“To make your remodeling dreams come true, you first need to know what those dreams are. Some people are very specific with what they want right from the get-go… Others (the majority of people) enter the process with more questions than answers.”Kathi Fleck, Renovate, Repair… Relax!


Most likely, you are entering the home remodeling process with more questions than answers. That’s perfectly okay, because you are definitely not alone. There are so many options to choose from these days in terms of both function and style. When narrowing down all of the potential options, here are 5 ways to help you organize all of your potential choices.

Creating an Idea Folder

Idea folders are always a great place to begin the remodeling process. Whether it’s hardcopy or digital, it’s the ideal way to organize ideas and inspirations. There are many books and magazines available for every kind of remodeling imaginable. The Internet is an endless resource, as well. Keeping both hardcopy and digital idea folders isn’t a bad idea and having these handy helps to facilitate the early design and product selection processes. Figuring out what you don’t want and what you might want is a very important first step to take. Idea folders will help you keep a record of your research and provide a strong starting point with your future Design/Build contractor.

Look to Your Friends and Family

Other perspectives are always handy when it comes to just about anything. If you have a friend or family member that has recently remodeled their home, be sure to take a look at what worked and didn’t work for them. Not only can they be inspirational from a practical perspective, but they can also spark even more creativity for your own remodel.

Visit Model Homes

Model homes aren’t just something to look at if you’re in the market for a new home. They are a great resource for seeing the latest design and home decor trends in person. These are great places to take pictures of things you might like to incorporate into your home. Of course, depending on the home you’re touring, not everything that you see that you might like will fit into your home. But there may be features here and there that could work so be sure to file them away in your idea folders.

Prioritizing Your Ideas and Plans

Since no remodeling budget is realistically unlimited, prioritizing is extremely important. This is when the idea folders come extremely in handy. Being able to move what you really need to the top of the pile and the wants and desires progressively towards the bottom will help you better visualize the space that you will realistically end up with. The more thorough you are with prioritization, the more likely that you’ll be satisfied with the end result of a remodel.

Always Dream Big

Home remodeling is an exciting time, but it can be daunting at times. While you’re undertaking the process, be sure to keep a realistic outlook. Once you’ve collected all of what you’re looking for in your dream space, be sure to find a top-notch Design/Build remodeler that can continue the process of turning your remodeling dreams into reality.

For more on how to turn your home remodeling dreams into reality, be sure to check out Kathi Fleck’s new book,Renovate, Repair…Relax!