Your Ultimate Kitchen Remodel Checklist

 

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It should be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Renovating your kitchen will increase your home’s value and make it a more enjoyable place for you to live. Before starting your remodel, it’s important to think ahead and plan accordingly.

A Kingswood Designs kitchen remodel

This checklist will provide you with a roadmap for your kitchen remodel with Kingswood Designs. Using this list, you’ll be able to achieve the kitchen of your dreams!

Plan Your Project

  • List everything you hope to achieve in your remodel
  • Make sure your lifestyle, likes, and dislikes are listed
  • Decide what’s necessary and what items are on your “wish list”
  • Think about what you consider to be most important in a kitchen
  • Determine whether you’ll be getting new appliances or re-using your existing appliances
  • Gather ideas you like from magazines, Pinterest, etc.
  • Plan for what you’ll do without the use of your kitchen during the remodel

 

Assess Your Needs

  • Determine whether you have any special storage needs
  • Identify if there are any traffic bottlenecks or areas that accumulate clutter
  • Identify your cooking style, whether professional, casual or occasional
  • Consider whether different areas should be larger or smaller
  • Consider a timeframe that works for your schedule
  • Think about which materials you’d like for flooring, sinks, countertops, cabinets, and backsplash
  • Have a clear idea of the features in your current kitchen that you’d like to keep and those you’d like to change
  • Identify other activities besides cooking that happen in your kitchen
  • Consider the future and how your needs will change over time
  • Consider the age and condition of your home
  • Develop your budget
  • Determine the value of your home
  • Include a 20% buffer in your budget for unexpected expenses

 

Hire a Professional

 

Create a Kitchen Design

  • Discuss your requirements and vision with your designer
  • Work with your selected designer to develop a detailed layout
  • Settle on the layout that will prove to be functional and fit for your lifestyle

Kitchen styles to consider:

 

Tap Into Your Style

Kitchen Countertop types to consider:

New kitchen remodel - swirly countertop design

Kitchen flooring types to consider:

  • Porcelain Tile
  • Hardwood
  • Engineered Wood
  • Wood plank tile
  • Luxury Vinyl Tile

Kitchen cabinet lines to consider:

Kitchen sink materials to consider:

  • Stainless Steel
  • Coated cast iron
  • Composite

Kitchen sink features to consider:

Kitchen lighting and electrical features to consider:

  • Track
  • Recessed
  • Inside cabinet lighting
  • Under cabinet lighting
  • Exhaust hood/fan

Kitchen finishes to consider:

  • Stainless Steel
  • Brushed Nickel
  • Polished Chrome
  • Venetian Brass
  • Oil-rubbed bronze

Special features to consider:

  • Appliance panels
  • Wainscot panels
  • Crown moldings
  • Fluted or turned columns
  • Furniture kicks
  • Wine cooler
  • Television
  • Island stools
  • Butler’s pantry
  • Walk-in pantry
  • Coffee ‘bar’

Review the contract

Review the contract to ensure it covers all the important elements including:

  • A detailed description of the project
  • Responsible party for drawing permits and submitting paperwork necessary for inspection, if applicable
  • Materials to be used
  • Brand names of products
  • Payment amounts and due dates
  • Warranties and guarantees for the final product and craftsmanship
  • The contractor’s property damage liability and insurance coverage information

Construction Stage

  • Have a temporary kitchen or consider your dining out options
  • Make room for the renovation team’s vehicles and materials by clearing out your driveway and garage

If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, you need a partner you can trust. Kingswood Designs delivers on all projects they complete with unprecedented quality. Our installers are full-time employees whose priority is to provide quality services from start to finish. Contact us for more information. If you can dream it, you can have it!

7 Things to Consider Before your Kitchen Remodel Begins

Planning for a complete kitchen remodel or renovation? A kitchen remodel takes a good deal of upfront planning, so there are a few factors to consider before you begin. Whether you want to take on the bulk of the work or hire an expert, here’s what you need to plan and consider:

 

1. Scope of the Project

Before you begin, you should first decide what the scope of the project is going to be. Is this going to be a major, full remodel? Will it interfere with the daily activities of your household? Ask yourself these questions before you begin any work, so you don’t end up surprised along the way. It’s best to work with a professional to discuss the project beforehand. A professional with a wealth of experience can help you better navigate the process and prepare for any situation.

 

2. Your Involvement

Consider your personal capabilities before deciding to take a project on yourself. Are there aspects of the project that you may not understand? Assess the amount of manpower, tools, and time that your project may need.  Do you have family and work obligations that take up the majority of your time? If so, you may not be able to complete the work in a reasonable timeframe without some help.

Consider hiring a professional that can work with you one-on-one. A professional will ensure your project is completed on time and lessen the amount of inconvenience you’ll deal with. You can tell them exactly what you want to achieve and in return they’ll give you ideas on what will work best for you.

A professional designer will create a layout and design that work with the available space. Poor design choices in your kitchen can lower the value of your home and make it harder to sell, so it’s essential to get a pro’s take on this. Potential home buyers look for a modern, functional kitchen as one of their must-have features.

 

3. Your Renovation/Remodel Know How

Before you begin a kitchen remodel you should consider your level of expertise. Do you have experience with this type of work? How much work have you completed by yourself in the past? If you have limited experience, it’s best to have someone who knows what they are doing involved. If you hire a company like Kingswood Designs that is licensed and insured, you’ll be in good hands.

 

4. Design Ability

Consider your ability to best design a functional kitchen. Do you know what type of layout works best with the amount of space in your home?

Taking accurate measurements and designing a functional layout are a critical part of making a design work. You shouldn’t leave any concept or design ideas to chance. Make sure that everything is going to be in a place that allows adequate space to maneuver.

Another point to think about is the placement of your cabinets and the amount of storage you’ll need. If you include too many cabinets, you may make your kitchen feel cramped or impractical. If you don’t allow yourself enough storage, you may have an inadequate amount of space for things you need.

 

5. Preparing Your Home

Before your remodel begins, you’ll need to prep your home. Think about where you’ll store your kitchen items during the project. You’ll need to make space for workers and their equipment while protecting the rest of your home. Be sure to buy plastic or cloth covers to protect your furniture and housewares from the work dust. Begin packing and preparing at least one week before the work begins to avoid issues.

 

6. Living During the Remodel

A kitchen renovation or remodeling project is unfortunately going to result in some unavoidable inconveniences.  At times during your remodel, your kitchen won’t be suitable to cook in. You’ll need to make alternate arrangements for cooking and any other kitchen functions. It’s a good idea to plan your meals and food storage around the work. Going out to eat is also a convenient solution!

If you want your kitchen done quickly, a professional company is the way to go. There is a certain peace of mind knowing that there is a set time frame for the work to happen within. With an end goal in sight, your project will be less stressful.

 

7. Satisfaction with the Finished Product

A Beautiful Newly Remodeled Kitchen By Kingswood Designs

In the end, you want a kitchen that you can be proud of, and be comfortable working in. Don’t settle for less than you deserve. If you have hesitations about tackling this type of project on your own, you should enlist help. An experienced kitchen remodeler can ensure you’ll have a fabulous finished project to show off.

Be sure to select a company that belongs to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, such as Kingswood Designs. Certifications and memberships ensure you are choosing a trustworthy team. A great kitchen can increase the value of your home substantially. Select a kitchen renovation company that has a reputation for quality results so you can rest easy during the project.

Preparation is the key to a successful project and a satisfying outcome. Planning will help keep the project on track. Visit our showroom today to get paired with your experienced design consultant.

5 Stylish Edges To Consider For Your Countertops

Countertops are often the focal point of any kitchen or bathroom. When you’re choosing new countertops, there are two important choices that you’ll make: the material and the edge profile. The right edge can tie together your design aesthetic and enhance your material’s unique beauty.

If you’re unsure which style would best suit your design, you should consult with a professional kitchen or bathroom designer. They can give you helpful information and feedback to allow you to weigh your options.

