Remodel Tips and Suggestions

There are so many choices to be made when remodeling or renovating, which can be quite overwhelming. The key to a successful construction project is planning, planning, and more planning. Minor details such as putting a light switch in the wrong place can cause irritations while other choices can be costly in time and dollars.

Suggestions for a successful renovation:

  • Do lots of research beforehand and develop a detailed plan.
  • Evaluate which improvements will add value to your home.
  • Consider hiring an architect and/or designer depending upon the size of your project.
  • Establish a line item budget, then add 15-20% to the total for contigencies.
  • Select a reliable and proven contractor with good references.
  • Research, select and purchase "quality" materials well in advance to avoid delays and costly changes.
  • Top 10 home remodeling donts
  • How to shop for your remodel

Below are items/choices that typically need to be made by room. Perry's recommendations and/or current trends appear in green.

Bathroom:

  • Lighting
    • Recessed
    • Led or Halogen
    • IC or Non-IC
    • Bulbs (wattage, base type)
  • Fan - 90cfm+
  • Mirror
    • Framed/Frameless
    • Beveled/Flat
    • Lighted
    • Medicine Cabinet
    • Size
  • Baseboards
    • Style
    • Size (3 1/2" or 5 1/4")
    • Color
  • Plumbing
  • Toilet
    • Brand
      • Toto or Gerber
    • Quiet Flush
    • Oblong/Round
    • Roughset size - 10" or 12"
    • Height - comfort height, low-back
  • Shower
    • Tub
      • StandardWhirlpool/Garden
      • ADA compliant
      • Size
      • Shape
    • Shower Head
      • one or two
      • rainfall
      • out of wall or ceiling mounted
    • Shower Door(frameless or standard)/Rod(straight/curved)
    • Hand-held bar
    • Thermostatic control
    • Niche and size
    • Corner pieces
    • Shower Light(s) - wet and sealed
    • Seat
  • Faucet (Delta and Moen offer lifetime guarantee)
    • Single-hole
    • 4-inch center
    • 8-inch center
    • Wall or sink mounted
  • Sink(s)
    • Square
    • Round
    • Bowl
    • Undermount
    • Centered or Offset
    • Pedestal
    • One-Piece sink and counter
  • Counter Top
    • Granite
    • Quartz
    • Marble
    • Edge Style (Beveled, Straight)
    • Backsplash
    Cabinets
    • Door Style
    • Color
    • Hardware/Cabinet Pulls
    • Dimensions (Height, Width, Depth)
    • Floating/Legs/Kickplate
    • Drawers versus Doors
    • Fabuwood is a good middle grade cabinet
  • Tile
    • Style
      • Ceramic
      • Glass
      • Porcelain
      • Marble
      • Slate
      • Stone
      • Hardwood look
    • Color
    • Lay Pattern
      • Subway
      • Stacked
      • Vertical/Horizontal
    • Size (12 x 24 is popular)
    • Type
      • Floor tile (heated)
      • Shower/Wall tile
      • Accent tile
    • Grout
      • (sanded/non-sanded)
      • Color
      • Grout Caulk
    • Quick Dry Thinset Mortar
    • Tile Sealant
    • Schluter
  • Paint
    • Satin
    • EggShell
    • Enamel
    • Brand (Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore)
    • Grade
      • Sherwin Williams - Promar 400
    • Color
  • Marble door thresholds
  • Accessories
    • Color (stainless, bronze, chrome)
    • Towel Bar (size 18"/24"; single/double)
    • Robe Hook
    • Towel Ring
    • Toilet Paper Holder
    • Shelving
  • Door
    • Width/Height
    • Standard/Bi-Fold/French/Pocket/Sliding
    • Frame
    • Left/Right
    • Swing (In/Out)
    • Wood/Glass
    • Color
    • Hollow/Solid
  • Closet
    • Designer or basic
    • Cedar lined
    • Shelves, Drawers
    • In a standard 22-24" deep closet, the rod is 12" from back and 65-68" from the floor. For a double closet rod, top rod 75-80" bottom rod 36-40" from floor.
  • Hot Water Heater
    • Size
    • Gas/Electric
    • Brand (Bradford White)