The design phase of your home renovation is arguably the most important. A well thought-out and planned design is like a road map — with it, you can get anywhere, but without it, you’re driving blind.
Even homeowners who have experience and at least know where to start when renovating a house can quickly get lost without a specific, well-developed blueprint. When we first meet with clients, we ask key questions about the goal of the project: How should the space be utilized? What do you dislike about your current kitchen or bath? Do you have children?
Kitchen and bathroom renovations cost tens of thousands of dollars. After such an investment, your completed project should complement your answers to all those questions and more. From there, we can help you visualize your home’s potential using previous renovation projects that met similar goals.
As part of our turnkey renovation service, we focus our efforts on ensuring your new space meets your expectations for both functionality and aesthetics. We want to emphasize what your new space will truly mean for you. Without that effort, your investment could lead to disappointment and the choice to either live with it or spend more money on another try.
4 Mistakes to Avoid During the Design Process
Skipping the design process is one of the biggest home renovation mistakes to avoid, but the process itself can still lead to failure if it isn’t implemented properly. These four mistakes are the most common during the design phase. Work with your contractor to circumvent them and ensure a successful home renovation process:
1. Giving the designer complete creative control
As you start a renovation, you probably have a baseline visual or aesthetic idea for the project. But you might have no clue what you want your finished space to look like. In that situation, it can be tempting to just tell your designer to move forward with his or her own vision.
The problem is that your design and aesthetic preferences are woven into your personality. The designer’s job should be to help you bring out your own vision through visual methods and guidance, not take over your renovation with his or her own ideas. Be sure to let your own opinion shine throughout the design conversation.
2. Prioritizing a budget over design preferences
Once you have an idea, it might seem too ambitious for your wallet. Working within your budget should always be a factor when designing your kitchen, bath, or complete home renovation. However, it shouldn’t hold you back from achieving the results you desire.
Focus on your ideal design, then let your designer find ways to make it happen. For example, if you love how a particular type of marble looks but can’t afford it, your designer will likely be able to suggest a less costly alternative that comes very close to that particular look.
3. Demanding specific brand names
On the other hand, requiring specific brands can blow your budget out of the water. Some brand names are so well-known to consumers that they’re the only types of cabinets, fixtures, and finishes they feel comfortable with. In most cases, demanding that everything carry that brand name can break the bank before your home renovation process even begins.
The only reason the cabinet you saw on Park Avenue is so expensive is that name branded onto it. A savvy designer can find finishes of equal or higher quality at much lower costs — and often, non-name brands carry lifetime warranties.
4. Keeping questions and concerns to yourself
The most important part of any relationship is communication, and it’s also the perfect place to start when renovating a house. The design phase of your project will determine both its cost and outcome, so it’s no time to hold back your concerns for fear of being impolite.
The designer across from you isn’t a mind reader but a problem solver. Let your concerns be known upfront, and give the designer the opportunity to find a solution or to provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your design.
There are many home renovation mistakes to avoid, several of which can occur during the initial design phase. Give it the attention it deserves, and you can make sure your home remodeling process starts off on the right foot.
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