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 contractors lowered the short wall between the shower and the whirlpool. While updating most of the bathroom, they were able to keep the trim, doors, existing whirlpool and vanity, which cut costs. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Mike M., Kansas City, Missouri)
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Kansas City Homeowners hire Remodeling company to Update their Bathroom with New Tile, Shower surround and Paint, inspired by a trip to Las Vegas.
This bathroom remodeling project evolved as work went on.  (Courtesy of member Christine Atkins of Cleveland)
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A Cleveland member recounts her experience with a bathroom remodeling project that converted a walk-in closet into a master bath with floor-to-ceiling tile.
white refaced kitchen cabinets
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Replacing cabinets can eat up a big chunk of your kitchen remodeling budget. Check out these tips, regardless if you plan to replace, reface or refinish.
Using smaller one or two square inch tiles on the floor of your shower can reduce slipping, says Keithly. (Photo courtesy of Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical)
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One improvement currently gaining momentum is removing a tub that is rarely used and replacing it with a shower, creating a safer showering environment.
green home gym basement
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A below grade upgrade with 1,600 square feet of “wow”
 
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