Express Yourself: Define Your Remodeling Wants & Needs
Here is a great solution to help define your remodeling hopes and dreams to express them clearly to your contractor/ designer. Remodeling is not just fixing the bad and broken. It is a total upgrade; a renovation of tired materials, old technologies, and dated design. Think of remodeling as you would a new car purchase. You consider the reliability and warranty when shopping for your new vehicle you. While these are seriously important, you also consider the comfort, desirable accessories, beauty, and color. Let’s simplify this idea down to three main considerations: lifestyle essentials, aesthetic desire, and resale value.
Lifestyle essentials – Research Your Daily Needs
What do you do in your space? How does it help you complete daily tasks? Is that basement space perfect for the kids, or maybe it will be an adult retreat? Does your kitchen need a breakfast space for you and your family? For example, let’s say you have a love for baking. Your kitchen should be a reflection of this passion. Marble slabs to prep tasty treats, ample oven space to bake all your delectable desserts, and counter space aplenty to cool cookies. These are all essential design elements in creating a space tailored to a life full of sweet creations. So, get started by taking mental notes of your daily rituals and needs within your project space. Keep in mind contractors/designers do not know your personal needs. A clear understanding of how you live in your space allows you to pass along this knowledge to your remodeling team.
Aesthetic Desire – Find Your Style
How do you want your new space to look and feel? Cozy and warm? Rusty and rural? Clean and modern? Sleek and urban? Find terms that express your style and taste. To provide yourself and your contractor/designer with a clear definition of the stylistic direction of your project, create a small collection of images representing your desired taste, color palate, and atmosphere. To get started, check out the website HOUZZ. The site provides a tool to surf their vast database of remodels and collect your favorite images to create a virtual idea bank.
Resale Value- Make It Timeless
Always consider the permanence of your decisions. Keep all investments such as cabinetry, tile work, countertops, and technology neutral. And let’s get one thing clear… beige isn’t the only neutral, so don’t fear. You still have many options! Going neutral doesn’t mean you should avoid color or eclectic elements, but always incorporate your personal touches and vibrant accents to applications easily swapped out. This will allow your tastes and your space to evolve together and become a reflection of you. If in the future you decide to sell, neutral spaces become an asset to your home’s market appeal.
Bring this approach into all remodeling projects as a guide in your decision making process. The end result will be a successful space that fulfills your needs and your dreams. Speak up about your needs. Speak up about your style. And be smart about your investments. Contractors/ designers can’t read your mind, so tell us what you want. Insist on what you need. Get started!
Be sure to contact the dRemodeling team if you have questions or ideas about your next remodeling project.