Updated: Feb 28, 2020
Wondering where to begin planning for your update?
You are in the right place.
If you’re like most people you realize that you need to do something with your home, but you may be stuck because you don’t know what you should do or could do to your problem areas. For most of us, this is a very daunting task because it either comes with too many options to choose from, or not enough good solutions.
WHETHER ITS A RENOVATION, REDESIGN, NEW BUILD, OR REMODEL, THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR YOURSELF IS TO GET A REAL DESIGN PLAN.
Preparation is the key to success.
It’s a road map, a communication tool.
Your first obstacle is too many options
I have to tell you something about my husband. He hates shopping! Shopping of any kind, it doesn’t even matter if it’s something that he is interested in, he hates it. I often tease him when I catch him looking at stuff on his own, “Don’t look now, but you’re shopping.” He always looks like he has been totally busted too. Just like a little kid. He is the type of guy that goes into a store, gets that one thing that he knows he needs and gets out as fast as he can because if he stays, money might randomly jump out of his pocket. He never just looks.
I say this to make a point. If you don’t know what your options are, you will not be able to make informed decisions. This definitely applies to doing a renovation, and since a renovation has permanent consequences, it’s usually quite costly. So you want to make sure you are getting the most for your money and doing it right. This means knowing what your options are. Go out there and discover what products that you didn’t even know you needed.
In other words, you have to shop around.
You have no idea how many people go into a renovation with only a vague idea of what they want, or have never explored more than one option. Some don’t even have solid measurements of what they intent to do. WHAT?!
Some people just have difficulty thinking in this way. They can’t visualize it, so it doesn’t occur to them that they could do something different, and cool, and not break the bank, while they’re at it.
A design plan is a communication tool
There are a lot of parts and pieces to keep track of
Have one place to keep all of the measurements and drawings, products and prices, quantities and suppliers, etc., etc., etc. A binder is a good way to access everything easily as you need it. I suggest this because you can easily bring it with you when shopping for products. You can also add samples to it and you will never be caught not being able to access it if you don't have a wifi signal.
What exactly is a "Design Plan"?
The first goal for your plan is to have a communication tool that helps all parties involved (electrician, contractor, plumber) actually see what you are proposing. Without something on paper you’re left trying to describe what you want to do and risk being misunderstood.
I know when I try to describe something, I stand there pointing and waving my arms and doing all kinds of things to try and get whoever I’m talking to to understand what I’m seeing in my head. And sometimes, its just… well… let’s just say that’s not the way you want to communicate to your builder. I’m just sayin’.
You need to be able to show your trades exactly what you want to do (with measurements), so that the both of you are on the same page and understand what the finished product is supposed to look like.
Your second obstacle is the ever looming budget.
Sometimes just knowing that it’s going to cost a good chunk of money is enough to deter some people from ever starting. Since nobody wants to make a mistake, it gets put on the back burner, sometimes indefinitely. However, once you start making a list and figuring it all out, you will be able to set a realistic budget. I know that staying on budget is another matter, but getting a price range to get you started is super important.
There are a number of reasons that people get overwhelmed by the task of updating their home and whatever “it” is, it will hinder them from ever moving forward. I am here to say that it doesn’t have to be that way, you can take it one step at a time.
Fixing up your home should not be thought of as an extravagance that is only about making things look pretty. It is about getting the most out of the most expensive thing you own. Making your home work for you is one aspect, maintenance is another. Everyone's home is subject to the need of basic repairs on a regular basis. Planning these repairs properly that include updated products is a good way to make your home life the best it can be.