Planning Your Next Home Project

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Planning Your Next Home Project

Planning your home is fun and satisfying. A well-thought-out plan can save you time, money, and stress and deliver better results than completely ‘off the cuff’ designing. Here are the main keys to planning your next home project.


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Choosing the Room and Project

Start by identifying which room or rooms need the most attention.

Consider functionality, yes but especially look at wear and tear. The place to start is almost always things that are worn out.

When choosing the room and project, think about how often the room is used. Rather than starting with a spare bedroom, I like to first prioritize the living/family room, dining room and entry as one priority; the kitchen ties for the next priority, so choose the kitchen OR the living room, dining room and entry; and the primary bedroom and bath as the third.

All the rest come after these first areas are done.

Set 3 to no more than 5 goals. Having uber clear expectations and sticking to them will keep you out of the weeds.

Home Project Ideas to Get You Started

Expanding your space/s.

Living room, dining room and entry furniture.

Windows and doors.

Paint throughout.


Fixtures, lighting, doorknobs, pulls, etc.

Window treatments.

Built ins.

Redesigned fireplace.


Remodeled kitchen.

Remodeled bathrooms.

Prioritize them based on one, urgency and two, their impact on your daily life.

Designing Your Space

Gather inspiration from platforms like Pinterest to create a vision board.

If your budget allows, consider hiring a professional designer to help with the planning. Sketch out a basic layout of your new space, considering the placement of furniture, fixtures, and appliances.

Choosing Colors and Finishes

Start with a color scheme by choosing a base color and two to three complementary colors.

Consider the mood you want to create in the room. Paint small sections of your walls with sample colors to see how they look in different lighting. Decide on finishes for walls, floors, and fixtures.

Matte finishes can hide imperfections, while glossy finishes are easier to clean.

I love Farrow and Ball paints and always feel confident that their formulations are beautiful and pigment content exceptional. But Dunn-Edwards and Benjamin Moore have some excellent colors and pigment content without the super steep price tag.

Planning the Timeline

Create a schedule by breaking down the project into phases and setting realistic deadlines for each phase.

Ensure that workrooms and/or contractors are aware of the timeline and any dependencies between tasks. Regularly check in on the progress and adjust the schedule as needed.

Execution and Follow-Up

Stay organized by keeping all receipts, contracts, and warranties in one place.

Maintain open communication with your contractors and address any issues promptly. Once the project is complete, do a thorough inspection to ensure everything meets your expectations.

Planning leads to successful home improvement projects. Using the tips above you can start planning your next project with confidence.

Before you go grab a free download, the Wellness Home Checklist below!


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Wellness Design is a huge topic! Creating a healthier, more beautiful lifestyle in your home is easy when you have my pretty little, easy to skim download, the Wellness Home Check List that gives you quick, at-a-glance details on the many aspects of wellness design.

Here’s that link again. Bye for now!


For more on wellness design and easy home makeovers, check out my post “Give Your Home a Wellness Makeover in One Weekend” plus, the link to my interview with award winning anchor Deirdre Fitzpatrick!

July 1, 2024

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Planning Your Next Home Project

Built in book shelves and reading nook.

Planning Your Next Home Project

Built in book shelves and reading nook.

Planning Your Next Home Project

Built in book shelves and reading nook.