I would like to renovate my home, where the best place to start?


I took a recent trip to IKEA. I love the look. Simple and modern. I’ve always wanted to do something to my home. But I’m unsure as to where to start.

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  • Eileen Eileen on Jul 08, 2018

    I would start with the area of the home that I liked the least or was the least functional. Keep in mind kitchen renovations are tough - if you replace the countertops or do major work, you are usually without the kitchen sink for a few weeks. Good luck!

  • Sit down and make a plan of what you wish to change or update. Then set a realistic budget for each area. Have a time line, or goal date. Choose one area and renovate from start to finish. I suggest starting with a bathroom to get your feet wet and see how well your family tolerates the renovation process before moving up to bigger projects.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 08, 2018
    Hi Cindy! I agree about a room at a time but, also think of how it will all work together. I suggest if you are going to paint the walls, which is a quick update, pick your color palette for the entire house, such as grays, sage green, etc. Look at your moldings and see what needs refreshing or updating. Molding can make a huge difference to the feel of a room and is an inexpensive update, like paint is. Think about the look you want, the feel. Measure each room, so that the pieces you are interested in will work in that space. Keeping plumbing and electrical, as well as walls where they are help keep costs down. Kitchens and bathrooms are huge, expensive projects, and require financial and physical stress. Plan, dream, plan some more. Research the materials, get samples. Things can look different when you include the natural lighting and size of the room. I drove myself crazy, picking a new color for a bathroom (there were multiple colors on the wall, trying out samples), until one day I was at my daughter's house and I realized how peaceful I felt, sitting in any room in her house. It's the day I realized how shades of gray affect me. After struggling with the color for months, by paying attention to how I felt that one day, by that weekend I had the color scheme I really wanted and a room that still makes me glad for the choices I made with it, years later. The only thing I've changed since then was the curtains on the window and the shower curtain. Pay attention to what you like, and how colors make you feel and you will love it!
  • 27524803 27524803 on Jul 08, 2018
    Make a plan... and start a separate story board or binder for the kitchen, each bathroom, living room and bed rooms.... color samples, tile samples, flooring, etc.... this way you have a clear vision in mind and everything works together.... Decide which rooms have priority and work ONE room at a time... your home still needs to function during the renovation
    Note: I have an IKEA kitchen... we put drawers in all of the lower cabinets... big 36 inch ones... except in the corners of the U (pull out units) and under the sink..... I LOVE IT !
  • Brenda Brandt Deason Brenda Brandt Deason on Jul 08, 2018
    I have an 82-year-old fixer-upper. Since I don’t have much money for projects, it‘s been ongoing for ten years with no end in sight. I started in the bathroom with paint and a new toilet seat. Those were so awful I couldn’t relax in there. Yard sale finds inspire furniture projects as I find them. You can really start anywhere, just start. Make three lists. The first one is things you really need/want to do and are in budget. The second list is things you can’t afford and/or need to hire someone to do. The third list is what you would do if your money tree decides to bear fruit. You can get started on the first list while saving up for the second one. You could prioritize the lists, or just pick something each time your time and money allow you to do the next thing. Be patient with the process. It’s not like on HGTV where it’s all done in an hour.
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