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Making the Most of Your Home Remodel

As exciting as remodeling your home is, it can come with a lot of frustration if you aren’t prepared for the project. Unexpected delays and interruptions to your daily living are just a couple of things that can detract from the enjoyable experience a home remodel should be.

Fortunately, there’s a way to lead a seamless home remodel that’s more fun than it is stressful. Ensure each decision in the process is an informed one that keeps you aligned with your budget and dream home design.

The following tips will help you make the most of your remodel and bring your vision for your ideal living space to fruition.

Determine the Style for Your Home

Before anything else, you need to know what you want your home to look like once the remodel is done. A definitive vision for the finished project will help you budget wisely. It also empowers you to create an environment that embraces who you are and how you live.

There’s a long list of interior design styles to choose from, including:

  • African: A style inspired by nature that celebrates imperfect handmade furnishings of stone and hardwoods;
  • Minimalist: A style focused on simplicity and natural beauty, displaying only items that are essential for functional living, like couches and tables;
  • Shabby chic: A mix of rustic and glamorous styles that use accessories like worn and distressed furniture, soft and delicate fabrics, and wood accents;
  • American Colonial: A style that draws on characteristics from traditional and rustic home designs while incorporating historically-inspired elements from the 1600s to the 1800s;
  • Urban: A sleek style with a rustic flair, relying on industrial features like exposed brick and stone walls and floor-to-ceiling windows.

You may decide to go with a different design style for each room in your home or use the same one for your entire home. Whatever you decide, make sure it aligns with your personal preferences and overall lifestyle.

Come Up With Ideas for Extra Space

Remodeling your home can result in freeing up existing spaces so you can use them for new purposes. You may have some extra space due to the kids moving out. Maybe you retired and don’t use your home office anymore. Or maybe your remodel itself will create a new room.

Whatever the cause for extra space, it’s important to address what you’ll do with it. While many people might see this as a reason to downsize, you can view it as an opportunity to get more out of your home.

Here are some ideas for what to do with extra space in your home:

  • Create a home theater in an unused den.
  • Make your kid’s old room into a guestroom.
  • Turn extra space into a meditation or yoga studio.
  • Design a hobby room to accommodate interests like painting and crafting.
  • Purchase used weights and exercise equipment and turn an extra room into a home gym.

Be sure to factor in your budget, timeline, team, and interests when deciding how to use extra space.

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Stay Within Your Budget

Your budget is one of the most critical elements of your home remodel, as what you can do will depend heavily on what you can afford.

Take a look at your finances and determine the most you can spend on your remodel. Reduce that number by 10-20% to land on your ideal budget number. This amount ensures you have enough to cover emergencies and unexpected expenses should they arise.

More important than setting a budget for your remodel is sticking with it throughout the entire process. There’s nothing more stressful than going over budget and having to stop work because you’ve run out of funds.

Consider the Logistics

Along with your vision and budget, make sure you cover the rest of the home remodel logistics. Document your remodel plans for each room in as much detail as you can. Before getting started, be sure to consider:

  • The timeline for completion;
  • All of the building materials and accessories you’ll need;
  • What permits you’ll need and how you’ll get them;
  • Who’s helping with the remodel (i.e. family and friends or a contractor);
  • How your day-to-day life will change during the remodel.

Home remodels are much smoother when you address logistics beforehand. That way, you won’t have as much to worry about if any unexpected issues arise during the project.

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Be on the Lookout for Potential Issues

A lot is going on when you’re in the middle of remodeling. But you can’t get so distracted and caught up in the hustle and bustle of renovating that you miss potential issues with your home. Home repairs you shouldn’t put off, particularly if you notice them during a remodel, include things like pest infestations, electrical or structural issues, and HVAC repairs.

These issues can be catastrophic if ignored long enough, causing serious issues to your home’s safety, stability, and comfort. What’s more, it may be easier to take care of these repairs while your home is already under construction. This helps to maximize the value of the work you’re already putting into your remodel and, ultimately, to your home.

Although remodeling a home is a heavy project to take on, it’s worth the transformation it brings to your life. Rely on these tips to see your home renovation vision come to life seamlessly.

Sam Bowman authored this post.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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