Step 5: Create a Plan
With the arrival of the new year well underway, Step 5 could not have come at a better time. It is time to CREATE A PLAN!
Let’s start by recapping the steps so far for turning your project into a reality.
Step 1: GET FED UP (Give yourself permission to be dissatisfied)
Step 2: DREAM BIG (Dream about your new space)
Step 3: CLEARING (Organize & minimize your stuff)
Step 4: SHARE YOUR VISION (Talk about it as if it’s a reality)
Do you see a theme here with each Step? Do you notice how the first 4 Steps require a shift in mindset, not a call to a contractor? I am a huge believer in getting your mind on board with change first before you dive in. This will help you to be in touch with what you want and motivate you to get there. It will mentally prepare and fortify your spirit to keep going when it’s time to get knee deep in all the details and hiccups that come with a remodel.
Now that you have Shared Your Vision (step 4). It’s time to gain some traction on your newfound clarity and CREATE A PLAN. The plan will become an essential part of your project. It will be a tool for getting estimates from contractor as well as a form of graphic communication when it comes time to begin work. In fact, most contractors require drawings before they provide you with a bid.
If you don’t know where to start or need some guidance on how the process works, here’s what it typically looks like.
The space is measured and information is gathered, which includes photographs of the current space, example of things you like, pictures of furniture or appliances that are staying, etc.
An “as built” floor plan is created so we know our starting parameters in order to create our new plan.
Design the preliminary plan based on goals set during consultation. This includes pictures, examples of product, finishes, paint, preliminary drawings and 3D computer renderings.
Meet to go over preliminary design, as well as clarify and note changes and details that need to be worked out.
There could be showroom visits depending on the project, it normally happens at this point.
Based on our meeting(s) we finalize the design by updating drawings and specifications.
Having a plan will give you a roadmap to making your remodel a reality. It will give you an immediate reference point to your vision as well as provide valuable information for contractors to understand and accurately bid your project.
If you want support in creating a plan, contact me…I would love to work with you. I even rebate the consultation fee if you move forward with the design within 30 days.
Stay tuned next week, when I will be revealing the last step to my 6 part blog series: Turn Your Project into a Reality.
Till then, take the step to create a plan!