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9 Expert Design Tips for Your Home Office

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the US, and businesses started working remotely, most people thought the solution would be temporary. Flash forward to today, and a large chunk of the US labor force — about 24 percent — is still working remotely. Some businesses have even made working from home permanent, virtually eliminating the need to commute to the office ever again.

After more than six months of working from makeshift offices in the kitchen, spare bedroom, or basement, people are starting to realize it’s time to get serious about creating and designing a home office. If you’re one of millions of Americans who will be working from home for the foreseeable future, use these expert design tips for your home office

Designate a space for your home office 

Home office with black deskBefore you design a home office, you need to designate a space for it. Why? A separate work office helps you stay organized and productive. And more importantly, it allows you to set boundaries between your work and home space. 

Once you’ve decided where to create your office, it’s time to start designing! But before you do, remember this golden rule: Make your office a place you want to be. Because according to a recent study, designing your own workspace helps improve productivity (by 32%!), health, and overall happiness. Can you say that about your last office?

Choose your style and colors 

Once your designer hat is on, start with the basics. First, determine your office style. Is it modern or classic? Eclectic or shabby chic? Don’t forget: This is your space, so it doesn’t have to meet a certain standard or even coordinate with the rest of your home. 

If you’re having trouble deciding, you can also let color lead the way! Some of the best colors for a home office include:

  • Green. It’s natural, tranquil, and reduces eye strain. Green is also good for long hours or repetitive tasks. 
  • Blue. It inspires calm and is perfect for professionals who work under pressure.   
  • Yellow. Are you a creative? This color might be right for you, as it stimulates innovation.
  • White. It’s clean, open, and perfect for making a small space seem larger. 

Add some personality

Adding elements of your own personality to a home office can really bring it to life. But remember: There’s a difference between adding character and adding clutter. Items like knickknacks and photos are great to add, but too many of them can quickly become overwhelming and make the entire space feel disheveled and disorganized.

Know when to save vs. splurge 

Desk area with custom built-ins

Creating and designing your own office space can be exciting, but you also want to ensure that every element is a good investment. When you’re making certain purchases, keep in mind how much time you will be spending in your office — and for how long. If you plan on going back to the office in a few months, it might not be worth splurging on a top-tier desk. But if you’ll be working from home for the foreseeable future, it might make more sense to purchase it.

However, whether your office will be short-term or long-term — or on a budget or all-in — there are still a few items that are worth the extra cost, like:

  • A comfortable and supportive office chair 
  • Good lighting 
  • A second monitor 
  • A safe for important documents 

Make your home office a productive space

home office with iMac computer on deskIn addition to making your office a personal space, you also want to make sure it’s a productive space. Here’s a quick breakdown of how to make it happen:

Technology and electronics 

  • Keep your cords labeled and organized 
  • Add smart technology such as temperature controls or high quality audio systems
  • Minimize external noises
  • Consider adding things like a coffee maker, teapot, or small fridge 


Bad or improper lighting can cause eye fatigue and drowsiness — both of which are not great contributors to productiveness. Try creating your office in a room with south-facing windows, as they let in the most natural light. If that’s not an option, or you prefer light bulbs and lamps, pay attention to the hues. Cooler tones stimulate productivity, while warmer hues can help promote a sense of calm.

Air quality 

Since we tend to spend a lot of time in our office, air quality is extremely important. Consider installing a HEPA filter or invest in some indoor plants. You can also add things like a humidifier or diffuser and add different scents to them. Our favorite suggestions? Lavender for relaxing, citrus to stay stimulated, and peppermint to boost your mood.

Call in the professionals

Building your own home office is exciting – how much say did you get in what your old office looked like? But while it’s fun to daydream about the perfect office, what’s in your head might not translate into reality. Don’t be afraid to call a professional to help bring your vision to life. From initial conception to the final product, Factor Design Build can provide expert design tips for your home office, and help every step of the way. Our team of in-house architects, designers, and construction managers are experts in what they do and are standing by ready to turn your daydream into done. 

Ready to get building the home office of your dreams? Schedule a consultation with the experts at Factor Design Build today. 

How to Reorganize Your Rooms to Improve Mental Health

While many states are working on reopening from the shelter in place order, we all have learned the importance of our home these past few weeks. We’ve learned the importance of having quiet space, play space, home offices, and more. But if you are wondering how to reorganize to improve mental well-being, we have some suggestions! 

