We are narrowing in on the final days of our family home remodel and I have thoroughly enjoyed the entire process of our remodel. Were there hiccups along the way? Sure. Did some things not turn out as I had hoped they would? Of course. But you live and learn, right?
For the last few years, I have taken on clients for interior styling. Space planning, paint palettes and updating soft furnishings but nothing quite as exciting as ripping some good ole tile off of the wall. Sharing our current home remodel journey with y’all has afforded me the opportunity to help quite a few friends remodel their homes and even some clients out of state with design consultations to select tiles and hardware. Through my own experiences, the shared experience of my friends who have renovated over the years, and the clients that I have had the pleasure to work with, here are my 5 tips to a successful renovation that once complete, you can say you too enjoyed.
1. Manage your own project. Sure, you are paying your contractor a GC fee to oversee your project. Maybe you are even paying a designer to choose all of the fixtures, surfaces, aesthetics and space plan. But, they all are managing a handful of projects not just your project. This is your home, and your investment, and therefore you are responsible for making sure that your money is being spent as you intended it to be spent. Staying on top of your project and your timelines as outlined by your GC will let everyone know that you are involved in the process. Checking in regularly on your project will ensure that things are being done as you envisioned. Early detection of an issue will result in less money spent correcting a problem. Remember, there is a fine line between managing your project and being so overbearing that no one wants to show up to work on your project. Know the difference.
2. Be decisive: The longer it takes you to make a decision, the longer your project will take. Subcontractors will not just wait around for you to make up your mind. They are juggling many projects and if you aren’t moving, they will move on to a project that is moving. Time is money for everyone involved. With that said, make sure your decisions are intentional and not irrational. You don’t always have to have an answer on the spot, but be able to sleep on it and make a decision that you can stand by in a reasonable timeframe.
3. Be Confident in your decisions: The biggest issue I see with people remodeling or redecorating is that they don’t trust their judgment. Online inspiration such as pinterest, instagram and Houzz are great, but you could pull trends and ideas all day long if you had the time. There is always going to be something new coming out on the market and it is easy to get distracted and overwhelm yourself chasing trends.
Another decision dilemma comes from involving too many of your friends or families by asking their opinions. Everyone is going to have an opinion and you will drive yourself nuts if you try to sort through and make your home something that everyone else will love. It’s important to remember that this is your home and you are the only one that has to live in your home. Make the home what you love and not what someone else may love.
If you aren’t confident in your own style or ability to make decisive decisions, hire a design professional who will narrow your options or take control of the design of your space.
4. Don’t sweat the small stuff: You will most likely encounter some sort of hurdle(s) at some point in your renovation process. You can either spend your time freaking out about the newfound issue and arguing with your team, or you can put your energy into trying to solve the problem in the most effective way that won’t compromise your budget or your style. You may find that your compromise turns out to be your favorite space in the home.
5. Enjoy the process: It’s not often that you hear someone who has remodeled or is in the process of remodeling say that they love the renovation process. You have to take a renovation process with a, the glass is more than half full approach. Sure, you may be displaced for an extended period of time and you are most likely spending money faster than you dreamt possible, but it’s a process that you are privileged to be experiencing and remind yourself to be grateful that you have the extra financial means to improve your home to make it a better version of what it was originally. You may not be building your dream bathroom or kitchen, but enjoy being able to make your project amazing for the budget that you have. Be realistic in your expectations of your crew. If selecting finishes for plumbing fixtures, tiles, or hardware and paint colors isn’t your specialty, hire a designer to help you. There are many designers that work on an hourly basis. If you can’t afford a designer for your entire project then compile a list of everything you need help with and retain a designer for a certain amount of hours to either select items or consult with you based on what you currently have chosen as options