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How to Start Your Home Renovation Project.

The pandemic created a well-publicized shortage of construction material and unprecedented delays in the supply chain, leading many people to get cold feet and postpone their home renovation projects. We are now seeing some of these issues slowly resolve and if you have been putting off your dream-reno, now may be the time to start planning. All that being said, today we’ll be discussing how to start your home renovation project! So, what’s the first step?

Laundry room, designed by LUX decor
Laundry room, Pinetree Crescent Project, designed by LUX decor

Take a minute to stop and think

Firstly, a mistake that we commonly see is that people get bogged down with the details and specific design ideas without giving enough thought to the big picture. We believe that the first step is to take into consideration your home and your neighborhood. Any design project should be consistent with the style of your house. For example, if you live in an area with mostly bungalows, a three-story château style home won’t blend in well. If you are planning an addition to your home, it should fit with your current aesthetic. An architect or a designer is trained to recognize architectural styles and will ensure that your project reflects your existing home or neighborhood. We feel that this is the most important first step to take in any successful renovation project.

Pinetree Crescent Living room, designed by LUX decor
Living room, Pinetree Crescent Project, designed by LUX decor

Why Pinterest should be your new best friend

When meeting with an architect or designer, having your dream-reno Pinterest board or a folder with saved inspo-shots will help them understand your vision and allow them to tie that into the project. It’s helpful to draw your inspiration from homes that resemble yours in style, and with ideas that are doable within your budget. Be realistic! Creating a room-by-room inspiration board will help you identify key features that you’d like to see in those spaces. It will also help you discover what it is that attracts you to a particular space.

Winchester living room, designed by LUX decor
Living room, Winchester Project, designed by LUX decor

Start by hiring a designer!

We frequently have clients who come to our showroom with a contractor and a very general idea of their plans. By hiring a designer as your first step, he, she or they will help you understand what will work in your space and what limitations you may face. Consequently, we avoid complications down the line, when we may realize that your ideas aren’t attainable/require a bigger budget. Additionally, a designer can help you establish priorities! They’ll ensure that the budget remains well-balanced, and that you don’t leave anything out! With larger projects, it’s easy to get carried away when making design decisions, and clients often bust their budgets as a result. Through their experience, designers can help you get the most value for your dollar.

Calais living room, designed by LUX
Living room, Calais Project, designed by LUX decor

Communication is key

The relationship between a designer and a contractor is incredibly important to guarantee the success of your project. In other words, a good designer-contractor team will communicate to hash out solutions when encountering a renovation hiccup. Their jobs are quite different: a contractor is responsible for their labor and rough materials, and the designer is responsible for anything aesthetic. It’s vital that they work as a unit because of the interconnected nature of your decisions. Many clients underestimate how long it can take to obtain detailed construction quotes. This also goes for prices for all the needed supplies, such as cabinets, appliances, faucets, and so on. The designer will be able to help walk you through this process and ensure a smoother project.

LUX decor showroom, designed by LUX decor
LUX decor showroom, designed by LUX decor

Set clear boundaries

Additionally, it’s important to decide who in your household will have a say in the many choices that will need to be made. Is it you, or is it you and your partner? Confirming the involvement that each person wishes to have in the project is crucial. Home Renos are often stressful and setting clear guidelines from the outset may help to mitigate some of this stress. If your partner wishes to be involved in the project, it is important that that is established early on.If you want to start your home renovation project on the right foot, this is super important. Having them join in partway through will only complicate matters. In short, your designer will likely have a lot of information to communicate, and everyone should be on the same page at all times.

Victoria fireplace, designed by LUX decor
Fireplace, Victoria Project, designed by LUX decor

Invest in your space

Lastly, it is a well-known fact that our homes are one of the biggest investments we make. Housing prices have seen a tremendous rise across the country, and a well-renovated and maintained home will keep its value and resell faster if that is indeed your goal. The pandemic has definitely made us value our spaces more. While we’re all looking forward to traveling again, I think we appreciate how important our homes are, and understand the benefit of keeping them updated and well-designed.

Ronceray dining room, designed by LUX decor
Dining room, Ronceray Project, designed by LUX decor

We hope this blog gives you the push you may need to start your home renovation project. As always, thank you for reading!

As always, thank you for reading!


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