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Getting in the Remodel Mindset

May 21, 2014

Remodeling is a complicated process, especially for homeowners taking the DIY route. Luckily, with a little foresight you can organize your project, minimize anxiety and create a comfortable home for years to come.


Visualize your new design

Begin by envisioning your future space. What will be the focal point? Which colors and textures would you like to incorporate into the design?

Magazines are a classic source for ideas, but these days, DIY enthusiasts use online design boards, social media platforms and renovation blogs to get their creative juices flowing. Consider the purpose of the remodel (i.e., will the home be my primary residence or rented/sold) and base the project on that.


Consider function and lifestyle

Aside from aesthetic preferences such as paint colors and textiles, remodeled spaces must function properly for the home’s residents. Owners of older homes with dated or potentially dangerous fixtures should prioritize safety upgrades.


Create a budget and then some

Budget for additional costs, especially because DIY mishaps sometimes require professional assistance to fix. Learn to cope with the unexpected. Planning ahead is a good way to deal with this so that you know exactly what to expect and in terms of money and time. Completing a project yourself can save a significant amount of money, but the work is not always easy.


Tackle one job at a time

Minimize stress by focusing on one project at a time. Spend time away from the house — restaurants, friends’ houses, yoga classes — anything that makes you happy and gets you out of the clutter for short bursts of time.

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