If you're like every other homeowner in America, you love your house as it is and have some ideas for improvements and renovations you'd like to conduct. Some renovations are clearly based on your family's traffic patterns and daily habits, others are based on saving money with reduced bills, and yet more are because you want your home to be more appealing to guests or potential buyers should you decide to sell the house. You probably have dozens of ideas, but may not be sure how to start the process.
Viewing Other Houses
A great way to start is to look at other homes you like and consider the innovations the owners have incorporated while contemplating the reasons you might like similar renovations made to your own home. Start with houses your friends own and ask them what they like and don't like about their homes, and what they would do differently about the house if they could. You can then view houses for sale, tour local historic museums, and ultimately ask for contractor references to see firsthand what types of renovations are truly useful and what types of upgrades you may want simply for cosmetic reasons.
Contractor Design Services
Contractors can help with your design. They may or may not draw up complete blueprints according to the needs of the project, but they will describe and sketch the design you're both on the same page of what goals you hope the project to accomplish. A portfolio may show typical styles the contractor uses and you can generally trust you'll find something you really like in an experienced contractors files of previous work. Customization and alterations to a contractor's general style is not only acceptable, but generally appreciated as the contractor's goal is to build an amazing project you're going to be happy with for years to come.
Keyprime's Online Design Tool
The Keyprime Roofing website utilizes a fun and functional tool which lets you upload a picture of your house, type in some measurements as a reference point, and then play a bit with changes you may be interested in. The program lets you see simple changes such as color schemes, or more intricate details such as how your house might look if it had a different form of siding. If you want a different style of window or door, you can try it out to get an idea of whether it will look right.