Design Exclusive: 3 Tips for completely remodeling a house

1. Have a realistic view of the timing of your remodel.

While considering plans, permits and a budget, a full remodel is never a quick and easy process, so you must allow yourself enough time for each step. For our project, planning and obtaining permits took almost 2 years before we even broke ground. Allowing yourself this planning period will make the process and implementation smoother. 

While deciding your budget, it is helpful to keep a contingency fund of about 25%. This is useful because you will most likely run into extra expenses. For example last minute changes or keeping up to city specific codes that may require hiring additional specialists. 

When doing a remodel, it is more convenient and cost effective to do it all at once instead of in phases. Not only will this take less time to complete, but it will also help reduce your costs. 

2. Know what you want before the project starts. 

Deciding design and layout choices in the middle of a remodel will stall the project and likely end up costing you more. Having all your design decisions set before starting allows for an expedited process.

3. When selecting permanent materials, stick with neutral colors.

Sticking to a neutral color palette will provide longevity and ensure that you won’t get tired of your color choices. Additionally, in the far future if you sell your home, it will be easier to find a buyer because it will be less customized. For our remodel we stuck with a white, and grey palette with some black for the backsplash tile, countertops, and flooring of our kitchen. 

However, this doesn't mean you can’t have any color in the design of your home. What we did was incorporate colors into accent pieces, such as decor, throw blankets, pillows, and even wall paint, which can easily be changed. 

Caitlin Coakley