House renovating is hard. So, you will have to face many challenges if you want to do it yourself. However, you can follow the approach professional interior designers take to do it.
So, here is how you can plan a house renovation project like professional interior designers.
The first step in any design project is to look for inspiration. Look everywhere you can think of—photos of old homes, magazines, architecture, even movies! The more you look at others’ work, and what has been done previously, the better ideas you will have about doing your own home.
You should also take a good look at your house itself and what it offers to be used as inspiration. A house from the past may offer an idea that could be incorporated into modern life or vice versa. For example, you can use architectural features such as arches or columns to create separate “rooms” within your open-plan space.
Don’t limit yourself just to looking at other people’s ideas! Look outside of the box: try researching how things are done in other countries; maybe there are different ways of doing things in another profession (how do carpenters build cabinets?); compare old and new methods; ask someone else how they would go about solving this problem; try combining two seemingly unrelated tasks/objects/actions to see if they create something new or useful.
There are some theoretical aspects that you need to be aware of as well. Reading popular academic blog content can help you in this regard. Go for the popular blog posts such as the ones on SweetStudy. As an academic assistance platform, they hire professionals in the field of architecture and interior design to help students. So, you can rest assured that you are reading helpful quality content.
Define Your Goals
The first step in any interior design project is to define your goals. A solution can’t be created when there’s no understanding of the problem it’s meant to address. Before calling an expert and asking them for help, you have to clarify what you want from the renovation project. Ask yourself:
- What is the purpose of this renovation?
- What problems does my home currently have?
- How will things be better after I’ve renovated?
- Will there be a specific function that wasn’t possible before?
It helps to write down all these questions and responses so that you have physical reminders whenever you feel uncertain or overwhelmed during the project. Remember, this is your home, so don’t worry about what other people might think or feel about it—focus on your own needs and wants.
When it comes to renovation projects, you need to ensure that your goals are tangible in terms of implementation, time-frame, and affordability. If you are not able to define these three for the renovation project, you might end up overshooting timelines and budgets. Once the goals are defined, you need to discuss the same with your design or renovation firm.
Create a Preliminary Budget
Designing a home renovation project can be fun and challenging. When you’re thinking about where to begin, let’s take a closer look at the way decorators approach each room to create a cohesive and attractive new layout.
For the kitchen, one of the first questions I ask myself is how much space is it for me to work in a countertop workspace or island? A separate area for prep, storage, cooking, and cleanup? The number of cabinets and drawers is also crucial as I plan my furniture selection.
For example, do I want an open wall cabinet beside the sink, or do I need an additional cabinet on that side? What size countertop does this renovation require? If there’s not enough wall space for a large but deep dish, you may have to make your own with custom cabinetry. If you’re going all out with custom cabinetry, choose strong materials like metal or solid wood that won’t crack when it gets wet (knowing it will get wet is great because it means there won’t be any mold).
Make a List of Necessary Resources
- List out all the items you want to incorporate into your renovation.
- Make a list of items that are not essential but would be nice to have (i.e., a tub in the master bath).
- Make sure you have enough money for the project. Hiring an interior designer will cost more than just doing it yourself or hiring someone less experienced, so ensure that you can afford their services before going too far in the process.
- Budget for unexpected expenses such as appliances breaking down during construction and other unforeseen events like weather delays that might occur along the way—these things happen even with careful planning!
Choose Your Colors and Materials
Here are a few things you need to consider.
- Choose the colors you like.
- Consider which colors work well together.
- Ensure your colors will go with the rest of the decor.
- Avoid colors that clash.
- Consider what colors are in trend.
Make a Priority List
Making a list of priorities is the surest way to keep your project on schedule. All projects have limitations, whether they be budgetary or logistical (or both), so you will need to decide what is most vital for you and your family.
There might be some things that you can’t afford or can’t accomplish in the same order that you had initially envisioned. However, if you spend time prioritizing, making a timeline, and sticking to it, there should be no reason why your home renovation should take longer than it needs to.
Create a Virtual House Model
Creating a virtual model helps realize how things will work out. While doing so, you might want to ensure the following.
- Use a professional interior designer or architect.
- Use software to create a virtual model of the house.
- Use software to create a virtual model of the rooms.
- Use a combination of the above.
- Use other methods.
The process can be tedious, but careful planning saves time, money, and hassle. While you may be tempted to dive right in, planning a house renovation is a big job. That is why it is best to approach it with a methodical plan. Do it wrong, and you might lower the value of your house.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.