Avoid Clutter

It sounds small, but there are numerous studies proving that clutter links to depression. We aren’t suggesting becoming a minimalist or selling all your belongings. But taking the extra time to put things away, empty the sink, or organize your books will go a long way in bringing you some daily peace. 

Ask How You’re Feeling In Your House 

Havenly Online Interior Design asked wellness counselor, Amy Morrison, what she suggests for designing a room with mental well-being in mind. She reminds us to start by really stopping to ask how we feel in our house. She suggests asking: 

  • Is this space restful?
  • Is there some stimulation? 
  • Does it foster an environment of connection?
  • Does it help with my productivity?

Let in the sunshine & natural light 

Starting the day with letting in sunlight and fresh air will improve your whole day! “Natural light can brighten your mood and increase the production of endorphins and serotonin.” If you’re starting with reorganizing, start with opening some windows. When you decide to do a remodel project, envision some windows and how to start bringing in more natural light. Our design team can always help bring new ideas for natural light to your space.

Consider colors

For any room, it’s important to think about the colors. Colors will bring in different moods. Make sure the colors are right for you. Colors can have different effects on your mood. For example, warm colors like red, orange, or yellow create energy and optimism. Blue, however, will make you feel calm or soothed. Make sure to give some extra thought to what you’re looking for in your home. 

Be genuine to yourself 

One of Factor’s core values is being genuine. This is always important – including when you design your new house. Bring in your own style and your memories. “Researchers at the University of California Berkeley found that just reflecting on happy life experiences can have a lasting positive effect.” This will mean different things for each person – maybe for you, it’s photos on the wall, maybe it’s an award, maybe it’s a painting from an art show you attended. Whatever it is for you, it’ll bring that happiness to the forefront of your mind every day. 

If you’re ready to make some changes in your home or want our design team’s help, give us a call today!

Design Inspiration: Where to Start

As we continue to navigate sheltering in place and social distancing, you may be starting to realize that there are some areas in your home that could use some attention. Maybe you’re dreaming of a new playroom for the kids, a master suite for you, a quiet home office, or a kitchen remodel for family dinners. Whatever area you’re dreaming about, the next step is to start collecting ideas. This may seem easy at first, but when you sit down to start really narrowing down your vision, you may find yourself asking “Where do I start?” 

Our design team is no stranger to this problem. Fortunately, they are experts at extracting and learning your style. Then they are able to bring your vision to life. So, we asked them to share some tips to help you collect design inspiration from the comfort of your home. 

Collecting Ideas on Pinterest

The first step is to just start learning what your style is. Our designers recommend starting with Pinterest. Start with generic searches for the room you are focusing on. For example, simply typing “kitchen remodel” or “master suite” will give you a great starting point. From there, just start saving pictures you like on your board. If you need help creating boards or board sections, Pinterest has some great information here. It also will help down the road if you separate your boards by room or by item – such as light fixtures, cabinets, and so on. 

Once you have some pictures saved, you can start to narrow down your style even further by looking at the descriptions on the website that shared the picture. Generally, there will be a style associated with the picture like “Modern Farmhouse” or more! 

You also can see more pictures similar to the picture you liked on Pinterest by clicking on the picture and scrolling down. The style options are endless and this will give you more terms to start searching.

Another thing you’ll find helpful is to make notes reminding you what you liked about the picture. Once you’ve got several boards of pictures going, you may need a reminder that it was the light fixture in this picture you liked, but not the cabinets. This will also help your designers get a better understanding of your style when you share your Pinterest boards with them.

Collecting Ideas on Instagram

Our design team also suggested checking out Instagram for more inspiration. You can also save ideas and make collections on Instagram. Instagram has helpful tips on how to get started. Learning how to search hashtags will make your search infinitely easier. Similar to Pinterest, start with more generic hashtags and narrow in your search based on following hashtags on pictures you like. For example, if a picture you like is labeled #scandinavianhome, start using that in your searches. And while Instagram is a constantly changing site, you can check out these designers for a great starting place! 

Collecting ideas for your dream home is a fun process. But it’s even more fun to see your visions become a reality.

5 Tips for Social Distancing with Your Children

With the recent closures many schools, Colorado parents are feeling overwhelmed trying to remain productive with kids in the house. Social distancing with your children and staying productive may seem impossible. But there is a way to make this time useful for you and your children.

1) Make a (flexible) schedule.

