Everyone experiences architecture and design on a daily basis, but it can become intimidating when it’s time to remodel your own space. Below are a few tips from our designers and architects that will help you ensure your tastes are properly reflected in your next renovation.
The first step in communicating likes and dislikes for your home renovation is to collect imagery. Nowadays, you have more options than just sifting through magazines and ripping out the pages. Websites like Pinterest, Instagram, and Houzz provide easy ways to collect what you like online in a sharable format. Showing designers and architects your online collections will help them understand your tastes. Equally as important, is sharing your dislikes. Creating a collection of specific images, details, furnishings, and materials that you don’t like can also help to streamline the process and avoid awkward conversations.
Highlight Your Favorite Personal Items
If you are attached to a piece of art, furniture, or interior design item like a wallpaper or fabric, make it known to your designers or architects. When they know in advance, they can design spaces to specifically highlight or accommodate those objects. If you appreciate the aesthetic of something, even a piece of jewelry, your designer can use that as inspiration in your bedroom, bath, or other special space. Large furniture, in particular, needs to be accounted for so that the appropriate space for and around it is included in your design. Of course, art can become the beautiful center piece of a room, but it sometimes calls for additional structural support or lighting to be at its best. Letting your designers know about these items in advance, is a great way to bring your own personal style to your renovation.
Be Vocal and Stay Engaged
From experience, we know that many homeowners have a tendency to be reserved during the design process. Stay engaged, have an opinion, and don’t be afraid to speak up when discussing ideas with your designer. By being active in the process you will ensure that the renovation isn’t only a product of the designer or architect’s vision, but yours as well.
Be Open about Budget
Budget is often a difficult conversation for people. We’ve found that homeowners often have a “want to spend” amount and a “can spend” amount, and sometimes believe that understating their budget will be an advantage. If you are working with a good designer they will stick to your budget guidelines. By being forthcoming about your budget and open about your likes and dislikes, your designer should have all the tools necessary to piece together your dream renovation in a more streamlined manner.
A renovation should ultimately be a representation of your personal style and should improve the way that you and your family use and enjoy the new spaces. We hope that with these tips you can guide your designer and/or architect in the style direction you want. Please feel free to call us with any questions you may have on your future home design and renovation.
Tim Burch is a Vice President of BOWA, an award-winning design and construction firm specializing in luxury renovations ranging from master suites and kitchens to whole-house remodels. A Northern Virginia native, Tim focuses on clients in the Loudoun and Fauquier County areas providing them with his 25 years of expertise in the design build construction industry. A third generation builder and certified remodeler, Tim is the Construction Advisor for The Mosby Heritage Area Association and also sits on the Board of Building Appeals for Fauquier County. Prior to joining BOWA, he was the Lead Project Manager of Construction for the Emmy Award winning construction reality television show, Extreme Makeover Home Edition on ABC Television. For more information on Tim and the BOWA team, visit www.bowa.com or call 703-734-9050.