Why Elysian – Our People
Elysian takes pride in our experienced staff of trained and knowledgeable professionals capable of handling all your remodeling needs. We have experts in every facet of home remodeling to ensure that you get an expert that will help guide you through the design process. We assign a dedicated project manager to your project so that they are accountable for deliverables on the timeline specified by our clients. Our project manager and team is accessible via phone or email in case you have any questions so you can have peace of mind knowing we’re just a phone call away.
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Should You DIY or Hire a Professional?
Perhaps you’ve decided to upgrade your master bathroom. Maybe you’ve decided to build a new deck or put up a fence around your backyard pool. These are excellent choices to improve your home’s value. But whatever the home project you have in your sites, it’s best to decide right away whether you can do it yourself (DIY) or if you need to hire the help of a professional.
Assess Skills and Knowledge
Having the right attitude when approaching a DIY project is important, but if you don’t have the right skills and knowledge and take the right safety precautions you may run into trouble.
Many homeowners with even basic skills encounter unexpected problems. A small problem can very quickly grow into a huge one if you don’t have the right training in a particular area of expertise.
As you weigh the best option for completing your home project, seek out the advice of others. Ask the staff at your local hardware or home store about the skill level required of the project you seek to tackle. Consult books, tutorials, and even friends who have completed similar projects.
With any project, unexpected hiccups can occur such as the necessity for an expensive power tool or slip ups such as crooked tiles or broken materials. Are you prepared to handle these realities or would the job be better suited for a professional who is trained to handle any situation that might occur? Be realistic with the projects you take on, and start small.
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Assess your current space
Always look to reduce the clutter in your home, as this is one home improvement project that not only allows you to be more organized but leaves everything more accessible. See that your bookshelves are neat, and all artifacts and other display items are always cleaned and have definite places where they are located. Often, just changing the layout of all these items in a room can give it a new look that can come at almost no cost. Improve the lighting in a room by using task, ambient or accent lighting as this can greatly add to the sophistication of a room. Improving lighting in a kitchen or any other workplace can make it easier to work there as well. See if you can add or change appliances in your kitchen so that they add to the ease of working. Consider power usage and get devices that are not power guzzlers.
Make a determined effort to look at your home and how the space in it is being utilized before you plan any remodeling or major changes to the structure of your home. Here is where the advice of a good architect can come in handy. These are professionals who can advise about the latest trends and devices and will be able to redesign your existing space or add to it so that every area and space is more effectively used. See that your ideas are clear before you bring in the professionals so that they can see how the available space is best used for the activities and uses that you have in mind.
If you are remodeling only certain areas of the home, you must be careful that any changes you make will not look too incongruous to what already exists in other parts of your home. Structural changes or making changes to the existing areas of your home will often require you to get permissions or permits from your neighborhood associations and/or city planning offices. Any architect or contractor that you hire should be able to guide you through the process of getting these approvals and permits.
How important are these home improvement changes to you?
Home remodeling projects are typically undertaken because you’re not happy with the way your home spaces and fixtures look in their present state. You might want to remodel because you want more comfort, ease of use or access into and outside your home, be able to entertain guests, create new spaces or rooms, etc. Other reasons could be that you have grown older or need to bring in your parents into a home and need to have one that is safe and easy to use in your changed circumstances. Remodeling can also be a result of your realizing that you cannot afford to buy a new home to suit your changed circumstances and are better off making changes to your present home to suit your changing needs. It can also be needed when your lifestyle has changed due to better financial circumstances, and you want to reflect that change in a more comfortable home that has more comfort features, space, and amenities that your last home didn’t have.
It is best to do your due diligence before you start a renovation project and ask yourself why you’re doing this project and then plan on how you intend to make the required changes. The areas in a home that are most often remodeled are kitchens and bathrooms, while the remodeling can also make changes to lofts, attics, basements, or even landscapes. Kitchens are increasingly becoming family rooms and this has led to remodeling them so that more space is available and attention is paid to the use that is made of the kitchen during where most of the cooking, cleaning and eating activities take place. Bathrooms are increasingly being seen as personal rooms that need to be well lit and ventilated for the relaxing space they are meant to provide.
Both these spaces need to be extremely functional and this aspect must be given the most importance, during any planned remodeling. Both these spaces also require a lot of attention to ventilation and lighting that must add to the comfort of being and working in them.