Step 1: Getting Started
One of the things I hear most often from people who walk through the doors of our showroom is “I don’t even know where to start!” True- a designer’s dream can be everyone else’s nightmare! Trying to begin a building or remodeling project is a daunting task, which is why breaking it down into baby steps helps make everything more manageable. Here are a few ways to prepare for your next project today, so you don’t have to put it off any longer.
- Determine project scope. Chances are that there are a few- or many- things you would like to change about your home. However, for most people an entire home remodel isn’t feasible, either financially, logistically, or both. Try starting with the more public areas of your home: the kitchen, main living area, and even bathrooms. These are the areas that guests will typically see, and the ones that you will be the most excited to show off! These are also the spaces that you will be using most often yourself, so being happy and comfortable in these areas is crucial.
- Figure out your design style. Gather ideas and images from a variety of sources: magazines, television shows, and websites. One of my favorite resources is Houzz.com, which has a treasure-trove of photos from real-life projects done by designers, remodelers, and builders. Once you have a collection of images, you will often notice a common theme. This will help you determine what to look for in furnishings and materials. These images are also invaluable to your designer when you begin discussing your wants, needs, and overall vision.
- Set priorities. Most people don’t have the luxury of an empty, clean-slate of a room to work with. View the space with a critical eye for what can and can’t be re-used. Maybe your cabinets are in great shape, and your kitchen just needs a face lift with new countertops, hardware, and fresh paint. Or maybe your kitchen needs a complete overhaul now, while your bathroom can wait a few years.
- Create a budget. Too often a budget isn’t even considered, and ends up either draining your bank account or stalling the project altogether. Determining a reasonable budget is helpful to everyone involved- you know what kind of investment you are willing to make and so does your designer. This helps your designer further in steering you to the right kinds of products and materials for your specific project. When a budget isn’t specified, it often ends up wasting time and resources for everyone involved.
While your designer can help you with the above steps, these are great things to have considered before your first meeting. It’s always helpful to have a general idea and project scope in mind from the beginning, while the details will be worked out later.
Want to take the first step with your design project? Call us at (608) 271-8241 or stop by our showroom to get started!