This is the fun part: start dreaming
This step is all about describing how you currently use the space, identifying why it’s not working and brainstorming what features are needed to make the space fit your lifestyle.
Think about your priorities
How will the space be used? Will the existing footprint work, could you take some space from adjacent room or do you need an addition? Begin to gather ideas you love from resources such as photos, showrooms, books and magazines. A great online resource is Houzz- the remodeling version of Pinterest. This website allows you to develop an Ideabook to organize ideas for your new space and, if you would like, to share with the design team at Sweeney Construction.
Instructions for Creating a Profile
- Go to www.houzz.com
- Click on “Sign up with Email” or “Continue with Facebook”
- Complete the profile information
Tips and Tricks
- Search for what you are interested in. This could be a style of home, type of room, specific finish or product. Get creative!
- Save photos that best describe your dream project or certain aspects of it.
- Make comments in the comment box about what it is you liked best about the photo.
Sharing with Sweeney Construction Design
- Once you have some ideas, go to "Your Houzz" on the top right of the screen.
- Go to "Your Ideabook” and select the Ideabook that would like to share with us.
- Click on “Collaborate” and share your Ideabook with us by adding us as a collaborator via our email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Once we are a collaborator, we will be able to see your Ideabook even as you change it. You don’t have to do anything else!
Next now we’re getting a bit more serious: determine a realistic budget
Now that you’ve identified the style of your project, the next step is to is to define a preliminary budget and narrow down the scope of work. A preliminary budget is the dollar amount you are comfortable investing into your home; whether it’s money from a savings account, home equity loan, or grandmother’s inheritance. If these dollars are coming from a home equity loan a meeting with your mortgage lender will help you determine your loan to value ratio. Budget and scope are intertwined and often change many times during the design process as you become more educated and are able to reconcile what you want and the dollar amount that you choose to invest in your home. As a homeowner, you're not expected to walk into this knowing what everything should cost.
The following are some resources that explain realistic costs of projects. Don’t rely on DIY TV shows, big box retail stores, or your neighbor’s weekend project to determine a realistic budget for your project. Below are excellent accurate resources to guide you on these costs.
Valuation Tool: Cost vs Value report
Houzz articles: How much does a kitchen makeover cost?
Bathroom work book: How much does a bathroom remodel cost?
Find the professionals you will need
An excellent place to start is talking with friends and neighbors who have had great remodeling experiences. Also think about the type of profession you need; do you want a full service contractor that can take your project from design through completion or do you want help in one or two stages. The excellent article below will explain the advantages of choosing a full service contractor.
Read the following: Why we’re worth it.