A few questions need to be answered whenever you decide to do a renovation.
What is your design intent?
How do you ultimately determine the aesthetic?
What will make you happy?
These are the questions that must be answered every day when you are in the process of selecting or working on new or renovated spaces.
Most people begin the process by looking on line or in magazines for images. Be careful! This can turn into an overwhelming process if not kept within some parameters. It’s also common to try to recreate a place you have enjoyed. Both of these are great ways to start the process but you must understand that each space is unique. Another method of design change is to have an area that just doesn’t flow or work well and to change that area based off of a need. A lot of times, this come from living in the space and knowing the areas that do not fit your lifestyle. This design change tends to accentuate what you have and make it more in line with your lifestyle. Occasionally, design will be driven by a need for a dramatic change which will open up the space to something new entirely. This tends to lead to creativity and results in something unique. Luckily, there is no right answer. Usually a combination of a couple of these work well.
When deciding on a design, always thinks about long term results on the overall affects to the house. Colors and finishes are great ways to add a newness or a style change without great cost. Those kinds of changes are also easy to modify later if they are no longer in style or fit your needs. More permanent features, like walls, windows, or room additions will be more expensive to change if they are not well planned. It’s easy to get locked in one area of concern and overlook the affects that that one change could have on the overall design of the house.
An easy way to better ensure long term design satisfaction is to get a design professional involved early in the process. Most designers or architects have the capability to create 3D renderings and models for your review. This will really help in determining the final outcome. The renderings along with the input of the professional will make the process easier. Take a look at our rendering page to get an idea of what is possible. This is a great way to get a feel for your new space and design before taking any walls down!
So to sum all this up there are three stages of design to think about when renovating.
Understanding your goals
Making decisions in an organized manner
Implementing the vision in a way that will create long term satisfaction
Next week we will talk about how to use the internet to help narrow down your design ideas and goals. If you are considering hiring a professional this is a great place to start to show them what you like and dislike!