Home remodel planning checklist

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When planning a home remodeling project, whether you are remodeling a kitchen, increasing the size of your home with an addition or replacing your kitchen cabinets, it is important to plan ahead. Knowing where to start, how to budget, and who to contract for the work can be overwhelming. This home remodel planning checklist below will help you in your project planning.

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Home Remodel Planning Checklist

  1. Create a scope of work "Wish List"
  2. Have a good idea of what you can invest in the project
  3. Obtain price quotes from qualified professionals
  4. Research and interview potential contractors
  5. Establish a project timeline and a production schedule
  6. Choose a home remodeling contractor to start your project!

Creating a scope of work for your home remodeling project

A scope of work is basically your home remodeling “wish list” with some additional defined criteria that will help you later on when its time to get bids for the work. The natural progression of a scope of work would begin with the demolition, followed by rough framing, rough mechanicals, insulation, sheetrock, Floor coverings, finish carpentry/cabinetry, countertops and end with painting.

How to budget for a home remodeling project

Armed with the scope of work you are now ready to get some pricing for your project. The bidding process will vary depending on what type of home remodeling project you’re looking to have done. Smaller projects like a countertop replacement can be can be quoted by going directly to the countertop supplier of your choosing and supply them with your requirements. Larger home remodeling projects like a Home addition or a kitchen remodel will require multiple sources (appliances, plumbing fixtures, tile, ect.) and you’ll need to hire a home remodeling contractor that is familiar with your type of project.

Finding the right home remodeling contractor

At this point you have a good understanding of what it is you want to remodel and how much you are willing to spend on the project, now it's time to choose a home remodeling contractor to work with on your project. Look for a good online presence, read their reviews of what others have said about them, review their portfolio to see their past work - make sure it meets your expectations and goals. Some places to check for this info are as follows; Google Business listings, Houzz and Yelp Business listings. Houzz is a great place to read reviews and view portfolios. Navigate to the "Find Professionals" at the top of the page, select the type of professional you are looking for, then set the parameters for the geographical search area. This is also a great way to qualify referrals you may have received from family and friends. After you have decided on a few home remodeling contractors to interview, don't forget to ask for some past clients contact info so you can speak to them directly.

Home Remodel project timeline and production scheduling

During your interview with the home remodeling contractor be sure to ask how long the proposed project will take based on similar past projects. There are many factors that contribute to how long a home remodeling project will take - town requirements, custom cabinets, back ordered items, ect. so each project will have its own timeline that will need to be calculated by the contractor before the work begins. Generally speaking a kitchen remodel would be considered very fast with a production schedule at 5 weeks and typically takes about 7 weeks to complete.

Trade Mark Design & Build offers free quotes and kitchen design plans with no obligation, contact us at 973-636-0100 to get started on your kitchen project and learn why we are known for making “Home Remodeling Simplified”!

Artistic Tile: Slab Gallery Opening in Secaucus

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We recently had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of Artistic Tile’s slab showroom in Secaucus, NJ. Artistic Tile is one of the largest wholesale distributors of luxury stone and tile in the United States. And, as one of our trusted suppliers of tiles, we were very excited to attend.
Upon arriving at the event, we couldn’t believe the sheer number of different materials and variations on display. Ranging from glass, to ceramic, to a large assortment of different stone, we had quite the time taking a look at their various offerings.
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Bathroom Remodeling: Tile – Calacatta Gold with Mother of Pearl from Artistic Tile
The new showroom features 25,000 square feet of slabs. As a home remodeling company that works a great deal tiling kitchens and other rooms in the home, it felt like being a kid in a candy store.
Choosing the right supplier for your projects is a very important aspect to any renovation or remodel. They serve as the bridge between the intial vision, the planning, and the production.
Looking to renovate a home in your room? In need of some extra space? Get in touch. We’d be happy to help. 973-636-0100

Planning Your Dream Bathroom

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Before calling in a New Jersey home remodeling company, you will need to take both practical and design considerations into account as you plan your dream bathroom renovation. While, initially, the task might seem overwhelming, it truly does not have to be. By creating a budget, researching the newest trends in bathroom renovations and planning useful added features, you can transform your bathroom in just a couple weeks. To make it even easier, we have highlighted some general guidelines.

First, plan a realistic timeline. You should allow about two days for demolishing the old bathroom and two days eachfor carpentry, plumbing, flooring and drywall. Tiling usually takes the longest: about three days. Elements such as cabinets, fixtures, insulation, drywall and electrical work usually do not take more than a day. You are looking at roughly two weeks, but allowing for extra time is never a bad idea when it comes to NJ home remodeling.

Decide on tiling, wallpaper styles and a color scheme. Whites and grays tend to give bathrooms a sleek, modern appearance that some find appealing. Others, however, want a bathroom full of rich colors like red or lavender.

The last step is to draw a sketch. Consider the placements of lights and mirrors, take accurate measurements of your bathroom space and draw your plan to scale. This will help the professionals carry out your vision.

Take these steps and your bathroom renovations should be a breeze.