Planning a Remodeling Project

While the thought of it may seem overwhelming, remodeling your house can be an adventure in which the end result is the house of your dreams. However this adventure takes plenty of patience and preparation.

See how you can get started; check out the Angie's List Guide to Planning a Remodeling Project.

Common Remodeling Terms

Do you know a joist from a girder? Before you begin any remodeling project - especially one that requires structural changes - make sure you review this list of terms and definitions so you'll know what's what. It's time to read up on those Common Remodeling Terms.

Home Remodeling

Remodeling a home can be overwhelming at times.  Contacting and communicating with remodeling contractors, getting bids or estimates, managing logisitics and times, coordinating with multiple people both in the home and out can all take their toll.  It's important to plan ahead and get everything in writing to know when something is not right or off contract.  It's always good to talk with an interior design professional before starting a home remodel to ensure all goals or needs are met. Regardless if you are just doing a bathroom remodel or kitchen remodel, it's good to know all of the ins-and-outs before starting so that no surprises come up.

Basement Remodeling

Basements don't have to be a dark and dingy place of despair. Why not construct the ultimate entertainment room, complete with a bar and home theater? And want to hear the best part? A finished basement will increase your home's value.

There are so many ways you can transform any basement into a liveable space; get started by reviewing the Angie's List Guide to Basement Remodeling.

The Jacuzzi tub was never used and just took up space. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Susan Kentrup of Loveland, Ohio)
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This complete bathroom overhaul had one main focus before the work started, removing the Jacuzzi tub and enlarger the shower space.
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Dear Angie: Who is the best person to hire to install a bathroom exhaust fan: an electrician, bathroom specialist or general contractor? – Sally W. of South Fallsburg, New York
Granite countertop with modern fixtures and round sink
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Dear Angie: We want to do most of our master bathroom remodel ourselves and get help with a few things, such as the shower pan, wall tile and glass doors. But it seems unless we do a complete remodel, most contractors don't want to work with us. – Deborah C. of Southampton, Pennsylvania
master bathroom with wainscot, double vanity and soaker tub
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Larger, neutral-colored tiles remain a popular choice for both bathroom floors and walls. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Melissa B., of Euless, Texas)
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