If you’re looking to do a home renovation or build a new house altogether, the planning process is one of the most exciting, and stressful, parts of the project. With many of us spending more time at home than ever before, now’s the time to dream big.

To help get you started, here are five tips for your next big home project, whether it’s a new pool, basement makeover, safe room addition, or even constructing a new house from scratch.

Factor in your lifestyle

Think about your priorities and lifestyle — do you work remotely without a proper home office? Do you enjoy cooking and entertaining? Is your backyard living up to its potential as an extension of your home? Asking these kinds of questions can help you determine the most beneficial focus for your next project.

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Educate yourself

A home makeover is a big investment, and any decisions you make will hopefully last for years to come. So take some time to learn about materials, processes, and new innovations you can incorporate in your designs. You can make smarter purchasing decisions by finding out the answers to key questions, such as:

  • How long will it last?
  • Is this material resistant to mold, everyday wear and tear, water?
  • Is this a passing fad or will it stand the test of time?
  • Does it add value to my home?
  • Can I save money in the long-term with some upfront investment?

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