Home Remodel: Where to Begin?


Planning a home remodel can prove a daunting task, whether you plan on remodeling your entire home or just a few rooms and features. You probably have a plethora of ideas in mind, but it can be easy to become overwhelmed by them all. Here are some tips to help you get the remodel process started and how to execute your plans to achieve the home remodeling results you envision.

Home Remodel Tips

  • Take a methodical approach – Begin by deciding the extent of your remodel and plan accordingly, on a room by room basis (including interior and exterior features). Hallways typically need more thought and work than expected, so start with the main hallway and naturally follow into the next adjoining room – it will help organize your ideas and put things in a streamlined perspective.
  • Set a firm, yet flexible budget – A lot of remodelers get hung up on sticking to a firm budget. Sticking to a firm budget allows you to stay within your financial means, but additional features and needs may pop up during the remodel process that you didn’t know you needed during the initial planning phase. Set a firm budget, but also create a buffer budget of how much more you’re willing to spend on features that a space absolutely needs. Prioritize functionality before appearance, as fixing an unsightly or bare spot can be easily remedied with more affordable alternatives.
  • Optimize storage areas – Adding more storage space is a common goal for many remodelers. When planning to add more storage in a space, keep in mind the room’s intended use. Knowing how you want to use the space will help you pick the appropriate style and functionality, whether it’s a mud room, linen closet or even the garage. When shopping styles, try to stick with the genre with which the room is associated. Other styles may seem appealing for a particular space, but it may not be best for functionality, which should take precedence over appearance if you want to get the most out of your remodel project.
  • Prioritize the essentials – Fixtures that need updating, such as plumbing, insulation, electrical, HVAC and more should be the focus of any remodel. While a beautiful living room may be a goal of yours, a remodel should be concentrated on improving your quality of life, such as making energy-efficiency upgrades to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer while lowering your energy bills, or sealing cracks in walls to repel pests like ants and other insects. Investing in your home’s overall health not only leads to a better quality of life but can also save you money on monthly utility costs and improve its resale value immensely.

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Design Management Group is New Orleans and Old Metairie’s leading design and build construction firm specializing in residential new constructions, renovations and commercial construction. Our commitment to quality craftsmanship and transparent communication creates a trusted and valued partnership with our clients.

Our in-house design team creates blueprints, as well as three-dimensional renderings of your project. This ensures you have a clear, accurate picture of what the project will look like per your budget, so you know exactly what to expect.

Contact Design Management Group to get your remodel started and completed to your specifications and budget.