NOT KNOWING THE CORRECT SEQUENCE OF WORK TO BE DONE
Many people are overwhelmed by the process of renovating or decorating a home. Not knowing the correct sequence of work to be done can be very costly and frustrating.
You need to come to terms with a realistic budget and not vacillate. Very often people get carried away and their budget goes awry also.
Make a list of all the rooms you want to decorate and rank them in order of importance.
Make a list of all the items you want to buy or change in each room.
Find the “inspiration” piece that will get you on track as to colors and style orientation. This could be a painting, rug, piece of fabric, photograph, or a picture in a magazine.
The sequence of work should be as follows:
1.Demolition (If required)
2.Build out of areas
4.Installation of Bath items (sink, tub, etc)
7.Installation of Kitchen cabinets, counter top and appliances
8.Installation of closets
9.Arrangement of furniture
10.Installation of window treatments
Only pay a contractor or workman 50% deposit upon starting the job and the balance when the job is completed and you are satisfied.
To get a good visual of what the furniture will look like once it is in the room, take dimensions of the furniture and then place sticky notes on the floor where you intend it to go. You might be surprised once that is done. You need to have 24 inches or more to navigate around furniture. To save yourself any headaches, be sure to measure your elevator, front door, hallways, and entrances of rooms to be sure your furniture can be delivered into the space. If it is too large, there are pieces that can be disassembled so as the can get through a doorway.
Terrence Tullgren is a 25 year veteran interior designer in Miami Beach. www.tntinteriordesignfirm.com
May 25, 2016