The Essential Questions to Ask Yourself Before Tackling a Renovation

by / Friday, 27 May 2016 / Published in News

No one knows you better than yourself, so to get the remodel you truly want, consider these questions first

The below article is a great summary of the topics you need to review with the designer of your kitchen or bath project!

 What rooms do you want renovated?

This one seems like a no-brainer, but bear in mind that renovating one space will affect the adjoining spaces as well. If you renovate only your open kitchen, for example, will the dining or living area connected to it feel dated afterwards? Even if your budget or schedule demands a one-room-at-a-time approach, it’s important to consider how one renovated space will affect the next, and to plan accordingly.

 How much can you realistically afford to spend?

Does your budget include tax and consultant fees? Does it include accommodations for you if you need to move out for a few months? Does this number include appliances, lighting fixtures and furniture? There are costs outside of your construction budget that you won’t see from your contractor. You need to let your designer know if your budget is inclusive of all these expenses.

 How will you use the room you’re renovating?

For example, will your living room be a place for entertaining guests or entertaining yourself with a large flat-screen television? Do you consider the kitchen a shared living space for the entire family or a space where the chef has the run of the land? These decisions will dramatically change the design, look and function of the room.

 What’s your color preference?

Let your designer know about your color preferences right off the bat. What colors do you like best? Do you prefer bold and bright tones, or are you more comfortable with warm and muted tones? Do you like to see lots of color on every surface, or do you prefer your furniture and art to speak louder than your walls? Color has been shown to affect people’s moods, so know how it affects you.

 What’s your flooring preference?

Like a good pair of shoes, what’s underneath your feet is vital to the look and feel of your home. There are so many options these days; how you use your space will dictate which is the best one. Do you prefer hardwood, engineered wood, stone, porcelain tile, laminate or carpet? Let your designer know your floor preferences, because it will be easier to select other finishes once the flooring is determined.

 What are your storage requirements?

Decisions about storage will likely stem from other questions you have to ask yourself. Such as, how much stuff do you already have? How much stuff are you planning to buy? And how much stuff are you willing to get rid off? Storage requirements are important to consider at the start of any renovation, since it can be difficult (requiring a lot of reconfiguration) and expensive to add storage solutions at the end of a project.

 What type of materials do you love?

Whether you prefer sleek and shiny surfaces, like lacquer and glass, or subtle matte finishes will affect just about all the material and finish selections throughout your home. Countertops, floors, doors, walls, you name it — all of these items come in a variety of materials, so discover which ones fit your personality and style best.

 What’s your cabinet door style?

Do you like the look of clean slab doors, glass doors, Shaker-style doors or French-style doors, just to name a few? Your door type preference will help direct the design of all of your millwork in your kitchen and your bathrooms, and of built-ins in any other places that you may be adding.

Source: 2/12/16, Houzz Contributor, Gillian Lazanik

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