Starting a renovation: A Client Resource

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YOUR HOUSE, YOUR RULES. There. I said it. Finally a designer that can let you have your way.

Now that we're off to a good start, let's look at some first steps that you can take to make your project go smoothly. Time, money, and stress levels are all in the mix in every project. I once had a client tell me that the renovation was the worst experience of his entire life, and I recently completed a project that a client was so overwhelmed with work that anything was stressful except her project - so it's not easy for some but easy for others. Life happens, so what part of a project can we control?

Here are some first steps that you can control when working on any project:

1. Find Inspiration - The most difficult part of the initial design process is determining your wants, needs, and style. Most designers do not do this for you anymore because you likely will not want to pay for this service. As designers, it can take is well over a few hours and that's a part of the design budget we would rather save for your project. So, please help us help you, as they say, and gather your inspiration on a Houzz Ideabook, a Pinterest board, or with magazine clippings. A key point is that you'll need to tell us what you like about the images you're seeing because we still can not read minds yet.

2. Set up Budget Parameters - I don't care what anyone else says or writes about this point, but the simple fact of the matter is that without a budget I am stalled. I can work without a budget, don't worry about that, but I really don't believe that there is an endless source of cash in your bank account that the last thing I want to do is make anyone house poor. So, here are images that will better help you understand kitchen and bathroom renovation budgets.

Kitchens budgets by homeowner involvement and by size. The numbers add up quick so it's important to understand what it's going to take to accomplish the project.
Kitchens budgets by homeowner involvement and by size. The numbers add up quick so it's important to understand what it's going to take to accomplish the project.
Bathroom Budgets broken down again by homeowner and by project size. Yes, bathrooms are more expensive than you'd think because there's more stuff behind the walls.
Bathroom Budgets broken down again by homeowner and by project size. Yes, bathrooms are more expensive than you'd think because there's more stuff behind the walls.

3. Scope of Work - Alright, now you know how much you want to spend but how much work do you want to do as a homeowner? We need to understand this and this document is called a Scope of Work. What is my role in your project? What should I expect from you? We can accomplish this a couple of ways and, again, designers can do this for you but I'm not sure you want to pay for it completely. Why not entertain completing the Client Intake Form on your own? If you want one, just ask me for it.

4. Hire a Professional - Once we understand what makes you tick, your budget, and the scope of the budget, I can move ahead with your project quickly and easily. Most kitchens take 3-4 weeks to design, bathrooms take a bit longer, but all projects take 6-12 weeks from the start date... this is where I come in with all that amazing goodness and products, finishes, materials, and renderings so that you can visualize your space before it's completed because THIS IS A LOT OF MONEY! Right? Right. You need someone who does this professionally, with experience, and connections to make things happen. A little known fact is that I have the similar amount of education as a family doctor... so... yeah... lots of information in my head.

So, if all this suits your fancy, head over to my contact page and let's get started because if I do nothing else for you, I will save you money.