Before and After

Successful Home Renovations

When I am presented with a new renovation project (whether it is a full home or just one space) I like to first take a step back and think through several key steps in the planning / design process. Each and every client has different priorities and end goals, so the most important part of this process is taking the time to go through each space and determine a few key factors: what needs to be done, budget, desired end goal for the space – functionality versus design.

Prep Work – Create your desired wish list, then make your budget – what are your “must haves” versus your “dreams”? When making this list, consider what will make the most impact and increase functionality of the overall project. Working alongside a designer/contractor will streamline the process and help you avoid pitfalls along the way.


Style and Color Palette – After you’ve created your renovation “to do” list, the next part is design planning. What key colors and patterns do you want to implement throughout? Think about colors/patterns that you’ll be happy with for years to come.

Realistic Timeframe / Expectations – Always expect the project to take longer than it should. With potential backorders or mistakes along the way, you never know what to expect. It’s always important to expect the worse – at times your home will be in a complete state of chaos – but the end result is worth it!

Don’t forget to check in along the way to make sure all the details are being met throughout the process because sometimes changes occur for the better along the way!

It’s all in the details! This is not a place to skimp – it’s the small details that bring in added character and excitement daily.


Take before, during and after pics. I know this can be “easier said than done”, but I can’t tell you how many times this is overlooked. It’s remarkable to go back and look at the before shot to see how far the process has come along!


For more insight on home renovations, check out my recent segment on WCNC Charlotte-Today.

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