Community members made their way to Cleveland Lumber Company to enjoy LakewoodAlive’s latest home maintenance workshop on Saturday, June 22.

Led by Avi Selva from Cleveland Lumber Company, Pat and Leslie Rossi from North Coast Flooring Coverings and Tim Szoradi, “Knowing Your Home: Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling” gave local residents the opportunity to learn about the process for refreshing these frequently-used rooms within their homes.

Now in its sixth year, LakewoodAlive’s Knowing Your Home workshop series draws hundreds of attendees annually to learn home maintenance best practices. Our workshop series is generously supported by: Citizens Bank, City of Lakewood, Cleveland Lumber Company and First Federal Lakewood.

If you happened to miss this particular workshop, we’ve got you covered.  Here are our four key takeaways.

1. Costs & pre-planning
When you decide to remodel your bathroom or kitchen, it’s important to know how much you are willing to spend.  Keep in mind the costs of contractors and unexpected issues.  If you’re tearing down walls or ripping up floors, unforeseen issues may arise, and having wiggle room in your budget for these issues will help in the long run.  Additionally, it’s worthwhile to have a plan in place before you start any type of remodeling.  Recognize what you would like done to each space, and how much involvement you want in the process.  Know if you would like to do-it-yourself or hire a contractor for a portion or the entirety of your project.  Being prepared before you start the remodel will help ease the stress and shorten the time of the project.

2. Let the design fit the home
It’s important to be aware of the current design of your home, the layout, the rooms that do not need redone and the items you would like to keep in your remodeled kitchen or bathroom.  Having this awareness before starting your project will help create a cohesive look throughout the house and help sections of the house feel less like separate areas.

3. Details are important
Final touches are important when it comes to finishing a space.  Replacing cabinet handles can change the whole look of the kitchen.  Replacing the vanity or just the faucet in the bathroom can create a fresh feel.  Adding matching towels to the bathroom can make it look more finished.  Keeping the small details in mind while working on your remodel can make the space feel better than ever.

4. Seek expert help when needed
Some projects are too big to qualify as a do-it-yourself project.  It might be less stressful and more time efficient to hire a contractor to remodel your space.  Be aware of what you are able to do yourself and what requires a more experienced contractor. Taking down walls that involve working with electrical or plumbing may be easier if an expert is involved.