You’ve made the decision to remodel your home. The budget range and project scope have been set. You’ve even preemptively told your sister-in-law she’ll need to host Christmas (All right, that was before you knew you were going to remodel). Now what?

Following these tips will turn your vision (or lack of vision) into a ravishing remodel:

Setting the style scene


Many homeowners know exactly where their preferences fall on the style spectrum. Others have no idea. As a first step, it’s wise to determine how to articulate your personal style before moving forward with any steps of the remodel.

Flipping through magazines, home design blogs and becoming aware of how you feel in other people’s homes should help you determine your style.

Developing a mood board, even if you think you know what you want for a space, can help you visualize your design style. A mood board will ensure that others (professionals or family members) see eye-to-eye with you on your vision. Gather items on your mood board such as colors, patterns and images that make you feel good. You (and a designer) can make sense and draw meaning from it later.


There are resources online for developing these boards. Pinterest, a tool that allows users to “pin” their favorite items, is growing in popularity, and KraftMaid Cabinetry has a tool on its website that allows visitors to collect their inspirations in one place.

Dreams turned into design

Now that you’re in tune with your style, it’s time to get moving. The remodeling process is overwhelming. Some brave souls attempt to tackle it on their own, and it can end up being a full-time job — a time commitment most homeowners simply can’t afford.

Designers are a great resource. “One of the biggest advantages working with a designer on a home project is they really understand functionality, while accomplishing your desired style,” said Sarah Reep, director of designer relations and education at KraftMaid Cabinetry.


Working with professionals doesn’t have to break the bank and can actually save you time, money and your sanity. Make sure they are fully qualified for the task. For example, National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) members are designers who specialize in kitchens and bathrooms. Visit to find a NKBA professional in your area.

At the end of the day, you’ll be thankful for the time spent during the dreaming and designing process.