Here are the edge options we offer to our customers at Kingswood Designs:

Countertop chiseled edge profile

1. Chiseled Edge

The most natural looking countertop edge, this is sure to garner attention. If you’re looking for a rustic style that will be the highlight of the room, this is the edge for you. These countertops are chiseled to look as if they were broken off rather than cut, which gives them their organic appearance. Once chiseled, the edges are smoothed to create a more refined appearance. Then, they are sealed or coated. The cost for a chiseled edge can vary depending on the amount of work and desired look of the finished product.

 


Countertop Ogee Edge Profile

2. Ogee Edge

The ogee countertop edge is a classic countertop edge. It’s cut only on the top horizontal edge. The style consists of rounded cuts, one is concave and the other is convex. This cut is most popular in traditional kitchen designs and carries a moderate price tag.

 


3. Hall Bullnose

The half bullnose cut is simple, sleek, and easy to maintain. It’s rounded at the top only, and square at the bottom. This countertop cut handles wear and tear with ease. It works well for any design and is cost-effective.

 


4. Eased

The eased countertop edge is also sometimes referred to as a flat edge. It’s not actually flat, but rather, slightly rounded at the edges. This edge is cost-effective, resists wear and tear, and is easy to clean and maintain. It’s a simple style for most home designs and is an excellent choice for both kitchens and bathrooms. Although this cut is less decorative than other options, it is a clean look.

 


Countertop Half Inch Bevel Edge Profile

5. Half Inch Bevel

The half bevel is a great option for people who don’t want a flat or rounded design. This design features a bevel on the top edge of the counter and adds visual texture and appeal. It’s an excellent selection for designs that feature a lot of clean lines. The half inch bevel is a moderately priced edge and can offer a contemporary look.

 


Choosing a Countertop Edge

Here are a few points to consider before making your final countertop edge decision:

Tie it in With Your Overall Design

You want to make sure that your countertop edge will be cohesive and help tie the room together. Do you have a kitchen or bathroom design that will complement the type of countertop edge that you like? If you select a more expensive, intricate edge, but have a simple design, then your edge may look out of place. Ask your fabricator or designer about options that work best for your design plan.

Focus on Functionality

Next, you should focus on the functionality of the countertop. Do you need an easy to care for and maintain style? You should consider whether you feel your countertop edge can hold up to the activity level in your home.

Work Within Your Budget

Finally, you want to outline your budget for your countertops, and try to stay within it. Decide which types of edges are within your price range and narrow down the selection from there. Budgeting when creating a room is the key to making sure everything comes together. If your kitchen or bathroom is going to feature a more luxurious design, then the ogee, chiseled, or half bevel countertop edge may be right for you. Keep in mind that selecting a simple edge doesn’t mean that you are sacrificing looks. Simple edges look clean and stylish too.

When you are ready to begin your countertop project  contact Kingswood Designs. Kingswood has a skilled and knowledgeable staff that will work with you step by step to give you the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams. Kingswood Designs take pride in their craftsmanship and the quality of their products. If you would like to see these countertop edges in person, visit our showroom and see them for yourself.  Call or stop by today and speak with a consultant to get started with your project. Let the kitchen and bathroom experts give you the look you want and help you get the most for your money.

Frequently Asked Questions About Kitchen & Bathroom Remodels

So you think it’s time to tackle that kitchen or bathroom remodel but have some lingering questions? No need to worry. Most homeowners don’t quite know where to start.

Those who have remodeled before will tell you it’s good to get advice from professionals. Kingswood Designs is a one-stop-shop for remodels, and not only offers you the professional advice you need, but also the designs you want. Kingswood Designs will manage your entire remodel project, from beginning to end.

Here are our answers to some of the questions you may have regarding kitchen and bathroom remodels before jumping in…

Q. How long will it take for the remodel to be completed?

A: Depending on the scope of work, we will give you an approximate timeframe in order to make it the most convenient process for you. The size of the bathroom or kitchen, and the complexity of the remodel, will impact how long your bathroom or kitchen remodel takes.

