Do's and Don’ts of Creating a Remodeling Design Brief

June 16th, 2020 | by caronq

Whether you’re working on a bathroom or kitchen remodeling project, you should have established goals before reaching out to a contractor. You should have a clear idea of what features you want or look you’re trying to achieve. Writing a design brief will make it easier for you to express your ideas to your architect or designer. Moreover, proper planning and clear communication are essential to a successful remodel.

Do’s

Take Note of the Little Things 

Write a detailed description of your current home. Make a list of the things that you like and don’t like about it. What do you think are the features that it needs? Rank these components from most to least important. Include the total number of people in your household as well as pets. If you’re remodeling your entire house, it would help to describe the purpose of each room. Indicate which parts of the house require more privacy than others. Are you also planning to build an outdoor living space?

Include Your Style and Material Preferences  

Don’t forget to mention the style you’re going for your renovated space. Do you prefer an industrial, contemporary, traditional, modern, minimal, shabby chic or rustic look? You can get style inspiration from home improvement websites like Pinterest and Houzz. Then, there are also magazines where you can cut out photos that inspire you and use them to create a vision board.

If it’s your first time remodeling your home, researching different building materials would be helpful. When deciding which materials to go for, aside from durability, consider maintenance. You must also choose ones that are ideal for your location.

Match Your Remodeled Home With Your Lifestyle

In your home remodeling design brief, indicate rooms and spaces meant for entertaining, working and resting. State the type of entertainment system you want and where you want it. Active people usually want home gyms in their homes. Meanwhile, those with kids or a lot of family members may need more storage. You may also have a hobby that calls for added storage or an extra room.

Don’ts

Worry About Practicalities Yet

While making your design brief, you may have doubts and questions, but that’s normal. However, you should move on and not dwell on them for too long. You must determine the right questions so you can have them answered as your project progresses.

Now isn’t the time to worry about practicalities and budget. You’ll have a lot of time to change specific areas of your project when necessary. Your design brief is simply a list or draft of what you want your space to look like. It will be adjusted many times before getting finalized.

Forget About Your Goals

Once you have a grip on what specific features you want in each room, you need to look at the big picture. Establishing a clear set of goals will help you during the decision-making process. These goals would act as a guide, especially when you’re required to make difficult decisions.

Do you have environmental goals, such as reducing your carbon footprint? These goals can also be economic, focusing on cost-effectiveness and minimizing ongoing maintenance costs. Your goals may be personal as well, leaning towards future lifestyle changes or creating the ideal space for hosting gatherings for family and friends.

At Peartree Homes, we’re known for our quality workmanship and excellent customer service. You can count on our experienced team for all your remodeling and custom home construction needs. Call us at (843) 343-5808, or fill out our contact form to learn more about our services.