it actually possible to do the project you have in mind? Maybe you want to move a wall to enlarge a room. You must determine if that wall is load bearing or a structural support. Perhaps you're thinking of switching your kitchen appliances from electric to gas. You need to know haw close the gas supply is to kitchen. While, just about, anything is possible, the cost may not be worth it.
Convenience-Kitchen and bath remodeling are among the most common types of projects. However, these projects aren't completed overnight. If you have small children or a large family, it may be out of the question to do without these rooms for weeks or months.
Cost-Making major repairs to houses isn't cheap and remodeling houses presents many unknown factors that can increase the cost. It's important to have an accurate
and it's a wise idea to have a contingency fund set aside to cover the unexpected.
Who's doing the work?-Do you plan to do all or a part of the work yourself or contract it out? Doing it yourself can save lots of money, but it will, most certainly take longer and, if you're not extremely knowledgeable about the work, it could ultimately cost you more. Hiring contractors takes the workload off of you, but you've got to make sure you find the right ones. For more information on hiring contractors
Building Codes and Deed Restrictions-This is probably the most annoying aspect of renovation project. It seems that you should be able to do what you want with your own home, but depending on where you live, you may have to ask for permission. State and local governments have building codes and may require permits and inspections for certain phases of the work. Many communities and neighborhoods have deed restrictions that are strictly enforced. It's important to do some research and know what the requirements are in your area.
These are just a few of the initial steps of remodeling houses. It is a complex process, but, if you go about it the right way, it can be fun and rewarding. For weekly updates on the latest trends in home improvement,
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