At Kingswood Designs, our approximate completion times for projects are as follows:

  • 7-10 business days for bath remodels
  • 10-15 business days for kitchen renovations that don’t include tearing down walls
  • 15-20 business days for kitchen remodels that include tearing down walls

remodeled kitchen by kingswood designs

Q. How should I prepare for a kitchen remodel?

A: The kitchen is a high traffic area in every home. A remodel will take your kitchen out of commission for a short period of time, so it’s good to prepare ahead of time.

You’ll want to start by finding out when work on your kitchen will actually begin, so you can create a schedule of activities. You should begin packing up your kitchen at least one week in advance. This is a great time to purge! Empty every drawer, cabinet and shelf.

You will also need to make a clear path for the renovators to move materials and equipment, in and out of the house. Also, organize your driveway or garage so that the renovation team has room to park their vehicles and store materials.

During construction, dust is bound to build up! We will certainly use flexible barriers and drop cloths to keep the mess to a minimum. Still, we recommend covering any furnishings or items nearby.

Lastly, make plans for food! While your kitchen is being worked on, find an easily accessible location where you can store food and supplies. You may also want to consider your dining out options.

modern bar design

Q. What does the remodel process look like?

A: To make sure you’re fully prepared, Kingswood Designs has broken down our process into four simple steps called the Kingswood Approach:

Step One:

Our process starts with a consultation at our showroom where we will discuss your project. We’ll also schedule a time to measure your space. Lastly, your dedicated designer will give you a questionnaire to complete, so we can get an idea of what you’re envisioning for your kitchen or bathroom.

Step Two:

Now you will be presented with two design options to review. These designs will also be accompanied by realistic job estimates and examples of product selections.

Step Three:

At this point you will begin making product selections for things such as fixtures, cabinetry and countertops.

Step Four:

Finally, your remodel becomes a reality. This is where the construction happens.

master bathroom redesign & remodel - 5

Q. What will my role be in the remodel?

A: Your role will be to help understand exactly what your expectations are, and to make decisions! Our designers will guide you through the process and help keep you focused, but they will need your input.

After your designer puts together the design layout with pertinent information about wall removals, electrical plans and how to maximize space, it will be your turn to make selections. Here are all the decisions you’ll need to make:

First comes cabinetry. You will need to choose a wood species, door style, and a stain or paint finish.
Then it’s time for flooring, tile and countertops. We’ll make sure all of your selections mesh together and will help achieve a cohesive design.

After that, you’ll need to select fixtures and accessories. These small details add up for a big impact!

Lastly, we can help you select a wall paint color to bring it all together.

As a one-stop-shop, you will only need to visit our showroom to make selections.

Q. What makes a remodel more or less expensive?

A: In both the kitchen and the bathroom, cabinetry accounts for about one-third of the total project cost. Quality, type of material, and whether they are custom made or stock-ready affects the price of your cabinetry. When choosing, remember that quality is worth the price!

You won’t be surprised with the cost percentage of fixtures and fittings. The cost of fixtures and fittings will vary depending on brand and type of materials you select. Certain finishes and colors may be more expensive than others. For example, a kitchen faucet with a Polished Chrome finish will be less expensive than the same faucet in an Oil Rubbed Bronze finish.

Q. What kind of return on investment (ROI) should I expect to get if I sell my home after remodeling?

A: Remodels are generally known to add value to a home if done properly. In 2005, the Realtor Magazine reported that the national ROI average for a kitchen remodel was between 84.8% and 98.5% depending on your budget and whether the project was major or minor. In large metropolitan areas, these averages can go up to 135%. Your ROI will be great if you invest in your kitchen or bathroom.

As a homeowner, we’re sure you have a lot of ideas and wishes for your kitchen or bathroom remodel. At Kingswood Designs, we specialize in kitchens and bathrooms and provide our customers with top notch service during their remodel. We’re here to answer any and all of your questions to ensure that your remodel will go as smoothly as possible. Let’s get started!

Why Should You Work With a Countertop Fabricator?

