Top 3 Reno Project Challenges - How A Designer Can Help

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You might think that it would be budget or money.

Nope.

Think again.

According to studies conducted by Houzz, most struggle with nonbudget issues.

Here are the top 3 most common challenges that homeowners face when working on a renovation:

1. Finding Products, Materials and Accessories

This is the biggest challenge of them all. It might be due to budget or geographic constraints, but, many simply don't know where to start.

Some will scour the Internet on their own. A large number have either already tried to source on their products — and failed — or, some found some pieces they like - but have no clue how to incorporate them into a cohesive space.

How can a designer help? Create mood or concept boards, floor plans and renderings showing you how the items you love will fit. Maybe they merge with existing pieces.

Designers may add a few new items you've never thought of, making the concept look fantastic. Which makes it easy to say yes and sign on the dotted line.

It can be as simple as comparing different products side by side and deciding which you prefer.

2. Defining Your Design style

Styles evolve and change. Both personally and within the industry.

For those who prefer sticking to trends, there can be a fear of commitment lest something should change or lose favor after the purchase. Some do not like being placed into a box that says, "This is my style." Help yourself along by scrolling through Houzz or Pinterest to gather ideas of what you like. This will save you time and headaches.

You may struggle to say what your style is. A "Discovery Questionaire" can help you discover what bothers you about your space and more importantly what it that you 'want' in your ideal space.

Renderings of the proposed space make it easier to visualize and make decisions. There is a cost, but the investment is worth the money you will save from making a poor selection.

3. Making Design Decisions With A Spouse

Finding common ground might just be the trickiest of the three — some of us can be strong in our opinions and unwilling to compromise.

Given the investment that you are making in your home, you want to love the results and feel comfortable, so it does merit consideration. Designers can act as aneutral third-party and, hopefully, a trusted advisor, so are prepared to step in to handle potentially explosive situations.

By the decision-making stage, a designer should have a good grasp of what you like and how you need things to function. While one partner might love and need that exotic hardwood floor, a designer can explain that your beloved 100-pound dog's nails would quickly mar the finish and suggest a better alternative. Product knowledge can make all the difference when making decisions.

A designer can ease your mind about each of these areas. You'll be that much closer to a successful project with a happy ending.

And, realizing your dream home.