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Fall is the perfect season to do a remodel. The weather cools off, which makes all of that physical labor easier. Plus, with the crisper climate, it’s nice to stay indoors and catch up on any household projects you may have been putting off. The real question is do you start small or go big?
For any Los Angeles resident who’s new to the remodeling game, it may be a good time to focus on one room. Get your feet wet and figure out if a large project may be right for you down the line. However, if you’re already comfortable with temporarily turning your house upside down, then a big kitchen renovation or even added-on room might be up your alley.
No matter what your scale is, here are a few things to keep in mind as you plan your project.
DIY or contractor?
How handy are you? Many homeowners from Beverly Hills to Culver City may be intimidated by the idea of using a hammer. Anyone who prefers to hire experts for repairs can probably relate. This isn’t a bad choice. Everyone should know and respect their limits. Otherwise, you may end up way over your head, and cost yourself a lot more than originally planned. Hiring a professional contractor can alleviate your stress.
On the other hand, if you’re a little more confident around a tool kit, taking on a home improvement project is a great way challenge yourself. This is a good option for those of us who enjoy the whole process of remodeling, from the initial design stage to the labor.
If you’re performing more than cosmetic work on a room, you’ll probably have to reckon with your home’s pipes at some point (if you’ve ever had a leaky faucet or clogged drain, maybe you already have!). Luckily, you won’t find too many surprises here. Most of our city’s neighborhoods were built with common materials. If you have an older home in an area like Hollywood or Santa Monica, you probably have copper piping running underneath the floor. Knowing the type of pipe is key before you begin work.
For example, if you’re re-designing your master bathroom and want to move the sink to the other side of the room, you’ll most likely have to either add new pipe or make an extension to an old one. This is where remodels get complicated; you’ll probably want to consult a professional. For the best plumber Los Angeles has to offer, call Morningside. We’ll assist with your piping to ensure the entire project runs smoothly.
Now that we’ve covered the labor, let’s discuss the fun part of the remodel: the design. This stage is where you can let your imagination run a little wild (within reason of course). What’s your dream kitchen look like? Does it have a new island with butcher block? Do you aspire to add subway tile backsplash for a modern touch? Make a list of possibilities, and then narrow it down based on your budget.