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Maximizing The Experience During Your Next Remodeling Project! Part 1

May 17, 2019

Taking into account that home improvement, remodeling, or renovation projects are usually very elaborate and extensive endeavors, making the most out of the experience is something that every would-be “Tim The Toolman Taylor” could, and should, embrace! Whether your particular project involves incorporating a subtle backsplash of tasteful tile placement in the kitchen to add that little extra dazzle or a complete overhaul to your home’s bathrooms, coupled with his & her sinks, a cascading waterfall of a shower, and a customized vanity that is sure to incite some serious reflection, the endless possibilities are only matched by the potential obstacles that have an unfortunate habit of showing up at the most inopportune of times. For instance, when many homeowners are actively remodeling aspects or features of their property, the need for proper organization and “staging” is absolutely crucial; this ensures the entire project is not only planned out but it also affords an opportunity for a modicum of flexibility and/or adaptability in the progress of the project.

 

Three Common Obstacles & Aspects To Consider

 

  1. Budgetary Mapping & Adherence

  2. Material Procurement & Storage

  3. Labor Scheduling & Construction

 

While each of these is a typical aspect, or key-component, during any renovation or home improvement project, the importance of them is often overlooked or underappreciated by many inexperienced homeowners. As such, we’ve polled decades of our collective storage knowledge and general real-world experience to make your next remodeling experience rewarding and worthwhile throughout the entire process; not just on the “final reveal” or when the project reaches completion.


Budgetary Mapping & Adherence

Mapping; Incorporating a workable budget that includes the costs of materials, labor, permitting (if applicable), storage, disposal, and inspections are the first “order of business” after making the decision to renovate features of your home or revamp the appeal of certain lackluster aspects.

Adherence; With that in mind, the necessity for strict adherence is definitely essential as it largely dictates the success or failure of the entire enterprise. Furthermore, it’s in every homeowner’s best interest to enlist the expertise or experience of other parties if at all possible, however, if that is not an option, it’s also important to factor in that while the budget may be painstaking to establish and even worse to follow, it will prove most rewarding at the project’s end.

Material Procurement & Storage

Material Procurement; Now that a flexible, yet structured, budget is tentatively in place, the often exciting (and sometimes arduous), task of obtaining the project’s supplies, equipment, and building materials is commonly the next step. Ranging from the tools that will be needed to the raw materials for construction and the hardware that binds it all together, the ‘building blocks’ of your project can quickly add up in both cost and space.

Storage; Another important component of any successful renovation project or remodeling enterprise is the fact that while you may, in all likelihood, be saving/adding space to your property in the long run (post project completion), during the construction and “building” phase of the project, you will actually have a surplus of materials; either in excess for later usage or for immediate disposal. For your convenience, we have a very insightful guide and list of tidbits below that will help expedite and maintain the organization of your project.


Labor Scheduling & Construction

Labor Scheduling; While often viewed as the stage or phase of the project that is most daunting and demanding, the final aspect that involves scheduling/coordinating the labor and construction of the project can actually be one of the easier factors when approached properly. Firstly, if you are affecting the remodeling aspects or renovations to the property yourself, it’s best to establish a reasonable timeframe for starting and later completing the project. For optimal results, we’ve discovered it’s best to coordinate favorable “working times” with any houseguests, roommates, and/or spouses so as not to impose or disturb any communal sanctity.

Construction; As the last and final “leg” of your remodeling journey is now upon you, it is likely that you are overtaken with a sense of growing anticipation to begin in earnest and begin tearing up the floor and painting the walls, however, it’s best to take a steady, measured approach. After the initial excitement of starting the project has, in turn, evolved into a more methodical approach, it’s best to now strictly follow the guidelines of the permitting requirements or your plan set/blueprints to ensure that any potential hiccups are minimized and all progress during the construction phase is maximized.

Tools Of The Trades

Hammers | Tool Belt | Tape Measure | Speed Square | Saws | Drills | Gloves | Eye Protection Protective Outerwear

Hard Hat | Wrenches | Pliers | Putty Knife | Box Cutter | Screwdriver | Nail Gun


Raw Materials

Lumber | Tile | Linoleum | Concrete | Shims | Paint | Cleaning Products Roofing Materials | Stone | Hardscaping Materials

Blocks | Brick | Mortar | Treated Lumber | Fencing Materials

 

Typical Hardware

Nails | Screws | Bolts | Nuts | Tape | Adhesives | Caulking | Sealants | Light Fixtures | Appliance Fixtures | Welding Rods


Be sure to look for Part 2 next week for tricks, tips, and techniques of making your renovation/remodeling experience the absolute best it possibly can be through our provably prosperous “proper storing & storage practices!”

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