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6 Ways to Keep your Nook Remodel on Track

Use these tips to avoid falling behind schedule.

A nook or alcove is a recessed area within a room. Some kitchens have alcoves big enough for a breakfast table and chairs. Master bathrooms may have a nook for a giant bathtub. A bedroom might have a nook for a window seat or alcove for a crib. Sometimes homeowners create nooks from unused closets by removing the doors. Homeowners may want to renovate their nook or alcove by adding new furniture or decorating. But sometimes a full renovation is needed such as adding lighting, windows, custom cabinetry, shelving or refurbishing the flooring or walls.

Keeping your nook remodel on schedule is smart but requires careful planning and attention to detail.  A nook remodel, just like any remodeling project, can get derailed quickly if you aren’t prepared. Now that you’ve hired a professional to take care of your breakfast nook remodel, here are six ways to keep your project on schedule.

1. Create a budget and stick to it

Comparing quotes, saving money, and securing funds early will help kick-start your nook renovation.  However, it’s not enough to just create a budget, you also have to stick to it. If you’re working with a tight budget, be sure to plan ahead so your project isn’t delayed by shipping times or backordered products. Likewise, if you plan on using rare or exotic materials, remember to factor in extended shipping and production time. Keep in mind that specialty materials often take longer to install and require a more skilled hand; using specialty materials for your nook remodel will add both time and money to your remodel’s price tag. If your timeline is tight, allow about 10% of the budget for expediting shipping or services.

2. Plan ahead and buy specialty materials in advance

Adding personality to your nook helps give it an identity separate from the rest of the room. Specialty fabrics, custom flooring, and decorative windows can strain your budget and be time consuming to install. Some hard-to-find items may be backordered and custom fabrication of certain materials may take longer than expected. Consult with your professional to help you find reliable suppliers that can get the materials you need when you need them.

3. Don’t make unnecessary changes

Once you sit down with your contractor to create a remodeling plan and sign a contract, do your best to stick to the plan. As the remodel progresses, you may find that some changes to your original contract need to be made, and that’s okay. However, if you find yourself second-guessing every detail of your design, you may waste time doing more research or ordering materials. Again, if your schedule is tight, don’t add delays by changing your mind.

4. Account for holidays or acts of nature

Holidays and severe weather can affect your project’s timeline. If any holidays occur during your project’s projected schedule, be sure to discuss them with your contractor. Your contractor should be able to tell you how they plan to deal with holidays so you can plan ahead accordingly.

5. Create your remodeling schedule with your contractor

Before starting any construction on your home, sit down with your professional and compare your calendars. Discuss when your project can start and how long you should expect it to take to complete. Often times, contractors work on several projects at once, so addressing work load sooner rather than later will help you avoid future conflicts. Additionally, consider scheduling your project during your contractor’s off season. Most contractors are busiest during the warm summer months and during the winter holiday season; scheduling your project during their off season may help expedite your remodel.

6. Expect the unexpected

Even if you create a detailed plan for your remodel, it’s likely that something will happen to throw it off course. If you’re planning to show off your new nook or alcove at a holiday party or are planning to entertain hundreds of guests at your home, try to plan your remodel to end more than a few days before the deadline. Factoring a time buffer into your remodeling plans can help eliminate stress if (and when) a delay occurs.

Top image credit: Witt Construction