What I Learned While Remodeling My HomeWhat I Learned While Remodeling My Home

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What I Learned While Remodeling My Home

Me and my wife bought a fixer-upper a few years ago with every intention on converting it into our dream home. The problem was, we were not nearly as skilled in home construction and remodeling as we thought we were. After a few failed projects, we needed to really take a step back and reevaluate our plan. We knew there was no money in the budget to hire a contractor to do everything, so there were some skills we were going to have to learn on our own. After several months of actively seeking out the information we needed to get the job done, we were finally able to successfully remodel the kitchen in our new house. While the house is still a work in progress, we are successfully accomplishing new tasks every day. In this blog, I hope to bring together all of the information we learned along the way.

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Want To Open Up Your Home Layout? Call A Construction Contractor First

Do you have an odd layout in your home that doesn't make a lot of sense, and you want to see if you can create a new layout with the existing structure? If so, you want to find a construction company that can help and a general contractor. There are a lot of different changes they may be able to make, depending on some different structural factors. Here are a few of the things that you want to talk with a professional about, and to set a budget for and changes that can be made.

Do You Have to Move Weight Bearing Walls?

Weight bearing walls are difficult to relocate because they support the structure of your home and are a very important part of the safety and layout. If you can, try to avoid moving these walls so you don't have to put the structure of the house at risk, and also so you don't have to spend as much money.

Is Plumbing or HVAC a Concern?

You want to see if you have to move any plumbing pipes because of the changes that you want to make to open up the space, or if there are ducts or cold air returns. If so, this could increase the cost of the project, and could cause some complications with the changes that you want to make. Talk with the general contractor about these issues and get estimates.

Will This Increase Property Value?

You will have to determine if the cost that you have to spend is worth the time and money. If you aren't every going to move then it's worth the cost to enjoy your home and love the layout. If you don't think you will stay in the house for long, then be sure that you will see a return on the investment with the changes. You may also want to be more cost efficient with the materials that you choose.

These are just some of the things that you want to take into consideration. The construction professional will look at the structure of the home and figure out what the easiest way will be to open up the space, and how you can do it the most efficiently. Talk with a couple of contractors to get two different quotes for the project and the renovations, and then see if you can get it done in your set budget. Contact a service, like Purdy Construction Co, to get started.