Renovating your kitchen and bathroom in Kansas should not be a difficult proposition. There are plenty of local contractors with the background and experience.
Renovating your fairy-tale kitchen or bathroom won’t have you following the yellow brick road. You should, however, pay a little more attention to detail in these two rooms than you might elsewhere in the house.
Bathrooms and kitchens are a little more complicated than the rest of the house because both rooms require the installation of both water and electric features. Making your home beautiful while keeping it safe is of paramount importance. Water and electricity simply don’t mix well.
When you instruct a bathroom and kitchen renovator be sure that they are well versed in the installation of both water and electrical systems. It is possible that your contractor may employ a plumber and electrician separately. If the contractor is licenced as both an electrician and a plumber more better.
Aside from the usual rules of ensuring that you have a solid contract in place and that you’re not responsible for any permits that need to be issued – your contractor should take care of that, you should be good to go. Make sure you’re on the same page with deposits and staged payments and how the materials will be covered in terms of expenses. Nasty surprises can leave a bad taste in your mouth even after your dream bathroom has been delivered.
Be clear in communicating what you want. Make sure that the contractor offers you a wide choice of fixtures and fittings and ask to see samples where possible. Remember that the color of the kitchen cabinet will be contrasted with your floor tiles. Be sure that it looks right. This applies to your bathroom too. Have a contingency plan if you discover that your choice of fixtures isn’t available. Decide on a second option so that the contractor doesn’t have to come back to you, creating a delay.
When renovating and installing new fixtures, things can and do go wrong. Ensure that you obtain guarantees both on labor and the fixtures. Having to replace a temperamental bath tap with no cost creates headaches if the labor charge is going to be exorbitant.
Ask the other members of your family for feedback on bathroom and kitchen ideas. You may overlook something seemingly simple. Which hand is dominant, left or right, may dictate where certain plugs are placed or how the tap in the kitchen opens and shuts. Some say don’t sweat the small things, but when it comes to home design, it’s the small things that matter.
Don’t be afraid to ask how they deal with unusual spaces, especially if your bathroom falls into that category. Renovating a bathroom or kitchen is rarely an exercise in replacing appliances and worktops, it requires some thought and design skill too.
While you may have a contractor to do the work, it is prudent to have the groundwork laid by a professional designer. It will save you on your hard-earned savings and speed the process up.