Every project should begin with a set of priorities that are clearly understood and shared with everyone involved in the project. Begin by clarifying what you are trying to accomplish by remodeling. Are you trying to:

  • Provide additional living space?
  • Increase the value of your home before placing it on the market?
  • Keep up with the needs of a growing family?
  • Make all or part of your home more accessible to people with special needs (the elderly or disabled)?
  • Move your office into your home?

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Whatever needs you are trying to meet or other goals you are trying to accomplish should be clearly understood and you should be prepared to explain those needs to an architect, home designer, contractor, or others. It is quite possible to discover that you are actually trying to accomplish multiple goals. In this case, you will want to set priorities among your goals. What are the most important things you are trying to accomplish? Then consider your plan or design, and set priorities for elements of the design. For example, your goal may be to create additional space for another child in the family. But you might also be looking ahead to a place for your parents in the future. The most important priorities might be:

    (1) an area that is large enough for both uses
    (2) to provide lots of sunlight in the room
    (3) to have easy access to a bathroom, and
    (4) to control the temperature in the room with a separate thermostat.

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