Updated: May 20, 2020
Often times when I'm working with a new client, they will have multiple rooms in their home that they want help with but they're stuck when it comes to which room they want to tackle first. It makes sense! They want to make their house a home and having multiple rooms to tackle can get overwhelming really quickly.
Lucky for you, I'm here to help!
Here are a few quick guidelines to help with the decision:
1) First and foremost, what is the budget you realistically have to spend?
When looking at a home, kitchens and bathrooms usually cost the most to renovate. You're dealing with plumbing and electrical. That equates to money in labor costs and items you don't physically see every day. It can also equate to hidden costs you weren't expecting - especially in the case of older homes where you need to update plumbing and/or electrical to meet building codes .
You also factor in things like flooring, tile, appliances, cabinetry, bathtubs/showers, and vanities. All those costs add up quickly!
However, if you don't have a healthy budget for renovating your kitchen or bathroom, not all hope is lost! In your kitchen, painting the cabinets or updating the cabinet pulls/knobs are 2 cost-effective ways that will make a huge impact.
If you need inspiration for a low-cost bathroom re-design, look no further than my $100 Room Challenge!
2) Which room do you spend the most time in?
This might be the room that needs to be your biggest priority. If you have the choice between your living room and a guest room, the living room wins hands down every single time.
You spend every day with your family in the living room. Some days, for several hours! The guest room only sees the light of day, well, when you have guests! Unless you have guests staying in your home on a regular basis, shift your energy towards the living room.
3) Which room gives you the biggest headache?
This question is probably self-explanatory. For me, it's my entryway. I live in a split-level home and my entire entry way is a tiny little box. Then you step onto the landing and either go upstairs to the main level or downstairs to the basement. I have some shelving on the side of the stairs heading down to the basement that handle our shoes, hats, gloves, and scarves. I also have a few hooks for coats and bags. That's it! Needless to say, the overall look needs to be updated and made much more functional.
Once I fix up my home office and get that back in running order (and not solely on my dining room table for the time being...), then the entryway is next on my list. I'll definitely be sharing that process when the time comes - stay tuned!
There you have it. I hope this short read helped you identify which room in your home you'd like to redesign first. Until next time...
- Angela :)