Your home is an extremely important part of your life. It’s a peaceful haven in your stress-filled life, a place where you spend time with family and friends, a place where you surround yourself with things you love.

No matter what stage of life you are in, it is never too soon to start creating your dream home–pulling together ideas, collecting samples, zeroing in on modifications that will mean the most to you. Whether you will need small changes or a complete redo, these steps will help you envision your dream home.

Create a Wish List
This is your chance to DREAM.  This is not a time to think about money, so for now, put that aside.  Look around and analyze what you like and what you would like to change.  List the changes you would like to make in your home, no matter how large or small.  Think about your daily routine and how your house could function better for your lifestyle.  Ask yourself questions such as:

  • Are green products a must for you?
  • How do you want the space to feel—open, cozy, or formal?
  • What activities will take place in the space?
  • What kind of lighting do you like—natural, soft, or bright?
  • What colors do you like– vibrant, pastel or calming?

Decide on your Priorities
Determine the importance of the items on your list.  If your primary reason for remodeling is storage, you know this is a must have.  If you are updating, the changes may be as small as repainting or as large as removing walls.  When you start to create a budget this will help you determine where to start and how to schedule your projects.

Collect Photos
Gather magazine, catalog or website photos, paint chips, and fabrics and sort them by room in your Dream Book.  Styles such as traditional, contemporary, country, or transitional may stand out.  Make notes on the photos of features you like (i.e., light fixtures, paint colors, or cabinetry).  Envision how the room would function.  Does the floor plan work?  How would you arrange the furniture?  Is there enough storage?

Formulate a Budget
This can be the most difficult part of your planning.  Several factors should be included in the process such as cost vs. value, available funding, and priorities.  Working with a remodeling professional will help you realize the actual cost of project completion.

By carefully thinking through and organizing your remodeling ideas, you are sure to create your dream home.  Remember, it is never too early to start planning!

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