Planning Your Remodel

You should visualize your finished remodeling project by thinking it through from start to finish. Careful planning of your home improvement projects will enable you to update your home, increase the value of your investment and customize your living space — all for a lot less than the cost of a new home.

Look over your property carefully. What repairs are needed? What improvements would you like to make? Think ahead and determine your future needs. Professional remodeling contractors can help you in your planning by outlining options and discussing the improvements you can make within your budget.

Design and function should also be foremost in your mind if you’re thinking of adding a room or converting an existing room. When planning a larger and more complicated project, give thought to details such as where you want electrical outlets, telephone jacks and cable hook-ups located, the type of lighting required, your current and future storage needs, and whether you want to include luxury items. These details will enable your home improvement to better suit your needs and your lifestyle.

A professional remodeling contractor should be consulted about design and function of any remodeling project. He or she can also help you with time and money-saving hints.

Your remodel must comply with local codes and permits. State and local building codes in Oregon are fairly extensive. A building permit is generally required whenever plumbing, electrical, or structural work is involved or when the basic living area of the home is to be changed. A professional who works in your area every day will know the local requirements.