Organizational Tips To Help Get You Through

  1. SET PRIORITIES (remember we all have to work and live within our budgets)

  2.     • Analyze what you are trying to achieve in your space

  3.     • Establish what you can afford to spend

  4.     • What can be done now and what can be done later


  5. PLAN AND DESIGN (and then do it again, as typically each new version will get better)

  6.     • Measure and plot your room/rooms in scale

  7.         • Existing plan - including door and window locations, lighting, outlets, and any existing plumbing

  8.         • New plan - indicating any and all changes (note new outlet, lighting, and/or plumbing locations)

  9.         • Add door swings and dimensions to your new plans

  10.         • Even minor work deserves a plan

  11.     • Make new design plans as accurate as possible as your subs will calculate their estimates off of these

  12.     • Take copies of designs with you to give to each contractor/supplier you expect to consider your project


  13. ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME FOR PLANNING, SHOPPING, AND RESEARCH

  14.     • Time to shop for best buys and educate yourself about new and best products

  15.     • Time for submission of estimates (remember lowest price is not always the best and smartest purchase)

  16.         • This includes checking out reputation and quality of craftsmanship of builder or subs you consider

  17.     • Time to order all materials needed before construction or demo begins as in;

  18.         • Special or non-stock appliances

  19.         • Custom or non-stock fixtures

  20.         • Specialty tiles or hardware

  21.         • Allow for early delivery of fixtures/appliance in case you encounter having to replace damage items


  22. CREATE A FILE FOLDER / BOX FOR YOUR PROJECT

  23.     • Keep photographs or magazine clips for reference or inspirational ideas of what you are trying to achieve

  24.         • If you are confused about what you like try collecting items you don’t like (a way to backdoor your tastes)

  25.     • Keep samples of materials and/or finishes you want to use or incorporate

  26.     • Keep spec sheets on fixtures, appliances, and hardware items

  27.     • Keep plans, estimates, notes, outstanding ideas not yet incorporated, anything related to your project

  28.     • Make a handy folder to take with you while shopping with organized search criteria still unresolved


  29. DON’T CHANGE YOUR MIND DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD (if at all possible)


  30. ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME FOR YOU CONTRACTORS TO DO A QUALITY JOB

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