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Must Know Before You Remodel

You know you want to renovate your house, but you don’t know where to start, right? Well, you’re not alone. Many homeowners dive into the renovation process with no clue of what to expect. It’s only after they suffer through renovation mishaps that they regret not having a plan. So before you go down the road of disappointment or chalk it up to a bad experience, read on to learn my top considerations & advice:

When deciding to undertake a kitchen remodel, consider this: 

It’s always important to start with the layout. Make a list of all of the needs, and then all of the wants for the space. Make it a point to capture all of the needs, and then if you can get all of the wants as well it will become your dream kitchen

During the remodel process, select your materials prior to construction starting:

We suggest to have everything selected before the actual construction starts. This really allows your whole process to run a lot more smoothly and efficiently. Making selections early can prevent delays down the road.

Hard decisions and how to navigate them: 

One of the hardest decisions for clients is where to take a risk. I always encourage our clients to pick one or two areas in the home that they can do something unique and special – let those areas take center stage. Handmade tile, a show-stopping architectural element, millwork: I’ve often found that clients actually love the areas they took the risk in most!


To give clients the most accurate pricing, all materials, or at least the majority of them, need to be selected. Cabinets, tile, countertops, lighting and plumbing elements all carry different price tags. Think of it in terms of another industry, like vehicles as an example. A Kia, a Honda, and a Mercedes will all reflect different pricing, even though they all share the same classification. If you are doing a complete overhaul and starting from scratch you can plan on spend up to $100,000 on a kitchen renovation alone. However, we always recommend taking your budget and figuring what details are the most important to you and take priority. By working hand in hand with a designer, we can guide you on areas to splurge and areas to save.

Leave it to the pro's:

By having a trusted team in your corner, you can focus on other priorities within your life. A remodel of any size is a commitment, and your team becomes a part of your daily life. Be sure they are people you trust and can build a relationship with. Membership in the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI), a good record with the Better Business Bureau, and positive experiences from past clients all reflect back on the company.

At Carriage House Studio, we would be honored to partner with you on your remodel and we hope that you reach out to us for consideration.


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