When it’s time to remodel your Naples-area home it’s easy to want to jump right into the details. Figuring out finishes, and flooring, and countertops, and hardware is where a lot of the fun is in the whole remodeling process. The good news is that you can immerse yourself in all of those glorious details when you visit our Design Center (click here to take a look around). Before you get to that level of detail, however, there are some big questions about your remodeling project that you should ask first. Here are five of them you should consider.
1. What Do I Want to Accomplish?
Before you begin drawing up plans or getting bids on a remodeling project it's a really good idea to think through exactly what you want to accomplish. What are your objectives? Let's use a kitchen remodel as an example. Do you want more space? Do you want an area that allows you to entertain as well as prepare food? Are you after a layout that lets you do gourmet cooking? Do you want more natural light in your kitchen? You may have more than one objective, but having your goals clearly in mind will make it a lot easier to make good decisions about how to design your kitchen.
2. What’s My Design Style?
Another important question you’ll want to answer has to do with what design style best suits you. Whether you like traditional, transitional, modern, or country style, identifying what you’re most comfortable with will help you make design and décor decisions along the way. Here’s an article that delves into that in a bit more detail. It focuses on kitchen design, but the principles are transferable.
3. What Will My Project Cost?
Setting a realistic budget for your remodeling project is so important. If you shoot for a project that’s beyond what you can realistically afford, you’ll be stressed out by the cost and you may end up trying to cut corners to make it affordable. If you set your budget unrealistically low, you’ll very likely end up with something less than what you really want (or need). So how do you set a realistic budget? It helps to have at least a rough idea of what various types of projects should cost in your area. Here is a look at what some common project typically cost in the Naples area.
- Cost of a Home Addition in the Naples Area
- Cost of a Master Suite Remodel in Naples
- Cost for a Kitchen Remodel in the Naples Area
- Cost of a Bathroom Remodel in the Naples Area
4. What Resources Can Help Me Make Good Decisions?
The more you know about the remodeling process, the less stressful it will be and the better your chances of getting the results you want. And while you can get a lot of great ideas from looking at images on sites such as houzz.com, you’ll want some more specific information that photos alone can’t provide. Here’s a helpful post that talks about how to learn about remodeling before you ever get started. Or you can download one of our eBooks for an overview of the remodeling process.
5. How Do I Choose a Contractor?
Perhaps one of the biggest questions you’ll face has to do with who will actually be doing the work on your remodeling project. Renovating your home is a very important—and personal—undertaking. You’ll be opening your home (and spending a lot of time) with someone who will have a lot to do with how your home looks and feels for years to come. You really want to make sure that you choose someone with whom you feel comfortable. So how do you do that? Here’s a post that looks at three essential characteristics you’ll want to consider (and three questions that will be helpful in making your decision).
Getting good answers to these five critical questions is a really important first step in ensuring excellent results when you remodel your Naples-area home. Take the time to carefully consider these things before you begin your project. They can ensure a much smoother process—and results that you’ll be delighted with for years to come.