Tips for Planning a Winter Remodel

The midst of winter is when we find ourselves stuck inside staring at our perhaps unsatisfactory kitchen and bath. Families come to our home and we seem to spend more and more time cooking in our kitchens as the days get shorter and colder. Winter is a fantastic time to start your kitchen and bath remodeling projects. Remodeling can be one of the more expensive and time consuming projects a home owner can start, and it’s important to make adequate plans prior to starting such an impactful project. Here are some things a homeowner should consider before taking the plunge into a kitchen or bath remodel.

You can save yourself and your designer a huge headache by beginning with a budget. How much are you willing to spend to get everything you’ve ever wanted in your new kitchen or bath? Depending on how much you would like to see changed, the average costs of these types of projects can vary anywhere from approximately $15,000 to $60,000 according to the Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report from But remember these changes can greatly increase the value of your home.

If you want to help save money with a bathroom remodel, contemplate an all-in-one tub replacement that includes the walls. This can lower the cost by reducing materials such as paint and tile. Think about energy efficient lighting options for your vanity or a low flow toilet that helps you save water and hard earned cash. In the kitchen, be sure to thoroughly research appliances. By choosing energy efficient products, you can save a lot of money in the long run. The kitchen is another great place to consider water saving faucets and Eco-friendly lighting options. Retailers that are part of the BBB are reliable sources to get your appliances.

And finally, it may sound like obvious advice, but make sure to plan your remodel carefully. Determine your floor plan­—if walls are coming down or if you’re more interested in a face lift before the project is underway. Discuss what you would like to see accomplished, timelines, and costs in detail with your contractor or choose a design/build firm. Make sure to plan a space that you truly desire, both aesthetically and functionally.