You don’t want these weeks to turn into a never-ending snow day. Creating some structure and schedule will help keep your sanity. It will also help remind your kids to take some time for constructive activities. That being said, you’ll need to be somewhat forgiving on that schedule. This is a big change for you and your kids. You don’t want to set a schedule so tight that if it gets off a bit it disrupts the whole day. Do your best to add structure, but know it may get off and that’s okay!

2) Stock up – not just on toilet paper.

Amazon will still deliver to your house, so make sure you have the essentials. But also make sure you have enough supplies for homeschooling and fun activities. Here are some recommendations from the many options online:

3) Get some Vitamin D.

We are lucky to be in Colorado where it is still sunny. Get some energy out on a bike ride around the block, throwing a frisbee in the backyard, or even some inside games. Some parents are going as far as creating hopscotch boards & mazes on their floors with painters tape in their living room. Get creative and you’ve got great options inside too!

4) Stay social.

Social distancing is hard because of just that – the distance. Depending on the age of your children, they may be very worried about their social life. However, you may also be worrying about how much internet time to allow and what sites are really okay. Some Skype or Facetiming with friends and family will keep your children feeling social and in a more upbeat mood. (It’s also a good idea for you, too!)

5) Teach life lessons.

Many parents are worried their children’s education will stop when schools are closed. While doing your best of continuing lessons through some books and online courses, you can also capitalize on this opportunity by focusing on life lessons. Teach them to cook, do laundry, and so on. You may even get a helper in the kitchen before you know it!

More important than these tips, remember to stay calm and find the positive in extra family time!

How to Prepare Your Home for Spring & Summer with Factor Design Build

Though it seemed like it would never come, spring has finally arrived in Denver and the Front Range. With the arrival of spring comes the desire to get a fresh start. A great way to achieve that goal is by preparing your home for the coming spring and summer months. We’ve put together five tasks to get you started.

Clean Your Gutters

Gutters and downspouts are an essential part of controlling how snowmelt and rainfall drain from the roof of your home. Cleaning out your gutters is an important part of home maintenance because it prevents a number of home maintenance issues, including:

  • roof leaks
  • soffit damage
  • structural decay
  • water damage to exterior walls
  • prevents proper drainage.

Hire a professional to make certain your gutters and downspouts are clear and ready to handle spring and summer drainage or do it yourself. We can help you find the right professional for this type of project.


Tip: Be sure to follow proper safety guidelines when using a ladder to prevent accidents.

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Sump Pump Maintenance

Proper maintenance of sump pumps and French drains is another item to add to your spring and summer to do list if your home includes a basement. Your health and that of your family are a major reason to make sure that these systems are working properly. Removing excess moisture and humidity prevents mold growth and other possible health hazards. Ask a professional to perform maintenance on these systems or follow the annual maintenance guidelines yourself.


Tip: Proper drainage away from the foundation of your home prevents these systems from overloading and the risk of system failure.

Ensure Positive Drainage

While facilitating water drainage away from your roof, it is also a good time to make sure it moves away from your home entirely, especially as snowmelt and heavy spring storms dump extra water in and around your property. Improper drainage of your property can cause issues with your foundation and encourage the growth of undesirable mold, mildew, and fungus, inside and outside. It is especially important to ensure positive drainage away from your home if you have a basement or partial basement. You can overcome most simple drainage issues yourself, but for more serious problems, it is best to contact a professional.


Tip: Make sure to slope your flowerbeds away from the foundation and add mulch for moisture control.

Prepare Your Cooling System

There is an old adage that says, “Don’t wait until you are thirsty to dig a well.” In a similar tone, don’t wait until it gets hot to service your cooling systems. This is important because annual maintenance ensures proper efficiency, which helps keep operational costs down. In addition, spring maintenance is a good time to catch any leaks that might have developed and to add new refrigerant if necessary. You can give these systems a quick check and be sure that they are clean and operational, but you might want to consider a professional to test its cooling efficiency. We can help you find the right professional for this type of project.


Tip: Replace evaporative cooler pads and pump filters annually to help prevent the growth of mold and mildew.

Seal Holes in Siding and Soffits

To round out our list of tasks, we suggest checking your siding and soffits for holes. Holes in your siding and soffits provide an open invitation to unwelcome guests like:

  • bees and wasps
  • mice and rats
  • squirrels
  • sparrows and other birds.

