Did you know that nearly half of homeowners planned on remodeling some part of their home last year, according to this survey?
Let’s focus on the living room. Whether you want to remodel your existing room or add an entirely new living space, you can be sure to add value to your home. What does the process involve, though? Is working with a contractor worth the money?
Luckily, we’re here to tell you about it all. Read on for a brief but complete living room remodel guide for homeowners.
The first (and most important) thing to do is research. This is especially true if you’re making structural changes or working with a professional. Either way, it’s best to not rush into a remodel headfirst.
Instead, take your time. Look around before deciding what you’d like and what you’d be okay with missing out on. When you start without an end goal, things become a lot more complicated and you can feel like you’re playing a guessing game the entire time.
Create a Plan
Once you have a wishlist in place, it’s time to create your game plan. If you’re working with a contractor, they’ll do this for you and send you proposals. You can make changes until you’re happy with the results; they’ll simply begin your build-out from there.
Along the way, consider how you and your family will realistically use the space. Do you plan to host dinner parties or other gatherings? Would one large seating area work well or would the space better suit several small ones?
If you have kids or pets, be sure to take them into account (you’ll need more than new furniture). You can talk with other homeowners to see what works well for them and then plan accordingly.
Consider a Focal Point
Whether it’s a fireplace, a unique light feature, or brightly colored walls, adding a focal point to your space is a great way to bring drama. Having a focal point in the center of your living room invites guests in while giving them a place to gather.
It centers the room’s overall design and gives a sense of where you should begin. If you’ve been having design troubles, having one component to build everything else around can be a big help. You’ll be able to picture things more clearly and you’ll have a specific direction to lead the rest of your remodel.
Ready to Start Your Living Room Remodel?
When you’re ready for change, it’s best to trust the professionals to give you a hand. No matter what you’re wanting to do with your living room remodel, hiring the right team is going to make the process a lot easier and you’ll feel much less overwhelmed.