Updated: Feb 24, 2020

If you are planning on remodeling any part of your home, the first job to tackle is planning any changes to your structure. Perhaps you will be updating your house by rearranging your walls or remodeling your kitchen. Whatever the case may be, it is the first step in making your dreams come true.

When considering a renovation or redesign, there is a lot to consider. 

First and foremost, you will, have a list of the problems you are trying to solve. They may be about adding storage or creating an open floor plan or finding a way to add an extra bedroom, it all starts with figuring out what can be done, what fits physically and what fits into your budget. Then there are the thousands of possibilities regarding products and materials?

At this point, you may start to feel overwhelmed.  How do you make sense of it all and keep everything organized?

You take it one step at a time or layer by layer as I like to say. Work the problems, carefully, methodically finding the solutions that work best for your situation.

This is why my first layer of design is working on the bones of your house. Switching things around is usually expensive and permanent, you’ve got to make sure it is right before you start. Therefore, you must have a concrete plan.

It is sometimes very challenging to find a happy medium between function, budget, and beauty. You will hear me talk about functionality a lot because, if your home isn’t working hard for you, then it isn’t doing its job and we need to find a solution that works. Customizing a home is about making your daily lives easier, livable and beautiful.

Whenever I begin a project, I always start off by looking at the problems and brainstorming possible solutions. I always have clients complete questions about their project.


What is the scope of the project?

This is simply stating what will and won’t be included. You might be doing the master ensuite but not touching the closet.

What problems am I facing with this space that I want to change?

Go ahead, make a list of anything and everything that bugs you about your current space.

Who will be using this space and what activities will take place here?

The who is vitally important to the approach taken during the design phase. For instance, a bedroom that will become a nursery will be very different than if a teenager was to occupy it.

Are there any safety concerns or building codes I need to work into the design?

This will take into account many issues for making things safe for everyone from toddlers to seniors. It will also encompass ADA regulations for special needs. Or, you may simply want to make sure your children can see well enough to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night without turning on harsh lighting.

What style ideas do I want to build into my space?

This is where you make a wish list of all the ideas you have been coming across on Pinterest or HGTV.

What can I afford to do?

Make a short list of your priorities for your space. Valuing a timeline over a tight budget is quite common. Maybe you value quality pieces over having to replace them over the course of time. Or my favorite, getting that one show-stopping piece just right, even if it cost more.

The answers to these questions will tell you what to do. Consider the different nuances of your life, now and in the future. What situations and scenarios will you need to plan for?

Give yourself an opportunity to explore several options while designing your architecture. While I can’t tell you what you should do with your specific room, unless of course, you hire me to, I can help guide your thought processes so that you can use your home improvement dollars more wisely.