A beautiful granite or quartz countertop brightens any kitchen or bathroom, and is often the focal point of the room. If you’re ready for a change in your home’s kitchen or bathroom, updating your countertops is a great place to start. It’s a high impact change that can refresh the look of a room without completing a full renovation. So when it’s time to take on a countertop project, working with a turn-key fabrication company will ensure the job is done right, from beginning to end.

What Does a Turn-Key Countertop Fabricator Do?

Beautiful countertops complete the look of this kitchen.At Kingswood Designs, we have countertop consultants who will assist you in the selection process, offer pricing and outline the scope of work to complete. Our consultants work closely with our countertop fabricators on every job. The fabricators at Kingswood Designs are full-time employees.  

Turn-Key countertop fabricators will:

Choose the best material

Our consultants are knowledgeable when it comes to choosing the best material for your home. They understand the different materials available, so they can recommend what will best meet your needs; providing insight on material patterning, veins, care and maintenance, as well as pricing.

Once you decide on what type of material is best for you, it’s time to pick the actual slab. For granite, you will be able to view and choose the exact slab(s) at a local warehouse. As a natural stone, it is important to view full slabs of granite to see coloring, veining and patterning. If quartz is your preferred countertop material, you will be able to view samples of all available colors in our showroom. Since quartz is man-made, the samples are a true representation of material.

Measure and template your project

To move forward with the project, our fabricator will visit your home to get accurate countertop measurements. A wooden template of your countertops will be created and used to cut the selected countertop material. In addition, our fabricators review the installation space and consider these details:

  • Sink base size – to know the size sink that will fit
  • Overhangs – as additional support may be needed
  • Corners – depending on the edge profile selected, customers may want corners to have a radius or clipped edge

Slab layout and fabricate the slab

At Kingswood, we fabricate countertops in the shop located directly below our showroom. Therefore, using the wooden template as a guide, customers can choose which areas of the slab to use, highlight or avoid. The slabs are then custom cut and polished to fit the exact dimensions of your project.

Our experienced fabricators are meticulous when it comes to vein matching the material at seams. The number of seams and the location of the seams is reviewed with the customer. It is our goal to minimize the visibility of seams as well as the number of seams used on each project. The following factors dictate the number of seams required:

  • The size of the material selected versus the size of the countertop space
  • Safety of material transportation and installation
  • Flow of the material pattern throughout the space

Install your countertops

When you’re working with the skilled fabricators at Kingswood Designs, you can rest assured that they have the experience necessary to get the job done right the first time. Our installation process takes one day. We will install your countertops, mount your sink(s) and drill the appropriate faucet hole(s). As a turn-key countertop fabricator, we also offer the following services:

  • Tear out and dispose of your existing countertop – which will happen the morning of your installation so you are never without a countertop
  • Coordinate one of our certified plumbers to install your faucet the same day we install your countertops (plus install garbage disposals, etc. if applicable)
  • Our countertop consultants can help you select the sink, faucet, garbage disposal, etc. – everything you will need the day of installation we can order and bring to the job

The Benefits of Working With a Countertop Fabricator

One of the biggest benefits of working with a countertop fabricator is we are involved in your countertop project from beginning to end. Kingswood Designs is your all-in-one solution that allows you to cut out third parties. That means you won’t be waiting on your counters to be cut to schedule your install. Your project will be completed in a timely manner, and you’ll always know what’s going on in the process.

At Kingswood Designs, we know the value a countertop fabricator provides to our clients. That’s why we keep full-time fabricators on our staff and fabricate all our countertops in-house. At Kingswood, we:

  • Have remnants available at a discounted price. These are perfect for bathroom vanities, bar tops, fireplace hearths and more
  • Have access to a variety of stone available in granite, quartz and Corian
  • Welcome customers to be involved in the slab layout process to highlight or avoid areas of their slab
  • Will order and hold your slabs if you are waiting on new cabinetry to be installed
  • Diligently match patterns and veins across seams to make them as invisible as possible

Kingswood Designs is dedicated to providing high quality products and services. Our countertop fabricators ensure a rewarding experience for our customers. Ready to kick-off your countertop project? Contact us today to discuss your vision.

