If you’ve decided you’re ready to start your home remodeling project you are probably wondering where you need to start? W.D. Smith Construction has put together a few steps that will help you plan your home renovation project to make sure you end up with the home of your dreams!
I. Decide on Your Motivations for the remodel
Home remodels are typically seen as a disruptive and time-consuming undertaking, so in order to make it as stress-free as possible, it’s important to clearly identify your motivations. Are you outgrowing your home and in need of more space? Is the layout of your home not conducive to your family’s needs and you want to improve the flow? Is your home outdated and in need of a refresh? Are you looking to add “age-in-place” features to help you stay in your home as long as possible? Once you’ve nailed down the main driver of your remodel, it’s time to start organizing your ideas.
II. Decide on Your Style and Vision for the remodel
Design magazines and websites are great places to start. Figuring out what you like—and don’t like—is the first step. Houzz and Pinterest are two online resources that can help you browse other projects that can give you a great inspiration for your project, plus those sites provide a virtual place to organize all of your ideas. If you prefer to go the old-school route, design magazines will never go out of style and there are many from which to choose. Treat this as a brainstorming session for your remodel: dream big!
III. Decide on Your Budget for the remodel
Once you’ve come up with your wish list for your dream home, it’s time to take a step back into reality and figure out how much you want to invest in your remodeling project. It’s easy to dream big; just remember, big dreams require big budgets. Also important is sharing your budget with your design team (architect, designer, contractor) from the onset; being vague about how much you can afford until your project design is complete can be a recipe for disappointment. By providing a clear picture of your desired investment, you allow your team to work within those parameters to design a project that can be built within your budget. Hint: remodels are full of unknown surprises (some good, some expensive) so it’s a smart idea to plan for a contingency of 10%-20% of your budget to cover the inevitable unforeseen discoveries that may arise during your remodel—including all of those “while you’re at it” requests you’re likely to ask for.
Intentionally planning your remodel from the very beginning and setting realistic goals and expectations can help ensure your project runs as smoothly as possible! W.D. Smith Construction is ready to help in any of these steps!