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How to Prepare for Your Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom remodels rank as one of the top two most popular home improvement project in America after kitchens. With more and more homeowners choosing to gut their existing bathrooms and remodel them from top to bottom, there are plenty of guides out there on how to prepare for a bathroom remodel. However, each home is different and every bathroom remodel project is unique. With that being said, there are still general guidelines that you can follow to prepare for a bathroom remodel and make the process as stress-free as possible for you, your family, and your team of contractors.

At Savvy Home Supply, we treat every remodeling project as if it were our own. Whether you are wanting to freshen up a bathroom with new countertops and hardware or completely redo your master bath from floor to ceiling, our team is guaranteed to deliver top-of-the-line work with satisfaction guaranteed. With that being said, we’d like to share some of our tips on how to prepare for your bathroom remodel when you choose us for the job.

Tips to Prepare for Your Bathroom Remodel

Determine the Flow of Traffic During Your Bathroom Remodel

One of the best tips we can share with our clients is to determine the flow of traffic that the Savvy Home Supply team is going to take when entering and exiting your home. This can start with deciding where the team will park their trucks and which door they will use to go to and from their work trucks. Most of the team will make multiple trips back and forth and they will not expect to remove their work boots. This is for a couple of reasons including: to save time and for their own safety. We suggest finding several old towels or visiting a local carpeting store and asking if they have carpet scraps to spare. No matter the flooring you have in your home, we suggest protecting it from foot traffic during your bathroom remodel.

Remove All Objects from the Bathroom Area

Prior to the Savvy Home Supply team coming into your home and starting your bathroom remodel, we suggest removing all easy-to-move objects from the bathroom area. One of the best places to start is in the cabinets and drawers of your vanity. Remove all beauty products, rolls of toilet paper and paper towels, cleaning products, and storage units. We also suggest removing any art work, towel racks, medicine cabinets, and wall mounted toilet paper holders. In the shower or bathtub, moving all of the shampoo and conditioner bottles, bars of soap, and washcloths into another bathroom will help the Savvy Home Supply team get your bathroom remodel done faster.

Take Care of Some Steps Yourself to Save Time and Money

If you are confident in your home improvement capabilities, there may be a few extra steps that you can take to save both time and money during your bathroom remodel. It is important that you discuss the extra steps you’d like to take care of yourself to prepare for your bathroom remodel with your Savvy Home Supply team leader before starting. However, if you feel like you can handle it, you can remove shower doors and turn the water off before the team arrives. If you have tile or linoleum and replacing the flooring is part of your remodeling plan, you can pull up the old flooring before the remodel project starts. These steps will save the remodeling team time and, in return, save you money.

These are a few tips that we suggest you consider before your bathroom remodel gets underway. No matter the size of your project, preparing for the team to arrive and get underway will help everyone in the long run. At Savvy Home Supply, we want to bring the bathroom of your dreams to life and make sure that your experience through the entire bathroom remodel is a good one.

If you are thinking of remodeling a bathroom, or kitchen, in the near future, contact Savvy Home Supply for a free project estimate. You can call us at 502-241-9969 or stop into one of our showrooms located at 9301 Hurstbourne Park Boulevard and 1060 Brooks Hills Road in Louisville, KY to speak to a member of the Savvy Home Supply team. We offer unbeatable pricing on cabinets, countertops, flooring, and more. With our 40-hour cabinet guarantee, we guarantee a quick and painless remodeling process each and every time.

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Things I Learned Along the Way

Things I Learned Along the Way

1. No fast food, you will suffer for it the next day!
2. Try to renovate in the warm months, if possible, because your garage is taken over by your appliances and the garage doubles as your makeshift kitchen.
3. Don’t stress about the small stuff. The Savvy Home Supply team are professionals and they will ask you for your input if it’s needed.
4. Keep the lines of communication open. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Fear of the unknown will just cause you undue stress
5. Keep out of the way. If they need you they will ask for your assistance, but hanging around, even if it’s with good intentions, will just slow done the process and throw them off their game.
6. Remember you are all in this together, so sit back and enjoy the ride. The Savvy Home Supply family has got your back!

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 7 (The Final Week!)

