The importance of pre-planning
Does this ever happen to you? Do you ever think, "Oh I should've done this or that" when you are finished a project? You come up with your ideas after you see the final product.
This happens to me all the time when I am cooking or making up a recipe. I will be sitting down to eat, taste it and say, "hey, you know this would be even better with this or that ingredient". I am not a chef and I know this, if I wanted a perfect meal or even suggestions to get the perfect meal I would need to seek help.
I would need to at the very least follow a recipe.
Planning and designing your space is the same. There is a tremendous thought process that goes into designing a space. The project needs to be thoroughly thought out before it starts. Depending on the project there are also a lot of structural and building code rules that need to be followed. When you have things planned out it leads to a smoother project with the best results.
If you are in the process, you may think you have it all thought out. When one of the trades or contractor shows up asking what your plan is and they are ready to start working for you, you need to be able to answer them and clearly communication what it is you would like done. You need to be able to accurately communicate your ideas and plans, so there are no surprises. There is nothing more frustrating than when someone shows up to do the work for you, and you don't have an answer as to what it is they are supposed to do. This could be anything from a design layout to answers on what fixtures you plan to install or what colour you want to paint your room. You may not be aware you need to make these decisions or they may sneak up on you. (hey, we're all busy) It can also cost you for not having this planned out. It can be frustrating for all involved. You are then left with a problem you need to sort out and you need to get that trade's person or contractor back. The project can easily fall behind your expected timeline.
Instead of getting super excited and jumping head first into a project, you need to take a deep breathe, slow down, put the plan down on paper to scale, figure out what materials should be used, do your research, think about all your options, and make sure it works with in your budget (don't forget to allow for the unexpected). Only from there can you start your project. It is best to know exactly what fixtures, appliances, doors, windows, flooring, furniture etc. are going to be in your space before you start the construction.
If you want to get it right the first time you need to use a proven recipe. Project planning and design is the same, you need to invest in someone who has the knowledge and skills to put together a proper design and a proper plan to accomplish the project. Overall this will make the project go much more smoothly and be a lot more enjoyable, not to mention less stressful. Construction and renovations don't have to be chaotic, it can be fun!
Contact me at North Country for help on your next project.