When homeowners decide to consult with an interior design firm for an upcoming renovation, there are many questions that need to be answered. A person’s style, wish list, budget and lifestyle are all important elements that need to be taken into consideration, but one of the very first questions to answer is: “Why do you want to renovate?”
This question, while it may seem like a clear-cut answer to some, actually holds a lot of valuable information for designers.
The experts at AMR | Design break it down to help define some of the things you should be thinking about prior to starting a major renovation project.
How will this renovation impact your daily life? Think beyond the aesthetics of how it will look and think of how it will make you FEEL. What would it feel like to enter your home and know that you don’t have to deal with cluttered, unorganized chaos? What would it feel like to walk in your home at the end of the day and know that you can relax and enjoy your space?
You should also consider how a renovation can change your family dynamic. Tearing down walls to create a more open concept kitchen that would allow you to visit with your whole family while cooking dinner would surely impact your daily life.
Modifying your basement for an older child to have his or her own space would also shift relationship dynamics. Or maybe being the “hub” of where your children’s friends gather is a goal of yours; then a renovation to create a kid-friendly space is a must.
Consider the reasons why you want to change your home for the better and how it will change your life, habits, mood and relationships.
How will this renovation impact your home’s resale value down the road? Perhaps this is your forever home and you never plan on moving again. Perhaps this is a “for now” home that you would like to move on from eventually. Whatever the answer is for you, it is important to take into consideration the impact the renovation will have on the resale value of your home and how important that is to you.
A reputable design firm like AMR | Design would never create a design that would bring down the value in any home – they’re in the business of increasing your real estate investment! But having a clear idea of where you land on the resale debate is essential moving forward so informed and practical suggestions can be made to find the right design for you and your home.
How sustainable are your renovation choices? The designers at AMR | Design always encourage their clients to “do it once and do it right” when it comes to renovating their homes, and not end up with designing patchwork homes that will need to be torn up in a matter of years. This isn’t good for your investment (or sanity) or the environment.
AMR | Design always suggests that clients take on a whole-home approach and have their professional team design the entire space to the homeowner’s liking. From there, they can then determine how to split up the scope of work to fit your lifestyle and investment amount.
Want to know more? Contact AMR | Design for your complimentary Discovery Call.