One would hope that our economy would settle down and home owners who have put off doing any remodelling are now thinking about it.  The two most important areas of any home are the bathroom and kitchen.  After all, these two areas are usually the selling point that most people go for when making their decision. There is a not a lot of planning involved in pursuing such a renovation.  Don't be fooled by some companies advertising that you will be furnished with a project manager, a plumber, etc.    All a project manager is there for is to ensure that the job is completed in accordance with the schedule and all these people who are involved in your project, will be added to the bill, it is not for free.  It is not rocket science.  All you need is a clear idea of how you want your bathroom  or kitchen to look and ensure that you will be able to function in it properly.  In addition, you will need a competent plumber who will be able to give you some good ideas as well.  With all this on board, you no doubt will have a recipe for success in the design of your new bathroom or kitchen. Most plumbers are under estimated because customers may feel that they are only there to fix broken pipes.  However, a competent plumber who knows his trade, will be able to offer his professional advice as to whether or not the layout you are thinking about will be functional and is achievable. With most customers, choosing the correct fixtures and fittings can be a nightmare.  Like most of us, we want high specifications but do not have the budget to match.  This is where a competent plumber is beneficial as he will be able to give you ideas and advise on less expensive fixtures and fittings that will still give you that WOW factor.  He can assist with choosing of the tiles that will give you the illusion of a very large bathroom especially if you have a small bathroom. If you are able to view previous work, by all means do so because not only would you feel more confident that he knows what he is doing, but you may even pick up some ideas as to the design you may have in mind.  If you unable to see previous work, ask for references that you can contact.  You are will within you rights to be 101% satisfied. Also, be sure that you employ a dedicated person who will be there at the crack of dawn and does not have a problem working late because they want to get the job done.  Most importantly, you need someone you can trust especially if you will be at work when the renovation is to take place.   At Platinum, we are experts in renovations.