Home remodeling projects can be a significant investment. But if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves, you can reduce some of the cost and have the satisfaction of contributing to the success of your project.

There are some easy ways that you can contribute to your bathroom or kitchen remodeling effort.  With some simple tools and a little elbow grease, you can do much of the demolition of the existing room. Carpet, plumbing and lighting fixtures are some of the easiest things for homeowners to remove.  If you feel comfortable turning off the water, electricity and gas lines, you can also remove the appliances from kitchen projects.  Another way you can save money is by doing your own painting and other finishing work.  Doing the final clean-up yourself can also help reduce the cost of the project.

It’s important to be realistic, however.  How prepared do you feel to handle a dirty, physically demanding job?  Do you know how to turn off the water main and the gas while you take out appliances?  Do you have a way to dispose of your appliances and other construction debris?  But most importantly, don’t forget to value your time.   Demolition and painting can be very time-consuming.  Spending too much time on the project can take you away from your family for longer than you (and they) might like.

There’s one final way you can save money on your project:  be sure we’ve captured all of your ideas in the initial plan.  Adding to the plan after we’ve begun the work can add significantly to the cost of the finished project.  The more we can avoid change orders, the faster and more efficient the project will be.

Many of our clients have completed the demolition and finishing aspects of their projects.  We’re happy to be your partner in your project.  Let our design team know if you’d like to take on some of the elements of your work.  It can save you some money and give you the satisfaction of contributing to your new space.