The Key To A Successful Home Renovation Project
Brown Residence, Week1
When it comes to renovating an entire home, you’ll see that if you follow a systemized plan of action, you can achieve a relatively stress free and highly successful home renovation project. At this early stage, you may not have a firm grip on the overall direction of your project – but most likely you have a basic notion of which home improvements projects will enhance your family’s quality of life.
Within the first couple of meetings with the Browns, I could see that they had done a great deal of homework in analyzing their growing family’s needs. Having lived in this home for the past eight years they began to realize its shortcomings. Walking through each room and determining what worked – and more importantly what didn’t work, provided Liz and Mark with valuable information that helped them assess their needs – which ultimately led them toward establishing their goal.
Pre-planning and pre-programming is the key to a successful project!
This assessment exercise applies to any home renovation project. If you’re in the pre-planning stages of a home remodel, addition or renovation, it will benefit you – the homeowner – in the long run to be as methodical and truthful with yourself as possible. It will undoubtedly save you valuable time and money.
Here are just some of the questions the Browns asked themselves:
- How often do we use the room?
- What activities take place in this space? Is it multi-functional?
- What could be improved upon?
- Is the space too dark, too cramped?
- Which spaces do we enjoy the most?
- Which rooms do we use the least?
- Where do we need extra space?
- Are the ceilings too low?
- Do we have ample storage?
- Does the traffic flow well for large scale entertaining?
The list goes on and on, but taking a good look at their needs, Liz and Mark could begin to see the scope of their home renovation project emerging.
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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca.
© 2009 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc