When planning a home renovation or home build project, it is important to make good home design decisions, and to keep them. Making changes to your design, no matter how small you think they are, can have costly effects and chain reactions.
When working with your designer, they will educate and guide you to make the best home design decisions. This includes not only changes to the finishes and materials being applied, but also the layout of the home. The choices you are making hinge with other components of the design; therefore, some changes can have a ripple effect, holding up drawings and documents and in turn the budgeting and scheduling of your project.
It is helpful before you begin your design work to make a list of your needs, wants, and wishes.
Needs – are the things you must have; these things affect how you live in your home, likely the reasons why you pursued a renovation or are building a new house.
Wants – are the things you would like to have; beyond necessity, these are likely the things that have driven you to undertake a project rather than continuing to live with what you have or deciding to move to a new home.
Wishes – are the things you dream of having; if budget and feasibility allow, these are the things that will make your home enjoyment dreams come true.
This Planning Checklist is a great place to get started. It will also help with other key decisions and conversations with your designer and contractor during the planning process.
It is easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of shopping, there are so many options out there. Your designer will give you choice, while suggesting the best options for what you want to achieve with your home. Avoid continuing to shop on your own after making decisions with your designer.
Once you reach the construction phase of your project, your builder will develop a construction schedule. Everyone must do their part to help keep that schedule on track. As the homeowner, your role in that responsibility is in sticking with the home design decisions you have made. It is very important to understand that schedule AND budget are affected by changes to the plan. Ensure staying on budget and being completed on time, by sticking with the decisions you make.
So when you are making home design decisions, keep these 4 rules in mind…
- Make early product selections – and don’t continue shopping after you have chosen your materials, you’ll second guess yourself.
- Keep changes to a minimum for finishes, materials, and layout – understand how any design changes can ripple throughout the rest of the plans.
- Communicate quickly if something is on your mind – don’t wait for “the right moment” – if changes must be made, they are best made early.
- Be available for your contractor to reach you – if something is found on their end that needs to be changed, a new decision will be needed in order to stay on track.
Be Decisive, Changes Cost You… TQ’s talented team can help you make the best choices for your home… Get in touch today!