Remodeling Plans: Get What You Want and Not a Penny More

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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Remodeling plans have a way of taking off like a runaway train. You start with kitchen remodeling and pretty soon you’re expanding the breakfast room and redoing the back yard landscaping. Wait a minute! Time to come back in and reevaluate your home improvement goals.

Remodeling Plans That Go Nuts

It’s easy to get carried away with remodeling plans and keep adding onto the contractor’s proposal. Sometimes it’s needed to make the space functional. We once did a front porch that took on a life of its own, but at the end of the day (well…months, actually), it was functional enough for chairs and tables and plenty of entertaining.

Before going crazy with home improvement, here’s how to pause and get a reality check.

Home Improvement: Define What You Need

What’s your goal? If you need a more functional kitchen, remember to always come back to that concept. Here’s advice from Lendingtree.com on how to stick to your original goal. Before expanding, ask yourself if:

  • Changing the cabinets and buying new appliances will get you the functionality you want.
  • Adding on is necessary to get a usable island or enough cabinet space.
  • You can afford the expanded home improvement plan. Better Homes and Gardens suggests being upfront about costs and getting a realistic picture.
  • You can do the remodeling in stages. This can be tricky, but check with your contractor to see.

Many kitchen remodeling projects are as much about function as they are about style. These kitchen design and layout strategies tell the story. Think budget, usage, layout, and overall features.

Remodeling plans are not always set in stone, but you should think carefully before adding too much to the original plan. This can help you keep your budget in check and keep your sanity as well.

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