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The majority of home remodels take longer than expected and go over-budget. While it’s impossible to guarantee that a remodel goes exactly according to plan-there are many factors that you have little to know control over-there are things you can control to increase the odds that your remodel goes more quickly and under budget.
Don’t rearrange the layout
Changing the layout of major features in your kitchen is where you’re most likely to run into problems. For instance, if you’re going to tear down a wall to make your kitchen have a more open floor plan, have you thought about what you’re going to do about the gap in the flooring where the wall once was? If you’re planning on hardwood throughout, then you’ll need to have someone come and install some wood flooring in the gap. Not only that but you’ll probably have to have all of the hardwood sanded down and re-stained so that it all matches since your existing hardwood is going to look more worn and discolored than the small patch of new flooring.
Moving appliances around is difficult too. With the exception of the fridge which uses a standard 120-volt outlet, appliances usually require special outlets of a higher voltage to power them. Even the fridge can be problematic though if it needs a water line for the ice maker. That means in addition to completely tearing out cabinets and counters and rebuilding them to accommodate a new layout, you’ll also have to bring in an electrician to redo all the wiring. That will add at least a day or two of labor at $50 to $150 per hour. The same goes for moving the sink to a different location-it will require the plumbing for the kitchen to be completely redone and a plumber will cost around the same as the electrician.
Avoid the most premium options
Marble may be the favorite countertop material currently but it isn’t the most practical. For one, it’s price point means it will require a significant portion of your budget for the remodel. Also, it’s a more porous stone so it will stain more easily. A good alternative that’s still attractive but more durable and less expensive is quartz or granite. Instead of hardwood which is more easily dented or damaged by water, laminate closely resembles the look and feel of hardwood but it is a lot more durable. Finally, don’t go for the professional series appliances. They cost a lot more than their mid-grade counterparts and they’re not worth the extra money. Don’t go with the cheapest appliances either. Some mid-range stainless steel appliances from a trusted brand should work fine.
Don’t tear out the baseboard radiators
If your kitchen has baseboard radiators, or if you’re expanding the kitchen into a space that has them, you don’t have to tear them out to accommodate your vision for the space. You can purchase baseboard radiator covers which snap into place to give them a new look for a lot less than the cost of having them removed completely and replaced with some other heating solution.
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.