The advantage of doing a project in sections over of number of years is that you don’t have to pay for it all in one year. Although it may be more costly in the long run, you may ultimately be able to afford a remodel of larger scope because you have time to save in between projects.
On the other hand by tackling the project all-at-once the homeowner achieves a certain economy of scale. As long as the plumber is there for the new tub in the bathroom he can plumb for the sink in the kitchen. The painter will give a better price on 600 sq. ft. than on 200 sq. ft. Your contractor can supervise the work of both projects at once.
If you decide to go this route, your contractor can take the following steps to ease the inconvenience of having a lot of work down on your house at one time.
- Stagger the work so that one bath is always in commission.
- Never leave you without the essentials electricity, heat, water and/or toilet – overnight.
- Provide a temporary kitchen for you.
- Hang dust barriers to protect your living space.
Regardless of which approach you take, consider having the entire project designed up front so each individual project is part of an ultimate plan. Think of your design as a road map that will prevent you from taking any wrong turns along the way.