Watching home renovation shows on HGTV and other channels can be deceiving. In just 20 minutes (plus commercials!) entire properties are redesigned and overhaul and turned into beautiful homes. Unfortunately, the reality isn’t quite so easy. Planning a major redesign takes time, expertise and attention to detail at every step of the process. However, with the help of a qualified contractor who takes the time to understand your needs and do things the right way, the process will feel almost as easy as it looks on TV.
Here’s how to avoid as many headaches as possible so that you can really hit the ground running!
Understand Your Surroundings
Before you even think about different design aesthetics, cabinet colour, hardware selection etc., you need to look at the actual physical space that you are going to be transforming. People make the mistake of getting fixated on granite versus quartz, without remembering that the actual layout is a far bigger priority.
Not only are you going to want to pay very close attention to the actual layout of the space and its “flow,” but you are also going to want to make sure that you pull as many aesthetic cues from your space as possible. This is the only approach that will have you creating “native” spaces in your home, or spaces that have a unique design aesthetic that blends seamlessly with the rest of your property.
While you do have carte blanche with a complete redesign, unlimited possibilities require unlimited budget. Work with your existing space to save money and time where you can. For example, with a kitchen renovation it makes sense to keep the sink and dishwasher in roughly the same place. If you flip the sink to an opposite wall, it will require expensive changes to the plumbing routing.
Outline Your Expectations
Once you have completely tackled understanding your space and the overall scope of your project you are going to want to then begin to outline your expectations, your inspiration, and the details that you absolutely MUST include in your new redesign.
You are going to want to be sure that you do absolutely everything in your power to “create” this new redesigned space in your mind long before you even think about tackling the actual physical project of making it a reality. This is a critical step that too terribly many people skip over or ignore altogether, and that’s just the fastest way to crash and burn when it comes time to redesign. Nothing derails a renovation project like deciding midway through you’d like to add an island in the kitchen.
Get Clear Regarding Your Logistics
Obviously, you’re also going to want to think about details like your budget, your time constraints, and your overall schedule when you are getting ready to initiate this kind of project.
You’ll want to know just about exactly how much this redesign is going to cost, exactly how long it is going to take, and exactly what you are going to be up to expect along the way. These details can quite literally make or break your overall experience, so make sure that you knock each of these three key areas out of the park!