It’s a natural enough phenomenon. You see pictures of perfectly staged houses on Pinterest or in magazines, and you start to picture your own home looking the same way. A freshly remodeled and staged home can be beautiful and can really influence people who aren’t necessarily satisfied with their current space.
Unfortunately for many homeowners, simply remodeling for the sake of remodeling doesn’t really accomplish much. Sure, your new home will be beautiful, but after you’ve lived in it for a little while, it will lose some of its shine, which may leave you feeling just as frustrated and unhappy with space as you were the first time. Not to mention the fact that trends and fads do change over the years, so merely remodeling a space to match what’s current won’t help in the long run when everyone decides that white cabinets are out, and ebony is in.
Therefore, it helps to do some serious soul-searching and determine exactly why you want to remodel your home. Likely if you are searching Pinterest for remodeling ideas, it’s because you have a deep-seated desire to change something about your space. But if you don’t figure out exactly what that is, then all the remodeling in the world won’t help you.
On the other hand, if you really examine your needs for space, you’ll find that your remodel can solve a lot of issues that go far beyond anything cosmetic. For example, if you love to cook, but your kitchen doesn’t have enough counter space or a big enough oven or sink, then just replacing your existing cabinets and counters with new ones in a new color, but the same configuration won’t help you. But, expanding your kitchen, changing the layout, adding an island with a marble top for rolling dough, investing in a double oven, and switching to an oversized sink with a gantry faucet will dramatically improve your use of the space, while also enhancing its aesthetics at the same time.
Getting to the Root of the Issue
To help get you to the root of why you want to remodel your home, ask yourself the following questions. Be honest with yourself; the end result of this remodel should be to enhance not only your living space but also your life.
- How do you feel about your current space?
- What's missing with the current space?
- Is space currently easy to use?
- Is there enough storage space for your needs?
- Are the counters and sinks in the bathroom and kitchen at the correct height for you to use without stooping or stretching?
- Do you have enough room in the kitchen, bathroom, or shower to use the space comfortably?
- Do you have enough light to feel comfortable and to complete your tasks there?
- Do you have enough space to entertain others the way you like to do?
- Are you able to fit in adequate seating for every member of the family and frequent guests in the kitchen, dining room, or living areas?
- How important are easy to clean and care for materials to you?
- Is space currently easy to keep clean?
- How likely are you to use specialty cleaning products or materials to maintain new surfaces?
- Do you have kids or pets who will impact the space? If so, how?
- Do you have a disability or special needs that you would like your new space to accommodate? If so, then what kind of accommodations would make the most sense for you?
- How long will you be staying in the home after you remodel? If less than 5 years, are you remodeling for resale?
- How do you want to feel with your new and improved space?
You will notice that style isn’t listed here. That’s because the style or finishes that you choose should come after you meet your needs for space. In fact, you may find that once you answer these questions honestly that it helps you make better decisions about the materials you choose. For example, if you want easy to clean finishes that are highly durable because of kids and dogs, you would rule out marble floors, and oil rubbed bronze hardware, choosing something more durable like porcelain and chrome.
Spend some time really considering your space before you remodel. Then, speak to your Pro about your needs for space. He or she will likely be able to better guide you now to the perfect home remodel for your needs. You may still end up with the picture-perfect kitchen, bath, or living room, but you’ll also find that you’ll be much happier with the end results.