Congratulations. You’ve decided to take the plunge and embark on a
home remodel. You have stacks of dog-eared magazine pages, and your Pinterest
boards are full of ideas, from outdoor sconces and eat-in kitchens to wallpaper and
window coverings. But before the first hammer is swung, get prepared for what is
about to come. Here are ten tips that will not only help you through your remodel
journey, but will also help you focus on what makes a house a home.
One of the first and most important decisions you can make is choosing
the right partner. Whether you are hiring a contractor, homebuilder or
design consultant, select a person or firm that mirrors your aesthetic.
If you love Shaker-style homes, don’t go with someone who specializes
in Mediterranean architecture. Working with a partner who already
understands your style will help ensure you are speaking the same language, and a
well-written contract gets you on the same page from day one. “It is imperative you
clearly define everyone’s roles and who is responsible for what,” says Annie Lazarus
of Annie Lazarus Design.
Share Your Vision
You have a vision of what you want, so share it with all your project
partners so they can help you bring it to life. Don’t be afraid to show
your pages or Pinterest boards to your plumber, interior designer or
cabinetmaker. Seeing what you want to achieve, from use of space to a
specific look, will help your expert collaborators make recommendations suitable for your remodel, such as the fixtures that would complement your
soon-to-be bead-boarded kitchen. “I firmly believe that your home should make you
happy, so you should design it for the way you live,” Lazarus says.