From Dean Dowd on December 12, 2008 in General Remodel
Youve heard the saying that theres an exception to every rule. Or how about the one about how some rules are made to be broken? I suppose everyone develops their own level of discernment about which rules to keep and which rules are, perhaps, just a matter of opinion, and its really up to you whether or not you choose to abide by them.
I was exploring Rules for Remodeling the other day, to see what guidelines the experts give for homeowners who are planning to remodel some aspect of their homes. I discovered a variety of suggestions put forth as rules, based on the experts experience. Many of these are such common sense guidelines that its easy to see why they would be presented as rules. Ill share some of these here, and then you be the judge of whether these are rules you want to keep or break.
The Golden Rules of Remodeling are set forth on WelcomeHomeowner.com in an article thats simple and makes a good case for following the rules:
Let Reality Govern Spending:
Focus on Blending Old and New
Avoid the Pitfalls of Over-Extending
Each of the rules is dealt with in more detail, directly pertaining to an example, an addition project involving a new sunroom, half-bathroom and kitchen expansion. Its educational and gives food for thought about the wisdom of those rules.
Another source for remodeling rules is an article called Remodeling Seven Rules of Survival, by Arrol Gellner, for The Real Estate Information Center. He begins, Reams have been written about the glamorous part of remodeling but problems and surprises are endemic to the remodeling process. These can be minimized by careful planning and a healthy dose of pragmatism. The rules he presents are accompanied by a bit of detail; in brief, they are:
- Educate yourself
- Set a realistic budget
- Know where to save and where to spend
- Do as much of the work yourself as you can, but be realistic about how much you can do and how well you can do it
- Choose a contractor (or an architect) by what he builds, not by what he says
- Be prepared for more of everything (time, expense, disruption, etc.)
- If you need design help, get it
I dont know about you, but Im all for learning from the experts especially when their rules make such sense.
And therein lies the answer to which rules to keep and which to break do what makes the most sense to you. After all, its your house and ultimately all the choices regarding your remodel are up to you. You can play by your own rules if you want to!