Finally, the end is here and your kitchen is almost done! You’ve been waiting for this day for quite some time now and the final touches can be trying because by now you’re ready to get back to your normal lifestyle.

Week 7 (The Final Week!)

The last week of my kitchen remodel was really trying on my mindset. All I could think about was getting the Savvy Home Supply crew out of my house (bless their hearts, though, after all the ruckus I put them through – still thinking about the countertop debacle!) and the tasks that laid ahead. In my case, Christmas was coming up! Now, looking back on it, that probably wasn’t the best planning on my part.

It was a long journey from Day 1 of my kitchen remodel until the end, but the finished results were better than I ever imagined. I also made some friends for life in the Savvy Home Supply team. One of the guys even told me, “you’re part of the Savvy family now and you call us if any problems arise!” And I knew they meant that.

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 6

I promise that you will survive Week 5 and that Week 6 will pull you out of your depression because progress picks back up and your kitchen starts to look like an actual, functioning kitchen, again!

Week 6

Our countertops arrived during the sixth week of our kitchen remodeling project and they brought a literal headache with them.

Be aware that the glue the Savvy Home Supply contractors use to hold the counter intact is the strongest, foulest smelling stuff around. Make sure to air out the house and stock up on Tylenol. And whatever you do, do not walk into your kitchen and lean on the countertops while the remodeling team is installing them – especially if you decided on quartz. – because this little mistake will cause the team to start the leveling process all over again! (I’m sure the guys at Savvy Home Supply were cursing me under their breath when I walked away. I really felt bad about that stupid mistake…)

Week 6 also brings the ceiling lights and (what I thought were) finishing touches started to happen. By the end of Week 6, I never wanted to eat another grilled piece of meat again and headed to Costco for microwaveable meals. Despite how bleak my diet was becoming and how grumpy my husband was with the Costco meals, I was beginning to see the light at the end of the kitchen remodeling tunnel. And I was starting to help with the process. I took a few days off of work to help with installing the kitchen back splash and it was truly an exciting few days.

First, I discussed how I wanted the backsplash to look with the remodeling team and then we started laying the tiles. I recommend laying all the tile out first. Don’t just start gluing! We had to tweak the design slightly to get it to fit the space and I’m glad we figured this out before gluing up the tiles I had a lot of fun this week. I had creative control, but the guys doing the work were the real masters at what they did. They bought into my idea and made it work even when it was unconventional and questionable in their minds. Our teamwork produced some amazing end results that I am so happy with!

I was really starting to anticipate moving back into my kitchen at the end of the week, but remember that life doesn’t stop for your remodel to be finished. Things can pop up, like, holidays, deaths, sickness and the ever dreaded waiting period while something is being made. (Remember the long, drawn out wait for the countertops!)

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 5

Remember when I said last week to keep the thoughts at bay about finishing early? Week 5 proved to me that the time estimate is given for a reason and you should take it with a grain of salt because remodeling a kitchen takes a lot of effort and a lot of patience.

Week 5

This is the week of no shows and the week where I really needed the vacation that I thought I needed two weeks ago! After Savvy Home Supply came in and turned my house back into a bustling work zone, suddenly, no one was showing up. The cabinets were in and everyone was waiting on the countertop to be created from a template the contractors took.

Let me tell you – this week sucked all the life out of me!

I wandered around my new kitchen looking at all sorts of things and thinking “the contractors could be doing this” while they were just waiting for the countertops to be cut! Honestly, my entire attitude about my kitchen remodel changed again and I was getting a little irritated. My husband’s critical comments about how the workers were doing their job and I needed to let them do it did not help my attitude, either. For me, this was truly the hardest week of all.

By the end of Week 5, I was feeling two things: for one, I was depressed with my unfinished, unusable, and seemingly abandoned kitchen and two, I felt like my contractor didn’t care about me or the job they were doing to my kitchen. I think it’s very important to have open communication with your contractor and remodeling team at this time – for morale and sanity!

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 4

By now, you’ve survived a tedious part of the kitchen remodel process (with or without alcohol) and work is starting to pick up again as you enter Week 4!

