Maybe more like a monsoon? I think spring makes us all want to breathe (or blast) a little new life into our surroundings - clean out the cobwebs, take a fresh-eyed inventory, re-arrange, and perhaps even entirely rework a room or two. As an interior design firm, it isn't a coincidence that we always experience a spring-time rush of new clients, all of whom are seeking renewed inspiration in their environments. Sure, it might get a bit busy for us here at BLD but it's also our favorite time of the year! How can we resist the magic deluge of sparkling perspectives, which always make for a nice little pick-me-up for anything that was feeling stale and uninspired?
With spring (and its change-driven energy) in the air, we thought we'd compile some notes to help you answer the question: do I just need to do a little revamping and restyling or is it finally time to jump into a full remodel? Of course the decision is a unique one for everyone and every home, but here are some thoughts for anyone torn between superficial, cosmetic updates and something a bit more extensive...
Are you and your space candidates for construction?
First thing first: it's generally advantageous if you've lived in your home for at least a couple of months before approaching a project involving construction. If you've just purchased a new place, there are so many things that will pass by unnoticed the first year until you wake up one morning and think that the house has maybe up and rearranged itself while you were sleeping (unless you’ve already enlisted professional help, of course!). Living with a space for a few months allows the time to take stock of the good, the bad, and the ugly. You might fall in love with the more traditional, closed floor plan that you thought you hated or you might decide against your better judgement that you absolutely must have more closet space.
You're planning to stay in the house for the foreseeable future. Remodeling for resale and remodeling your dream house are two very different things, my friends. Only one is done with fresh fervor!
You have defined goals and a clear(ish?) budget. Clarity on what you need functionally, what you want stylistically, and what your wallet can feasibly part with are...important to say the least. Think through what absolutely must be modified now (like you are definitely going to die if you have to look at that horrid granite countertop again, right?) and what can wait for another day and another dollar.
You've sat with your inspiration folder for a few months and are still in love with what you fell for originally. There are the trends we are attracted to in the moment and then there are all of the separate elements that become our forever home. Building that trust and confidence in the things you love before they become the things you have is so key to creating a finished space that feels cohesive and very much you at the same time.
You are coming up on a period of time where you can be displaced for several weeks (or months - let's be real).
You are feelin' flexible, fluid, and collaborative. Construction means pivoting in the face of the unexpected, and the more zen-like you can approach the whole creative process the better.