Here you are in your kitchen, bumping into each other, isolated from the living areas of your home. There’s not enough counter space. You need more storage. Parts of your house are dark. The bedrooms are small, and the bathrooms are definitely last-century.
You figure it’s time to move to a condo (or a brighter, roomier place somewhere). On the other hand, you might just want to stay put and make some changes. All you have to do is come up with a good design, a reputable contractor, and Bob’s your uncle.
Well, sort of. It’s a little more complicated than that. If you’re at this stage, it’s time to step back and look at your home through a wide lens. Architects and designers like to use the word “holistic”, because when you make changes in one area, they often impact another. It’s important to look at the whole rather than just a room or an area.
It’s also important to consider your own particular lifestyle and the way your family is growing or changing so everything works seamlessly.
Questions to ask yourself about your own needs and interests:
About finding a contractor:
Do some careful research and homework. Find a company with people who will listen to you and understand your needs. What’s their process, and will it fit you? Do they have experience with your type of project? Are they able to answer your questions to your satisfaction?
Make sure they’re proactive in identifying all the elements of your project so the thinking and planning will be from a holistic perspective.
And then: enjoy the light!