Week 4

This was one of my favorite weeks throughout the entire kitchen remodel because the cabinets came in during Week 4! As soon as I saw all the guys from Savvy Home Supply show up to my house again, my attitude from last week started to dissipate. The cabinets went up and with them, my dreams went back up. Cabinet handles, adjusting, and the building of any special pieces and lighting followed the cabinet installation and suddenly, the week was over.

I had my appliances all picked out, but if you haven’t chosen your appliances then you need to get them on order as soon as possible. I was really getting into the swing of camp cooking by now, but some of the novelty had worn off and after seeing a lot of progress compared to the weeks prior, I found myself getting exciting about finishing early. Try to keep that thought at bay. It may be harmful to your liver next week!

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Weeks 2 and 3

After a smooth first day and first week, your kitchen looks like an empty room that used to be a kitchen and work on smaller details has begun.

Week 2

At the start of Week 2, my kitchen was all cleared out and work on the kitchen remodel seemed to be slowing down. The remodeling team was running wiring for my new lighting and new drywall was going up, too. The Savvy Home Supply team was still working, I could tell that, but it was smaller, more minute work that didn’t have the same obvious visual evidence as cabinet and appliance removal had the first week.

During Week 2 of the kitchen remodel, I also noticed that the amount of workers showing up at my house had changed. I went from seeing 3-4 workers coming into my home to two – and sometimes only one! Regardless of the seemingly slow period, I was still charged up about things and pleased with myself for figuring out that it is totally possible to grill up a bunch of different meats on the weekend and then be creative with them through the week. All in all, Week 2 was a success… until the remodeling team got to the stage where they were fixing sheet rock. This stage was about as exciting as watching paint dry!

Week 3

I got out the bottles of booze in the midst of Week 3 and if you haven’t broken out the alcohol yet, this week may make you change your mind! Week 3 is the stage where the 1 guy that I had been seeing started stopping by once a day just to apply more mud and then leave. This quick appearance, mud application, and disappearance went on for days and days. Once the mudding was done, the minimal visits continued, but the one Savvy Home Supply team member given this job started sanding instead of applying mud!

I recommend a small vacation during Week 3 if possible. All I could think about during this time was that they will never finish the sheetrock and sometimes the out of sight, out of mind approach is the best one to take! At this point it is also particularly important to keep that plastic zipped up unless you want everything through your house covered in drywall dust. (Trust me, you don’t!)

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Day 1 – Week 1

For the next 7 weeks, Savvy Home Supply is going to feature a guest blogger who will recount her experience with her first kitchen remodel and what to expect when contracting.

Day One through Week One of My First Kitchen Remodel

If I could start with one piece of advice for anyone starting their first kitchen remodel, it would be: get organised and prepare for your kitchen to be unavailable. From day one when the remodeling team enters your home, your kitchen no longer belongs to you. There is no more using your stove, sink, refrigerator, pantry, etc. As soon as the contractors arrived to my home, the appliances were unhooked and moved into the garage. After that the water was disconnected and a sheet of plastic with a zipper in it was put up to separate the kitchen from the rest of the house.

I found the rest of week one to be filled with excitement and anticipation. I couldn’t believe how fast things were happening in the remodeling process. The old cabinets, countertops, walls and ceilings disappeared before my eyes and I couldn’t imagine how the entire process was going to take 4 to 6 weeks. The remodeling team at Savvy Home Supply was working so fast.

While Savvy Home Supply was working at top speed to give me the kitchen of my dreams, a main area of my house was still out of commission. If you move forward with a kitchen remodel then you will need to maintain some sense of normalcy. I recommend getting a toaster oven, a hot plate, a microwave, a grill, a large table to serve as your prep area, a wash tub and a large book shelf to use as a pantry. Remember to keep out a few pots, pans, dishes, bowls, glasses, cups, silverware and prep dishes. A cutting board, spices, oil, and food storage bowls are also critical unless you plan on eating out all the time. A coffee or tea pot, slow cooker, rice cooker, and electric skillet, are also nice to have, but they are not necessities.

By the end of Week 1, I found that a pat on the back was warranted. Things were going smooth and I felt like I had this kitchen remodel down with my Savvy Home Supply team.