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What to Expect During Your Dream Remodel

Posted by Gavi Halpern on Monday, June 4, 2018 4:30 PM

Imagine: it’s a dream come true! You’ve worked with a designer to put together your perfect space together, picked out the materials straight from your Pinterest board, and everything amazingly came in slightly under your budget. You signed that contract to take advantage of some awesome deals and you are scheduled to begin the process of creating your brand new space in a few weeks. We’re going to share some insight on what to expect, as well as some tips to power through the remodeling process and hopefully maintain some of your sanity!



Once a contract is signed, you’ll be made aware in the coming weeks when your material comes in and when the installers are scheduled to begin work. This is a great opportunity to begin preparing your home to become a construction zone. Are there any precious items you don’t want to take the chance of breaking? Store it away. Do you have large furniture that you don’t want to get dusty? Make sure to cover it well before the installers begin demolition. Take the time before your project begins to go through your home and put away what you don’t want out and protect the things that are precious to you. You’ll absolutely thank us later.

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Another thing to think about during a remodel, particularly a kitchen remodel, is what will you do without a functional kitchen for a few weeks? Many clients don’t realize this until they are end up having to take-out every meal. Why not set up a temporary kitchen? A simple hot plate will absolutely do wonders. Bonus if you have your remodel done during the summertime, as that is PERFECT grilling weather! We can always put together some of our favorite BBQ recipes for you.


During Your Remodel

HGTV does a good job of making remodels seem like they happen in a couple of days. In reality, larger projects take a lot longer than a couple of days. There will pretty much always be a bump or two in the road and you will definitely want the process to be over as soon as it starts. With your home being a construction zone, we should probably bring up as well the high likelihood of at least one change order. We know, sad face because nobody wants a change order on top of the craziness that has become your home. But majority of the time your designer and even the production manager doesn’t know what they might unearth behind your walls or under your floor. If the remodeling company you have doing your project cares for you and your project, they’re going to want to go all in and do it right the first time so you can enjoy your space without having to worry about potential issues arising in the future.


Finishing Up

Typically after a larger project, there will be items that someone might have missed or something that needs fixing. Many contractors and firms will schedule a punch list walkthrough with the homeowner to go over anything that might have come up during the project. This is also the best time to bring up anything that you as the client are not completely satisfied with. That’s why we don’t recommend unpacking and uncovering everything before going through a punch list with your contractor. Gosh, what if the space needs repainting? It won’t necessarily take up too much more time, but you don’t want to run the risk of something getting damaged on the last leg of your remodeling journey.


We know as well as most how daunting the process can seem when you’re in the full swing of a major remodel. It might seem like it will never end. But, sacrificing a few weeks of inconvenience for a brand new, super functional, Pinterest worthy space that will bring joy for years to come is definitely worth the relative inconvenience. Remember that achieving dreams take hard work and dedication, and creating your dream space won’t come without its challenges.


If you live in Southern Maryland and liked this article or would like professional advice on your kitchen or any other remodeling project, please contact Southern Maryland Kitchen, Bath, Floors and Design at 301-866-0337. You can also schedule a FREE consultation, measurement, and estimate with one of our experienced design consultants online at Feel free to visit our showroom in the Wildewood Shopping Center in California at any time, and see what we can do for YOU! We have experienced designers that will listen and experienced installers on staff to handle every step of the process.


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Topics: kitchen renovation, remodel preparedness, expectations during remodel

Written by Gavi Halpern