Do you find yourself already worried about that remodel that you haven’t begun to start planning? Does the sight of an interior design magazine send you into a frenzy as you think about all of the work and decision making you have ahead of you? Don’t worry! If you create a solid plan ahead of time you can use that structure to help you navigate the redesign process.
You have to start somewhere when it comes to a redesign and this is where an inspiration board or stylebook can be of great use to you. This will be somewhat like Pinterest, but if you create one physically it will be easier to move things around and visualize on a larger scale. An inspiration board can be great for someone who has a more focused idea of what they want. A stylebook is great for someone who is looking to try a few different looks before they nail down the final decor. Pull looks you find inspirational from design magazines, print them off of the internet, wherever you find inspiration you can add it to your book/board.
Focus on the most important aspect of the room—function. What do you want to accomplish with your redesign? If you are looking to up the resale value of your home, you may want to think less about your specific wants and needs and look to industry standards for what will increase this value in the future. If you’re redesigning for yourself, be sure you know what you want to accomplish with your space, what your needs and wants are for it, and stick to this.
Another crucial step to retaining your sanity when going through a remodel is to budget your time and money. Figure out what it is that you want the most and research estimates for these items. Don’t forget to set up a schedule for your remodel—the last thing you want is for your remodeling project to drag out, costing you even more money in the end.
Using these tools as a starting point to begin a remodel can help focus your attention where it needs to be and remove the overwhelming feeling many experience when starting to think about a remodel. While the time and effort can sometimes be a extensive, the rewards are worth it.