HOW TO START A NEW PROJECT
Monday, 17 December 2018
Any remodeling project can seem overwhelming, but it’s guaranteed to go more smoothly if you know a of couple insider tricks. Whether you’re attempting a small or large home project, learning how to plan for it is a matter of understanding the task by finding inspiration, planning a budget, choosing the right materials, and taking care of any last details.
The first step to starting a home project is finding your inspiration. Once you’ve started to think about renovating, odds are that you’ve started leafing through design magazines and watching home design shows. Both are great ways to jumpstart the process, but to get the most out of the first step, you’ll need to do more. Use tools like Pinterest to create an inspiration board or explore the photos of projects on Houzz to get your creative juices flowing, or even follow your favorite interior designers on Instagram! All of these sources will provide you with great ideas to help start this project.
DEFINE YOUR GOAL
There’s obviously a reason you want to renovate your space, but what is it? This is the time to assess your needs and wants. Make notes about how you plan to use the remodeled space. Before you begin any home remodeling project, whether major or minor, you need a plan.
Having a better idea of how you want your finished product to look and feel will help make necessary decisions about factors such as design, materials and budget much easier.
If you haven’t already, it’s also a good idea to take measurements of the space to be remodeled to use during the designing phase, and carefully craft what changes will be made to the space.
CREATE A BUDGET
To get a general idea of how much you have to spend on your renovation, you’ll need to crunch some numbers. Do a little research into the costs of your wish list items and compare them to your preliminary budget. Are you on target? Once you figure out how much you want to spend, it’s time to start choosing the right materials to use in the project.
RESEARCH AND CHOOSE MATERIALS
Now that you’ve determined what renovations your budget will allow for, you can then go back to those pinned photos of rooms and furnishings. Of course, now you’ll want to keep a close eye on cost and how the materials you opt for affect your budget and the rest of your remodel.
For instance, you may have had your eye on marble tile flooring for your kitchen or bathroom, but it might not work well with your budget—fortunately, there’s other more affordable options that look just like the real thing—like vinyl or ceramic tiles with a marble appearance!
Your beautiful project is almost completely planned, but it’s important not to forget about the finishing touches that complete your look. For example, do you need transition pieces, specific grout or sealer, or even shower accessories like benches, niches or other hardware–to name a few things.
Now that you know all the helpful steps in starting a new home project, the fun can start! Make sure you stop by one of our 26 locations nationwide and team up with one of our talented design experts and begin the exciting process!