Though these animals are an integral part of the Front Range and Rocky Mountain ecosystem, they can do serious damage to your home and contribute to negative health conditions. Animal removal and repairs might require a professional, but plenty of do-it-yourselfers can handle this task as well. We can help you find the right professional for this type of project.


Tip: Get to these issues early and seal up holes before your unwanted guests move in.

With the arrival of spring, the motivation to start fresh causes most people to dive into spring-cleaning. In addition to deep cleaning, doing windows, and airing things out, be sure to keep up with these annual maintenance tasks as well. Contact us to learn how Factor Design Build can provide professional assistance with any of your springtime tasks or updating your home.



Tips For Winterizing Your Colorado Home

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, Denver is in for some crazy winter weather full of ups and downs. Whether you believe in the power of the Almanac’s abilities in meteorology or not, it’s important to make sure your home is prepared for winter. Freezing and thawing can wreak havoc on both modern and historic homes. What are some of the best ways to winterize?

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Finding Design Inspiration to Start Your Remodel Off Right

The time has come where you’ve realized parts of your home are no longer functioning well for your growing family, you don’t enjoy the look of certain rooms anymore, or you have bought a new house. Styles and preferences change after all and there are things you want to do right away to have your home more accurately reflect you and your personal style. You spend a lot of time in your home, and you should really love each and every room.

If you’ve come to the decision to remodel your home, follow these tips that include the best places to find inspiration and get your home remodel project started. Read more


Dispelling Cold Weather Renovation Myths: Why Remodeling in the Winter is Beneficial

Winter Home Remodeling & Addition Projects: Benefits & Considerations

It is commonly known that the majority of construction and remodel jobs are done in the spring and summer. But what you may not know is that the wintertime is great for more than snowball fights and the holiday season. Not only can home remodeling projects be accomplished in the winter but in some cases, the wintertime may be the best time of year to take advantage of certain benefits. Here is an informational guide to help you better understand the advantages of home remodeling in the wintertime and how to make any project work, even in the harshest of seasons.

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9 Signs It’s Time for a Bathroom Remodel

Is it time to remodel or redesign your bathroom? Learn the tell-tale signs that your bathroom is no longer functional and outdated.


Are your bathroom design and features outdated? Is the space and storage no longer functional for your family’s needs? It might be time to consider some updates or even a full remodel but first you want to ensure you are making the right decisions. If you notice any of these 9 tell-tale signs, it’s time to talk to a professional.  

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Adding A Second Story Pop Top

When Considering an Addition to Your Home, Look Up!

Building upward with a custom design for a second story pop top could be your best option if you need more space. Consider a pop top if you love your home and your existing neighborhood, and really have no desire to move, but need more room. Whether your family is growing or you need a home office, sometimes adding on horizontally, isn’t possible.

Whether your home is fairly new, or you have an older historical home, if the foundation is solid and the structure has great bones, the designers at Factor Design Build can find the perfect solution for you. We specialize in custom home additions in the Denver area.

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Remodeling A Historic Home:  Combining Elegance and Functionality

Historic homes possess a certain grace and sturdiness that is sometimes hard to find in a modern home. From solid building materials to intricately carved details, the elegance of a historic home is hard to match. Historic homes are not a clean slate, and turning an older home into something that you love takes a keen eye for design and an experienced construction team.

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Eliminate Your Remodeling Fears with Factor Design Build

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a one-stop shop for your home remodeling project? That’s just what you get when you choose to work with Factor Design Build. Let us take the fear out of remodeling for you!

Everyone has a preconceived idea of what will happen when you decide to do a remodel. Others who have lived through the experience are much more likely to share their horror stories rather than their successes.

Possible Remodeling Concerns Include:

  • Over budget
  • Strangers in the house
  • Unmet Design Expectations
  • Mess in the Home
  • Construction Delays

All of these can be eliminated by working with a great team of experts, which is what you’ll get with Factor Design Build. From experienced interior designers and architects to lead and finish carpenters, our in-house staff will handle everything for you – from concept to completion. Our goal is to partner with you to improve your quality of life in a beautiful, finished design that integrates flawlessly with your family’s lifestyle.

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Tips for Planning a Successful Home Addition or Remodel

Making the decision to remodel or add on to your home can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. But never fear, Factor Design Build is here to help you every step of the way. Here are 9 tips from our experts to get you started.

