Remodeling is about adapting your home to meet the needs and desires of your current lifestyle.   

If you are thinking about a remodeling project for your home, from a minor “facelift” to a major renovation, some preliminary planning will help you decide what to tackle and what to leave as is.  You may find it easier to plan your project by breaking the decision process into three broad categories:  logistics, budget, and resources. 

LOGISTICS:  Logistics basically means choosing what to include in your project, and whether you will remain in your home while the work is underway, or stay somewhere else.  Knowing the scope of the project will certainly affect your decision about whether or not to remain at home.  Start by listing everything you want to get out of your new environment in terms of your lifestyle; such as better traffic flow, opening up views to the outside, or creating a get-away within your home.  From your lifestyle wish list, you will create a more specific list of “To Do’s”.  For instance, if you want to update your kitchen, will that involve changing the counter tops, cabinets, appliances, plumbing fixtures, moving walls, and so on?  Start with everything you want for a particular space, with the realization that you may have to proceed in phases according to your budget.  

BUDGET:  Have a clear understanding of how much money you have available to spend.     Remember to include amounts in your budget for permits, installation, debris disposal, and a place to stay if you will not remain at home.  Depending on the extent of what you have in mind, you may also need the services of a design professional or a contractor.   A preliminary visit to an appliance store, or a showroom for plumbing or lighting fixtures, will give you an idea of the costs associated with some of the components for your project. 

RESOURCES:  You have already considered what you want and how much you have in your budget.  A committed do-it-yourself homeowner may be ready to proceed at this point.  Try to have an understanding of how much of your time will be involved in selecting components and accomplishing the work, and what else you normally do in your life that you may not have time for when performing your own renovations.  A qualified contractor may seem an added expense, but may be a critical resource for accomplishing your goals, and actually provide a savings of both time and money.  Contractors know the requirements of the building codes and are experienced in dealing with all of the agencies having jurisdiction over the work.  Your contractor will also manage the tradesmen, deliveries, and payments needed to keep the work moving.  

A home renovation is a great way to upgrade your life, and your style.  Plan, execute, and enjoy!