How to Share Your Remodeling Ideas with Your Remodeling Contractor

July 15th 2013

How to Share Your Remodeling Ideas with Your Remodeling Contractor

As remodeling contractors, we’ve seen remodeling inspiration in the form of three-ring binders stuffed to the gills with torn out magazine spreads. We’ve navigated through pages and pages of Pinterest ideas pinned by our clients. We’ve led unsure homeowners through an almost guided meditation practice to create a visual of their new kitchen, bath or basement. We’ve flipped through Houzz folders, clicking here and there for pricing and availability.

The point is that remodeling inspiration comes from everywhere and it can come out of nowhere. Binders, digital folders, Pinterest… they are great ways to share your remodeling inspiration with your remodeling contractor. There isn’t a wrong or a right way. The point of remodeling is to create the room you’ve always wanted. These online and magazine photos give your remodeling contractor a visual of your ideas and help get you both on the same page.

That’s where it starts. Pictures of ideas. Our job as the remodeling contractor is to help you narrow choices down by understanding what you like and don’t like. You can start the process by filtering through your remodeling inspiration binders and files, organizing them by style. Organization is one of the hardest things about reviewing your ideas.

Take a look at your photos and pages. Are you more finding more examples of one style over another? Say farmhouse versus contemporary? Gather the farmhouse images together and choose cabinets, flooring, appliances, fixtures, countertops, etc. from those images, rather than choosing one feature from a contemporary kitchen and another from a farmhouse kitchen. Mixing styles won’t result in the look you really love in the end.

Make sure to include photos of things you don’t like. That also helps narrow down choices. And if you’re the type who doesn’t know what you want other than an updated look, what you don’t want becomes our starting point. When you work with an experienced remodeling contractor, he’s in a better position to get a feel for your likes and dislikes to help guide your choices.

Always communicate with your remodeling contractor by email. This eliminates any confusion as to what you want and asked for. Verbal communication can be misinterpreted. It’s a different story when it’s right there in black and white.

Whether you collect remodeling inspiration from magazines or websites, always keep your budget in mind. A budget has a way of keeping expectations realistic. And remember to rely on your remodeling contractor for advice. Having remodeled hundreds of homes, we know what works, what doesn’t, what offers better functionality and ways to rearrange your budget in order to get what you really want in the end