Organize Your Home Renovation Plan and Avoid Stress
The best way to avoid sweating throughout the process of a home renovation project is to know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. Sure, there is no way to avoid the worry that is likely to accompany a home renovation project considering how much time, effort and money you’ll be spending, but there are ways to minimize the stress along the way.
We highly recommend that you organize all your ideas from the outset so that you can make sure the final outcome is in line with your initial wish list. First off, you should get yourself organized, preferably beginning when you first begin to plan for a home renovation project. One of the best ways to do so is to gather all your inspiration in one place.
Here’s some ideas on the best way to do that:
A three-ring binder with pockets and dividers. A little obvious perhaps, but a a three-ring binder offers portability and ease of use that makes it an invaluable tool for you when you embark upon a home renovation project. As the project progresses, you can expand (or delete extraneous material from) the binder by adding as many pages as necessary, while keeping organized with dividers and using the pockets to store estimate write-ups, receipts, product swatches, etc.
A simple bulletin board. Yes, we're talking about the kind that hangs on your wall. Perhaps you’re a visual person, someone who works better with visuals constantly at the ready for inspiration. You could just tack up inspirational images from magazines or photographs you’ve taken yourself. Many people love to visit model homes in new construction tracts to gather ideas on the latest materials and styles that they can later discuss with their contractor.
A digital scrapbook/bulletin board, such as Pinterest, Tumblr or Instagram. Pinterest has really taken off in the last year or so, becoming a place for endless inspiration. Try to find Pinterest users who really to take the time to curate their boards well. As you may know, we’re on Pinterest and continually expanding our boards there with inspiring photos so make sure you follow us there.
A combination of the above three. There is no harm in collecting images that are hard copies in conjunction with digital images that are so readily available nowadays. The trick is not to let so many images and ideas overwhelm you to the point that you can’t make a decision on what you like. Eventually, you will want to curate your own finds and possibly take your files and inspiration boards one step further by creating a mood board, which many designers use nowadays to guide their projects. But the truth is that adding more images to your inspiration files will eventually help you form a picture of what you want the completed project to look like.
As you organize your images and ideas, it’s a good idea to really pay attention to how you envision the renovation project working for you on a daily basis. For example, maybe your inspiration binder has a kitchen with open shelves to store plates and everyday essentials that are beautifully arranged in the photograph, but you realize later that you don’t want to always worry about having those shelves perfectly styled since everyone can see them. In that case you, you may want to start a list of “wants” and “don’t wants” for your project, as in “Do not want open shelves.” This will become a list that you will likely consult again and again as your home renovation advances.
Another thing to keep in mind is that unexpected complications during a renovation can sometimes hamper your budget, meaning you end up crossing off something else on your “want” list.
This may all sound common sense to you, but a well-organized list and inspiration files will ensure that your project is completed and works for you and your family just as you envisioned it.