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Getting Ready For Your Home Renovation

Jun 14, 2008
A home renovation or remodel project may include the exterior of your house, one or more rooms and an addition or two. No matter what the scope, renovating your home is sure to be painful if you aren't prepared.

Start by defining the scope of the remodel project. Decide what areas of your home that you would like to have renovated. Put together a wish list of what you want included in the project. What you can and cannot do will be, in part, decided by your finances.

Once you have defined the scope of the project the key issues you will want to consider are:

Local laws and permits
The need for neighbor approval.
Financing and budgeting.
Choosing an architect.
Choosing a contractor.
Selecting an interior designer.
Moving out during the construction process.
Packing and cleaning.

When undergoing a renovation project people most often start with an architect. While an architect is absolutely required for a renovation project, you may want to consider starting your due diligence with your interior designer. Chances are they can help you to fine tune how you will use your space, the intended look and feel and ultimately help to make your dream a reality.

More often than not, designers, architects and contractors work together on major renovation projects to ensure a cohesive approach to carrying out the client's vision.

From a design perspective, since your designer will be the resident expert on the ultimate functionality of the space, having them involved early allows you to have more control over important things we take for granted such as placement of electrical outlets, task lighting and architectural detailing.

Once your renovation plan has been completed and approved by you, you can identify if you will need to purchase new furniture or accessories or re-purpose existing items that you have.

It is important to know that your budget and timeline of a major renovation project will change at least once if not more during construction. Experts recommend that you plan for the budget to increase by twenty-five percent and the time involved by thirty percent.

When your renovation project is complete you will undergo an inspection and be provided with an occupancy permit. Do a final walkthrough of the project with the architect, contractors and designer to make absolutely sure that everything is working as required. Create a punch list of little tasks that are undone and assign someone the task of finishing each task. Make sure that everyone reports back to you or your project manager/renovation coach by a specific time to make sure everything is finished.

Once your project is underway, you may find yourself overwhelmed or stressed out from all of the activity, keep drawing and photos of your finished project easily accessible so that you can remind yourself of the beauty that awaits you.

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About the Author
With more than two decades of design experience, designer Paul Andrew's style and intuition has matured and helped to build Style for Life Interiors into a full service design firm that offers home staging, art acquisition, shopping trips, renovations, and new construction consulting. Style for Life Interiors has performed more than 100 transformations for its residential and commercial clients. Having decorated homes in the suburbs of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, Paul especially enjoys creating townhome spaces that give owners the opportunity to be engulfed in special spaces that are uniquely their own. Paul can be reached at http://www.styleforlifeinteriors.com and pandrew@styleforlifeinteriors.com
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