You have a home, a place that has meaning and is important to you. Whether you just purchased it or you've raised a familythere, you see a future; but, it needs a few upgrades and these are more than what a few coats of paint will fix.
The kitchen is outdated. The living room has no light and the master bath just doesn’t meet your standards. Whatever the issues, the house is in need of some changes.
You have this
You want this
What now? You have a lot of things you want to change, but you only want to make a couple changes now. Not all of them. Now what?
Picture everything you want to do. Picture the final castle. Your dream house. That doesn’t mean you have to do it all now. You just have to be ready, to plan for it. The one thing you don’t want to do is get a project completed and then have to redo it because another change requires it. This is where a master plan comes into play.
An overall plan will give you a stable base for all decisions. The plan will give a direction and a marker for change. This does not mean you are locked in. It just means you have created the overall vision.
Make a list of the things you like and dislike about your house. Don’t forget the yard. It’s a huge part of the house.
Save the items you cherish (fireplace, artwork wall, wood floors, etc.)
Understand the implications of the changes associated with what you don’t like. For example, changing the kitchen in a certain way may impact a cherished item if not well planned.
Figure out how you want to live. Are you growing, are you holding stable or are you changing in other ways. They are all wonderful. Change is exciting!
Get a budget in place and hold to it.
Get a professional to help see your vision and put it on paper.
Now comes the hard part. How much do you want, or can you do now and how much can wait.
That part doesn’t really matter except for the excitement of knowing the vision. Restraint is key.
Get an estimate along the way to validate the decisions. This should happen about 50% through the design process. Don’t get caught with budget creep,
Finally, get moving.
In conclusion, the master plan is the guide for design. Set the goals. Create a long term plan. And implement in stages that are acceptable. This simple process will reduce confusion over time and will also decrease the possibility of redoing something multiple times because it was not foreseen.
Hope we've given you something to think about, see you next week!