Remodeling Tips

Remodeling Tips

Thinking about remodeling your home? Here are a few tips to follow when starting a remodel of any kind.

1. Start with your budget.

2. Next, prioritize your wants list.  A simple 1-100 will do.

3. Determine how your budget and priorities mesh.  You may not be able to get everything, but having these things in place will help you with the decision-making process.

4. Hire an interior designer to help you ensure that everything you love harmonizes in your space.  They will simplify your options (wall color, trim profile, trim color, door hardware, cabinet hardware, electrical plan, and the list goes on).  The little things make all the difference in the finished product!

Design by Haden Long at Ellecor Design and Gifts

5. With big projects (more than a couple of rooms) hire someone to manage the project for you.  Professionals have relationships with subcontractors which will save you time and money.  Choose wisely.  Make sure you trust them to accomplish your vision.

6. Focus on what’s important to you as the homeowner.  Things can get crazy during a remodel.  Opening a wall can turn into moving plumbing, electrical, or even restructuring/engineering time/costs.  You may find that the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.  So if you want to freshen up your 1st floor, focus on that.  Paint, trim, cabinetry, etc.  The icing on the cake, so to speak, may be opening the space.

7. When working on old homes with trim you like, be sure to save what you can.  Most manufacturers have changed profiles, even homes built in the ’80s, making matching your existing trim profile difficult/impossible. These can be way more costly than you imagined/budgeted.

Design by Haden Long at Ellecor Design and Gifts

8. Choose quality finishes that you like now (and hopefully in the near future),  and always choose quality products!  You don’t have to buy the most expensive materials, but the cheapest is usually cheap for a reason.

Don’t forget to enjoy the process.  Let’s be honest, living in a construction zone, may not be ideal.  It will be messy, loud, and stinky. But all your hard work is paying off in the space you’ve always dreamed of.  Take a deep breath.  It will get done.  It will be beautiful.

Brady Long
Owner/Project Manager
Ellecor Design and Gifts

Meet the Owners of Ellecor Interior Design!

Haden and Brady Long founded Ellecor Interior Design in 2013 following the birth of their first daughter, Elliott, whose name inspired the name of their company. Haden earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Missouri State University. Throughout her interior design career, she has won numerous awards from local and national publications including 417 Magazine and Houzz. Brady is our project manager who oversees our talented designers, craftspeople, and subcontractors. He believes in getting things right the first time and carrying a project through to completion – on time and on budget. Brady loves having a hands-on role in our projects as an avid handyman who loves to build and fix things.



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