What to con­sider be­fore start­ing a bed­room re­model

Texarkana Gazette - - HOME - By HomeAd­vi­sor


Re­mod­el­ing your bed­room is a great way to re­vive an out­dated space and add value to your home. But like any ma­jor home im­prove­ment, it’s im­por­tant to go in pre­pared—and to plan your bud­get and de­sign be­fore you get started. Good plan­ning is key not only to sav­ing money, but also to mak­ing sure your vi­sion is re­al­ized once your project is com­plete. Con­sider the fol­low­ing as you plan out your project.


A trendy or per­son­al­ized de­sign may work well if you’re re­mod­el­ing for your­self. But if you’re fix­ing up a bed­room for fu­ture re­sale, a time­less, more tra­di­tional style is most likely your best choice. Fea­tures like walk-in clos­ets, re­cessed light­ing and an up­dated bath­room can be good ways to draw in po­ten­tial home­buy­ers—while a new bed­room sky­light could be the fin­ish­ing touch you need to close the sale.


One of the big­gest mis­takes you can make in bed­room re­mod­el­ing is to take the wrong mea­sure­ments. Even the small­est of slip-ups can lead to a va­ri­ety of prob­lems—in­clud­ing po­ten­tial de­lays and in­creased costs that can throw your en­tire project off course. Be sure to con­firm each mea­sure­ment twice be­fore mov­ing on to the next.


Your re­model of­fers a great op­por­tu­nity to make your bed­room big­ger. Whether that in­volves build­ing an ad­di­tion or ex­pand­ing into an ad­ja­cent room, adding more space can im­prove both the com­fort and value of your home. But be­fore you start tear­ing out the walls, it’s im­por­tant to know your lo­cal zon­ing laws—and to con­sult with a pro to bet­ter un­der­stand which op­tions work best within your bud­get.


Wood and car­pet are pop­u­lar bed­room floor­ing ma­te­ri­als. Car­pet is the more bud­get-friendly choice. The down­side to car­pet is that it can be more dif­fi­cult to clean and will likely need re­place­ment five to 10 years down the road. Wood floor­ing is more ex­pen­sive, but it’s also easy to clean and comes with a longer life­span. Which­ever you go with, be sure to do your re­search and know your floor­ing op­tions be­fore mak­ing your fi­nal de­ci­sion.


Low-bud­get up­dates can make a big dif­fer­ence when it comes to chang­ing your bed­room’s ap­pear­ance. A new coat of light paint can give your room a larger, airier look—while a brighter color com­bined with dif­fer­ent tex­tures can add depth and per­son­al­ity to its over­all de­sign. And small things like re­ar­rang­ing the fur­ni­ture and clean­ing up clut­ter can cre­ate the feel of a ma­jor up­grade with­out the project price tag. FIND THE CON­TRAC­TOR

When it comes to your re­model, the right con­trac­tor makes all the dif­fer­ence. An ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sional will not only work to keep your project on bud­get and on sched­ule, but they will also keep you in­formed at each phase of the process. As you in­ter­view re­mod­el­ers, be sure to ask plenty of ques­tions, re­quest ref­er­ences and get price es­ti­mates when­ever pos­si­ble.


HomeAd­vi­sor is an on­line mar­ket­place con­nect­ing home­own­ers with trusted ser­vice pro­fes­sion­als to com­plete home projects. Visit HomeAd­vi­sor.com.

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■ A new coat of light color paint can give your room a larger, airier look.

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