You are correct that things will come up, and lots of them. Some will be very simple, some will require some thinking.
But if you hired the right crew, you'll be fine.
And by small things, if it hasn't already been done, are things like drawer pulls, etc. Details. :) Big things are like... where does the new outlet go, and will it work.
2011-05-13 07:58 pm (UTC)
Drawer pulls are chosen, because the cabinet company was having a special in which I got them for free, so had to make the decision RIGHT NOW.
I figure outlets and such will be high on the list. And I'm very confident in my contractor.
Our kitchen is the last area of our house that we want to redo. We were going to do it a couple of years ago, then October 2007 hit and we started making prudent financial decisions.
But things are getting back to normal, (for us at least,) so we'll probably be in your boat soon.
It's both fun and stressful. And figure out the most it can possibly cost, then double that, and you'll probably be in the ballpark.
Congrats on the new kitchen!!
I know that fear; we had a friend, a professional painter, offer to paint our house while we were on vacation, for just the cost of the paint!! We were going from brown to Colonial red. On the drive home, I had second thoughts and pictured living in a two story "tomato"!! It was fine, and our house has been red for many years now.
I am still madly in love with the interior colors we painted the house, and the kitchen will be one more dramatic grab from the crayon box. Color is awesome!!
Very nice of your friend!!
When we had the wall between our family room and kitchen removed, the main unexpected decision that faced us: We didn't expect them to run x wires this way...where do you want us to route them.
Our contractor (a good friend of ours) mentioned that was the toughest part about that type of project. You don't know what surprises lurk inside the walls until you tear down the sheetrock.
Here's to hoping you aren't faced with any unpleasant surprises.
Yeah, that's definitely where the "holding my breath" part comes in.
the best thing i could wish for anyone remodelling:
"i hope you never have the thought 'dammit, i need mike holmes and i need him NOW!'" (then again, i'm hooked on the holmes on homes and holmes inspection shows.)
may your kitchen be everything you want and then some! :)
I will probably start watching more Holmes on Homes once this is over, but right now it's too scary!
Beyond doubling the money...double the time. A month in, we still are grilling nightly and microwaving from a stack of boxes in the computer room.
I hope you continue to share the process, I'll be fascinated to read along. My dad's an excellent handyman, so did all the repairs and upgrades to our various houses when I was growing up; the first time I met a plumber was when I owned my own house!
I wish we were a bit handier, but I'm glad to be having a professional job done by someone whose work I have seen and admired - I've seen a frightening number of bad patch jobs over the years.