Or perhaps you have an epiphany one day as you stand in line to use your own bathroom.

But sooner or later, you will probably join the millions of people who remodel their homes each year. Whatever the impetus, the thought crosses your mind: Maybe it’s time.

The reasons for home remodeling are as varied as the projects we undertake: Adding more space; upgrading cabinets, counters, appliances and fixtures; creating a floor plan that’s customized for your lifestyle; improving energy efficiency with new windows, doors, insulation, and climate control systems.

Where to begin? The first step is to develop an idea of what you want to do with your home remodel. Write a prioritized list of your needs and wants. There are many sources to find design ideas for your home remodeling project.

Look at magazines and websites and collect pictures of homes or remodeling projects you like. The more clearly you can envision the project and describe it on paper, the better prepared you’ll be in making your decision.

Think about traffic patterns, furniture size and placement, colors, lighting, and how you expect to use the remodeled space.

If your decision to remodel involves creating better access for someone with limited mobility, you may want to consider contacting a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist.

If you are seeking to improve efficiency, consider hiring a professional remodeler for “green” renovation.

These projects include replacing windows and doors, upgrading heating and cooling systems, adding insulation, and other remodeling to make the home more energy-efficient, easier to maintain, and comfortable.

It’s essential to create a budget. How much money do you want to spend on remodeling, furnishings, landscaping, or any other undertaking.

Can you do it yourself? For the handyman or woman, a do-it-yourself project can be both rewarding and cost-effective. Note, however, that more than 30 percent of all jobs done by professionals follow on failed DIY projects.

Hiring a professional remodeler – dedicated to maintaining the highest integrity and standards in the industry – is the best way to ensure your project’s success.

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