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Get Family Member's Opinion Before Starting Project

Apr 27, 2008
Even if a house is providing comfortable, dry shelter for the family, with some of the amenities that every family member needs, there are always some repairs and remodelling tasks that will make the house every more liveable. It might even be a good idea to talk with family members, even for a few minutes, to get some ideas about renovation and remodelling that will improve the house.

With a house that has been carefully maintained and updated over the years, it may be difficult to find extensive remodelling to be done. But every family member (and friend) will have an opinion about what can be added to or changed. These changes can range from those that just make things more pleasing to the eye to those that actually add some amenity that has been missing over the years.

Of course, among the many remodelling changes to be made in any home, no matter the age or condition, some of these ideas from family and friends will be excellent. Yet others may not fit with the owner's ideas for the house or may not fit within the budget. For example, the owner may want to change the light fixtures to add more light to a room or change the way the room appears. A friend may suggest turning an unused space into a dining area or den, if this is something that the family has always desired.

Many homeowners change kitchen and bath cabinets at least once during the time they live in a house. Some make this change two or three times. While this can be an extensive project, probably best handled by a professional, the change in appearance and the addition of storage space may make the task well worth the time and money invested. Many contractors and remodelling companies suggest that, when cabinets are replaced in either room, a few dollars should be included for patching and/or refinishing walls, as well as adding a new coat of paint. Doing this at the time of cabinet installation is highly recommended and won't add a lot to the cost.

Some contractors and rebuilders have found that once a homeowner completes a remodelling project, another idea is proposed, involving another area of the home. The remodelling fever can feed on itself. For example, the installation of new kitchen cabinets sometimes leads to replacement of the appliances, to make them fit more closely with the design and finish of the cabinets. In this case, it would be best if the flooring and walls under and behind these appliances were repaired/upgraded too.

Some homeowners feel that the first remodelling project they want to undertake doesn't involve the inside of the home. They want to add a deck or a patio for general relaxation and for entertaining guests when weather permits. This often entails adding a sliding glass door in one of the outside walls, to make deck/patio access more convenient.

With any of these remodelling/renovation ideas, there will be a need for planning - especially financial planning. Homeowners should consider the cost of major projects carefully. In addition, they should try to include as much remodelling work in one project as possible, to avoid having to find finances again. It may be impossible to foresee every change or difficulty, but a little planning at first can make the remodelling project go much more smoothly.
About the Author
Ken Morris repeatedly edits short articles on issues related to window treatments curtains. His comments on curtains and drapes are published on http://www.curtains-drapes-coverings.com .
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