Whether you're planning a full-scale renovation or an easy room refresh, it's time to get organized for your home projects this year. We're here to provide thoughtful expertise as you transform your space. Find products rooted in timeless design for your next project and see our tips below for how to prioritize everything on your list.
First, take a look at your list of projects for the year and start to gather information to answer these three key questions:
- What's the overall budget (and contingency)?
- How much time will this take to complete?
- Which room or space in the home is this for?
The first two will vary depending on if you're hiring professionals or doing some updates yourself. Start thinking about the details of each project to get a better sense of how much help you'll need.
Consider all the updates you want to do in each space
Once you've done your first renovation project, you know that every project takes on a snowball effect until suddenly you're updating the entire house. A solid understanding of the amount of time and budget you have will help you keep this in check. Planning on swapping out your kitchen cabinet hardware? Maybe it's also the time to refinish and paint the cabinets in your color of choice. If you're going for a different hardware type, like a pull instead of a knob, this will become a necessary step since it will involve drilling new holes.
Thinking about updating your bathroom faucet? Keep in mind whether the style you like will require a new vanity and countertop setup. When you organize your tasks together by space, it will give you a better vision of your end result and the work required to get there. Then, consider noting which projects require professional installation and what you're taking on yourself (always allot more time for that than you expect!).
Think about the best time of year for each project
Whether you're painting the entire house or installing new lighting throughout, certain times of the year are best for specific projects. For example, painting the walls or refinishing wood floors is best when there's less rain and humidity in the air, which can cause paint and floor varnish to take much longer to dry. Plus, if it's not freezing outside, opening the windows and doors to let in the fresh air is always ideal.
For kitchen updates and renovations, consider any big parties or gatherings you might be hosting over the next year. Whether it's a summer barbecue or holiday event, plan your project schedule accordingly (and leave plenty of a buffer for post-project cleaning and organizing). Installing lighting is a great option for any time of the year, however it's often a must-do for outdoor lighting in the fall months, when it starts to get darker earlier.
Plan big renovations around your vacation schedule
Budget permitting, it's usually best to plan larger renovations to key spaces while you're out of town or can stay elsewhere for a couple weeks. Kitchen and bath renovations often mean you'll be without a place to cook or shower for a while, plus most projects kick up a lot of dust and debris in the air.
Organize your production and ordering timeline
Once you've prioritized your projects for the year, it's important to consider the time it may take to receive the key pieces. Many handcrafted products require longer lead times, so keep that in mind when planning your projects for the year.
Custom sofas and sectionals can take up to 12 weeks. Our custom lighting is made to order and shipped to your door within 2-5 weeks, plus we also offer many ready-to-ship lighting and hardware options. Knowing what you want and the lead time for delivery allows you to plan related projects accordingly, like if you're refinishing the wood floors before your sofa arrives or you're waiting for the new light to come before purchasing matching hardware.
Consult a design professional for an easy home update
Our Design Crew will help you choose the perfect lights, hardware, and furniture for any room in your home. With experts across all our brands, we’ll help you design and customize for your next refresh or renovation project. Set up an appointment today!
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