Planning a Remodel: Discovering Problems and Setting Intentions

Remodeling is a big investment of both time and money, and because of that, you should think about why it is you are remodeling and what you can accomplish by doing so. When you begin a remodel, you do so because there is an issue that you want to be fixed. This can be an issue with the function, the aesthetics, or even with the overall feeling of your home. When I take on a new client, I like to get a little deeper into the root of their problems by learning about them and their everyday functions as well as their interests and desired lifestyle. Oftentimes, we are able to discover problem areas that they couldn’t pinpoint on their own. Once we discover the root of the client's dissatisfaction with their space, we can then start tapping into creative solutions. You can do this yourself. Consider these 6 things:

1. What do you currently love about your home and your lifestyle?

Think about what you are grateful for in regards to your home and what you love about your neighborhood. Consider the features of your home that make you smile. Think about the places in your home that act as an oasis for you.

2. What activities take place in the space?

Take a mental walk through your normal day-to-day routine. Go through your schedule and think about what activities you perform in the space each day. Take the time to go into depth here. Think about what you do, how you do it, and what you would like to be doing more or less of.

3. What are the issues that need to be fixed?

Take a walk through your space. List the things that bother you, that prohibit your productivity, and that cause frustration, tension, or disappointment. Think about how you feel with others in the space and any limitations that prevent you from utilizing the space fully.

4. What are your goals for your remodel?

Set goals for the process, outcome, and investment. How do you see the process going? What do you foresee the outcome being? What would you like to accomplish? How would you like to invest?

5. Where do you see yourself and your family post remodel?

I want you to dream big here. There is much more to a remodel than making things new again. When done properly, a remodel can improve function, family relationships, health, satisfaction with your home and lifestyle, and overall wellness. Create a scenario for yourself. When you wake up in the morning and walk into the space, what will it be like? How will it feel? What stresses are gone? When you work in the space, what does it look like? What are you better able to accomplish now than you could before? What is the energy like? What are your interactions like? Create an image in your head of what you want to see, feel, touch, smell, and hear in the space at any given moment in your day. You're not creating the whole design in your head, I just want you to think about the feeling and functionality your space will have.

6. Go deeper. Are there any other changes that would bring you happiness or that would improve the quality of your life?

There have been many times when a client has come to me wanting to remodel, but not wanting to put a lot into it. They think, "maybe we can just paint the cabinets" or "maybe all it needs is a new backsplash" or "I'm sure if I get a new chair there it will all be different". Then, as we are doing an assessment, they realize that the path from the refrigerator to the microwave really doesn't serve them well, or they are always running into something, or there could be more light in the space, or that there are better storage solutions that would improve the way they utilize their space. They often realize that the investment they were going to make in their home would better serve them if they went just a little further and a little deeper.

As you consider these 6 things, you will come to realize the changes that need to happen during your remodel and the life you are trying to create. If you are working with a designer, they can take this information and translate it into a design that reflects you and your family. Make sure you take your time going through each of these points. The deeper you go, the better the solutions. If you haven't already, sign up for email reminders and to get the free workbook download for this week's Spring Remodeling Blitz. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the Blitz and to view our latest content! I look forward to seeing you tomorrow when we go over creating a budget!

With love always,

Jamie Nell