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My Remodeling and Design process: Step one and two

Updated: Nov 9, 2018

I always follow the same steps when it comes to interior design process.

When you begin remodeling and design, follow my first two steps into the right design direction.

You purchased a new home. How exciting, and yes, also overwhelming! You decided to do a little renovation (or maybe a major overhaul). WOOHOO!!

Follow along with me for a guide on how to go about the design process, find out which part should be completed first, and how to go about starting and completing your remodeling project as efficiently and budget friendly as possible.

First things first! PICTURES!

Take photos! You definitely want to have some good before and after pics so you can brag about the incredible transformation once you are done.Most importantly - do not use realtor photos, or photos of the home you find online – those are not your pictures and you shouldn't use those. You can take quick, simple pictures with your phone. Once you complete your project they will be perfect to show the contrast of old vs. new.

Here is the gallery of the pictures I took on day one of our move:

Step two:

MEASURE every room you will furnish or remodel.Then measure again! This is super important. Measure every room, top to bottom. Look at baseboards and measure from them, as well as without – depending on the room you are working on. Sometimes that extra inch can throw off everything – especially in tight spaces, like bathrooms.

These are the things you should measure:

  • Ceiling height, window sill height, window width and height. Also take notes of how wide window and door casing is.

  • Door width and height, exact location in the room.

  • Any jog, recess in the wall, bump out, fireplace width, height, and hearth.

  • If there is a half (partial) wall in the room or bathroom, note it's height and location.

  • Location of all light fixtures, receptacles, and switches.

*When measuring space, always measure from different points in the room, don’t rely on one point only, as walls are rarely straight. This will be really important when measuring for kitchen cabinets.

I use a digital tape measure as well as regular tape measure. I like the digital tool for long walls, areas that are hard to measure, or even ceiling heights. It's very accurate!

Next step: Setting and determining budget.

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