Before: Master Suite RenovationDisplacing another bathroom and bedroom, her new larger space will have a distinctly modern style with new lighting, tile, countertops and cabinets — not to mention a new walk-in closet that's nearly the size of her old bedroom.
After: Master Suite RenovationWhat used to be a maze of doorways and doors is now a relaxing, integrated master suite. To help with your bedroom or master suite makeover, or any type of remodel, following are some lessons learned from this project:
Lessons Learned: Remodeling Tips
*The homeowner had previously established a working relationship with her contractor. When hiring a general contractor for the first time, do thorough research and make sure they understand your tastes and have a good reputation. Get as many references as possible.
*The homeowner designed a huge closet with custom racks and shelving built-in because she desperately needed more closet space and more organization. If you want something this specialized and extravagant, first make sure that you truly need it.
BathroomDesigning a space around one specific element is a great way to set your color scheme, style, and fixture purchases.
The finished product has splashes of red, but most of the design in this space is built carefully with texture and lines rather than color.
Part of the demolition on this project eliminated a bathroom on the home's second level. To replace it, the homeowner had a new one built upstairs near the home's guest bedroom. This way, the ratio of bedrooms to bathrooms was undisturbed.
BedTo make life a little easier, she made camp in her basement during construction. Make sure to identify your own options for living arrangements during the remodel.
Living through the noise and dust of construction can be frustrating. Ann's busy lifestyle kept her away from the house for most of every day. This helped for her sanity as she rarely was at home while heavy work occurred. Consider taking that long overdue vacation or stay with nearby relatives during your remodel.
Before: Basement RenovationDusty has some ambitious plans for this basement, and he wants to complete it all on an accelerated timeline in order to celebrate his upcoming brother’s wedding in the new space.
After: Basement RenovationTo help with your basement makeover, or any type of remodel, following are some lessons learned from this project:
Lessons Learned: Remodeling Tips
The homeowner chose a contractor who could help articulate his ideas and work with him in creating a unique design. Finding a contractor that can share your vision is a great way to ensure you get the end product you want.
Putting a home theater in a basement can be a noisy proposition. Extra insulation was installed in every wall and the ceiling to deaden the sound and keep things quiet in the upper floors.
Since this homeowner owns a landscaping company, he had the expertise to do the some of the work himself as well as access to the crews and equipment to get the work done on schedule.
Unique FeaturesDusty's flagstone floor is a great feature, but failure to compensate for its height led to additional expenses and delays when the game room floor had to be raised another inch.
Dusty's flagstone floor is a great design element that ties the indoors and the outdoors together, while the Onyx accent pieces in the floor add character and interest to it.
When selecting colors Dusty accidentally chose a wall color and a carpet color that don't work well together. Fixing the mistake was going to cost Dusty an extra $1,000. This put him in the position of having to choose between what colors work best and what saves money.
The stone veneer arches use large stones to create a feeling of being in the cellar of a massive, old-world building. Timbers that run across the ceiling further aid in this look.
Party RoomDue to the remodel falling behind schedule, Dusty's house needed constant cleaning to stay on top of the dust and keep the house presentable for the party.
If too many trades are in the house at once work can slow down. The day of the big party there were so many subcontractors working that they frequently had to wait for each other to finish one job or another before they could move on. This loss of efficiency is not only impractical, but it can also be costly.
Unnecessary stress can be caused by tight schedules. The homeowner was often pulled away from work to make sure everything was going to meet his tight deadline.
Before: Kitchen RenovationWith new cabinets, countertops and appliances, the new kitchen will have a cozy contemporary style, and open up to nearby dining and living rooms.
After: Kitchen RenovationWith a newly uncovered brick wall acting as a design centerpiece, the open and inviting space stands as a testament to hard work and patience. To help with your kitchen transformation, or any type of remodel, following are some lessons learned from this project:
Before purchasing a home, an inspection should be performed. In this case, an unforeseen need for an electrical-system upgrade set the project back weeks and increased the project budget. By the same token, there's no better time than a renovation to make improvements in plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems.
One way to save money is to do at least some of the work yourself. Just make certain that you have the appropriate expertise, tools and the time to handle the tasks to keep the project on schedule.