Case Study: Completing a Vision With Kitchen Countertops

Kingswood Designs recently completed a beautiful countertop installation in a 1960s home for a family in Upper St. Clair. The designers at Kingswood worked closely with the customers to meet their specifications and surpass their expectations. The family was seeking a new countertop for their kitchen, with a specific vision for the island, the centerpiece of their kitchen.

These countertops completed the entire look of this kitchen.

Goals

  •  Make their kitchen inviting and comfortable for entertaining.
  • Wanted a white and gray color scheme.
  • Wanted a cost-effective material that is easy to maintain.

The Design Process

These countertops were an important part of completing this client's kitchen design. To kick-off the design process, the customers traveled to the Mont Granite warehouse in Crafton to select the desired countertop material.

Mont Granite provides customers with countless granite and quartz options that change on a weekly basis. The customers selected granite as their material, which is durable, heat resistant, stain resistant, and easy to clean. It checked off all the boxes of what our customer was looking for in a material.

The specific granite the customer selected is called Silver Cloud. In turn, Kingswood Designs scheduled the delivery of their two stone slabs to our showroom. As soon as it arrived at our store, the customers came down to view their material with backsplash options, to tie the look of the entire kitchen together.

Before Kingswood fabricators began cutting the stone, we laid out the selected granite with our templates for the slab layout. This occurs in our shop, located directly below our showroom, and we invited the customers to be a part of this process. The wooden templates are assembled in the customer’s home to create a mock-countertop. The templates are then laid on the stone for customers to assist in choosing areas of the slab that they want to use. Silver Cloud has a lot of movement and variation in its pattern, so the customers indicated areas they wanted to highlight and avoid. The customers chose their favorite portion of the stone as their island piece during the slab layout process.

As a natural stone, slabs of granite vary in sizes. The average slab is approximately 55 square feet. Due to the large size of the island, it was necessary to have a seam in the island as the slabs were not wide enough to make it in one piece. During the slab layout, the customers were able to see where and how our fabricator would vein match the stone to create the best appearance once seamed together. Each seam location is job specific. Our designers and fabricators prefer the fewest amount of seams possible. The number of seams is ultimately decided by the size of the stone, as well as the safety of transporting and installing the stone in the customer’s house, i.e. doorways, stairways, cabinet layout, etc.

We seal all granite countertops during the fabrication process prior to installation. The sealer helps prevent stains from occurring to the natural stone. Kingswood Designs recommends re-sealing your granite countertops every two to three years with BulletProof Sealer, a product available to purchase in our showroom. Customers can re-seal their countertops by following the user friendly directions on this product.

At Kingswood, it is our goal to complete each project in a timely manner. Our fabricators are full-time employees who work diligently to offer quality craftsmanship. We continually communicated with the customers to keep them up-to-date on the progress of their new counters.

Our countertop installation is a one-day process. Depending of the size of the project, installation may only take a couple of hours!

The Countertop: After

Gorgeous countertops are the highlight of this kitchen.

The Overhang

The specifications of the island overhang, as decided by the customer, had a 6” radius on the island corner, where it overhangs, to give the seating area a softer and friendlier look. Steel brackets were installed to help support the weight of the granite, as opposed to corbels. This is ideal for the customer, as they have bar stools used for meals or entertaining, and the lack of corbels allows for knee room. It also gives the island a more modern look.

The Granite

Silver Cloud is white with black and gray. The white veining complements their white cabinets. The coloring of the stone allows the kitchen to have an overall light feel, but the contrast keeps it from being stark white.

The Seam

The customers chose a stainless steel farmhouse sink. The sink cutout only allows a narrow portion of countertop behind the back of the sink to the wall. Our fabricators were able to place the seam in the back right corner of the sink, rendering it virtually invisible.  

This family received “The Kingswood Approach” four-step system to the fullest, and they loved the results!

7 Things You Should Never Do When Remodeling Your Bathroom

There is nothing more pleasurable and comfortable than a functional bathroom. So when it’s time to remodel your bathroom, cutting corners is not an option.

