Buyer Beware: 30” Is Not Always What It Appears
By: Maggie Medellin
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, & Lighting Gallery
So you’re standing in your home looking around at a space in desperate
need of a facelift. When the decision is finally made to take on the
challenge of a renovation, the first step is to determine the budget. Based
on the budget, you then need to figure out how much of the project you
want to tackle yourself…if any.
Small DIY projects can be rewarding and cost effective when there really
isn’t a need to hire outside help. However, attention to detail is important
and keeping track of all the little things that make the BIG picture beautiful
may require the services of a remodeler.
If you have chosen the path of the weekend warrior, laying out a game plan
and doing your homework is crucial so every step is in place to achieve the
desired goal. Allow your plan to keep you focused; surprises that will pop
up along the way, they have the ability to throw you off time and budget.
So make sure to commit to something reasonable from the beginning,
when managed properly, your remodel project can be a great success.
Some basic changes can be relatively simple; but larger kitchen and bath
over-hauls require the help of a professional. Most homeowners are not
really aware of what is vital to fit the pieces of a remodel puzzle together
successfully. You may currently have a 27” white double oven and simply
wish to update to stainless steel; unfortunately, differences between
manufactures and models require different size cutouts. Appliance
manufacturers are constantly updating their products and these
modifications make an impact on how cabinets, countertops, and walls are
cut to fit the item. A ¼” may seem small, but it is huge when it comes to
putting everything together properly. Custom cabinetry and imported
countertops are high-dollar items; making a measuring mistake could cost a
great deal of money and time, this information is critical. Never purchase a
sink or appliance based on the overall measurement of what is visible at
the surface, it is necessary to know the specifications. The specifications are
the accurate measurements provided by the manufacturer that are
essential to install a product correctly. If there is electrical or plumbing
involved, add another element that effect measurements.
If this is sounding a bit overwhelming, take heart, there are options.
Product showrooms and some home stores offer to help plan, measure,
and select everything needed for a remodel project. Or, if you decide to
take the alternate path and work with a professional, be sure to hire
someone who is qualified. For more information about qualifications and to
find a remodeler for your project, please visit the Greater Houston Builders
Association website at www.ghba.org.