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Why A Design Build Kitchen Is Better

Go with the Pros: Why You Should Choose a Design Build Firm to Remodel Your Kitchen


When it comes to a kitchen remodel, having the right people on your side makes all the difference. By taking advantage of the simplicity and straightforward process that a design build firm offers, you take the stress out of remodeling your home and instead get excited about all the possibilities that await. But what exactly makes a design build kitchen the better option?

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Quiz: How You Should Organize Your Kitchen to Match Your Lifestyle

Chefs, Families or Entertainers: Organize Your Kitchen to Match Your Lifestyle

The kitchen is one of the first rooms that gets used each day. It’s where we shuffle to our coffee or dash through, grabbing food as we head out the door. How you use your kitchen is distinct to you, depending on your personality and habits. But however you use it, organizing your kitchen to match your lifestyle can transform the way you live.

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Design Tips for Bathrooms of Every Size  

From Small Powder Room to Luxurious Master Bath: Design Tips for Every Bathroom in Your Home

Depending on when your home was built, if you’ve remodeled, or the layout of your house, bathroom sizes can vary wildly. But whether you’re looking to maximize space, create openness, or capture the feeling of a luxurious spa, these expert design tips  make your bathroom beautiful and functional, whatever its size.

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Four Reasons Why Remodeling Now Makes More Sense in the Long Run

Investing in a remodel is a venture that benefits your quality of life for many years to come. From simple, money-saving upgrades and layout refinements to full-fledged additions, there are a variety of avenues to pursue when embarking on a remodel. While it may seem like a lot of work on the front end, keep in mind these reasons why remodeling your house now makes more sense in the long run.

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7 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer

Setting foot in a professionally designed room, you see and truly feel the difference. Your space tells a story, flows with style, and inspires emotional reactions from all everyone who enters. An investment in an interior designer is an investment in your own happiness, quality of life, and peace of mind. Want to make your house feel more like a home? Consider these benefits of hiring an interior designer.  Meet our in-house designer, Jenny Murphy.  

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What Your Kitchen’s Missing: Creative Upgrades to make your Kitchen the Centerpiece of your Home

Creating a kitchen that ‘has it all’ is no easy undertaking— but it can be done. When planning your kitchen remodel, you want to ensure it fulfills all of your needs and desires. Despite extensive investigation, you may still be wondering: are there features I’m forgetting? Before finalizing your plans, take a look at a few kitchen elements to consider incorporating.

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Design Tips for Your Ideal Bathroom

How to turn your bathroom into a luxurious spa experience

Your bathroom is sanctuary, a place to get away, a spa-like retreat in the comfort of your own home. When it comes to creating the bathroom of your dreams, it’s important to consider the aspects of balance, functionality, and aesthetically-pleasing design. Keep the following tips top of mind for your bathroom renovation plans.

Indulge in Luxury Features

Want to make your bathroom feel like a luxury resort? Opt for radiant heated flooring. Nothing feels better first thing in the morning or after a shower than stepping onto a warm floor. If you have enough space in your bathroom and are really looking to enhance the coziness, a fireplace is a unique, inviting, and relaxing feature to include.

Enhance your shower experience by installing a rainfall style showerhead. According to a recent Houzz survey, rain showerheads are among the most popular features a bathroom can offer. Not only will this upgrade make showering more enjoyable, as a highly sought-after amenity, it enhances the value of your space. When updating your tub, make room for two and include spa jets. After a hard day’s work, a nice soak might be just the therapy your body needs.

Set the Mood with Lighting

Proper lighting adds life to any bathroom, regardless of size. Looking to give your space a soft, dreamy glow? Incorporate recessed or LED strip lighting to create subtle ambiance. For an extra boost of beauty, incorporate a chandelier into your design. A simple and effective way to enhance the versatility of your bathroom lighting is to install a dimmer setting to your fixtures.

Maximize Efficiency

Part of designing your dream bathroom means increasing the efficiency of the products you use most frequently. Not only will upgrading to efficient products minimize your impact on the environment, it will also cut down on your energy bills. Toilet flushing accounts for over a quarter of total indoor water use. To decrease the amount of water your toilet uses, install a dual flush, low-flow toilet. When it comes to the shower and sink, state-of-the-art technology gives you the option of installing high efficiency fixtures without sacrificing water pressure.   

Focus on Flooring Material

If you’re looking for a way to visually expand the space of your bathroom, go with a neutral stone floor. For a lavish look, consider installing marble floors. Going for a more personalized feel? Tile is highly customizable and can bring your bathroom to life with different design variations and color options. If you crave a more natural looking variance on your floor, consider river rock for a lively, flowing, yet rustic look.

