We recently had a client contact us about having his kitchen remodeled. Upon discussing our process of completion from designs to construction, he asked a common question we hear from almost all of our clients: “how long will the entire remodel take to complete?”
This is a great question! Everyone wants to know exactly how long it will be until they are able to enjoy their new kitchen, bathroom, or other remodeled space. Unfortunately, there is not a “canned answer” we can offer to everyone because we don’t always know exactly how long certain steps of the process will take. For example, obtaining the required permits could take several weeks depending on the city and the project, which could push back the start date significantly. This definitely isn’t common (in most cases, we receive the permit within 10 business days), but it is a possibility, and we’re sure to educate our clients on the process and timeline prior beginning the work.
While each project is different and each will have its own specific timeline based on the scope of work, there is a general estimated timeline that we can provide:
Room additions are a common request we get from our clients. The main reason being that many homeowners would rather add on to their home than jump through the hoops of buying a new home, selling their current home, and go through everything that has to take place in between. Unfortunately, adding on to an existing structure tends to be much more expensive than most people expect. Along with the hefty price tag, completing a room addition also requires a good amount of time, planning, designing, and construction. Even a room without additional plumbing still requires a foundation, adequate structural support, electrical lines, and a tie-in to the roofline. It’s essential that each of these components be done correctly and to code. However, if a you do your research and hire a professional design build firm (like Medford Remodeling) to complete the project, a room addition can be well worth the investment for your forever home.
Here are the top benefits of a room addition:
1. Create Needed Space
Any home remodeling project is completed with three objectives in mind: to improve aesthetic appeal, to improve efficiency, and to create more usable space. When a room is added to the home, the number one benefit is the gaining extra space that the existing home is lacking. Whether your family is growing, you plan on hosting guests more often, you’re transitioning to a home office, or you just need more space for hobbies and leisure, a room addition can make an otherwise crowded home into the perfect size to meet your needs.
Increased storage space is another perk of completing a room addition. Extra closets can be included in the design, as well as features like built-in cabinetry or bookshelves. Acquiring needed space will not only make your home feel less crowded, but the added storage space will help it feel more organized.
Our recent clients in Grand Prairie, Texas were looking to make updates and modifications throughout the majority of their 20-year-old home. One of their top priorities was upgrading the dated, crowded, and poorly laid out master bathroom. Not only were we able to create a beautiful, modern look, but also a more functional space with handicap-accessible features.
The original bathroom was designed by the builder to appeal to potential buyers, with double vanities, a corner garden tub, and a modern framed glass shower. While these features might sound good on paper and certainly would intrigue a new home buyer, the reality was that the bathroom was much too small for two vanities, the corner tub was difficult to get to, and the framed glass was small and quickly became outdated.
Our most recent kitchen remodel involved updating a 1990’s kitchen in Hurst, Texas, with a modern, stylish design. The original shape of the kitchen was closed off by a penisula cabinet, wasn’t a large space to begin with, and wasted a lot of space with the pantry closet. Our designers were able to make some simple changes to open up the space, increase the counter top area and improve storage space to maximize the usability of the kitchen as a whole. The end result is a sleek, eye-catching kitchen with a smart design and improved functionality!
If given the option to hire a remodeler or complete a home renovation themselves, most homeowners would prefer to trust a professional over taking on the job on their own. However, there are always a select few that are up to the challenge. Depending on the size of the project, DIY remodeling may be an achievable task, but it’s a good idea to consider the risks involved before jumping in.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself before opting to remodel on your own:
1. What size is your project?
Most homeowners are comfortable taking on small-scale projects that do not require significant experience or craftsmanship. These types of projects might include replacing an old faucet or installing a light fixture – the kind of projects that might have simple step-by-step tutorials available on YouTube. A good rule of thumb is that if the total cost is expected to be under $1,000.00, it’s most likely a small enough job to handle on your own. Keep in mind this is only the case if you are comfortable with the work and understand each step of the process. If you have fully reviewed available tutorials or read through several how-to’s and you still feel unsure, calling a professional would definitely be the safest route to take.