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I mean who do you think you are, Drew and Jonathan Scott?
If you have no idea who those two people are, this article is for you. In fact, it might be your best read of the decade if you’re trying to turn your home from gloomy to glamorous.
A remodel is a huge project to take on, but don’t let that overwhelm you. You can totally do it with a whole slew of tools at the disposal of all DIY types planning their own remodel.
The beauty of taking on a project like this is that your home renovation ideas are completely your own, and they have the power to transform a square living space into a haven you’ll be truly happy in.
There is virtually nothing to fear from change, except the fact that you might love your new home so much you become a “remodel hermit” (real term), basking in the glow of your ideal home finally realized and eventually losing all desire to leave.
Just kidding, that won’t happen. What will happen is you’ll have a space to feel comfortable that really reflects you as a person, and allows you to be your best self.
What Do You Want to Get from the Remodel?
Why do you want to put yourself through this?
It could be any number of reasons. Maybe you want more from the space but don’t want to move. Perhaps you want to raise the value of your home for a potential future sale, or you’re just plain tired of the same old decor. Home improvement consultant Ardell DellaLoggia gives an in-depth explanation of the psychology in a recent article.
Ask yourself this question: What does the space lack? If the answer could easily fill up a 250-page book (entitled “Why My Living Room Sucks”), chances are you need a change of scenery. Oftentimes people need a change of scenery but they don’t want to actually leave the area. This leaves them with two options: either remodel the house or buy the house next door. It’s easy to see which option is more cost-effective, not to mention simpler to execute.
In this case, house improvements don’t actually have to break the bank. Put some thought into rearranging the furniture, add a feature or two. You can slap on a new coat of paint, recover the couch and voila! A brand new version of the same old room.
However, if your answer is more along the lines of “Market value,” you probably want to increase the market price of your home. This can be done in a number of ways. One of the most popular is an increase in square footage of the home.
This can get expensive, requiring building permits and construction costs. Even if you plan on doing the work yourself, all those materials can add up! Make sure to do research ahead of time to figure out exactly what you’re getting from the remodel.
Alternatively, you can add special features to make your house more attractive. An ultra-modern kitchen, a pool, a new deck — the list goes on. An in-depth article published by Huffington Post explains exactly how your house is appraised and what remodels will actually help you increase value.
Tools to Take Advantage of When Planning Your Remodel
It’s not 1437 anymore, thank goodness (although the solid mahogany from back then really tops the linoleum of today). With modern times have come modern means of assessing what you need and how to go about getting it.
1. The Internet
After your soul-searching period is over, you’ll want to consult the internet. Your local government’s zoning website can often tell you what’s legal in your area and what kind of permits you need to complete the remodel of your dreams.
If you want a smaller change, you’ll find lots tips for home remodeling and redecorating various rooms in your house.
2. Remodeling Software
If you’re going for an all-out home remodel, try using some remodeling software. It’s not just for architects. This software helps you envision in a practical sense what your house will look like after the remodel, and what exactly it will take to get there.
Not sure about what software to use? The Balance offers this comparison between 3 popular programs.
3. Professional Consultations
Even if you’re going DIY, consult professionals on projects that require a professional touch. An interior designer, a carpenter, an architect — these people know what they’re talking about.
Oftentimes they can see issues you wouldn’t, and they can put you in contact with other professionals. Professional consultations can save you a ton of money and make the whole process easier in the end.
No matter how you want to do it, the most important thing is to make sure you have fun. You’ll end up with a brand-new space and a renewed zest for life to go along with it.