Where to start with your desired home project? Having a functional yet inspired space is a dream of many homeowners but as much as you are inspired by the good looking, talented home makeover couples on TV, you just can’t figure out where to begin.
Think about creating a vision board for your dream home remodeling project. Fill it with paint swatches, floor samples, pictures of loved faucets, even a pic of your dog’s new spot with customized dog bed included. Put it all on the board. Many design experts advise to start in just this manner. Start with a homemade vision board or use one of the apps out there like Pinterest. Get your creative juices flowing. See what colors, textures, tiles, refrigerators and metals inspire you. Take a trip to your local DIY stores like Lowes, Walmart, or Home Depot to grab your favorite paint and tile samples and become THE visionary for your home and family!
It’s important to think about you and your family’s specific needs. It’s all well and good to fall in love with that all glass, sharp, modern edge look until you look down at your sweet dog and or child to realize that it’s probably not the best idea at this stage. Your precious yet clumsy dog thanks you for your shift in perspective! Your personal pictures, trophies, artwork, and trinkets, all consist of the memories and experiences that represent you and your life. Remember to space plan for these items as well. Decluttering is a great way to start the remodeling or design process. Keep treasured items and use them throughout the design. Plus pick up some extra cash by selling items that are no longer wanted.
Think about spaces that you will actually use and enjoy. At first, in the planning stage, the more practical the space, the better! Space planning is more important than that chic new faucet at this stage. But don’t worry you will have plenty of time to get to your bling. It’s a process whether a kitchen remodeling project or a bathroom overhaul. It starts with space planning. Zones are helpful in this process whether creative zones, work zones, or cooking zones, try to think about every area of your home in terms of zones and this will help you to see functionality first.
Once zones are established, the overall view of your space is revealed to give you the functional footprint of your life. Good space planning incorporates adequate storage for each room. This aspect is often overlooked in lieu of the cosmetic beauty. When proper storage is built into the design, every room can feel organized, peaceful, and retain that kitchen remodeling day reveal party look everyday!
Wants Vs. Costs
Now that you have completed this critical step in planning, assessed what you want to keep, what you treasure, and picked your favorite electric blue paint, what next? Like many, the immediate realization of what you want and what you can afford becomes evident as you check your online savings and investment accounts.
Depending on whether or not you decide to do some minor upgrades or you want to invest and create a scaled version of the Taj Mahal, the cost of home remodeling can vary greatly. To give you and idea, according to homeguide.com:
- The average cost to completely remodel a three bedroom house is between $20,000 to upwards of $100,000.
- Bathroom remodeling can run on average around $10,000.
- You can gut to the studs of your little home gem for between $100,000 to $200,000.
- Expect to pay between $15 to $60 per square foot on average depending on remodeling contractors.
It’s common for many in this process to want more than what is in the bank at the moment. No worries, here are some ideas that can help you get started with low cost options to cheer you up:
- Painting is by far one of the cheapest most rewarding options to brighten up a room or to update a look in your low cost DIY bathroom remodeling project and bonus, no remodeling contractors
- Fixtures can also be replaced with a relatively low cost investment. Check out thrift stores and Habitat For Humanity’s Re-Store which allows people to donate or purchase used home improvement project items on the cheap!
Create your best home ever! Start it today!