Detailed Remodeling Plans — Why Bother?

 What Remodeling Plans Are, and How They Can Help You

Jobsite With Full-scale Backsplash Detail by Diane Plesset If you’re thinking about, or planning to remodel your home, this article will help you. You’ll understand how detailed remodeling plans can help you achieve the best results and reduce chances for costly mistakes. You’ve heard the quote, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” So true, especially regarding home remodeling plans. This information applies to every type of home improvement project:

  • Turn-key: all labor provided by a contractor.
  • Partial D-I-Y: specific labor provided by trade specialists, as needed.
  • Full D-I-Y: all labor provided by homeowners.

WHAT ARE DETAILED PLANS?

  • Translation of everything you want, spoken in contractors’ terms.
  • Dimensioned schematic drawings drafted to scale, usually 1/4” per foot, or 1/2” per foot.  Larger scale allows details to be shown more clearly.
  • Visual “GPS” that gives accurate directions, so everyone gets to the desired destination.
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Remodeling Treat -OR- Trick?

Achieving D-I-Y Treat Was Tricky

Trick or Treat Construction Witch The title of this blog is seasonal, but unfortunately, “Trick or Treat” remodeling happens year ’round. The “treat” is homemade. If you follow the “Recipe for DIY Home Remodeling Success,” you’ll end up with something very sweet. If you try to change the recipe, your treat may look like it’s sweet, but it  could be face-puckering bitter — the kind of bitter that you’ll never forget.  This is a true story about one family’s DIY Treat that turned into a Trick.

It Was Supposed To Be a Treat

Imagine how great it must  feel to discover that you have 280 square feet in your basement that you can convert to usable space. Wow! What a treat! Remodeling is going to be a lot of work, but there are many ways to use the space. Storage? Possibly. How about a bonus room? Yes! It will require at least two of the four structural posts to be removed, to open up the room, but it can be done. Using the exterior doorway that’s already there is an added bonus, because you can build a deck for summertime inside/outside parties. And, as long as you’re doing the work, how about adding a powder room, so family and friends don’t have to climb a flight of stairs to use the bathroom? Sure! Wonderful idea!

This is the shorthand version of what often happens during DIY  brainstorming, talking

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Are Detailed Plans REALLY Necessary?

Detailed Plans Are The GPS To Get You To Your Destination!

Kitchen PlanDetailed plans were mentioned in a previous blog. Projects that do not include changes to plumbing location, electrical wiring, or framing changes may not need plans for permits. But if you are installing new cabinets, you need to communicate your goals, and you may want to get comparative estimates. Simple detailed plans can definitely help you!

What exactly are detailed plans? How can they make your building or remodeling project better and smoother?

Imagine you’re going to an unfamiliar place, and you’re meeting other people who have never been there, either. How are all of you going to get there?  Detailed route instructions!  Plans are the GPS that everyone uses as a guide to lead them to the same goal: your satisfaction. Below is a list of everything needed for permits, details that the building-remodeling team needs to assure that what you want to do is possible, within your budget. If you’re a D-I-Yer, this list will help you understand what’s ahead, and possibly change your mind about tackling a major project alone.

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