Now that you have set goals for your project, it's time to look for ways to accomplish what you want. This next part of renovation planning can be the most fun and exciting.
Developing a "Wish List" involves listing the specific features you would like to include in your renovation. You should also give some thought to the importance of each item. Is it something you absolutely need? Or is it something you would like to have, but not essential if your budget can't accommodate it?
This stage of planning is all about exploring design and product ideas and learning as much as you can about what is available. Get out and see what others have done, what new products are available and what type of "look" is right for your family and home. Here are some ideas:
- Visit family, friends or neighbours and find out what they really like about their home, particularly if they have renovated recently.
- Look for design and home improvement magazines at your local newsstand or library. Collect pictures of homes, rooms and products that appeal to you.
- Visit new home builders' showhomes to see the latest in design, construction and finishing of homes.
- Visit kitchen, bathroom and other retail showrooms. Talk with salespeople and pick up manufacturers' literature on the types and brands of products you like.
- In many communities, home shows are held during the year. Renovators, designers and product manufacturers take part in these shows. This provides an excellent opportunity to see what's new. Check with your Local Home Builders' Association for information about home shows.
- In some communities, local renovators will organize renovation open house tours to showcase recent renovation projects. Again, check with your Local Home Builders' Association for details.
- Some community colleges and night school programs include renovation planning courses for homeowners.
- And, of course, the Internet is a great source for home renovation information. Visit the websites of Canadian product manufacturers and suppliers, governments and financial institutions.
Keep the information you collect in a file or box for later reference. This material will be very useful in discussions with renovators and will give them a good idea of what you like and want.
* Download Worksheet "D" to write down your wish list and priority items.