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What to Consider When Planning A Remodel

A renovation or remodel in any room in your home can be overwhelming. There are so many things to consider before jumping in and picking color schemes and decor.

Your Vision

One of the best parts of remodeling is putting together a vision. You get to start with a blank canvas to make any space exactly what you imagine your dream home looks like.

For some people, that means a large kitchen with an island and farm sink, and for others, it means a large master bathroom with double vanities.

No matter what your vision is, it is important to look at in on paper, and consider these other things when planning it out.


When doing a remodel for yourself, it may be easy since you know your lifestyle.

When doing a kitchen remodel, consider how much the person cooks or how much storage they need. Are they an entertainer, should there be seating at the island or should it be open to the living space?

There are so many questions.

This also goes for bathroom remodels, do you or the person your remodeling for like to take baths or showers? Do they have kids who need a bathtub?

Space and Layout

It is important to consider the space and layout when dreaming up your vision. You should remember what the infrastructure looks like so you can avoid moving any plumbing or other expensive costs.

The layout you want may mean knocking down a wall or moving a fixture or two. This can add up quickly.


One of the most important things to consider when planning a remodel is your budget. How much do you want to spend? Is it a couple of thousand dollars or tens of thousands of dollars?

Your budget goes into not only theĀ fixtures, flooring, paint, and backsplash or tile, it also goes into any plumbing re-piping or emergencies that may have not been foreseen when starting the project.

Where will you decide to save and where will you splurge? It is often easier to make decisions if it is just a one-room, kitchen or bathroom remodel.

Does your budget fit into a DIY remodel or outsourcing the job? Deciding if you want to do it yourself or hire a contractor can affect your budget as well.


If you’re remodeling two of the most used rooms in your home, you will want to have a timeline of when it will be completed.

When remodeling one bathroom, you may have to use or share another bathroom with other people in your home.

When creating a timeline, pick a start date, and pick an expected completion date. Remember to include time to clean out the project area and to get any deliveries for materials or fixtures.

Fixture Location

Installing fixtures can be one of the most complicated parts of a remodel, especially if new or additional plumbing is needed.

Leave it to the professionals to help. Your remodel may be as simple as adding new fixtures.

Or you may want to keep the old fixtures, but it may just not be in the cards.

You want to consider new fixtures when:

You may want to consider installing new plumbing fixtures when:

  • Existing fixtures are old or corroded

  • Repair is nearly as expensive as replacement

  • Your kitchen or bathroom fixtures look dated

  • You are remodeling the kitchen or bathroom

Replacing fixtures may be necessary to keep the updated look you are wanting, or to make your remodel look more on the vintage size. It all goes back to the vision. It is important to achieve the vision you have, but do not sacrifice these important considerations when doing so.

William J. Guarini Inc. is here to help install fixtures when you’re remodeling. Call us at (201) 205-2700 for all your plumbing and heating needs.