Bathroom remodels and redesigns have a lot of moving parts. Apart from the layout and design, you have to take special care to address any plumbing issues. For your bathroom remodel to go as smoothly as possible, avoid these mistakes we see homeowners often make:


Remodeling your bathroom is a fun project, but it's best to seek the help of a professional.

  1. Not doing your research.

If you want a bathroom that’s going to continue to take your breath away year after year, you need to do your research. Take the time to look at photos, designs and styles to hone in on your tastes. Go online to check out the latest bathroom furnishings and layouts. The convenience of the internet lets you see a world of options without ever leaving your home.

When you find styles you like, save them. Photos are very helpful in the design process. You’ll be able to show the photos you’ve saved to your designer, and let them know which elements stand out to you, so they can be emulated in your own design.

  1. Demo-ing everything without a plan.

Some people think that stripping down a bathroom is a walk in the park. But don’t start tearing out vanities and knocking down counters just yet. Remodeling a bathroom requires a lot of plumbing and careful planning.

If you’re not sure what needs to be taken out, and how to properly do it, it’s best to consult with a professional. Convey the vision of your bathroom to a professional bathroom remodeler and they will be able to plan and measure everything to make your vision come to life.

  1. Not having a realistic timeline.

A bathroom remodel doesn’t happen overnight. But that doesn’t mean it is a year-long project, either. Make sure that you have a realistic timeline for your bathroom project. You don’t want to be rushing to complete everything, but you also don’t want to be living with a half-finished bathroom for longer than you need to be.

If you are unsure of what is a realistic timeline for your bathroom remodel, work with a turn key company. They will lay out exactly what happens, and when.

  1. Compromising on quality material.

A common bathroom remodeling mistake is going cheap on important items that get the most use. A faucet may seem like a small detail that you can save a few dollars on, but if it breaks, it could turn into a costly repair. Avoid buying cheap, unreliable materials. The best thing that you can do is ask your designer for recommendations on brands that are affordable while still maintaining high quality standards. At Kingswood Designs, we use a number of brands and manufacturers that we know and trust.

  1. Plan for the future when remodeling your bathroom. Bathroom remodeling without the future in mind.

You can’t predict the future, but you can try to plan for it. We often see homeowners who end up having to re-do their bathrooms after only a few years because their lifestyle has changed. For example, they needed to install a bathtub in addition to their walk-in shower to bathe their young children.

Try to think about what changes you and your family might go through in the future, and incorporate them in your bathroom design.

  1. Forgetting about storage.

Storage! You can never have too much of it. Don’t ignore storage in your bathroom. If you’ve ever had to run from the shower to the hallway linen closet to track down a towel, you know how convenient a bathroom closet can be! If you have the space for it, add storage to your bathroom design.

  1. Not hiring a professional.

A bathroom remodel is a big project. It requires knowledge and expertise that you will only find working with a seasoned pro. Hiring a professional provides a multitude of benefits that will make your project easier, while giving you the greatest value for your money spent. It is the best thing that you can do to ensure your project goes smoothly.

The benefits of hiring a professional bathroom remodeler:

  • A designer will have knowledge on how to make the best use of space. They will be able to accommodate all the features and fixtures you want, without feeling cramped. Designers have extensive knowledge on the materials used, helping you pick the best material for your specific bathroom.

 

  • Designers also have an eye for detail. They’ll help you turn your vision into a reality. From tile work, to countertops, a professional helps you put it all together.

 

  • Professionals bring to the table the ability to put together a realistic budget and timeline. Budgeting and time management during renovation can be frustrating. You will relax when you know a professional is keeping you within limits you are comfortable with.

 

  • Working with an experienced designer ensures you’re getting a fresh style that’s customized to your liking. They can also recommend possibilities you never would have considered on your own.

 

  • Professionals have the appropriate tools and equipment, and the knowledge and ability to properly use them.  

More often than not, it is better to hire a professional for any remodeling project. It is the best way to ensure a job is done properly, efficiently, safely, and cost-efficiently. If you want to get some advice and insight on your bathroom project, give us a call today!