As they say ‘ Heart is where the home is’- home remodeling didn’t only need putting my heart and mind in unison, but also shedding lots of sweat, blood and money. But I learnt it in the hard way that, as like the feeling of motherly love, the anxiety and sufferings related to home remodeling are also universal. So from my personal home remodeling experience, I can share that much with you that, if you ‘absolutely’ have to go through home remodeling, then there is no point in wallowing in the anticipation of hazards. Chin up and face the demon head-on as I did. But be sure to prepare a blue-plan (like any corporate project of your office) so that you seldom feel that you are thrown into unknown water while remodeling your home.
Two mantras that sailed me through the rough waters of home remodeling
• Don’t stick out like a sore thumb
Like many of you, I also take pride in my refined artistic taste and nurtured out-of-the-box remodeling ideas till practicality hit hard on my head. I learnt that unless you are building a house on a lone island or in the midst of a desert, you should take into account the neighborhood. The necessity of blending, in terms of finishing materials and designs is mandatory. Of course my home has personal touches all along, but I calculated after much deliberation the resale value of my house in respect to location.
• Timeless design is always here to stay
A home remodeling is like doing a make-up. Balance is the trick as over-doing will only make a face (here a home) unreal. Art Deco or Modernist-Whatever is your style, it’s good to remember that a) your house is not the sole playfield to show-off your creative pursuits. B) What is trendy today is going to be dated tomorrow. I stuck to timeless design since beginning and now pat my back (invisibly) for the decision often.
Two mistakes I avoided narrowly
• Going without a floor-plan
Though it seemed stinking pricey before, but better sense prevailed and I took help of experts like an architect, interior designer and a builder for home remodeling. Going without a floor-plan certainly fulfills the need of serviceable space and saves cost, but to make your home a desired property and brining on the aesthetic taste, you need few more hands to join in.
• Allowing procrastination
The more you procrastinate, the more the price of remodeling shoots up. It hardly happens that a person successfully manages to get the home done within pre-set budget. I set my budget with lot of strictures but still had to stretch it a little bit by invading my emergency fund. But one shouldn’t exceed it more than 10% and only a well lay out plan way before remodeling, can make it happen.
Be prepared to expect some bumps in the road of home remodeling. But also, don’t hesitate to hire the best talents to do your job, as; a well-modeled home is an important investment for your future.