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. So, what’s the first step?
Take a minute to stop and think
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 bungalow or ranch-style homes, a three-story château style home will not blend in well. If you are planning an addition to your home, it should fit with your current aesthetic. An architect or a designer will be 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.
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 to identify key features that you would like to see in those spaces. It will also help you discover what it is that attracts you to a particular space.
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. By starting the process this way, we often avoid complications further down the line, when we may realize that your ideas may not be attainable or require a bigger budget. A designer can help you establish priorities, ensuring that the budget remains well-balanced, and make sure you don’t leave anything out! When doing larger projects, it is easy to get carried away when making design decisions, which often results in clients busting their budgets. Through their experience, designers can help you get the most value for your dollar.
Communication is key
The relationship between a designer and a contractor is incredibly important to guarantee the success of your project. A good designer-contractor team will feel comfortable getting together to hash out solutions when encountering a renovation hiccup. While their jobs may be different, a contractor being responsible for their labor and rough materials, and the designer responsible for anything aesthetic, it is vital that they work as a unit, as most of your decisions are interconnected. Many clients underestimate how long it can take to obtain detailed construction quotes, as well as 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.
Set clear boundaries
Additionally, it is 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, as having them join in partway through will only complicate matters. Your designer will likely have a lot of information to communicate, and everyone should be on the same page at all times.
Invest in your space
It is a well-known fact that our homes are one of the biggest investments we make, and housing prices have seen a tremendous rise across the country. A well-renovated and maintained home will keep its value and will resell faster if that is indeed your goal. The pandemic has made us value our spaces more, and 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.
So… why now?
So, if you have been hesitating to embark on a renovation project, now may be the time to get started. While supply chains are opening up, it may still take several months from the planning phase to the beginning of construction. Recently we have seen a decrease in renos as people have become discouraged by the high prices and long delays. Taking advantage of this slightly quieter moment will help you get ahead of the curve. What are you waiting for, contact a designer!
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