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How to Identify Your Next Remodeling Project

Posted by Chris Reed on Mar 20, 2015, 6:07:00 PM

how-to-identify-your-next-remodeling-project-1Planning a remodeling project for your Naples-area home can be fun—but it’s no game. You’re going to be making a significant investment in your home and you’ll probably be living with the results of what you do for a long time. So how do you identify what your next remodeling project should be? Here’s a two-step process that you may find helpful.

Step 1: Identifying the Need

The ultimate goal of remodeling your home should really be to make it more comfortable and enjoyable to live in. That could involve creating a sense of more space (a move to a more open floor plan). Or it could be reconfiguring space so that it’s more functional—and suits your lifestyle better. To identify what will make your home more comfortable, start with a simple two-column chart such as this.

Problem

Possible Solution

Kitchen and family rooms are cut off from each other and are not conducive to entertaining.

Remove wall between kitchen and family room to create one large open space. Re-configure kitchen so guests can mingle.

Master bathroom is dark and crowded. Sharing a sink to get ready in the morning creates tension.

Expand master bathroom. Install double sink. Take advantage of natural light (windows or skylights?)

Kitchen is big enough but not designed for the kind of cooking I want to do. Just not efficient. Need more counter space!

Re-design kitchen with more counter space (island?) and better work flow for washing and cutting.

This may not address your specific issues, but you get the picture. Identify what the problem is and then think through what you’d like the end result to be. It’s not your job to figure out exactly how to make it happen (that’s the designer’s job!). But you should be able to explain how you want your remodeled home to look and/or feel. 

Step 2: Setting Priorities

Most people don’t have unlimited resources when it comes to remodeling. That means establishing priorities and choosing the project that will give you the most “bang-for-your-buck.” Try using a simple 3-column chart to help you establish priorities.

Must Have

Nice to Have

If Money Were No Object

A more functional kitchen with enough room to eat.

A larger kitchen where guests can gather.

A dramatic kitchen with top-end appliances and finishes.

A larger bathroom (with more light) where two people can get ready at the same time.

A step-in shower and a separate space for the toilet.

A soaking tub and large window.

Using both of these charts together can help you establish your needs and wishes—and set priorities for what you should focus on first. Then you can sit down with a designer to map out a plan for achieving your goals. What’s great about this is that a good designer may be able to satisfy your “must-have” needs, and some of your “nice-to-have” needs at the same time (for not much more money).

And once you identify your needs and set your remodeling priorities, you can get back to having fun with your home remodeling project!

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Topics: Bathrooms, Kitchens, Whole House Remodeling, Exteriors, Home Additions