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A great renovation doesn’t just happen on its own – it requires detailed planning combined with creative thought and fluid communication.

Although it may appear that not all projects require a plan or design, it surely doesn’t hurt to have one in place when taking on a new project.  Whether big or small, by having a plan, you are able to set goals and know once you have achieved those goals. Without a plan, you may never fully achieve those goals.

Not only does planning the overall design and general concept of your project help you reach your expectations, it allows everyone involved with the construction of your project to collaborate and work together in order to achieve the desired end result.

In addition to having a great plan for the design of your space, it is just as important to plan the right budget for your project. Having creative ideas is always wonderful but without a realistic budget, these are merely just creative dreams. It is best to work with your designer or contractor by providing them with your budget in order to allow them to advise what may or may not be possible with the budget that has been provided. If you are planning to renovate an older home, be prepared for unexpected costs and surprises. For this very reason, it is always best to have a little extra money in your piggy bank when taking on a new renovation. The good news is that the surprises are typically exposed during the demolition stage of interior renovation projects. During this stage, it is best to keep your fingers crossed and to hope for the best but to be prepared for the worst. In the best case scenario, you either keep some extra hard earned money in the bank or you have extra cash flow to do the additional upgrades you were originally hoping for when planning your renovation. If you plan for the potential unexpected issues, the worst case scenario is that you hopefully have the required money to solve the unexpected issues and you are able to move along with your project as planned.

While your project is being completed, make sure to communicate any questions or concerns with your designer and contractor. Having fluid communication with everyone involved can help avoid unwanted mistakes, miscommunication and results that don’t quite meet your expectations. Unfortunately, designers and contractors are not mind readers and will not know what you are thinking unless you share your thoughts.

Always remember, your designer and contractor wants your project to be just as much of a success as you do and wants to ensure that you are more than happy with their work. Being creative, planning for the ups and downs, communicating and working together will allow you to bring your dreams to life and to accomplish a great renovation.

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.” – Charles Eames