Planning a Home Renovation

Renovating a home can be a thrilling and rewarding experience. You can tailor your home to your exact specifications, expand your living space, and add luxurious touches to your family’s daily lives.

Whether it’s adding on to your home, renovating an existing area, or undertaking a whole-house overhaul, planning is the first step in turning your dreams into a reality. Successful planning includes:

Developing a Wish List

It’s OK if you don’t know exactly what you want early in the planning process. Using a combination of daydreaming and research, create a preliminary wish list. Start by asking and answering these questions:

  • What have you always wanted from your home?
  • Are there problems you need to solve?
  • What’s missing that would make your home the perfect space for you and your family?
  • How much of the house do you want to renovate?
  • What are your long-term plans for your house—will you live there for many more years or sell in the near future?

Write down your ideas and answers so you can later categorize between wants and needs and prioritize them.

Looking for Ideas and Inspiration

Use magazines, home improvement sites such as, and Google image searches to look for inspiring photos of the renovations you want to do. Capture and place those images in one place—think Pinterest boards—and see what themes emerge from your search. They can provide valuable talking points when meeting with your builder.

Creating a Budget

Initially, come up with a basic budget and a total number that includes a bit of wiggle room for unanticipated expenses that can occur when building or remodeling. Having an idea of what you can spend on the project will help you and your builder evaluate your wish list and determine what’s realistic.

Setting Expectations

Planning is important but so are your expectations about your plans. Realize that even the best plans can encounter obstacles. An experienced builder can help you resolve issues and quickly get those plans back on track.

Selecting the Right Builder

R.E.A. Homes builds and renovates custom luxury homes with a family’s entire well-being in mind. Their hand-crafted High Performance Luxury Homes℠ use best building practices, modern design, and smart technology to create ultimate living experiences that are more comfortable for families and better for the environment. Contact Jeff Bogard today at 314-400-2119 or and start the conversation on ways you can create unique and comfortable spaces in your existing home through renovations.