Looking to do a renovation or remodeling for your kitchen or bathroom? That always sounds like a fun idea, but unfortunately when all is said and done, sometimes buyer’s remorse sets in. Try perusing some tips below to avoid this pitfall if you are thinking about embarking on your own remodeling:
- Before starting your project, go to the drawing board – literally. Sit down with a pen and paper and write out a quick purpose and intent for your remodel. Sounds a little like you’re back in grade school, right? BUT if you have no destination, no amount of direction will ever get you to your goal. So take some time to think about why you’re remodeling, what purpose that room will serve when it is finished, and how you would include your personal taste, functionality, and spirit into your remodel.
- Use this outline to start your planning
- Pull as many pictures, magazines, websites, and other ideas as you can. It is easiest to avoid remorse later when you can visualize your project before you say “yes”. Find ideas you like and save them. At a later time, go back and “imagine” yourself in that exact room. What do you like? What don’t you like? Don’t forget to write these down. You’re making your own creative plan for your remodel.
- Visit! Go look at open houses, remodels, showrooms, and furniture stores. This can add to your list of ideas you pulled from your magazines and websites as well as give you a 3-dimensional conception of space dimensions, furniture styles, and color schemes.
- Ask your friends and family members. Take this one with a grain of salt if you ask your friends because everyone has their own style. However, don’t forget to include your family in the design and remodel. A kitchen is meant to gather everyone together. It is the universal room in the house, therefore gathering opinions from everyone using the room will help ensure a design that fits your own family.
- Ask professionals! Your ideas are the most important, as your remodel will be your space. However, it can be helpful to ask professional designers about your ideas as they know the most common “pitfalls” and often can help you visualize what your space will actually look like before you close on your decisions.
MOST IMPORTANT POINT:
Make sure you have FUN when designing your project! This is an opportunity for you to add your personal touch and style to a room designed specifically for your and your family. Make this an enjoyable process, not a stressful one, and remember that whatever you choose and whatever your design entails is perfect for you and your household. If you think of your remodel in this way, you can’t go wrong because you designed it with YOU in mind.