Kitchen & Bath Remodeling hire it done or DIY
If you are thinking your kitchen or bathroom needs to be updated or maybe completely torn out, what do you do next? Call a architect/designer? Call a contractor? Do it yourself?
This will depend on a wide variety of things. What is your level of skill? How much time do you have? How detailed of a project is it? We will give you a quick rundown on each to hopefully help you choose a direction.
Doing it yourself…… This requires quite a bit of knowledge especially if you are doing the work yourself. Here are a few things you should know how to do. Cabinet install, Countertop install, tile install, plumbing, heating, painting, drywall and taping, electrical, installing trim, etc. Even hiring this out yourself can be tricky, cost more, and take more time if you don’t hire the right people for the job. For some people they enjoy these challenges and then this is up your alley.
Designer/Architect…… This is where it gets harder to decide on a direction because remodeling contractors are able to provide a lot if not all of these services for you. Most historical remodels should hire an architect or designer. The need to have specific historical accuracies is vast and not many contractors have the time to research and put together what could take 6-12 months to plan. If you are planning on having a few bids done, having a plan drawn and products specified by a designer/architect will help you get prices back for the project that are what you want. The devil is in the details and if the project is bid with different products finishes and quality of install, it leaves too many variable’s to try and compare. I would always say having a design done is never a wrong -way to go. We need one for permits anyways.
Contractor…… Some home remodeling contractors can give you all the things you would want from a designer/architect. They probably can do so with some cost savings as well as keeping a budget in mind while designing the space. Since we do the rebuilding of your home, we are up to date on the pricing and costs that go along with it. You probably don’t want your plan drawn on a napkin, so make sure to ask if software is used, or if plans are to scale. Some projects don’t require a vast set of plans or spec’s if yours is one of those a contractor is a good place to start. It never hurts to call a few and ask some questions and concerns, remember there is never a dumb question, it is your home, your money, and you need to fell comfortable with the project.
David Vinje – NARI Certified Remodeler CR, NHBA Certified Aging in Place Specialist CAPS, EPA Certified Renovator, Top 40 under 40 award by Professional Remodeler Magazine