A Window of Opportunity from Hunter Douglas
1. Research & Visualize
Visualize how you want your new room to look. If it’s a kitchen, where will the appliances go? If it’s a living room, will there be a newly placed picture window? Find inspiration in magazines or online using houzz.com or Hunter Douglas product photography at HunterDouglas.com.
Decide how much you are willing to spend on your remodel. Figuring out rough estimates can help you get an idea of how much you will have to spend. If you are borrowing, you must find out how much the bank will loan. Major upgrades, such as a bathroom remodel or a family-room addition, can run about $100 to $200 per square foot. Ask around to contractors for general quotes to get an even better idea on what your costs will be.
Hire a Contractor that can devise a plan for your remodel based on your design that is within your budget. Make sure this is someone you trust. You can rely on him/her to hire subcontractors for the labor that will be required. It is a good idea, but not necessary, to hire an architect as well. If it is within your budget, an architect can translate your vision and create a realistic floor plan.
When implementing your plan, stay a part of the development from start to finish. Even when hiring others to perform the labor, pay attention to detail. Make sure things are not only going according to plan, but that you are happy with it. In addition, be kind and respectful to your remodelers and they will do the same. Especially if you are living in your home throughout the process, remember that everyone who enters is your guest. You’re all in it together!
When it comes time to decorate your new space, it is one option to hire an interior designer to come up with an exciting way to make the room beautiful. However, there are ways to design your room on your own. When decorating, be sure to:
• Consider the function of the room when piecing it together
• Match furniture to the overall scale of the space
• Create a theme and vibe for the feeling of the room
• Design a creative color pallet and follow it through out
• Make your room unique with interesting pieces
• To stick to your budget, try fun DIY projects
• Utilize light to create aesthetic warmth and color
• Don’t forget the window coverings!
For decorating ideas, check out the Hunter Douglas Pinterest.