Sink and CountertopIn so doing, the homeowners transformed old formal spaces into something more appropriate for today's modern living.
Vanessa turned a hidden brick wall surface into a major design feature. Older homes often have desirable elements behind the cover of drywall or carpet. Exposing and featuring these elements not only saves money, but can also be showstoppers in the final design.
One discovery the homeowners took advantage of was hardwood floors. The boards run lengthwise in the room, helping to make the finished space seem even larger.
By doing projject work themselves, the homeowners gained flexibility and time. Vanessa looked extensively for cabinets that fit her style and her budget. A contractor or designer wouldn't be able to devote the time to a similar bargain hunt.
Introduce Plant LifeUnexpected conditions, costs and decisions ended up pushing their project back many months. Luckily, they had an alternate living arrangement which allowed them to "escape" the daily frustration.
When the project was done, what did these homeowners wish they had done differently? Come up with a realistic master plan that covers the entire length of the project instead of taking things week by week.
Cabinetry was ordered late in their project, which came at a cost of over a month's delay. Getting the correct measurements, ordering and crafting cabinets can take many weeks or even months, so it's advisable to secure them as far in advance as possible.
Before: Bathroom RenovationKnocking out a wall into what used to be a laundry room makes space for the steam shower, while the new lodge look gets will be highlighted a prominent, stacked-stone accent wall.
After: Bathroom RenovationTo help with your bathroom transformation, or any type of remodel, following are some lessons learned from this project
The Roges, having already remodeled their kitchen, opted to put money into the next safest investment in their home: the master bath. A jetted tub and steam shower are preferred features in a master bathroom for resale, as are the granite counters and travertine floors.
A steam shower is a popular feature to add at an average cost of $3,000. However, when installing it is important to keep in mind that the shower must be completely waterproofed or else the steam can easily cause structural damage and warping. Kyle and Terri also decided to put the steam unit in the basement to keep the noise level down but have the unit remain accessible.
Before: BathtubThis is way the Roges were able to get the pieces of granite they needed without losing or wasting the good qualities of the granite slab they selected.
Because the granite was chosen as though it were a piece of art, with close attention paid to color tone and movement of the slab, it will serve as the major color component for the bathroom that ties everything together, and will be one of the bathroom's biggest visual pops.
The homeowners picked cabinets that matched the style of those in their renovated kitchen, but chose a finish that would better compliment their bedroom furniture.
After: BathtubWhile coping with the overall level of dust in the house is mostly based on tolerance, the Roges manage by keeping their bedroom covered with plastic during the day. This slight adjustment made sleeping next to a construction zone easier.
A delay can come at any point in a project, so do what you can to plan ahead. Since Kyle and Terri had ordered their stacked tile so early, when they found out that it wouldn't arrive for another two months they were able to select, order, and receive a replacement before any significant delay occurred.
Before: Home Theater RenovationThe two spaces get combined and transformed, and a load-bearing wall gets replaced with beam support. The remodel creates a whole new space and room for lots of amenities.
After: Home Theater RenovationThe enlarged space makes room for a three rows of seating, an under-lit onyx countertop, upgraded carpeting and cutting edge audio-visual equipment. To help with your home theater project, or any type of remodel, following are some lessons learned from this project:
The focus of this project is the basement, but knowing that a home theater can be a noisy proposition, the contractor recommended adding a door to help contain the noise.
Equipment and layout were carefully considered for this remodel. Art joined several online a/v forums to learn as much as he could as well as bounce ideas off of others home-theater enthusiasts.
Bold ColorsWhen the lights are on, the colors take center stage. But when the lights are off, the colors still recede allowing for full focus on the screen.
In order to make the most of the backlit onyx countertop and columns, the homeowners had to find stone that matched the room both when the stone was underlit and when it wasn’t.
For planning the color theme, the homeowner started with the fabric colors for the theater chairs and bar stools, then looked for paint colors that matched.
Snack BarThis rather extreme step was actually very manageable in this case since the concrete slab floor isn't a part of the foundation supporting the home.
As the cost of the project started to climb during construction, the homeowners changed their carpet choice to one that cost half as much. While the choice worked well from a design perspective, the process of picking and re-ordering slowed the overall job by nearly a month.