Must-Read Remodeling Design Tips
Make your home remodeling design a success with these expert insights.
Do you have a bathroom that needs an upgrade, or an addition that you dream about building? No matter the project, remodeling design can be both a scary and exciting prospect. But there are steps you can take to soothe your worries -- and mind your budget, too. Here are some helpful ideas.
What type of remodeling design client are you?Maybe you've assembled a carefully organized folder of photos, sample plans, and ideal fixtures and finishes. Or perhaps you just want your living room and kitchen to flow together better, but aren't sure how to get there. Either is OK, and both will have different remodeling design needs says Bill Shaw, owner of a design/build firm in Houston.
Wants and wishes, on the other hand, are where reality and dreams start to separate. "When we talk about budget versus what we want to do, typically most of my clients are not aligned," Shaw says. "To help them decide, I tell them that if they give me their core needs then I can give them an idea of what budget will work. Then we'll address wants and wishes as options, so we can decide what their package is."
While wants and wishes are more cost sensitive, as the project develops there may be some items on those lists that are more cost effective to do right away rather than later.
Shaw suggests interviewing companies, putting a list of questions together, and doing your homework. Figure out what's important to you, what criteria you have, and how you can use the interview process to understand how remodeling design team members can help meet that criteria.
Realize, too, that there's no standard for what things cost. A kitchen project in one area of the country may be completely different in budget from what yours will be, and variables differ, too -- hidden problems in a home, for example, or deals you may find on fixtures or appliances.
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