How to Get Renovation Inspiration

If you have a remodeling project in mind, it’s easy to get inspired. Magazines have always been a go-to source, but with so many websites now dedicated to the home, you can browse through thousands of images and articles to get your creative juices flowing.

One of our favorite sites is Houzz.com. With over 400,000 photos of kitchens, baths, basements, porches, and everything in between, it’s easy to get hooked. Members create their own Ideabooks – the digital equivalents to paper folders packed with ripped magazine pages. Need some help deciding on a paint color for your kitchen? You can even pose questions about your home improvement project to the online community.

Pinterest is a site that seemed to pop up overnight. A ‘virtual pinboard,’  Pinterest allows you to organize and share all those recipes you’ve been wanting to try, and of course, all your home remodeling  and decorating ideas. A great alternative to having a thousand bookmarks in your browser!

Other sites we like:

Hometalk.com

HouseBeautiful.com

ApartmentTherapy.com

BHG.com

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Four Steps to a Successful Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling your kitchen can be overwhelming, and often, it’s hard to know where to begin. These four steps can put you on the right path to a successful remodel and a beautiful kitchen.

#1: Plan Your Finances

First, start thinking about how you would fund renovations. Do you have the cash to fund your kitchen remodel? Or, will you have to finance your project? Multiple financing options are available to eligible homeowners, including: cash-out refinancing, construction loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, and even contractor financing. Call your bank to see if you qualify for any of these options.

#2: Assess Your Wants and Needs

Try to differentiate your wants from your needs. Consider keeping a journal to chronicle how you use your kitchen. Who typically cooks? Where do you do most of your prep work? How is the flow of traffic? Are you making up for a lack of storage? Do you desperately need more space, or does your kitchen just need to be reconfigured? Create a “wants” and “needs” list, and rank each item by importance. Identifying these early on will help you stay on budget and not get carried away. Read more