Choose an Ageless Layout

If you plan to be in your house for a long time or if you’re raising children, make sure your bathroom layout is one that emphasizes ease of use. Incorporating slip-resistant, textured flooring is a wise place to start. Another feature of a safe bathroom is a flat entry shower. This minimizes the risk of tripping over a step and adds a clean, linear look to your space. Installing a bench in your shower is another great way to enhance its safety and provides both seating and storage options.

Get Input from the Professionals

Consult with a design build firm when scoping your bathroom redesign endeavor. The experts at Factor Design Build help you budget, plan, and execute every detail of your new bathroom. Our experienced in-house team includes contractors and interior designers who will guide you in the process of designing the bathroom of your dreams.

Contact Factor Design Build to turn your bathroom into a luxurious spa!

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Making the Most of Your Home’s Space

How to Optimize your Home’s Floor Plan for Maximum Living Space

Homeowners have a variety of choices when it comes to altering the interior of their homes or investing in a full-on addition. Before making the decision to increase your home’s footprint, consider how you’re already using your space. Adding on to your house is a big undertaking that could offer you major benefits in the long run but there are incremental changes you might be able to make in the meantime.

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4 Key Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering Building a Home Addition

After much research, you’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time to start planning your home addition. When everything is said and done, adding onto your house will give you more space, improve your quality of life, and enhance the resale value of your property. Before moving forward with your home addition project, consider these key questions.

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Remodeling Strategies

Communication and Managing Expectations

At Factor we believe that remodeling your home will improve your quality of life, and we strive to make the process just as positive as the outcomes. But hey, you’re remodeling for you, not us. We get that. Our focus is on your unique situation to create smart, beautiful designs that improve your daily life.

Creating inspired spaces starts with starting the conversation. Here are some tips for creating open communication and mastering your expectations.

Avoid Rushing the Process

Remodeling is a complicated process and despite careful planning unforeseen changes can come into the fray.  You will run into delays, you will find yourself behind schedule, you will make big decisions under pressure and you will become frustrated. This is an invasive process, and it might feel like a full-time job.  Take the time to think and talk about everything you want with your contractors before you begin anything. Also consider all the angles: understand what implications are included with the construction process.

Start Small

Ambition is admirable, but when it comes to your home it can take on a life of its own. So much so that soon you are completely re-doing your entire home instead of coming to the decision that you should look for a new home entirely. Adjust your expectations and focus on what you can change in you space so that it can enrich you and your family’s lives.

Talk About Your Budget

This can be a challenge, and talking about numbers can be a bit taboo and make you feel vulnerable. It helps to build up to the big “numbers” conversation if you are clear with the other decision makers in your house before discussing your remodeling budget with your contractor. Get clear about what you have to spend and where you can afford to splurge. A united front will make you feel supported and more confident in discussing something so personal. Once you understand your personal budget, you will be more comfortable discussing your fiscal expectations with  a “stranger”. Contractors use this figure to gauge product selections for your project, and to make sure their recommendations are what you can afford. Remember we work for you, and we want you to be proud of your home.

Provide Detail

Explain how you want to utilize each room, provide pictures, show your contractor your Pinterest page, explain what lights you up about this project and what terrifies you! Pictures are worth a thousand words and allows the team you are engaging in an idea of what your aesthetic and personality is.

Avoid Making Assumptions

As much as we or any other person might want to be at times, people are not mind readers. Never assume that someone else will know exactly what you are visualizing unless you explicitly explain it or lay it out. Transparency helps teams avoid mistakes, and will minimize disputes in the long run.


There are going to be aspects of your project that take precedent. (I need more workspace in my kitchen…The kids need more storage in their bathroom) Then there are areas to be considered on the “Wish List” ( Custom cabinetry would look great, a marble island would really pull the room together). . Take the time to consider what is an absolute for your home vs. what you could save for another day.

Build Rapport

Make sure you are a good fit with who you are working with. Do you like their communication style? Do you think they hear you? Do you think this particular contractor that can achieve what you are looking for? Do you respect their problem-solving approach? If you are hesitant about any of these questions it’s okay to take a step back and start from zero. It’s understandable that you are anxious to get underway with this huge undertaking, but your future self will thank you for appreciating who you are most compatible with. Get a feel for who you are working with, their process, and their employees.

Remember, the end goal should always be to fall in love with your home all over again.