How does a homeowner begin to plan a large remodel?



How does a homeowner begin to plan a large remodel?

By Niko Papaheraklis,

So, you’ve decided that a room in your home needs a bit of a makeover. This is so exciting and is a lot of fun! But, it’s important to know what steps you should take in order to start planning a large remodel. Below, we lay out a few steps you can follow to begin the remodel process.

Have a vision

It’s important to have a good idea of what you want your space to look like. You may have a general concept, but let’s dig a little deeper. Start looking through magazines for ideas and inspiration and consider if your ideas will work in the layout of your home and add to its function. We recommend listing out a few of your top must-haves at this part of the process.


The budget for a large remodel can vary greatly, so it’s important to be realistic with your budget, but also creating and sticking to it as much as possible. A few things that will influence your bottom line include how much of the home you want to remodel, the amount of demolition and rebuild needed, and any customizations.

Hire a contractor

We’re not just saying this because we are contractors – hiring a contractor really can be the best decision you make for your remodel. Experts that understand how to fit things into a budget and have the knowledge to help create a design that will work really well in your home is priceless. They can also offer suggestions you may not have thought of that will really add value and functionality to your home.

Keep the future in mind

One last thing we want to mention is to keep the future in mind while you plan your remodel. It’s important to plan ahead for future phases, especially if any future plans include plumbing or electrical changes. Another thing to consider is how you will be utilizing your home as you and your family grow older.

At FineCraft Contractors, we are experts when it comes to remodels and making sure the design works with your home. If you have a renovation idea or want to remodel sections of your home, call us at 301-330-9191 and we’ll give you a thoroughly thought out estimate.

George Papaheraklis is the founder of FineCraft Contractors, Inc., located in Gaithersburg, MD. Since 1985, FineCraft has been building houses, additions, kitchens, baths and more for discerning families. Their blog can be seen at and they can be reached at 301-330-9191.

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