DIY Remodeling

Sometimes the DIY approach is an effective method to cut costs because there are things that can be done without the help of professionals. For a typical remodel of the kitchen and bathroom, electricians, plumbers, tile setters, and cabinet installers are required. It is more effective to hire a general contractor who will be in charge of managing the other personnel.


Homeowners need to vet at least three potential contractors face to face and settle for one with insurance, license, and workers’ compensation. The agreement contract should be drafted and should include a list of every product and the model number. Another thing to consider is avoiding cutting corners when it comes to key materials to be used.

Most companies offer lifetime warranties to cover stains and leaks. But these warranties do not accommodate the cheap faucets. Physical vapor deposition is the best attempt to scratch them whereas drain cleaners leave some slight stains. Chrome is also considered durable, but if rubbed with a scouring pad it can be scratched. Homeowners should also consider the quality of tiles in both rooms because they can be touched and felt on a daily basis. High-quality tiles are required to avoid the rooms from looking shoddy with crooked lines.

DIY remodelingSavings can be done on light fixtures unless you opt for high design fixtures which cost more. Opting for basic faucet finishes can save you thousands of dollars without having to compromise on the quality. You just need a simple toilet and kitchen layouts with cool features that are pocket-friendly. Look out for universal design features to avoid an institutional look. To date, the large shower stalls are universally used and accepted because they are easy to access.

Homeowners should also look out for bathroom fixtures that are water efficient. Avoid shower towers for his and her because it includes multiple body sprays and shower heads which will lead to a rise in energy and water consumption. Also, the existing drainage and plumbing systems of the bathrooms and kitchen will require an upgrade. The water lines will need resizing to three-quarters from half an inch, an upgrade that will cost additional thousands to the remodeling project. Thirsty features, on the other hand, also require people to upgrade their heaters for water to hold an additional thirty gallon. This upgrade will cost an extra two thousand dollars to the budget, something that can be avoided.