Planning a Project? Yes, there are apps for that as well as other online resources to make the process easier—and fun! It’s beneficial to have preliminary information prepared before you talk to a contractor.
For example, let’s say that you want your kitchen remodeled. Does your kitchen need updating or are there issues with the room’s layout? Will the room be used strictly for cooking or do you envision an open concept that includes dining and casual living areas? Other features that you may need to select include:
- Cabinetry ~ Style and Finish
- Decorative Hardware
- Countertop Material
- Appliances, Ventilation
- Sink, Faucet, Backsplash
- Lighting ~ Task, Ambient, Natural
- Flooring Material
Where do you begin? What are the pros and cons of various materials available? Popham can help you navigate through the dizzying array of information. On our website under Remodeling Resources, we’ve compiled concise information on a variety of topics. These resources will save you time and assist you in making informed decisions when selecting components like cabinets or faucets.
If you need help visualizing ideas, collecting photos will help bring your preferences into focus. Do you lean toward modern, classic, traditional, cottage, eclectic or another style? Find and collect photos that depict styles and features that interest you. The largest database of home design ideas on the internet is houzz.com. The Houzz app is available for Apple and Android devices. Don’t feel overwhelmed by their huge photo catalog—use subcategories to narrow your search. Begin by selecting a room, like a kitchen. Then select a style, budget, room size, etc. You can also type in specific search requests such as “kitchen counter materials” to further refine your hunt. Save favorite photos in your Houzz ideabook.
Pinterest is another amazing site that provides visual inspiration. Discover and collect creative ideas and “pin” them on your Pinterest boards (albums). The Pinterest app is also available for Apple and Android devices.
To help you figure out how much space you have to work with, Photo Measures is an app available for Apple and Android. It allows you to take photos and add measurements to them, which is essential for planning and handy for shopping. You can also edit measurements, add comments, and sort your photos.
Visualize furniture, decor, and paint colors with Homestyler Interior Design. The app is available in Apple and Android. Start by taking a photo of a room. Upload it, and then drop in furnishings from a catalog of actual items continually updated. Repaint walls with swipes of your finger. Many paint brands such as Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore offer paint color apps that are helpful tools. Keep in mind, though, that light emitted from a device’s screen and the actual reflected light of a painted wall will not be an exact match.
After you’ve collected ideas for your dream project, make a list of needs and desires and prioritize them. Why? To see what components will be “budget-friendly” (isn’t that an oxymoron?!)
It’s such an annoying word! However, having a budget and priorities in place will make the process easier in the long run. Most homeowners aren’t familiar with remodeling costs since there are many variables unique to anyone’s remodeling project. But having a ballpark budget is a good starting point. A helpful guideline of average prices in our area of the United States is available here: 2016 Remodeling Cost vs. Value East North Central Region
Plans in Place!
As you use technology to research photos and information, remember that this is your preliminary plan, your starting point. From here, you’re prepared to consult with a real person—a contractor—to discuss your project. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed about making final decisions, your contractor can work with you and a professional design specialist. Brainstorming ideas and solutions with experienced people in the remodeling profession will help you bring your dreams into reality. Make Plans with Popham!
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