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Good Ideas: How to Survive the Renovation Process

A year long renovation in Martha Stewart Editorial Director Kevin Sharkey's home led to some realizations and tips for getting through the process of a remodel in your home. Some lessons are better learned by doing, but these are some lessons you're okay knowing before you begin with your kitchen, bathroom, or basement remodel! Here are 5 of Kevin's tips:

  1. Create a Decorating File. Store your ideas somewhere: it might be on your computer, it might be a paper folder, binder, or box, but however you choose to keep them, having all of your inspirations and ideas in the same place will make it a lot easier to make decisions about the space and explain to your contractor what you're looking for.

  2. Hire a Professional. Sure, there are small renovation tasks just about any homeowner can do. However, remodeling or full renovation requires significantly more work—and insight. You're better off in a long run with a contractor from the beginning. Do check references and experience, though.

  3. Trust Yourself. It's natural to worry about whether or not you made the right choice when you plunk down a significant amount of money on a big item, but keep this in mind: there was something that led you the purchase to begin with, so trust your instincts.

  4. Use Mirrors. Mirrors are extremely affordable and yet make a huge impact on any space. Don't be afraid to use mirrors as art or focal points. Entryways are an especially good place for a mirror.

  5. Take Pictures. You're going to want to remember the before and afters, so make sure you take them—and you might want to take progress pictures, as well, so you can remember how far your space has come when it's finished!

Remodeling is a big step for a lot of people, but sometimes it's the best choice. When you have a hand in designing and caring for the space, you'll appreciate it that much more.


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They did a wonderful job and the outcome is beautiful. Thank you to the crew, Amber, Kody, and Janet for this wonderful bathroom!

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