Today I’m going to share the three main todos homeowners who are considering remodeling should get done before they begin a project.
This is really PRE-remodel homework. If you’re thinking of remodeling, I would suggest you read on.
I’ve written so much on my blog about remodeling design.
I love that I’ve created my own reference library, so to speak, because it keeps me from having to repeat myself and helps to illustrate the points I might want to make with a client. I can just send a link if I need to further bring home what I’m telling them. My points have usually been detailed with sound design reasoning and images that illustrate what I’m talking about. It helps give my clients confidence to see examples of what I’m talking about.
Sometimes I’ll remember that I’ve written something and want to send a link to a client or a potential client, but can’t recall which post or what the title was. Btw: my Squarespace search bar is pretty lame. I can sometimes put an exact match — with a comma or apostrophe missing, maybe — on a title of a post and it can come up blank. It’s pretty sucky and I’m not happy about that. :-( When I get time (someday) I’m going to build an index with categories for all this content that’s invisibly free-floating around on my site!
I’ve created a couple of “round-up” type posts for other topics I’ve written about here on my blog.
These are collections of posts centered around one aspect of design or remodeling, And, although I come up with new posts all the time that might be about those topics as well, it helps to have most of them all in one place for reference.
For example, here’s one on selecting paint colors:
Here’s one for kitchen backsplash design (there are a whole slew of posts linked within this one):
I’m linking more posts here today on the subject of preparing for your remodel project. I often get inquiries on projects where people still have a lot of homework to do before we can get started.
Three basic things need to happen before any designer can begin to help you, or any contractor can give you an idea of how much your project will cost. They are:
Establish a scope of the project. You need to make a list. Be thorough, but realistic, about what you can accomplish with the money you have to spend.
Develop a realistic idea of a budget you have to work with. Whatever you think you’ve read or know about budgets, know this: it always costs more than you think. HGTV is not a good go-by.
Define your end goals. What look are you after? What do you want to accomplish? How do you want the space to function and feel like when you are completed with your project? And, really, most times your budget has the biggest impact on your end goals.
I have often gone into projects where ideas and scope were just all over the place.
Random parts of the house were being included or tossed into the jobs and budgets did not align with the end results desired. I’ve often turned projects down like that because, really, there is nothing worse than disappointing clients. When people have budgets that don't allow for their wish lists, they will eventually be disappointed. When people have lots of random ideas and nothing is firmly established yet, then that project will likely be a bit muddy and difficult to navigate. It will require a lot of time to fine tune the scope and, basically, create the project. It’s better to have the three items mentioned above, done, before you begin.
How do you go about addressing your pre-remodel homework?
I have some blog posts I've written that might help you get started. Whether you are attacking the design of your own remodel or are about to call in a pro, you might want to check these out to help you build a framework around your project.