Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes

Friday, February 11, 2011

Planning a renovation

Successful renovations always begin with planning. Without a plan, you can get in over your head very quickly.

For many, even the planning can be overwhelming. Unless you’re familiar with the remodeling process, how do you know what to plan for? This is where the team at Michael Nash can help. They can get you started with an initial consultation and, once the project begins, help throughout the process.

It’s good to have a general plan in place, however, even before an initial consultation.

What do I want?

You should have a general idea of what your renovation is for and how you would like it to look when finished. You can dream and reach for the moon but keep in mind you’ll also need to return to earth.

Do a few rough designs

Make a few rough sketches of what you would like so when you meet with a consultant they will have a general idea of what your dream is. At an initial consultation, this will help the consultant to see what your remodeling project is, how it can be achieved and provide you with an estimate.

Determine your budget

This is vital. You need to know how much you can spend because this will determine what you can do and how you can do it. For example, you may want to remodel both your kitchen and bathroom. However, your budget may not allow for that. This would mean having to choose which of the two is your priority. Budget determines everything. Without a budget, an estimate will be meaningless.

Decide on when to remodel

Determine what the best time of year would be for remodeling. A renovation will mean some degree of disruption to your household. You may find certain times of the year work better than others. Keep in mind, however, your schedule and the schedules of those people doing the work will need to coincide, so there may be some coordinating.

Plan your life for the renovation

Depending on what the project is, you may have to plan on how you will live around the remodeling work. For example, if it is a basement project there may not be a great deal involved other than moving furniture around. If it is a kitchen renovation, however, you may need to rethink how you will manage the usual kitchen tasks.

Remodeling can be one of the most exciting, inspiring and satisfying things you can do. Be sure you get to enjoy the experience and reap the rewards by beginning with a plan. When the work is completed, you’ll be happy you did!