Whether your home was at one point everything you wanted or has always been a bit of a fixer-upper, it’s just one remodel away from becoming the home of your dreams. Each situation is different, but there are some best practices that will help you steer your remodel in the direction of success. Here’s how to remodel your house into your dream home.
START AT THE END
Picture yourself in the home of your dreams. What does it look like? How do the rooms flow? What features do you love? Where do you and your loved ones spend most of your time? The answers to these questions will help to shape the vision for your remodel. Whether you’re renovating your whole home or just a few rooms, the “dream” starts at the end. When you visualize the finished product, you’ll be able to articulate what needs to change in order to get there.
THINK BIG PICTURE
While there are certainly rooms in your home that you use more than others, the goal is to love every individual space that makes up the entirety of your home. So, if at present there are rooms that you avoid for some reason, consider using your remodel to convert them into a more functional space. For example,
- Instead of having a formal dining room that you never use, you could transform the area into a playroom for your small children.
- Instead of having two small spare bedrooms, you knock down a few walls and increase the size of your master bedroom.
- You could add windows to an area of your home that lacks natural light.
- You might convert your basement into the home gym you’ve been wanting.
Whatever your “problem” area may be, a remodel is the perfect way to address it. When you’re all done with the work, you’ll be able to call your entire home—not just a few rooms—a dream.
INVEST IN QUALITY MATERIALS
There’s no design creative enough or craftsmanship skilled enough to overcome shoddy materials. In a sense, your building materials are the ingredients of your dream home recipe. If you start off with rotten eggs and expired milk, the best cook in the world couldn’t turn them into something delicious. The same goes for your remodel. Cheap materials will almost inevitably yield a poor result.
ACCOMMODATE FOR SETBACKS
When it comes to remodeling, there are almost always unforeseen circumstances that can threaten to dismantle your vision. As you prepare for your remodel, accommodate for these setbacks so that their disruption is minimal. The best way to reduce your stress over unforeseen circumstances is to create margin in every area of your remodeling project. Margin—that gap between what you need and what you have—will help to cushion the surprise expenses, production slows, and plan changes that are sure to arise during your remodel. By leaving space in your budget, schedule, and vision, you’ll minimize the impact that setbacks have on your remodeling project.
WORK WITH AN EXPERT
Remodeling requires a lot of moving parts, and a design-build professional is just what you need to keep them all working together. A remodeling expert can help you assess your home, identify areas of trouble, and create a plan to restore your home to “dream” status. The guidance of a remodeling team will help keep your project running smoothly, on time, and on budget. On top of that, a design-build professional can offer new insight and inject fresh perspective into your vision. You’ll probably find that partnering with a remodeling team will produce results far better than you could have imagined!
Get started on your Boston-area remodel with the help of Thomas Buckborough and Associates. Our team of design-build professionals is ready to make your vision a reality. Book your appointment and make your home a dream again!