Washing Your Dishes in the Bathtub (What to expect during a remodel)
Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom (or any room for that matter) is like an adventure. To get through it, you will need realistic expectations, open communication, and perhaps even a good sense of humor for when your old kitchen sink has been removed and you need to wash a few dishes in the bathtub.
Tip #1: Expect the Unexpected
First and foremost, you should know that no remodeling project will go exactly as planned. There may be a weather delay, backordered materials, unforeseen plumbing issues, or even an occasional damaged cabinet. Problems may happen; but it’s the way they are handled that makes all the difference. Our MBS Interiors designers will work around any issues that may arise in order to keep you as stress-free as possible. Our process is to “Design”, “Consult”, and “Manage” the entire project from start to finish so that you’re not handling any issues alone.
To be prepared for unexpected expenses, plan to keep at least 10% above your original budget handy for contingencies (20% is even safer.) One of the biggest budget busters around is the classic “I changed my mind” scenario. At MBS, we’ll work with you to make sure you’re satisfied with your choices before signing on the dotted line. And as always, we’re here to answer any questions that you may be a little “fuzzy” on. Our recent budgeting blog explains further what to expect as far as your monetary investment.
Tip #2: Be realistic
Don’t expect things to go just like they do on HGTV. Condensing several weeks or months of construction time into a half hour television program does not portray what it’s really like to live in a house under construction. Things may momentarily fall off schedule, so planning major events around your remodeling project should be avoided to save you any un-needed stress. However, throwing a “remodel is over, let’s celebrate!” party is always a great idea when that time comes.
So, what IS it like? First, consider buying some noise canceling headphones if you plan to be present while any of the work is happening – unless you don’t feel like you’ll be bothered by the noise of construction. It might also be a good idea to give your neighbors a heads up about your remodeling plans.
Realistically you should expect dust. However, your contractor should take care of properly covering any HVAC ducts to help keep most of the dust under control. Remember to avoid running the AC or furnace until the dust settles so that it is not transported throughout the house any further. Your general contractor will also set up tarps to quarantine the work area and keep the mess contained. Check out our blog on how to
select the right contractor for your project. By being realistic and keeping communication open and honest with everyone involved (including your MBS Interiors designer, your contractor, and the workers) you can eliminate some of the unpleasant surprises that would otherwise come up.
Tip #3: Create a sanctuary
When your kitchen is out of commission for several weeks, you will want to set up a temporary kitchen in another part of the house. Yes, there is a good possibility you will be washing your dishes in the bathtub and your refrigerator may be located in a less-than-ideal location for awhile (like the basement, garage, or the middle of your living room.) But, the transitional period in between your old kitchen and your new dream kitchen can be easier if you have a place in your house that stays as normal as possible. So, create a sanctuary in a section of your home that isn’t going to change. Another way to have a sanctuary is to stay somewhere other than your house during the process. This is especially imperative if you’re doing a bath remodel and come home to find the toilet is gone. Communication with your contractor is extremely important for reasons such as this.
Tip #4: Expect a finished project that everyone can be proud of
By staying positive, and maintaining open communication with your MBS Interiors designer and your contractor, you will be sure to end up with a remodeled room that you’re in love with. Take before, during, and after pictures of the transformation as it unfolds. Make light of the strange things you may encounter when knocking down walls and taking out soffits. And when the day comes when the job is complete, you can breathe a sigh of relief and take pride in the fact that you survived – and that it was all worth it in the end!