Dust, Debris, and Despair
When the word renovation is mentioned, many people immediately tense up and shrug as they envision months of disruption in their daily lives. Well, I’m here to inform the pessimists amongst you that it doesn’t have to be!
There are two major phases of a project, that when planned appropriately will result in an enjoyable process with terrific results. The first order of business is to decide, what is it that you hope to get out of the improvements. Once you can answer that question, you are on your way!
Phase 1, ‘The design process’. You need to think deeply about where your current space has been falling short. Those are the items you will have an easy time addressing. But beyond that, you will want to research modern products that you can incorporate that will further customize your space for you and your family. It’s important to allocate enough time and not rush this phase, it is the most important part of the project and many overlook important details because of how anxious they are to begin. After browsing countless inspirational photos and visiting local showrooms, you’ll begin to have a handful of great ideas for your new space. At this point, you’re ready to start! Be sure to not be overwhelmed with all of the options and be confident that your choices were the right selections. After all, it’s your space and if your friend thinks you should’ve went a shade lighter, then ask him or her to come by and paint it for you.
Phase 2, Construction. Whether you’re making it a DIY project or hiring a contractor, this part can be tricky. For those hiring someone, be sure to get numerous referrals and request to visit a previous job site to survey the quality. Now, for the ambitious bunch that are rolling up their sleeves, it’s time to bring your vision to life. After the first hour (which is where you realize that you may have gotten in over your head), you may start to regret this entire idea. Don’t give up and don’t take any shortcuts! Give each part of the process the time it needs and the end result will be better then you envisioned. The finish details are what will make the space unique, so put in the proper prep work.
At this point, you’ll either be running to grab a hammer or typing in ‘I need a good contractor’ in your browser. Either way, enjoy the process and let it cater to your style and taste. Focus on high impact/low cost features that will give you that added custom feel. Trim work and built-ins are a great way to enhance a space without spending a fortune. A cohesive color palette also works wonders in pulling everything together. You never want to feel like one room in the house just doesn’t fit in with the rest. Lastly, don’t be afraid to knock down a wall or two! Improving the flow of a home has become more important then having renovated kitchens and baths. Be sure to do the proper research before removing a wall and expect the unexpected when you do. Of all of the improvements you can make, this is by far the best return on your investment. People can deal with outdated spaces, but most can’t envision a better flow.
Swing away ambitious souls…