Translating a remodeling dream into reality

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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 8:00 pm

(ARA) - You've made the decision to remodel your home. The budget range and project scope have been set. You've even preemptively told your sister-in-law she'll need to host Christmas (alright, that was before you knew you were going to remodel). Now what?

Following these guidelines and tips will simplify the process of turning your vision (or lack of vision) into a ravishing remodel.

First, breathe. This is going to be fun.

Setting the style scene

Many homeowners know exactly where their preferences fall on the style spectrum. Others have no idea. As a first step, it's wise to identify and determine how to articulate your personal style before moving forward with any steps of the remodel. There are even websites that allow you to take a style quiz in order to determine where your style falls.

Flipping through magazines, home design blogs and even becoming aware of how you feel in other people's homes should help you determine your style. During this process, consider your long-term plans for the space and make sure the style will grow with you as your tastes develop and change.

Developing a mood board, even if you think you know what you want for a space, can help you visualize your design style. A mood board will ensure that others (professionals or family members) see eye-to-eye with you on your vision. Gather items on your mood board such as colors, patterns and images that make you feel good. You (and a designer) can make sense and draw meaning from it later.

There are some great resources online for developing these boards. Pinterest, a tool that allows users to "pin" their favorite items, is growing in popularity and KraftMaid Cabinetry has a tool on its website that allows visitors to collect their inspirations in one place.

Dreams turned into design

Now that you're in tune with your style, it's time to get moving. The remodeling process is overwhelming. Some brave souls attempt to tackle it on their own, and it can end up being a full time job - a time commitment most homeowners simply can't afford. Designers are a great resource and should be engaged early on in the process.

"One of the biggest advantages working with a designer on a home project is they really understand functionality, while accomplishing your desired style," says Sarah Reep, director of designer relations and education at KraftMaid Cabinetry. "By telling a designer more details about your lifestyle and gripes about your current layout, they will turn out a well-designed space that will fit your needs."

Working with professionals doesn't have to break the bank and can actually save you time, money and your sanity. Make sure the professionals you engage are fully certified and qualified for the task. For example, NKBA members are designers that specialize in kitchens and bathrooms. Homeowners can locate these individuals by visiting www.nkba.org and searching for an NKBA professional in their area.

At the end of the day, you'll be thankful for the time spent during the dreaming and designing process. Transforming a space into one that you truly enjoy will make loving your home even easier.

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