How To Prepare To Make Your Remodeling Selections

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Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to remodel your home and bring your dream space to life. One of the early steps during the design phase of your remodel will be making your selections.  Many clients find this to be a very fun and exciting part of the journey, and we do too! The selections are all the materials, fixtures, finishes, appliances, and paint colors that will be used to craft your remodel. These are the details that put your unique thumbprint on the space and create your signature style.

Together, with our design team, you will explore the look and feel that you want for your new spaces, working with you every step of the way to provide suggestions and guidance on the choices that lend themselves best to both your functional and aesthetic preferences.  As we consider the options, you will begin to visualize your new space coming to life. Once your selections are complete, we transform your design sketches into 3D readings that give you a virtual view of your home including those selections! 

Before your design meetings begin, you can get a jump-start on discovering your preferences by doing a little brainstorming on your own.  These activities can be lots of fun and completing them will make you feel very prepared and excited to start making your selections.  

Find your inspiration. 

There are many places to go to find inspiration and we encourage you to check out as many as you wish. 

Our first suggestion is to look online at sites like HouzzPinterest, and Instagram.  All three allow you to save your favorite photos; on Houzz you create an Idea book, on Pinterest a Board, and on Instagram you simply click on a heart icon to save a photo you like.  You can also visit Transformations on our website for ideas.  Simply show these to our design team to get things off to a great start. 

Another option is to pick up home and decorating magazines and tear out or earmark pages that inspire you. You can even use a post-it to note what it is about the particular room that you love.  That way, specific selections can be highlighted when working with our design team.

Lastly, we encourage you to find inspiration in your travels and every day life. Perhaps you have a beloved vacation spot where you stayed in an amazing hotel or Airbnb and absolutely fell in love with the bathroom, a tile floor, or light fixture.  Extend that idea to a favorite local restaurant, retail store, or coffee house.  Inspiration can be found all around us! Snap a photo or two or bookmark their website to show to our team.  

Make a Wish List or Must Have List

Many of our clients go into their design meetings with ideas about specific selections that they want to include.  This can be anything from hardwood flooring to a double vanity sink.  Compile a list of your own and identify if they are functional or style (or both) necessities.  

Email your list to our design team. They will discuss each item with you, including the care and maintenance required and the pros and cons of specific material. In some cases, we may have other suggestions that you haven’t even considered and may like even better, so keep an open mind.  We often work with clients who decide to splurge on a must-have material or fixture and balance things out with a more budget-friendly option in another area.  The end goal is to collaborate and find the best options that will bring your vision to life.  

We look forward to working with you on making your selections and creating your dream home. As your remodeling journey continues, the next step will be unveiling your design and selections when we transform your plans into 3D renderings

Prepare For Your Remodel With These Five Steps

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The journey to creating your dream home is an exciting and liberating experience! From design consultations and material selections, to the unveiling of your 3D renderings and the start of construction, the process of seeing your dream project come to life is unforgettable. But before your project crew shows up, you will want to spend some time getting your home and family ready for a smooth transition.

HERE ARE FIVE STEPS TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR REMODEL:

1.     Clean out all rooms and hallways that are being remodeled. Remove furniture, artwork from walls, and any other belongings. We recommend removing items hanging on walls in common traffic areas and walls adjacent to those involved in your remodel project as well. Store these items in an unaffected area of your home or in a storage unit temporarily.

2.     Designate alternate areas for family activities. Identify new locations for activities that typically take place in the room(s) you are remodeling. This will minimize the disruption to your daily routine. Relocate any necessities to the new temporary spaces, such as computers, televisions, homework tables, etc.

3.    Clear your driveway and make room in your garage for deliveries. Remove stationary items from your driveway such as basketball nets, trash receptacles, or storage containers. Ask your remodeler if access to your garage would be helpful for delivering and storing materials. They should be able to provide you with a schedule of deliveries.

4.    Prepare your pets. Pets tend to be more prone to disruption of their regular routine than people. That’s why it’s important to get your pets set up with a place for them to relax and eat that is away from any construction areas. Start this new routine a few days before the remodeling starts to allow them some time to adjust. Be sure to let the crew know how many pets you have and where they are within your home.

5.    Kitchen & Bath Prep. If you are remodeling a kitchen or bathroom we recommend the following:

a.    Pack cabinets one by one and label the contents of each box. This will make unpacking so much easier.

b.   Compile essentials and relocate them to your alternate eating space or bathroom.  

c.    Purchase disposable items such as plates, bowls, cups, plastic utensils, and paper towels.

d.   Move your refrigerator and microwave to the garage, basement or other appropriate spot where you can have easy access. Consider purchasing a hot plate.

e.    Prepare and freeze meals ahead of time. 

We hope that these tips will make the transition into construction easy for you and your family. At Benson Homes, we provide you with a detailed project schedule and have weekly on-site meetings to discuss your project’s progress. It’s our goal to make the remodeling process as stress-free as possible for you and your family!

Let The Light In! Before & After Kitchen Transformation

Everyone loves a great remodeling story, especially when it's told with before and after photos that show the changes that took place. In this coastal home remodel, Benson Homes had the pleasure of transforming a dark, closed off kitchen into a beautiful, light-filled open concept kitchen, dining, and living room space. Our design goal was to make the kitchen the heart of the home and to improve the overall function and flow of the main living areas.

Watch the transformation video!

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To begin, a large section of wall between the living room and kitchen was removed to open the floor plan and allow light to enter from the living room windows. There is now an unobstructed view and easy traffic flow in and out of all of the connected spaces.


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New, white raised panel cabinets reflect much more light into the space than the darker stained ones they replaced. Custom cabinet doors were built for the Wolf refrigerator, allowing it to blend into the layout and lend a lighter feel to the space.


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This gas stove saves on cook time and the new hood vent is a design focal point. The white on white color palette creates an airy and spacious feel, and couldn't be further from the dark cabinets and walls that previously closed in the space.


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The new, uninterrupted view from the kitchen island.


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Lastly, a hallway shortcut was filled in to make room for a new wine bar just off of the kitchen.


The new kitchen space has set the tone for the first floor of the house and the open floor plan better accommodates the living patterns of the family. It feels and functions like a completely new home!

If your coastal home doesn't suite your current lifestyle, send us a note or give us a call and let's discuss how we can help you fall in love with your home again.