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Update: Deciding you want to remodel your house is the easy part of the process – you then have to figure out exactly what you want from the project! Fortunately there is plenty of material out there to help you, and with the wealth of online resources now available, you’ll find that you can browse the web for inspiration wherever you are. From design ideas to remodeling advice and money saving tips, it’s easier than ever to find answers to your questions.

The first step in planning any remodeling project in your home is to gather up some good house remodeling ideas that fit the overall architectural style of your home, your lifestyle, and your taste. There are many sources of great house remodeling ideas, and some are often overlooked by homeowners. Here are some ideas of where you can find house remodeling ideas to help you plan your project.

1. Books.

Whether you use the library or you go to a bookstore, there are lots of books available that can really help you with your remodeling design. Books on architecture and architectural design will help you understand the main characteristics of each style of home so you don’t confuse styles or mix the wrong elements of the design. You might pick up a book on Federalist homes. By reading it, you will learn about the things that define that style, such as squares and straight lines with clear sharp corners. This will tell you that putting a gothic arch somewhere inside the house will not look good.

You can also find lots of how-to books in both libraries and bookstores, as well as in home improvement stores. These will have lots of pictures that show and explain how to do each step in a remodeling project and have it come out right.

You can also look at books about different kinds of houses (styles) to get an idea of how you want your floor plan to work, or of what materials will look good in your finished project. You can even get decorating ideas from these books.

Finally, you might want to read up on how to make your home more energy efficient. These books will explain the difference between different types of appliances, heating or cooling systems, and building materials. They might also explain new framing techniques that actually make houses more energy efficient.

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2. Magazines.

Magazines are also a great source of house remodeling ideas. There are lots of magazines published every month that show houses in particular parts of the country or of particular architectural styles. Many of these magazines will run occasional articles on the remodeling projects other people have done. Some of these articles even include complete plans.

Magazines are the perfect source of information about new fixtures and materials that are becoming available, as well as the latest design and decorating trends. Picking up a selection of magazines the next time you are in the grocery store or spending an afternoon in the library might give you all the information you need to plan your project.s even include complete plans.

3. Home Improvement Stores.

Home improvement stores are a great place to get house remodeling ideas — after all, this is what they are all about! Not only can you see and compare fixtures, appliances, materials, etc., you can also find out which models are most popular and most reliable. Don’t just look, ask questions.

Many home improvement stores also have room plans available either for you to use or for you to buy. You might save yourself a lot of time and trouble (and possibly cost) by looking at the designs they have available. Who knows, one might be exactly what you want!

4. The Internet.

As you know, the internet is a great source of all kinds of information on all kinds of subjects. There is a lot of information available on the internet about home improvement, home remodeling, home additions, and restoration. One or two good searches will probably turn up all the information you could possibly want — and more. You can find room and house plans, ideas, money-saving tips, and more. Two sites that provide a wealth of information are and 101 Ways to Save Money When by by Dan Fritschen 5. New Homes and Showcase Homes.

New homes are being built in most communities. Looking at new homes, model homes, showcase homes, etc. is a great way to see and get a feel for house remodeling ideas. You can see a layout and walk around to see how it actually works. You can see the advantages of doing things a certain way. You will certainly see the latest design trends and decorating ideas.

These five sources of house remodeling ideas will take you far as you plan your remodeling project and think about the design of your new living space. Whether it is a remodel, a renovation, an addition, or just a sprucing up, these sources of ideas will get your creative juices flowing.

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