With the beginning of a new year, we all have resolutions, big ideas, and plans for ambitious projects on the mind, a general sense of a fresh, clean start. Smaller projects can be tackled right away, when inspiration first hits. Larger projects benefit from thoughtful planning to ensure that they reach their full potential.
If your project is a renovation, addition, or a new home there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure:
- goals are achieved
- schedule is met
- budget is managed
- quality of living is enhanced
First gather your thoughts and goals. Budget is of course a concern, but be careful not to let that limit your thinking in the early stages. What spaces will you need? How should spaces be arranged? What are the construction boundaries of your property? How much are your willing to spend? When does the project need to be completed? What style? Which appliances? These are just a few of the many important questions that lead to not just the creation of rooms, but a composition of spaces that enrich the lives of your family.
As you gather the volumes of pictures, sketches, notes, etc., there are many tools available to help gather and organize this information. Some of the best of these apps, which I use frequently, are as follows:
- Evernote (Evernote.com – searchable notebook, tags, web clips, desktop and handheld apps, synchronized throughout)
- Pinterest (Pinterest.com – gather and organize images from the web)
- Houzz (Houzz.com – high quality residential images, save your favorites to your own Idea Book and collaborate with your team)
You may already be using some or all of these. Have your found others? Tell me about other tips and tools that you have found useful.
Once you have organized your thoughts and photos, you will want a good process, a well worn path, to follow. One that not only creates the spaces you desire but leads to a creative solution, tailored to your family’s needs.
Depending on your project scope, you may want to work with a design professional to expertly guide you and your contractor through this process. Rather than an experience that is mysterious, complex and confusing, these professionals will work with you to bring structure and an inspired quality of living in spaces which are tailor made for you and your family.