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Trending on Remodelista: Secrets to Successful Renovations

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Trending on Remodelista: Secrets to Successful Renovations

December 10, 2021

Whether you’re in the midst of a remodel or planning a future project, you need to check out this week’s rehab wisdom on Remodelista. Here, a sampling of tips gleaned from recent posts.

1. Focus on the exterior and foundation first.

Melissa Coleman and her husband smartly made sure the exterior and foundation were up to snuff before turning their remodeling attention to the kitchen. Despite spending much of their budget making sure the building was sound, they were able to overhaul much of the interior, albeit on a tight budget. See how they did it in Kitchen of the Week: A Not Too Precious Kitchen for “Faux Martha” in Minnesota. Photograph by Melissa Coleman.
Above: Melissa Coleman and her husband smartly made sure the exterior and foundation were up to snuff before turning their remodeling attention to the kitchen. Despite spending much of their budget making sure the building was sound, they were able to overhaul much of the interior, albeit on a tight budget. See how they did it in Kitchen of the Week: A Not Too Precious Kitchen for “Faux Martha” in Minnesota. Photograph by Melissa Coleman.

2. Communicate, communicate, communicate.

When you&#8\2\17;re restoring an old home, label what stays and what goes and communicate even the smallest details to the contractor (there&#8\2\17;s no such thing as oversharing when you&#8\2\17;re overseeing a project). These are just some of the tips from house flippers Lacey and Audrey Soslow. For more, see How to Avoid Rookie Remodeling Mistakes: 9 Tips from Mother-Daughter House Flippers. Photograph courtesy of Matriarchy Build.
Above: When you’re restoring an old home, label what stays and what goes and communicate even the smallest details to the contractor (there’s no such thing as oversharing when you’re overseeing a project). These are just some of the tips from house flippers Lacey and Audrey Soslow. For more, see How to Avoid Rookie Remodeling Mistakes: 9 Tips from Mother-Daughter House Flippers. Photograph courtesy of Matriarchy Build.

3. Splurge on the little things.

Above: Even if you’re doing a very basic remodel, it pays to shell out a little more for hardware like doorknobs and cabinet pulls. Those little upgrades can elevate the project without blowing up your budget. See Object of Desire: Custom Hardware from Stahl + Band in Los Angeles.

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