It’s time to remodel that outdated kitchen or lackluster bathroom. You’re excited to have the kitchen of your dreams or a bathroom that is both beautiful and functional. But first things first.

To Do or Not To Do (It Yourself)?

You’ve decided to do the remodel, and the first question is: do you do it yourself or hire a contractor? There are several factors to consider, such as skill/expertise, motivation, cost, and time. Do you have the necessary expertise to perform the remodel job? If you don’t, are you willing to learn what’s necessary? Can you even realistically learn what’s necessary? Certain remodel jobs may require the services of a professional, such as those involving electrical and plumbing work. Next, what is your budget? The upside of doing the work yourself is that you can save a significant amount of money. But you need to factor in that time is also money. A DIY project may take more time to complete than a job done by a contractor. A realistic assessment of your capabilities, budget restraints and time frame will help you decide whether to do the work yourself, hire professionals, or do some combination of the two.

To Do (It Yourself)


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If you are going to do any of the work yourself, there are many great resources available to help. To assist you in both designing your remodel and carrying it out, consider the following options. You can use the tried-and-true method of utilizing your local hardware stores. Maybe you just need inspiration – the chance to see and feel tangible possibilities for your new kitchen or bathroom. Maybe you have ideas, but just need materials. Or maybe you want a one-stop shop to make your job easier. Traditional hardware stores can provide all of the above. Alternatively, or as a companion to hardware stores, you can utilize the many internet sources available to help you create and carry out your remodel. These websites, such as, can provide ideas, how-to advice, and other resources. For instance, on, they have a host of step-by-step how-to tutorials, like this one on how to replace a vanity top in your bathroom.

Not To Do (It Yourself)

If you decide that DIY is just not for you, or you want to contract out at least some of the remodel work, help is but a few clicks away. Websites such are a great place to start, as they can help match you up to a contractor in your area.

One example of how hiring a contractor can make your job easy is Cornerstone Design and Remodel. This San Diego-based remodeling contract firm provides a variety of services, from helping you choose colors and materials, to designing new layouts, to obtaining necessary permits and doing the actual remodeling work. Essentially, they are there to help you every step of the way. They can also just help you design your remodel and then hand over the plans to a contractor of your choosing.

There’s something to be said for having the peace of mind that comes with putting a job in the hands of a professional. Once you’ve chosen your contractor, you can begin the exciting task of partnering with them to create the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams.


Whether you decide to go the DIY route, hire a professional, or mix-and-match, this project adventure can be an exciting and promising time. With some commonsense thinking and creative action, you can end up with the remodel you were hoping for.